5 Ways to Protect Your New or Used Car Investment
Once you’ve found your perfect car at Roseville Automotive Dealership, there are a few things you’ll want to do to keep it in tip-top condition.
- Keep it clean. A clean vehicle not only looks sharp, it also protects the long term value of your car. Cosmetic maintenance is as important as service maintenance when determining the value at trade-in time. Regular washings remove dirt, dust, and grime that can dull your paint and make it look lackluster. Buff on a coat of wax after every few washings to keep your paint finish shiny and water repellant. Wiping down the interior preserves surface areas exposed to harsh sunlight, wet umbrellas, or family pets. Be sure to always wipe up spills right away and give your car a good vacuuming every so often to keep it smelling and looking fresh.
- Fix scrapes and dents when they happen. If your beloved car gets a scratch, ding, or dent, it’s important to get it repaired right away. Minor scratches can easily become rust patches if left untreated and dents often compromise your car’s protective sealant, which can also lead to rust and corrosion. Small abrasions can sometimes be buffed out with products commonly sold at auto supply stores but most blemishes are better left to the care of professionals with professional-grade tools to get the job done right.
- Be proactive. It’s very difficult to maintain a car’s showroom condition for the entire lifetime of the vehicle but there are some steps you can take to delay the effects of time, weather, and age. If possible, always park your car in an enclosed garage. If that’s not an option, consider a covered car port or fabric car protector. Avoid parking underneath trees to protect your paint job from tree sap, pollen, and overhead birds. Place an extendable sunshield across your interior windshield during the day to keep the sun’s harsh rays off your dashboard and lower the interior temperature of your car. Consider equipping your vehicle with theft deterrent equipment like an alarm, steering wheel locking device, or satellite monitoring service.
- Give your car a monthly inspection to spot little problems before they become big issues. A comprehensive inspection should include:
- Tire tread and pressure
- Front and back windshield integrity
- Registration stickers and tags
- Head, tail, and running lights
- Fluid levels
- Regular professional maintenance No matter how well you take care of your car, there’s no substitute for regular professional maintenance from a trusted service and repair center. Contact VW Auto services, we can help you create the perfect maintenance schedule for your new or used car, and your budget.