This Is How To Retain The Value of Your Vehicle

It’s well known that the value of a brand-new vehicle rapidly decreases as soon as it’s driven off the forecourt. However, our vehicles are often one of the most high-cost assets we own and that means it makes sense to take care of them and preserve their value. The good news is despite the initial value drop, there are some ways you can retain the majority of the value of your car. Read on to find out what they are. 

Repair dents and scratches 

First of all, keeping on top of even minor damage to your car will help it to retain its value over the long term. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by dealing with small areas of damage such as scratches or dents as they occur you will avoid having to deal with a whole group of them at one time, which can cost a great deal. 

Additionally, by dealing with minor damage as it occurs, rather than leaving it to build up, you will show that you care about your vehicle, which will make it much more appealing for anyone considering buying it. 

Regularly clean the outside 

Another vital task to complete if you want to retain the value of your vehicle is to make sure you clean the outside regularly. Cleaning your car doesn’t just mean washing it though. Instead, properly taking care of the outside of your vehicle means not only washing it correctly, but also waxing, and polishing properly as well. 

When it comes to washing your vehicle, you must use a car shampoo that has been developed strictly for the task. Otherwise, you risk doing more damage to your paintwork than good. Additionally waxing and correctly polishing the outside of your vehicle is crucial as this will form a protective barrier that will prevent damage to the paintwork and the body of your car. 

Lastly, when cleaning the outside of your vehicle you’ll need to make sure you pay special attention to your wheels, hub caps, and wheel arches as well. Many people now use wheel brushes to remove build-up from these areas which can help reduce wear and erosion and keep your car looking and operating like new for longer. 

Regularly clean the inside

Taking great care of the outside of your vehicle to retain its value is only half the story. You will, of course, also need to take proper care of the interior as well. Happily, there are several things you can do to achieve this. 

The first is to make sure that you regularly clean the interior of your vehicle including the upholstery and the trims. For the upholstery you will need to use specialist shampoo and make sure that you don’t soak the seats as it can take them a while to dry and be usable. To clean the hard-to-reach places in your interior a putty or slime can be very useful as this will change shape to fit into any nook and cranny, picking up dust, dirt and debris at the same time. 

Protective the interior from UV damage 

Another way you can retain the value of your vehicle is to make sure the interior is protected from UV damage. The way to do this is to use a professional automotive window tinting service to apply tinted film to your car’s windows. By applying this film you will not only slow the process of ageing for the interior of your vehicle but make it a more comfortable temperature for you and your passengers as well. 

Regular servicing 

It may seem obvious but whether your vehicle is powered by gas or electricity, regularly servicing your vehicle is crucial if you want it to retain its value over the long term. This is because by having a professional mechanic look over your car regularly you will be able to catch small issues and have them fixed before they turn into major problems. 

Make sure you have all documents on hand 

Last of all, if you want to maintain the value of your vehicle over time then you will need to keep good records. This means having all the paperwork to hand for when you originally bought the car, as well as paperwork for servicing, and repairs. 

You will also need the registration paperwork, as well as documentation showing any changes or improvements you have made to the vehicle, either inside or out. This type of documentation is important because it helps foster trust with the buyer that your vehicle is reliable, trustworthy, and a good investment. 

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This Is How You Know Its Time To Sell Your Business

You’ll find plenty of posts online about how to start up a business, as well as how to increase productivity and profitability when you’re up and running. However, an important topic in business that is often overlooked is knowing when it’s time to sell. Indeed, timing your exit right can be crucial if you want to maximize profit, have a change of pace, or start up your next endeavour. The good news is you can read all about how to know when it’s the correct time to sell your business and move on in the post below. 

You have an interested party 

One of the best signs that it’s a good time to sell your business is having a party that has already expressed an interest in buying it. There are several ways that this can happen. The first is that an interested party may commission a team of professional business brokers that approach with their offer.  Alternatively, a potential buyer may approach you directly either in real life or online, to ask you whether you would consider selling your business. 

Of course, many people prefer to work with a team of business brokers as they have the added security of working with specialists experienced in this area, and that vet potential buyers before agreeing to work with them. This means you can be sure an offer is serious when you receive it in this way. 

That is not to say that private enquiries are ingenious, as they are often not. Although, whether a buyer approaches you through a broker or not, it’s always best to work with a business broker as you go through the often complicated process of selling your business. 

Your business is doing well 

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Another important sign that it could be time to sell your business is that it’s been doing consistently well for a while now. This is because it’s always better to sell a business when it’s on the up. The reason for this is that it means you can ask for a higher price and have a stronger negotiating position because buyers will be more keen to own a company that has shown itself to be successful. 

You want to retire 

If you are considering retirement, it may also be a good time to sell your business. After all, all of us need to retire at some point, and the stresses and strains of owning and running a business can be a lot to deal with as we get older. 

Additionally,  many people want to travel in the golden years and unless they have a fully online endeavour that they can operate remotely, owning an IRL business can prevent them from doing this. 

You want to begin a new project 

Often, it is necessary to sell one business before embarking on your next entrepreneurial project. Indeed, many people will use the funds from their business sales as seed money to get their next idea off the ground. 

You can see a major change in the market on the horizon 

Another factor that may indicate its time to sell your business is if you can see any significant changes in the market on the horizon. For example, if there is a major change that means the need for your business could be reduced, it may make sense to sell before your business fails or becomes redundant. 

An interesting current example of this we can see playing out before us is the advent of AI or artificial intelligence, which is revolutionizing a range of industries from SEO, to graphic and UX design. Indeed, owners of such businesses as well as freelancers in the field will be watching developments carefully to see how things pan out, and whether they should cash in any profits their business has made and cut their losses. 

You are burnt out

Lastly, many people vastly underestimate the work and stress involved in running a business. Indeed, a great number of business owners choose to sell their businesses because they are burned out with the operational and financial responsibilities involved. If you find this is the case for you, then it may just be the perfect time to sell your business. Of course, before you do so you will need to consider important factors such as whether selling will provide you with enough income to live comfortably without starting up another endeavor. 

You will likely also want to find a buyer that has a passion for your field and business as well, one that will be able to inject enthusiasm and effort into your company to ensure it meets its full potential, even though you will no longer be directly involved. 

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