When you buy a new Toyota in Orlando, you’re probably not thinking too much about trading in for a newer model at some point down the road. However, as important as it is to maintain the mechanical and performance aspects of your vehicle, it’s just as important to maintain its appearance! At Toyota of Orlando, we know that appearance does count when we take a trade-in into consideration – it can have an effect on resale value if you don’t keep up with your new Toyota’s paint and other aesthetic factors. Additionally, Kelley Blue Book notes that a car’s appearance has a huge effect on private sales – if your car looks unkempt, it may send the sale south! Thus, we have tips straight from our Orlando Service Center on how to keep your new Toyota’s appearance looking amazing!
Take care with the paint on your Orlando Toyota!
Try to wash your car once a week – and not in one of those automated washers! Take the time to clean off pollen, tree sap, and other dirt so it doesn’t effect the paint. This is especially necessary if you live near the beach – salt water and salt in the air can have a corrosive effect on your new Toyota in Orlando, and the last thing you want is rust! Rust can lead to expensive repairs at a car service center. Wash your car thoroughly, making an effort to clean places you might not normally think of, like the wheel wells.
Also, make sure you don’t use dish soap on your new Toyota! Dish soap can be abrasive on the paint, so splurge for the real car wash next time you hit Target. Finally, ensure that the sponge or mitt you’re using to soap your new Toyota in Orlando is clean. If it has sand, dirt, or other debris on it, it can scratch the paint. This is especially important to remember when you’re cleaning the bottom of the car – the sponge may catch sand, so rinse it out thoroughly!
Next, take the time to dry your new Toyota with a soft towel and apply wax (although you only need to wax 3-4 times a year) – this will help protect your paint from dirt and sun damage! Make sure you clean the wheels on your new Toyota in Orlando, and you may even consider applying a protectant to your tires and wheel covers to keep them in great shape.
Don’t forget to maintain your new Toyota’s interior!
When you tackle the interior, be sure to vacuum thoroughly (and you may even want to consider bringing your new Toyota in Orlando to us, where we can detail it completely at our Toyota of Orlando Service Center). Use a soft cloth to clean your dash and other vinyl or plastic elements, and provide a coat of protectant there as well to save it from sun damage. Don’t forget to clean the windows!
Have questions on keeping your new Toyota in Orlando in great shape? Call our car service center today – they’re happy to help, and you can always make an appointment to bring your vehicle in for a multi-point inspection! You can reach them at (866) 945-0493, and ask about our amazing new service specials!