You are proud of your European vehicle. Believe us, the team at PKW Motorwerks completely understands. Whether you chose your car based on performance or style, you made an investment. Unfortunately, the value of your vehicle depreciates greatly within the first year and then steadily after that. Fortunately for you, there are a few easy ways to care for your European car that will help slow down that depreciation and allow you to maintain the value of your vehicle for as long as possible.
Keep It Protected
The preferred place for our car to live is obviously in a garage sheltered safely from the elements, but we understand that it isn’t always a possibility. But don’t worry, there are other options. Any protection for your vehicle is better than none. If you don’t have a garage, we recommend that you at least invest in a well-fitting car cover.
To protect your paint job it is a good idea to wash and wax your car on a regular basis. Particularly when your vehicle comes in contact with corrosive materials like road salt. For the interior, remember to clean out the clutter and wipe up any spills as soon as they happen to avoid staining or damage to your upholstery. We also advise that you never smoke in your car. Not only do cigarette burns quickly lower the appeal of your interior, but the smell gets soaked up by your carpet and upholstery and can be difficult to remove.
Follow Traffic Laws
How would this affect the value of your car? Traffic laws are put in place to keep drivers safe on the road. Speeding, running a stop sign, or texting and driving may not seem like a big deal, but they increase your risk of being involved in an accident. And nothing lowers the value of your car faster than a collision that requires extensive repairs.
Keep Up With Your Maintenance Schedule
The whole point of preventive maintenance is to maintain the integrity of your car and keep it running smoothly. When you decided to trade-in or resell your car, a quick pre-purchase inspection will show whether or not your vehicle has been properly maintained. Make oil changes, tune-ups, and other regular maintenance a priority. If you are not sure what that schedule should include and when, consult with one of the European auto experts at PKW to create a schedule that is right for you and your car.
When it comes to European automotive services, PKW Motorwerks is proud to be the leading provider of auto maintenance and repair in the Plainfield area. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.