Everyone knows when selling your car, having it professionally detailed will increase its resale value. But detailing provides other benefits besides more cash in your pocket. It can also improve the reliability and safety of your car.
More Than Looks
Not every reason for detailing a car is cosmetic. Professional detailing improves the health of your car and helps you keep it in great condition. If you are meticulous about changing the oil and spark plugs, you should develop a similar detailing schedule. The improvement you’ll see in safety, reliability, and beauty of course, will make the extra effort worthwhile.
What Detailing Can Do For You
- The scourge of rock salt is a hazard your car faces every winter. Road salt mixes with mud to build up in your wheel wells and under your chassis. If left there, this mud/salt mix will corrode through your paint. Damage done to the chassis is far easier and much less costly to prevent than repair.
- You can extend the life of your car’s paint by proper cleaning, polishing, and waxing on a regular schedule. The paint is protecting the metal underneath; do not allow it to degrade or rust.
- Headlights and taillights that aren’t clean and free of damage are a safety hazard to you and to other drivers. Reduced visibility is never a good thing.
- Regularly interior cleanings mean you do not have to hear your children ask, “What’s that smell?” over and over. Detailing removes foul odors and protects surfaces in your car’s interior from fading and cracking. A cracked dashboard is sure to drop the resale value.
- Normal driving exposes your car to slush, oils from the roads, solvents, brake dust, and fluids. You can imagine the array of chemicals you drive through on the highway. When detailing your wheels and tires, you reduce the risk of cracks and corrosion; and they look fantastic, too!
Resale or Trade-In Value
There is no disputing the positive effects detailing a car can have when looking to sell or trade in for an upgrade. People who buy used cars from dealerships expect those cars to be fully detailed. Those sold by private owners are often not always treated as nicely.
When you show a potential buyer a professionally detailed car, they know you took great care of this car. It can reassure a buyer that the car is not hiding any hidden salt/mud deposits in the chassis. He or she knows the interior won’t smell of corn chips and baby formula. These are all positive impressions that can help you get a much better price for your used vehicle.