Appearance matters

With the rising price of gasoline and food, not to mention a difficult job market, the last thing many people are thinking about is buying a new vehicle.

  • salon of expensive car new luxury

With the rising price of gasoline and food, not to mention a difficult job market, the last thing many people are thinking about is buying a new vehicle.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to protect the value of your investment with proper vehicle maintenance, including up-keep of appearance.

Most of us know that proper performance maintenance, such as regular oil changes and tune-ups influence a vehicle’s long-term drivability.

But when it comes to determining its sale or trade-in value, appearance is as important as what’s under the hood. The condition of a car’s exterior and interior is a strong indication whether it has been well maintained and can significantly alter its worth.

Since many people are holding on to their cars longer, it’s becoming increasingly important to establish a routine regimen to maintain a car’s appearance.

Not only does it help it look better, but it also enhances the value when it does come time to sell or trade-in.

To keep your vehicle looking great and help protect its value, here are some worthwhile maintenance tips:

* Wash your car every other week. No matter the season, regular washing helps prevent bugs, tar, road grime and other damaging elements from eroding the finish and becoming a long-term fixture on the exterior. Do not use dish soap to wash the vehicle — dish soap dulls the finish and strips the car of shine. Instead, choose a car wash product with a clean rinsing formula that is safe for all finishes.

* Apply car wax as needed. Not only does waxing help restore colour and shine, it leaves behind a protective barrier to help prevent scratches, swirl marks and other imperfections that can permanently damage the vehicle’s paint and finish. Water will bead on a properly waxed surface. When beads do not form, it is time to apply another coat of wax. For best results, select a wax or polish that offers long lasting protection and durability.

* Pay attention to other exterior surfaces. In addition to the car’s finish, protecting and cleaning wheels, exterior plastics and molding will help keep your car looking like new. Use a wheel product to remove and help prevent buildup of brake dust and road grime, which can permanently adhere to wheels and rims. For plastic and rubber surfaces, use a product that will restore and protect the materials’ finish.

* Don’t forget the inside counts, too. It’s just as easy to notice areas of neglect on the interior of a vehicle. To prevent stains and permanent discoloration, clean interior surfaces, including carpeting, upholstery and inside door panels on a regular basis. Similar to car wax, interior products will leave behind protective barriers, making the surface easier to clean next time around and more difficult for stains to set in.

Follow on
Instagram #wheelsca

Show Comments