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Looking to give your pickup truck or SUV a boost in its value without going overboard and breaking the bank? There are tons of upgrades to choose from, many of which are very stylish but may not accomplish your objective. To lead you in the right direction, here are some cost-efficient add-ons that are worth considering:
Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
Is your paint looking a bit rusty or riddled with tiny dents and blemishes? Skip the touch-up formula and head to the body shop for a new paint job, but request that the painter add a layer of protection film. This will come at a cost, but increase your vehicle’s value since the paint job will be covered for the life of the vehicle, with the exception of collisions.
Add a New Set of Rubber
Not only are worn tires a safety hazard, but they’re also visually unappealing. There’s nothing like a used car on the market with a new set of tires; that’s one less expense for the prospective owners to worry about. Invest in a new set of rubber from a reputable brand, such as Nitto, which can be found at an affordable rate from TireBuyer.com.
Tune It Up
The routine oil changes aren’t enough to keep your truck or SUV in stellar condition, mechanically. And to most consumers, that’s what matters most when searching for a new vehicle. Occasionally, you’ll need to tune things up to avoid major mechanical issues, including oil and water leaks, transmission and engine glitches, and problems with the timing belts or water pump later on down the road. And don’t forget about the fluids and filters as they also have the potential to wreak havoc on your vehicle if not properly cared for.
Tint the Windows
The visual appeal of tinted windows isn’t the only advantage. There are many benefits to window tinting. It also blocks up to 99.9 percent of the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays, which minimizes driving distractions while protecting your skin. Another added perk: the risk of cracked leather seats and faded upholstery as a result of direct sunlight will be minimized.
Install a Bedliner and Grill
Whether you use the bed of your pickup truck for heavy or minimal hauling, a drop-in bedliner will protect it from sustaining damages to the surface. And while you’re at it, don’t forget the grill, which can also be placed on an SUV, to shield the front of the vehicle from sustaining collison-related or off-road damage.
Make it Shine
Image is not everything, but it is weighted highly for prospective buyers. After all, no one wants to be spotted driving a filthy ride. And with an extensive detailing job of the exterior and interior, you’ll have a head turner that will wow both spectators and passengers. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy riding in style?
A quick note on the interior: if a hardcore cleaning of the seats, ceiling, floors and crevices don’t get the job done, consider low-cost replacements. And don’t forget about the worn weather-stripping as it’s sure to be an eyesore if left intact.
With a few of these simple adjustments, your truck or SUV will be in tip-top shape and ready to be placed on the market when the time’s right to turn a profit.
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