The importance of an Auto Maintenance Log

March 28, 2013

An auto maintenance log is vital. Any people underestimate its importance, and that can lead to big problems if you ever hope to sell the vehicle. Keeping a thorough and accurate, up to date auto maintenance log is a must. As a matter of fact it is one of the most important things you will do while owning your vehicle.

This is not simply so you can reference repairs; warranties and the like, but also for the time that you ever decide to sell the vehicle. Have you seen the commercial, “show me the car-fax?” Well, in real life it comes down to “show me the auto maintenance log.” Your auto maintenance log is your funds coming back in a sale, and that is what it all boils down to. So, if you do not have that log you will not be getting the total value of the vehicle in a sale, and that is the bottom line.

You really must be able to show a buyer that the car has been cared for. It can make all of the difference in the price you will get for the vehicle. A complete set of records of all maintenance done on the vehicle is the only way to support the price that you are requesting. If that same buyer is weighing several options you could lose the sale just by not having that auto maintenance log up to date. People want to know they are getting something that is going to last.

The old saying is the most important things you can have in the car are jumper cables, a spare, jack and your trusty old auto maintenance log. Even the Hartford Insurance Group weighed in saying that , “Your log can serve as a leveraging tool when you’re selling or trading in. You’ll get the best trade value or be able to support your asking price if you can prove to the dealer that the car has been well maintained. If you’re leasing, your vehicle maintenance log proves that you’ve honored your car maintenance contract.”

So, keep all of your records and log all of your maintenance and repairs no matter how big or small. Hold on to that paperwork. Having yet another file will prove totally worth it in the end. Do this even if the company maintains online records. It is always best to be prepared.

Cranbourne Body Works.

1485 South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne VIC 3977

Telephone – (03) 5996 4770    |

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