Keeping your vehicle in peak condition helps you enjoy driving it longer and may improve its resale or trade-in value down the road. Take advantage of simple strategies to help preserve your vehicle’s value from the inside out. Scheduling regular maintenance, cleaning your upholstery, repairing accident damage, and eliminating aggressive driving are among the recommended tips for taking care of your vehicle.
Ways to preserve your vehicle's value
Maintain your engine
Maintaining your vehicle properly helps it lasts longer and run more efficiently. An oil and filter change is important, and should be done frequently. It’s also advisable to get your tires rotated and have a Multi-Point Inspection performed with every oil change. To find out what scheduled maintenance is recommended for your vehicle, consult your Owner's Manual.
Learn more about the benefits of scheduling maintenance at your dealership.
Repair your exterior
If you are in an accident, promptly file an insurance claim and use the claim money to repair the damage as soon as possible. Waiting can allow rust to set in, leading to other more serious problems.
Avoid aggressive driving, which can damage your vehicle and may decrease its resale value. Refrain from jackrabbit starts, fast stops, speeding and weaving through traffic, as well. Following these recommendations can help keep your brakes, engine, tires and suspension from wearing prematurely – and even help improve your fuel economy.
Keep complete service records
Keep complete service and maintenance records, along with any other receipts for parts and accessories, so you can show prospective buyers that your vehicle is well cared for. These records will validate your selling price and assure potential buyers that your vehicle is in optimal condition. Access your service history by logging into your Ford Owner account.
If you haven’t done so already, register at Ford Owner to schedule and track vehicle service, get maintenance updates, pay your Ford Credit bills, view your Owner Guide, learn about special offers, and more.
Sources: fueleconomy.gov, epa.gov.