Three Strategies for Keeping Your New Honda in Pristine Condition
If you’re the proud owner of a brand-new Honda, congratulations! You have likely done your research, so you know that Hondas are known for their reliability and for retaining value, should you choose to sell in a few years. Of course, a well-kept car will sell for more on the used marketplace than one that looks like it’s been through the ringer. How can you keep your new Honda looking new? Here are three strategies.
1. Limit Your Car’s Exposure to Sun, Rain, and Snow
The more your car sits in the sun, the more faded and aged the exterior paint and interior surfaces will become. Similarly, the more your car is exposed to rain and snow, the more it’s going to look road-weary when it comes time to sell. Keep your new Honda in your garage when home. If you don’t have a garage, at least invest in a carport to limit exposure. If you have the option, choose garage parking over surface parking at work. Wash off winter grime and salt promptly.
2. Consider a Car Wash Membership
What’s the number one reason you don’t personally wash your car more often? Probably time. What’s the number one reason you don’t take it to a car wash more often? Probably expense. Save yourself time and invest in your car’s upkeep with a monthly car wash membership. Many car washes are offering this in the age of Uber and Lyft. It may seem like an unwanted expense, but if you can afford a gym membership to keep yourself looking good, you can afford a car wash membership to keep your car looking good, too.
3. Invest in Quality Honda Mats (Floor Mats)
Investing in a good set of Honda mats (floor mats) for your new Honda is another essential. Think about it: used-car shoppers are always going to get in the driver’s seat, and when they do, they are all but forced to look down at the floorboards. If they see unsightly stains (either on the original mats or the carpeting underneath them), they wonder in what other ways the previous owner didn’t take good care of the vehicle. Better to buy a new set of Honda mats for your car floors and keep the original floor mats in storage somewhere. Then when it’s time to sell, your car’s carpet will still be in great shape, and you can pop the original Honda-branded mats in. This small touch will certainly impress the discerning buyer.
You’ve studied, you’ve researched, you’ve test-driven, and now you’re the proud owner of a new Honda. Follow these strategies to keep your Honda looking great for years to come.