Most Orange County car owners say they have no plans of keeping their current car forever. You’re going to want a newer model at some point, and you might already have an idea of what your next vehicle is going to be. When the time comes to sell your current car or trade it in, you’ll want to get the most value out of it. But how can you do so? Here are some ways that you’ll maximize trade-in value when you’re ready for a new car.
Maintenance and Upkeep
This is the most obvious way to get the highest resale value out of your car. You should not only be taking it for regular tune-ups, but you should also keep meticulous records of everything you’re having done. Little things can happen with a vehicle over time, and you don’t have control over many of them. A rock might chip the windshield, one of the electrical components might fail, or there might be rips in the upholstery. It’s true that these are relatively minor problems, but when you go to sell the car or trade it in, they’re going to loom large. Together, they give the appearance that you don’t care about the vehicle, and you’ve been neglecting it. Get the little things fixed, and keep the records of it. That way it should be evident that you’re a responsible car owner.
You should get your tires rotated regularly, and have a record of it. Beyond that, if the time has come to sell your car and the tires do not appear to be in immaculate condition, you might want to consider getting brand-new ones. It’s an expense, but it will quickly come back to you because you’re giving your car curb appeal. A used car buyer that sees new tires will understand that the vehice has been well-maintained. Inversely, seeing worn out tires is a red flag, and a buyer will likely move on without delay.
You might say “someone who’s buying my car used will have no way of knowing if I abused it or not.” That’s not the case. If you mistreated a car and caused engine failure, a damaged chassis, or something else, it will be in the maintenance records. This is another indication that you were not driving responsibly, and it might make the difference in whether a buyer walks away from the sale. You also should drive safely for your own sake and the sake of other drivers around you.
If you do all of this then you should be able to get the most back, regardless of whether you’re trying to sell your vehicle to a private buyer or you’re trading it in at one of the Orange County car dealerships. Making sure your vehicle is in the best condition and driving it safely and cautiously is the way to increase the resale value when the time comes.