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Common Habits that Ruin a Car’s Value

Every driver develops their own set of driving habits. Some of those driving habits are good, others are downright dangerous and other driving habits can actually lower the value of your car. Spoiler alert: dangerous driving habits will ruin the value of your car.

Good driving habits include double checking both ways before proceeding, glancing into the blind spot before switching lanes, and buckling your seat belt. Some driving habits are neither good nor bad, like wearing driving gloves. Dangerous driving habits are things like texting while driving or operating the GPS system while the car is in motion.

Each individual cultivates their own driving style and car maintenance habits. While some driving habits are fine, there are a few common habits that a majority of people fall into that can actually have a negative effect on the value of that person’s car.

Watch Your Driving Style

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Driving habits that lower a vehicle’s value are more common than people would like to admit. Some of these value-ruining habits are actually so ingrained that it may take some personal effort to stop these bad habits. But working to get rid of these habits is worthwhile because the better care you take care of your car now, the higher value you’ll get when you go to sell it or get an auto title loan. Your style of driving is one of the first aspects of your driving you’ll want to reevaluate.

Are you an insecure driver?

You might be insecure behind the wheel if you’re new to driving, new to driving stick, driving an unfamiliar car, or were recently in a car accident. Insecure drivers are not defensive drivers, and tend to have a driving style of avoidance. Being insecure behind the wheel can actually make you more likely to get into an accident with your car, so take your car to a secluded lot and practice basic driving maneuvers to get comfortable behind the wheel again.

Are you an aggressive driver?

You might be an aggressive driver if you find yourself getting angry or stressed out whenever you’re behind the wheel. You also might be a more aggressive driver if you find yourself not stopping completely at stop signs, riding the bumpers of other cars, beeping at other vehicles around you too much, or running yellow and even red lights. Aggressive drivers are also more likely to get into accidents. The key to fixing an aggressive driving style is to work out the stress levels in your everyday life, and learn to have more patience on the road.

Be a Defensive Driver

Some people like to describe defensive driving as “driving as if everyone else on the road were drunk.” If you don’t have expectations for the drivers around you, then you’ll be more patient with other drivers, and you won’t make harmful assumptions about their actions. The American Society of Safety Professionals has lots of guidance on how to develop a healthy defensive driving style.

Keep it Clean

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One of the most common bad habits concerning car care is not keeping your car clean. It can be very east to procrastinate cleaning your car, especially during the winter months. The time, effort, and expense of car washes can also keep car owners from regularly cleaning their car’s exterior as well. But keeping the inside and outside of your car clean is important in retaining the value of your vehicle. If you don’t, then your car will deteriorate faster. Before you know it your car will need more than just a new paint job to look new again. Not cleaning the inside of your car will also make you have to replace the upholstery before you can sell.

Schedule a semi regular car wash trip, and pencil in some time once a week to clean out your car, vacuum the seats and flooring, and wipe things down. It’s also a good idea to plan some time every so often to shampoo your car’s interior as well to really keep it fresh.

Easy on the Throttle

Another common mistake that car owners often make is thinking that their new car is as invincible as it is powerful. Driving a new car with aggression, top speeds, and a lead foot are some of the best ways to damage a vehicle from the inside and therefore lower the total value of the car.

Other habits that lower a car’s value are less obvious. Some additional ways to ruin a car’s value include customizing the vehicle, getting work done on the side by a free-lance repair man, failing to keep accurate records, and messing with the body of the vehicle (aka adding body kits). More than likely the car you’ve bought isn’t the car you’ll have forever. Eventually this car will run it’s course for you, and you’ll want to sell or trade it in for a fresher car. Remember to maintain your car’s resale value as you care for it and drive it.

 

If you or anyone you know is guilty of taking part in one of the above habits then you should be aware—the value of your car is ever decreasing. Ensure the value of your car by not falling victim to these common and value-reducing habits when you drive and care for your car so that you can keep you car as a high value asset.

