Tips For Maintaining Your Car’s Value

December 19th, 2015 by

New York Maintaining Your Car | NY Mazda Dealer

You are making a large investment when you purchase a new Mazda, and you need to maintain it so you can receive the maximum value when you sell it or trade it in later. Perhaps when you first bought the car, you were obsessed about keeping it clean and where you parked it in a parking lot to prevent someone putting a dent in the door. Regardless of its age, there are some things you can do to keep your investment in good condition.

Watch the miles — We understand you bought your car to use it, but if you put a lot of extra miles on it over the years, you will have less residual value when you try to sell it. This is even more important when you lease a vehicle, because your lease normally contains mileage limits, and exceeding them can cost you quite a bit of money.

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Watch where you park — This point is not so much about parking lot dents, although that is important too, but where you park your car over time can add or detract from its value. If you can park where your car is covered, you will reduce the wear and tear from weather conditions over time. A shaded carport or garage can be important to longevity if you live in sunny climates, since the sun’s UV rays can do a lot of damage over time.

Keep up the maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on your vehicle not only keeps it in top running order, it improves your position when it is time to sell. Follow your vehicle’s recommended service schedule you can find in the owner’s manual. Keep records of your Mazda service visits, and in doing so you can show you provided the optimum maintenance for your car.

Food and drinks should stay in the kitchen — We all spend a lot of time in our cars, and it’s tempting to grab a meal or a drink while you drive. However, that food or drink can leave stains that will reduce the car’s value later. Even more important is not smoking in your car if you want to keep it in top condition. Smoke residue and odors can be difficult to remove when it’s time to sell.

Keep it clean — The best thing you can do for your car is keep it clean. Regular washing, vacuuming the interior, and periodic waxing will all help to keep your car ready to sell. Regular cleaning and waxing reduces environmental wear from the sun and rain, and keeps the finish in good condition.

When you are ready to buy your next car, come to Island Mazda and let us show you our line of impressive Mazda vehicles. When you buy from our Mazda dealer, we can help you with the service needs to keep it in top running order. Please stop by and have a chat with us about your new & preowned Mazda needs.

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