How to Increase the Resale Value of Your Vehicle

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:

headlight# 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.

Simple Ways to Improve Fuel Efficiency

gas gaugeIn 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.

Tips to Help Maintain Coolant System

overheating vehicleFor 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.