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Kelley Blue Book's Service and Repair Tips to Add Value, Keep Vehicles Operating Reliably


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With prices for both new and used vehicles hitting all-time highs, it can be daunting to think about trading in your car for a new set of wheels in the current marketplace.

On the one hand, you could get more for your trade-in, but on the other hand, you would have to pay more for its replacement. The best scenario may be to just hold on to the vehicle you have and use this time wisely to maximize its value in the long run.


The experts at Kelley Blue Book recommend investing in the car you have right now by catching up on vehicle service and repairs, creating a benefit that is two-fold: You'll enjoy better performance and fuel economy, and when it comes time to trade-in or sell your vehicle, it will be worth more because of these expenditures.


"It's always a smart move to stay current on vehicle maintenance, but in this challenging marketplace for car buyers it's more important than ever to take care of the car you have," said Matt DeLorenzo, senior managing editor for Kelley Blue Book. "Now is the time to catch up on the vehicle maintenance, service and repairs you may have put off. Doing so will increase your car's value so you can get top dollar when it comes time to trade or sell down the road."


Kelley Blue Book's 10 Vehicle Service and Repair Tips to Consider


1. Get the car detailed (and keep it clean)


Car detailing is the process where your vehicle is restored to a like-new showroom condition. Performed by hand, it can include an exterior wash and polishing, vacuuming and steam-cleaning the interior and trim, conditioning the seating surfaces, scrubbing and brushing crumbs from crevices, wheel cleaning/tire dressing and more.


2. Fix those dents


When your car looks good, you look good. Take detailing a step further and have dings removed, dents repaired and the paint refreshed. Also consider cleaning, polishing or replacing oxidized, cloudy headlight lenses.


3. Oil changes and tune-ups


Oil changes are necessary for the long life of your vehicle, as it's essentially a transfusion for your vehicle's engine. Traditional oil should be changed...

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