How to Maximize Your Car's Value Before Selling

Before selling your car, there are some tips and tricks that will help you boost your car’s value. After driving your car off the lot, it’s value immediately starts to decrease, so keeping your car in tip top shape is a must if you plan to resell.

Keep Up with Check Ups

When preserving your car’s value, a major key is keeping up with your vehicle's maintenance check ups. Most specialists say that your car needs to be brought in for an oil change every 3,000 miles, or about every 3 months. Today, most car manuals will tell you what your vehicle’s recommended oil is, and if you listen to them rather than filling it the least expensive option your car will run smoother for longer. Also, some dealerships and buyers will not pay full price for a vehicle that has not been running with the recommended oil, so paying a few extra bucks for the better oil will actually help you profit more in the long run. Specialists and manufacturers also suggest you get your air filters changed every 15,000-20,000 miles. Always remember to keep records of these check ups to prove to buyers that your car is in good condition and that you have been using your car manufacturer's recommendations.

Low Mileage and Good Looks Slow Depreciation

Most buyers obviously look for a car that does not have an excessive amount of miles. Keeping your car’s mileage in check with it’s age will ensure that you get top buck for your vehicle. Most car manufacturers recommend that you keep your mileage around 13,500 miles per year. This may seem like a lot, but you would be surprised how quickly miles rack up when driving back and forth from a job or school every day. Most experienced sellers try to keep the number of miles well under the recommended amount to make sure that their car's value is depreciating at a slower rate just incase an uncontrollable incident, like a car accident, occurs that automatically makes your car's value go down.


Another factor that can slow depreciation is keeping up with the appearance of your car. Buyers look for a vehicle that has kept its aesthetic through the years and still has its original paint and body. You want to make sure that your car is parked in a shaded and safe place as often as you can to lower to possibilities of damage and fading paint. Putting a coat of wax on top of your car's paint can also help lower the chances of surface damage.


There are many other obvious and simple things you can do to keep your car in shape, such as not smoking in your vehicle, that help will increase value. But, the most important and reliable ways to keep your car at peak value are always keeping up with your vehicle's maintenance, appearance, and making sure you keep detailed records of all check ups or accidents that your car is subject to.