Many people would say that a car is a terrible investment, and most of the time they’re right. Some vehicles tend to yield a higher return value than others, and more often luxury brands are your best bet. Vehicles like Mercedes have a noticeably enhanced quality in engineering and design along with a timelessness that makes them more desirable on the market than their high-performance counterparts. If you take good care of your Mercedes, you will be surprised at how much value it can retain over time. It takes dedication, time out of your busy schedule, and occasional automotive bills in order to maintain the value of your Mercedes, but it will all be worth it when you decide to upgrade to a newer model. Here are a few simple maintenance tips to maintain the value of your Mercedes:
Much like a house that has excellent curb appeal, the exterior of your car is the first impression buyers will have. Therefore, it is important that you keep your Mercedes protected from the outside elements—especially if you live in areas with typically harsh weather conditions. It is ideal to keep your Mercedes parked in a garage or covered area. To keep paint from chipping and pealing, you should use car-care products that are highly rated and recommended for automotive paint maintenance. If you love going to those quick car washes, you might want to inquire about what products they use on their clients’ vehicles; they may not be the best quality. Additionally, many machine car washes contain loads of dirt and debris that gets grinded into your paint, causing fine etching and scratches even in a single wash cycle. You might be better off doing some research and washing your own car.
Many Mercedes owners underestimate the value of simple, routine checkups. It is critical to have professional eyes and ears inspect your car on a regular basis to catch any issues early on. During regular tune-ups and oil changes, your trusted automotive specialist has an opportunity to take a look at hoses, belts, fluid clarity and fullness, and other critical engine parts that may need to be replaced from time to time in order to prevent other more serious damage to your engine. Oil changes alone are essential to maintain performance and gas mileage, and can cause detrimental chain reactions if your Mercedes is not regularly serviced. It is typically recommended that you bring your Mercedes in for an oil change every 3 months, or every 3,000 miles, depending on your driving habits. You should refer to your owners’ manual for more details on tune-up intervals or specifics about what type of oil your Mercedes runs best on.
Many Mercedes have leather interior, which can sometimes become a nuisance to maintain. It is quite easy to scratch and damage leather interior, especially if it is not properly cared for on a regular basis. Each time you wash your car, you should pay special attention to the interior components—dashboard, windows, seats, flooring, etc. are all part of the initial impression that a buyer will take into consideration. Again, it is critical to use only the most highly recommended, highly rated materials to care for your Mercedes; as some products may even cause further damage. It is not recommended to smoke in your car; much like a house, it can be difficult to get the smell and stain out of your vehicle due to prolonged cigarette smoking. Furthermore, the chances of dropping burning ash onto your leather seat are pretty high. If you do encounter any gashes, burns, tears, rips, or cracking in your upholstery, you should have it addressed immediately.
Our automotive technicians here at Euro Plus Automotive, located in Canoga Park, CA, have an extensive background and specified training to help maintain European import vehicles like Mercedes. We know what makes a Mercedes remain valuable, and it is our goal to help our clients learn the best vehicle maintenance methods to retain that value. For tune-ups, oil changes, or information about any automotive concerns, contact us to schedule an appointment. We even offer discounts for first-time customers!
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