Menu

Browse over 9,000 car reviews

Sorry, there are no cars that match your search

How to improve your resale value

Keeping your car well maintained is the easiest way to improve your car's resale value.
Paul Gover
CarsGuide

20 Nov 2015 • 2 min read

The best way to future-proof your new car, or protect the performance of a used-car purchase, is to keep it well maintained and play safe in the showroom.

Avoid loud or fashionable colours, especially on prestige and luxury cars, for a start.

Instead of paying extra for optional equipment, jump straight up to the next model in the range. And if you cannot resist ticking a few boxes for bling, go for stuff a second-hand shopper can see — alloy wheels, spoilers or a sunroof — instead of stuff that's hidden in the cabin.

Glass's Guide says the basics are straightforward and so is keeping the value over time.

"Keep your car well maintained with up-to-date service books, and avoid high kilometres," says Santo Amoddio.

"Anything more than 30,000km a year for a large car or SUV, or 20,000km for a small, sports or prestige car, is undesirable."