How to Maintain Value after Buying a Used Car

December 5th, 2016 by

Many Boca Raton, Greenacres, and Palm Beach residents choose to purchase a used car because it’s the most economical option. Despite avoiding the high price and depreciation of a new car, a used car offers the buyer the potential to spread a dollar a little further. You can even further avoid the depreciation of a vehicle purchase by taking steps to maintain value after buying a used car.

We’ve outlined three big ways you can do that below from the team at Braman Honda of Palm Beach.

Tip #1: Perform Regular Vehicle Inspections Yourself

The best way to maintain the value of a used vehicle is to make sure you get all your service and maintenance done on time. But how do you know if it’s time? Older vehicles run on their own time schedule and the timing of service can depend on the vehicle’s current state. Doing a regular vehicle inspection can help you know when it’s time to get that tire repair, oil change, or engine tune-up.

Here are a few things to look out for.

  • Tires should be inflated evenly all the way around with no bulging or puckering.
  • Vehicle should always run quietly and should be a low hum when in neutral.
  • Vehicle’s motor oil should be a transparent amber color free of debris.
  • Vehicle’s transmission fluid should be a transparent red color.

Tip #2: Keep Your Vehicle Clean, Inside and Out

If you want to ensure your vehicle stays as pretty (and appealing to buyers) tomorrow as it does today, you need to make sure the paint stays shiny and the upholstery maintains its great shape. That means keeping it clean.

Washing your vehicle at least once a month is a great place to start. At the same time, vacuum and wipe down the interior with a cleaning solution, vacuum the floors, and remove any smelly trash. You also may want to avoid smoking in your vehicle to avoid that hard-to-remove stale odor later.

Tip #3: Keep a Copy of All Your Service Records

If you take great care of your vehicle, it’ll last longer over its lifetime. But how does its next owner know you took care of it? Keeping a copy of all your service records is the best way to gain equal footing over this with the vehicle’s next buyer. That brings us to our final point.

Tip #4: Get Your Automotive Service at Your Local Honda Dealership

If you’re thinking about maintaining the value of your vehicle, you’re likely thinking about selling it at some point in the future. Getting your service done at your local Honda dealership near Palm Beach, Greenacres, and Boca Raton not only ensures you have a relationship with a Honda dealership with access to great deals, it also means they get to know your vehicle.

When it’s time to sell, the team at Braman Honda of Palm Beach will already know it’s in great shape. It’s a win-win for everyone. Make an appointment with our service department today to get a vehicle inspection!

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