How To Make The Most Of Your Car This Summer

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Our cars represent a lot of things to us – freedom, independence, a way to get to work and earn money, or a means of seeing friends and family. We also have the factor of the sheer love of driving – hitting the open road and seeing where it takes us. And in recent months, our vehicles have often been a lifeline at the time when public transport is problematic and we are mostly confined to the house. There’s no doubt that owning a car costs money, and while it’s a privilege that most of us will happily pay for considering what it gives us in return, there are ways that you can look at maximising the value of your car and getting the most enjoyment out of it.

Use It As An Escape

With travel by air difficult right now, your car could represent the best chance of a proper getaway for you and your family this year. Planning out a road trip is something that all drivers should experience at least once in a lifetime. There’s little more fun than plotting out a destination, a route that takes in some great landmarks along the way, loading up your car with snacks and drinks, pulling together the ultimate road trip playlist, and driving off into the sunset. You can have some truly great experiences, all from the comfort of the driver’s seat.  Make sure to prepare properly by giving your vehicle a thorough service before departure, making an itinerary so you get the most out of your trip, and keeping the number of a car accident lawyer saved in your phone, just in case.

Use It To Make Extra Money

Your car only results in outlay – right? Well, actually that could be wrong. If you need to make some extra money, having your own set of wheels can be a huge plus. There are a few ways for your car to make you money. The easiest is picking up some extra casual work as a courier –  a flexible way of earning cash in your own time. As internet shopping continues to boom, there is a huge need for lifestyle drivers to supplement the trade. A service like Amazon Flex lets you sign up to be a self-employed courier.You will need to pass some checks and have a good knowledge of your local area. Another way you can make money from your car is by agreeing to have advertising placed on it.  You can choose what to advertise, the graphics are added to your vehicle and you’re earning money.

Increase Its Resale Value

If it comes time to sell your car, then you can make it work harder for you by increasing its resale value. Although a car is a depreciating asset, you can safeguard as much value as possible by keeping it’s servicing log up to date, removing minor scratches from your car, and ensuring that the engine and all other mechanical parts are kept in the best condition. This will help your vehicle to give you the best return on investment when you do come to sell it –  another way to make the most of the car.