Keep your car healthy
Ever heard the phrase “Take care of your car, and your car will take care of you”? Giving your car all of the TLC it needs over the years will pay off during your next car valuation. Fresh windscreen wipers, well-maintained bodywork and fresh tyres will ensure your driving experience is smooth and safe, but will also avoid any deductions from the value of your car during resale or part exchange.
Regular maintenance and check-ups are also crucial parts of proper car maintenance, so be sure to have your car serviced when scheduled each year. Mechanical issues and concerns can significantly reduce the value of a car to the buyer, as the car will most likely need repair in the near future and may seem like a ‘gamble’. Any dashboard warning lights or glaring issues are sure to put off some buyers, or at least greatly reduce the amount they are willing to pay for the vehicle.
In short, be sure to rectify any existing issues and maintain your car in a healthy, working condition. Not only will this give you peace of mind when driving the vehicle, but it will also help ensure the car is in full working order during its valuation inspection.
Maintaining the exterior of a car is also crucial when looking to retain as much of the vehicle’s value as possible.
Firstly, windscreen chips can be a concern for many buyers, as they can quickly escalate into a large crack, and in some cases can even result in an MOT failure. Ensuring chips are professionally repaired as soon as possible can avoid the need for a costly windscreen replacement and won’t raise concern with the buyer.
Damage to the bodywork of the car such as scratches will likely have a negative effect on the vehicle when it comes to resale value. Should any scratches cut deep enough into the metal, it could result in rust developing and cause further issues, which again, will negatively impact the overall value of the car.
Vehicle Paperwork and Extras
Ensuring you hold on to all of your car’s paperwork and functional items will help you retain further value. All service history documentation will allow you to sell your vehicle with a full service history, or holding as much as possible will at least allow you to sell with partial service history.
Having both car keys (your main key and a spare) will also prevent any deductions from the overall value of your car, and keeping the vehicle’s logbook and user manual will also help avoid unnecessary loss of value.
Smaller extras such as the car’s locking wheel nut for alloy wheels or detachable fascias and security codes for the radio are also worth keeping in mind, so be sure to replace any essential items removed from the car before you sell.
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