You love your BMW. Maybe it’s brand-new. Maybe this is the first BMW you’ve ever owned. It’s a great feeling. Savor the moment.
Over time, that new car feeling is going to diminish. However, if you plan on keeping this BMW for years, if you want to maximize its resale value in three, five, or even 10 years, there are things you can do right now to help make that happen.
Driving safe is certainly one of the biggest. If you can avoid little fender benders, dings, scratches, and other damage that is common when driving around the area roads today, that goes a long way to increasing resale value.
Here are five of the things you should consider doing consistently.
1. General maintenance.
The Inspection I and Inspection II service is critical to making sure your BMW is in peak operating condition. It shouldn’t cost you anything, at least if you purchased your BMW brand new.
2. Use the right fuel.
If your BMW calls for 87 octane, don’t use 93 octane. Not only is this a waste of money, it can actually cause deposits to build up in your engine. Use the fuel that your particular BMW make and model calls for.
3. Replace oil, filters, plugs regularly.
Replace the oil at least every 8,000 km. Use the appropriate oil. If your BMW requires full synthetic, use that. It’s more expensive than traditional oil, but it’s an important investment to protect the engine.
The air, oil, fuel, and other filters should be replaced at recommended intervals. The same holds true for spark plugs.
4. Flush coolant/antifreeze.
In the fall, right before winter, flush out the coolant and replace with antifreeze. After the winter season is over, flush out the antifreeze and replace with coolant. This will help protect your engine and keep it operating at optimal temperature.
5. Clean the inside and outside regularly.
Take care of your BMW. As you drive it more, as it’s exposed to the harsh winter conditions around here, and as it collects more dirt inside and out, we all have a tendency to become too complacent with the cleanliness of our vehicle.
Clean your BMW inside and out consistently, whether it’s weekly, biweekly, or once a month.
This will get you in a good habit and help keep your BMW in great condition for years to come.