When it comes time to sell your vehicle, the first thing you should do is put yourself in the place of the buyer. What do you see? You might see a vehicle that appears as if it has not been taken care of.
Now while you know the truth, a buyer doesn’t have that luxury. They have to go on what they see! This is why cleaning up your vehicle can increase its resale value. Here’s how:
# 1 – Your headlight lenses can grow murky and hazy over time, giving your vehicle an overly broken-in appearance. Very lightly sand and then polish this haze away.
# 2 – Detail your interior. If you don’t want to do it, it pays to pay a professional. A potential buyer may find a filthy interior uninviting and generally off-putting. If you choose to do it yourself, break out the toothbrush, Q-tips, and all of your odd-shaped vacuum attachments! Getting the filth and dirt out of those nooks and crannies is what makes the difference.
# 3 – Do the easy fixes, as CNN Money suggests. Things like a burned-out taillight or a damaged muffler are going to affect resale value more than what they cost to repair.
# 4 – Make her shine! Nothing says “This vehicle has been properly taken care of” like a nice, shiny finish. Wash it thoroughly and give it a good wax job. You should even consider using a clay bar to remove surface stains. Buff out superficial scratches.
As you apply these tips on how to increase the resale value of your vehicle, always ask yourself, “What would I pay for this vehicle?” Let that thought guide your work.
First and foremost, we will see a new engine with these two models. Porsche has designed and perfected a 3.0-liter flat six twin-turbo motor that delivers 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. That’s 20 more horsepower than the previous year. Pick up the “4” versions of these two models and enjoy 50 more horsepower and 37 more lb-ft. of torque.
Not just in the power department, the improvements for the Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4 include enhancements in handling and response as well. The electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive that the 911 has become well-known for has been designed to respond “even more quickly and sensitively.” The Porsche Active Suspension Management is standard to all Carrera models. According to a press release, PASM not only “aids stability during cornering,” it also “lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters compared to the previous model.”
Sounds like the Porsche 911 is headed in the right direction!
In today’s world, drivers are always looking for ways to obtain a better fuel economy. However, you don’t need a fancy hybrid car to accomplish this goal. Here are some simple ways to improve fuel efficiency.
Don’t Slam on the Accelerator or Brakes
When you suddenly stop or start your car, you are also decreasing your fuel efficiency. In order to avoid higher prices at the pump, be sure to accelerate and coast at a more manageable rate.
Drive the Speed Limit
Speeding is not only unethical, it’s also inefficient. When you accelerate to speeds faster than 50 mph, your gas mileage decreases exponentially. A steadier pace will win the race in the long run.
Lighten Your Load
Packing the back of your car with too much stuff can really hurt your fuel economy. For every additional 100 pounds of cargo, your fuel efficiency decreases by 1%. By removing unneeded weight from the car, you can save some much-needed money.
J.D. Power and Associates is a global market research company which produces many of what are widely regarded as benchmark studies in the automotive field. Porsche was recognized by the company in two of these recent studies.
For the 2015 J.D. Power ‘APEAL’ study, the firm evaluates what it calls “Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout.” This breaks down into eight different categories, such as ride, handling and braking, and engine/transmission.
Surveyors then asked over 84,000 people to evaluate their new vehicles based upon these categories. The average for premium vehicles is 841. The industry average is 798. Porsche scored a whopping 874.
For the 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Porsche beat every other brand. This is the third year in a row that Porsche has taken the lead. This study measures the number of problems a brand’s vehicles have after 90 days of ownership.
Porsche sees this success as being largely dependent on customer satisfaction. Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, said in a press release, “We see these awards as confirmation of our strategy for high quality standards in design, development and production and in continuously offering Porsche customers a unique purchase and ownership experience.”
For a long time, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles were unique for being air-cooled. These days, these machines are liquid-cooled. The way it works is that the heat from your engine passes into the fluid and then the fluid passes through your radiator where it is cooled and heads back to your engine to absorb more heat.
The coolant system on your vehicle is a vital system so it is always a good idea to make sure it is healthy. How can you help maintain your coolant system?
Check for leaks
Always be on the lookout for leaks. A hose is the usual suspect as hoses can occasionally fail. In the case of a leak, you might see radiator fluid on the ground where your car has been parked. You might also see it, or feel it, on one of the hoses. A leaky radiator is a serious issue. In any case, you should never drive a car leaking fluid. Have a professional examine the car as soon as possible.
Maintain Proper Fluid Levels
Coolant does contain water so it can evaporate over time. Check your coolant level from time to time and, if you need to, add more. Your coolant system is pressurized and should never normally need large amounts of fluid. If it does, there’s likely a leak.
Never Drive an Overheating Vehicle
If you notice that your temperature gauge is rising, or you see steam coming from under your hood, immediately pull over and turn off your engine. Overheating can do serious damage to a vehicle, even totaling it.
After a grueling 21 months of waiting for production to finish, the Porsche 918 Spyder has officially rolled off the line. The performance hybrid with plug-in technology is truly a masterpiece. Its stunning design and impressive performance have us all drooling and waiting to get our hands on it.
The hybrid supercar originally made its debut at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show where it was praised and heralded as the new “it” car. After further development the hypercar was launched in 2013. Now in 2015, the Porsche 918 Spyder is blazing a new path for sports cars of the future.
The 918 Spyder uses a compact and powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine that outputs 608 horsepower and a combined hybrid electric drive system that adds 279 horsepower. If you’re keeping track of the Porsche 918 Spyder specs, that’s a total output of 887 horsepower and 940 lb-ft of torque!
There are two electric motors on the car: one for the front axle and one for the rear. The plug-in function allows the Spyder’s battery to reach a full charge in less than seven hours on a standard socket. In addition, the car yields an EPA rating of 67 MPGe.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the most rare and innovative cars on the planet. For more information about the new 918 Spyder, visit us at Gossett VW Porsche.
For the third consecutive year, Porsche topped the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study after receiving rave reviews from consumers within the first 90 days of owning their Porsche. In total, six Porsche models received honors, placing within the top three of their respective segments.
The Porsche 911 ranked highest in the Midsize Sporty Car segment for the fourth year in a row, proving its dominance and superior quality. In addition, the brand new Porsche Macan took first in the Compact Premium SUV segment while the Boxter and Cayman took the first two spots in the Compact Premium Sport Car segment. Rounding out the Porsche awards were the Cayenne and Panamera, which both received third place in the Midsize Premium SUV and Large Premium Car segments.
Matthias Muller, Chairman and Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. Porsche AG, said, “We see these awards as confirmation of our strategy for high quality standards in design, development and production and in continuously offering Porsche customers a unique purchase and ownership experience.”
For more information about the award-winning Porsche lineup visit us at Gossett VW Porsche today.