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A Valuable Car is a Well-Maintained Car


Most car owners tend to drive a new car for three or four years and then trade it in or sell it for another vehicle. The used car business is booming in the UK and no matter what type of car you wish to buy be it a Mercedes, Volkswagen, Ford or Mini Cooper, you are sure to find thousands of used cars for sale.

In order to ensure that your car will re-sell for a good amount of money, it is very important that you have it serviced regularly. Have the oil changed every four or five months, check all of the fluid levels and do a brake inspection every six months. If you are not mechanically-inclined then you should build a relationship with a car repair shop so that you have a trusted mechanic check and repair your car when needed.

It is said that a new car greatly depreciates in value the minute it leaves the auto dealership lot. While this is certainly true to some extent, it does not mean that you cannot sell your car for a great price. Be sure to take your car in regularly to have it serviced before your warranty runs out as this will save you a great deal of money. If you tend to the little problems now you will avoid costly large repair bills in the future. For example, if you have a rattling noise coming from under the hood, be sure to check to see what is causing this. Ignoring signs and symptoms of trouble can spell doom. That rattling noise may turn out to be something as simple as a loose hose clamp or something similar. The point being is that you should attend to odd noises or strange behaviours made by your car as soon as they become noticeable.

You can pick up an auto repair book for your make and model at most book stores. These books are great for the novice repairman who wishes to learn how to change oil and spark plugs and perform other general maintenance tasks on his vehicle. Even if you have the larger tasks taken car of by car service centres, this type of book will guide you in attending to some of the smaller jobs that should be done on a regular basis.

When it comes time to sell your car and purchase a new one, you will be sure to get the best price possible because you took the time to have your car serviced. Buying a car is one of the largest purchases most of us make so you want to be sure to get the most of of it. A well serviced car will offer you several years of care-free, fuel efficient and fun driving. It is a great idea to keep a service journal in your car's glove compartment. Keep it updated with services done to your car. Showing this book to a person interested in buying your car will go a long way in you getting the price you ask when it's time to sell.

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