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6 Vehicle Improvements That Add Value to Your Car

By Bill DeBoer on Nov 22, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Most people are aware updating their homes can increase value, but did you know there are ways to improve comfort and safety to your vehicle, as well as improve its resale value? Whether you intend to sell your car soon or you plan to keep it for the foreseeable future, these tips for selling your used car can be useful in helping you boost the amount of money you can expect.


1. Choose Matching Tires

Some people purchase tires two at a time in order to save money. However, if you are considering vehicle improvements that add value to your car, it’s best to purchase all four tires at the same time and make sure you select a name brand. This will help boost the price you can ask for your car.

2. Keep Good Maintenance Records

Regular oil changes and other required maintenance, such as air filters, are necessary to keep your car in good operating condition. However, it’s important to keep good records to prove your diligence. These records should include the date of the service, as well as how many miles were on the vehicle and where it was performed.

3. Get Your Car Detailed

Most people run their car through the car wash and don’t think about all the details, particularly in the interior. However, if you’re considering selling your car, taking it in for professional detailing is essential to increase its value. The cleaner your car is, the more you are likely to get for it.

Updating your vehicle to increase its worth is important if you plan to sell.

4. Replace Your Broken Windshield

It’s normal for your windshield to become damaged, even with the most careful driving. If you have obvious chips or cracks in your windshield, consider getting an OEM windshield replacement to provide peace of mind for the buyer.

5. Clean the Headlight Lenses

The lenses over the headlights can become fogged or even scratched over time, causing a decrease in their efficiency. In most cases, simply washing the lenses isn’t enough. Instead, you may need to use sandpaper, a rubbing compound and drill bits to clear the lenses and allow the headlights to shine brightly. 

6. Avoid Customization

Customizations can be an excellent way to make your car your own, but if you’reupdating your vehicle to increase its worth, you should avoid them. Keep in mind what looks good to you and makes your car your own may not be as appealing to the next person, which means they won’t want to buy it.

Making changes to your car can actually increase its value when done correctly. Following these tips for selling your used car can help increase the amount of money you will receive when it’s time to sell.

If you’re looking for an independent auto repair shop to help you get your car ready to sell, contact us. We can provide the quality service you need to get the most from your car.

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Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.