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How to Personalize Your Car Without Ruining the Resale Value

Last updated on November 12, 2019 at 09:20 am

How do you make your car your own without hurting your resale value? Below are some tips from Plymouth Rock Assurance so you can maximize the value of your car over the long run and still make it your own.

  1. Magnets over stickers: This seems like an obvious one, but some people just can’t resist the lure of a clever sticker. Don’t do it — hey make selling your car difficult. Instead, reach for the magnet version. Can’t find the magnet? Don’t worry, you can make your own. Take that sticker you love and apply it to a blank magnet that you can find online or in many craft stores.
  2. Car seat covers: This is a win-win. You get the look you want, and your car’s interior gets protection that keeps the resale value high. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different types of car seat covers so you are guaranteed to find something you like.
  3. Removable car decals: If you feel the need for flames, zebra stripes, or other additions to your paint job, take a deep breath. A car with a unique paint job is much harder to resell or trade in since it requires a very specific buyer. Luckily for animal print lovers, there are removable car decals that can help you enjoy your ride without the guilt.
  4. Performance upgrades: If you want your car to have a bit more rev in your engine, that isn’t necessarily going to reduce your resale value as long as you make your upgrades in a tasteful and practical manner. This means not installing an excessively loud exhaust system, tacky racing gauges in the car, or an additional racing air intake. Keep it simple and always make sure all upgrades are completed by a reputable professional.
  5. Technology upgrades: Having the latest hi-tech gadget installed properly and professionally in your car so the fit and trim match the rest of your interior could be a bonus for the right buyer. It could also put frugal used car shoppers off the mark. Using technology to make your car your own is great¾just don’t expect it to increase the resale value.

Overall, there are lots of ways to make a car feel like your car whether it is used or new. Just make sure to check with your auto insurance company before any planned modifications, as they may affect your policy. How do you make your car your own? Let us hear in the comments below.

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