A vehicle is a big investment. One of the biggest investments most people make in their lifetime. And no car, truck, minivan or sport utility vehicle (SUV) holds its value. They start depreciating the moment you drive them off the dealership lot. However, this is not to say that a vehicle does not have some value. Even an old, well used car has some value attached to it and can be sold or traded in for some money. The key is to maintain as much of the vehicle’s value as possible while you own it. Here are 15 tips on how to keep the value of your vehicle as high as possible.
15. Keep the Vehicle Clean
Let’s dispense with the most obvious thing first. Keeping your car clean is a no brainer, but it is often easier said than done. All of us know that we should keep the exterior and interior of our car clean. But that often becomes difficult with the hectic pace of life today—especially if you have children. However, over time, a persistently dirty interior or exterior can lead to body corrosion, faded carpets, seats and permanent stains. These can impact the vehicle’s performance and make the car look like an eye sore and put off potential buyers at resale time. It’s good to give your car a thorough cleaning at least twice a year, and more often if possible.