Customers bring their cars into Malibu’s for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes there is a problem to be solved, other times they just want to upgrade the appearance or technology. If you currently own a car that you intend to sell in the next few years, there are some things you can do to help protect, or improve the car’s resale value.
Keep up with the regular maintenance, especially simple things like oil changes, tuneups and tire rotation. These simple steps minimize the wear and tear on your vehicle and keep it in better shape. While Malibu’s is not a traditional service station, we can do some maintenance tasks while your vehicle is in for repair, or upgrade. Ask about our pricing when you drop off your ride.
Washing and waxing are good first steps toward maintaining your car’s appearance, but a regular detailing, done by professionals can keep it show room ready. We specialize in hand detailing and can schedule a regular scrub down for your car or truck to keep it in top condition.
We encourage customization, the more the better, but in cases where a vehicle’s value may be decreased, there are some things to be aware of. Not everyone will agree about what is “cool”. If the next owner is looking for a monster truck, then by all means lift it higher. One thing that we focus on is the, “Can we put it back” factor. Our technicians work hard to make your customizations in such a way that the car can be restored to factory condition, or as you brought it to us, by minimizing changes to your existing parts, such as dashboards and door panels.
One thing that all car owners value is a “like new” look and feel. By adding interior upgrades, such as leather seat covers and heavy duty custom floor mats you can help to maintain that “new car” feeling. On the outside, clear films on the front of your car and other details can help to prevent road damage. Ask us about the many products we sell to help keep your car looking and working its best.
So, if you are concerned about the resale value, please mention this to us before we cut the giant holes to install your sound system, there may be a way to get what you want and make our changes reversible. Pick upgrades that add universal value, such as window tint, or making sure the stereo functions well. Then do your customization wisely, to prevent creating a one-of-a-kind monster that no one else may want. (unless you intend to keep it forever, then let’s get to cutting this bad boy down to size)