You don't have to be a mechanic to keep your vehicle well maintained and achieve a higher asking price when you go to sell it. There are plenty of simple things almost anyone can do to maintain the value of their vehicle, such as washing it regularly.

Beyond the enjoyment of having a clean car, regular washing can remove harmful substances from your paint that can damage the finish and even begin the process of corrosion. Pollution, salt, grit, bug splatter, and bird droppings can all damage the finish over time and open it up to corroding the metal underneath.

Wash your vehicle each week if it's exposed to the elements, you live near the ocean or your area uses salt and grit on the roads during the winter. You can keep a bottle of matching touch-up paint on hand to fix tiny imperfections before they have a chance to begin rusting. Washing your car may even help you save money on gas by reducing aerodynamic drag as you drive.

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