With a higher value car, you can easily resell your vehicle for more than the listed price or gain a greater title loan from Check City. Title loans from Check City are quick, easy, and safe loans that are borrowed against the value of your car, so keeping the above harmful habits away from your driving style could not only mean an increased value of your vehicle, but an increased value in the amount you can borrow against the title of the vehicle as well.

Springtime Car Tips

Spring showed its beautiful face for only a couple days and gave all the hope that winter had past. But recent weather across the nation, and especially in the west, has showed that the winter is not over just yet.

Winter storms and winter weather are a common occurrence throughout the spring time for many areas of the country. The sporadic and varying warm and cold weather of spring has left many communities to claim that if outsiders don’t like the weather, all they need do is wait fifteen minutes.

While the colloquial saying has been adopted by numerous communities, there is still some shade of truth to be found in their assertions. Spring is a blending of weather, from rain to sunshine to and sometimes back to bitter cold and snow.

The continued cold weather means that all of the dangers associated with winter weather must still be considered and prepared for by all. For many, these winter preparations and precautions will include re-winterizing their vehicle for their daily commute.

Winterizing one’s vehicles, even at the tail end of the winter season, can greatly improve the reliability of a person’s vehicles throughout the spring and into the summer. The first step that people can take to guard their vehicle against the continued colder weather is to ensure that the car is up to date on its maintenance.

Vehicle Maintenance is Essential

Proper maintenance of the vehicle should include having the oil changed regularly. As the sporadic weather of spring turns an engine cold, the oil in that engine may thicken, reducing the oil’s ability to lubricate the engine properly.

By keeping up with the maintenance schedule of a vehicle, the vehicle’s owner will be able to ensure that the engine runs smoothly throughout the tail end of winter. Additionally, the owner’s manual of the vehicle may include suggestions as to which type of oil should be used during the cold months of next year to avoid this oil-thickening issue.

Other items on the vehicle can likewise be re-winterized to improve performance. Wiper blades can be upgraded to ensure clear visibility during the wet spring months as can the car’s battery to prevent the cold days from draining the vehicle’s power supply.

More winterizing tips for vehicles include purchasing and equipping snow tires, keeping those tires properly inflated, and using the right anti-freeze for the make and model of the vehicle. By re winterizing their vehicle properly, individuals can better ensure that their spring commutes will go more smoothly.

Need Cash? How About a Title Loan

Another responsible use of a person’s car is to help them get back on their feet financially with a title loan. A car is an asset owned by a person and can therefore be used to help the person or their family to achieve financial stability.

But what is a title loan? How can it help a family financially? These and questions and others like them are common questions that some people have when they hear the phrase “title loan”.

At its most basic level, a title loan from Check City is a loan issued to an individual that is borrowed against, and therefore based upon, the value of that individual’s car. Or in other words, a person can receive a loan from Check City by borrowing against the value of their car.

A title loan is an effective and efficient way to receive a loan because it is classified as a secured personal loan. This means that the loan’s interest rates will be lower and the terms of agreement for restitution will be more flexible than they would be for other types of loans.

A title loan from Check City can be a financially reasonable option for those who are in need of a short term loan of money to help them pay for such irregularities as an emergency hospital visit or an expedient home repair expense. These people should first determine whether they can afford a loan by looking at their finances and determining if their income is sufficient to support an additional debt.

It should be here noted, however, that for emergency situations a title loan is perhaps the best way to receive a safe and affordable loan from a trusted financial institution such as Check City. This is because a title loan will provide enough money in the form of a loan to cover expedient needs without charging exuberant costs in interest rates.

What Does it Take to Get a Title Loan?

Applying for title loans at Check City is surprisingly simple. All that is required by Check City to approve your title loan is the following:

  • Your vehicle on hand, the car’s title, and spare key
  • Valid Picture ID
  • Proof of insurance and registration
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of income

Bring these items into one of our many Check City locations today to apply for and receive your title loan.

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