How To Maintain Your Car’s Resale Value

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For many a car, alongside a home, is one of the most expensive purchases you can make. The cost of a car can be offset if the car maintains a good resale value in the future. Protecting the value of any vehicle is advisable and achievable if you are prepared to put a little bit of work in. Here are some top suggestions to help you maintain your car’s resale value. 

Keep The Car Serviced

Servicing a car is crucial for its drivability and can often be a stipulation for insurance companies as well. You should always get the car serviced by experts who know the make and model of our vehicle well. For instance, if you are lucky enough to own a luxurious Ferrari, then you should only use expert Ferrari service companies to maintain your vehicle. Poor workmanship will undermine the value of your car when you look to sell it on, so using experts is essential for retaining value. 

Keep It Scratch And Chip Free

If you use your vehicle a lot, then there is a good chance that the vehicle may become chipped or scratched. This is especially true if you enjoy drives on country roads that are not kept to the same standard as highways or main thoroughfares. If you do notice a chip or scratch then seek advice from a professional who can repair the car to a good-as-new standard. Leaving damage untreated can cause long term problems such as rust to occur. 

Think About Gas Versus Electric

According to the National Conference of State Legislators, the USA is now the third biggest market in the world for electric and hybrid vehicles, with many states promoting the purchase of such vehicles as part of environmental policy. As the world moves forward with this technology, you should consider the sellability of gas-guzzling cars in the future. While there might always be a market for these vehicles, the market may shrink rapidly as other technologies become more efficient and affordable. 

Drive Well

There are now numerous apps that can help you enhance your driving performance. Poor driving standards puts extra strain on your car, and the wear and tear of poor driving will affect its lifespan. Driving well and keeping your miles per gallon to the optimal amount will protect your car and its engine performance for years to come. While no driver is perfect and cars are built to withstand some poor driving, consistent poor driving will ultimately impact your resale value in the future. 

Buy High Quality

Finally, remember if the car is not well made, then it will lose value quickly as the vehicle becomes known for its poor quality and lack of durability. Do your research and buy cars from reliable manufacturers. If you are buying a second-hand car, try to gain as much knowledge as you can about its history before shaking hands on any purchase agreement. The higher the quality of build and engineering, the more value the car will retain in the future. While every vehicle will lose some of its value over time and use, the higher quality cars tend to retain more value for longer than less well-built counterparts. 


Marc Wilson is the Guest Lifestyle Editor of Social Life Magazine, a 2013 Big Apple Award nominee and the Founder and Creative Director of MWD Lifestyles (formerly Marc Wilson Design) and Weddings by MWD Lifestyles. Marc’s company is a full scale wedding, event design, production and planning company with destination partnerships and capabilities and has grown to be the name in the decor and events, weddings and destination industry it is today. Marc’s fifteen years within the events industry has resulted in national and international recognition and, to date, MWD Lifestyles has worked with Rolex, Hugo Boss, Martha Stewart Weddings and MGM Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Marc’s work has been published in Grace Ormond Wedding Style, Design Bureau, New York Weddings, Manhattan, Essence, Weddings by Design, The Knot, Brides and Town&Country. Instagram@mwdlifestyles

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