New cars sometimes lose up to 40 percent of their value within the first four years. Even with the best care, the residual value naturally varies greatly depending on the class, manufacturer and model. According to the Handelsblatt, models from the Czech manufacturer Skoda are currently the most stable.

Regardless of whether the car is to be resold within a few years or used as long as possible, every new car owner has a great interest in preventing the loss in value of his car and having a new car feeling when driving for as long as possible.

Preventing loss in value

Some signs of ageing can already be reduced by the correct accommodation of the vehicle. If a car is parked directly on the road, it is exposed to all weather influences, both summer and winter, and of course there is a danger that a marten, for example, will cause damage. Close to the sidewalk, it can also be expected that a pedestrian will graze the car or otherwise inadvertently cause minor damage to the paintwork.

If you store your new car in the garage or at least in a carport, you can significantly reduce the risk of damage. Contamination such as bird droppings or vermin attack the paint and sealant. Weather-related wear and tear is also a much smaller problem.

Intensive sunlight ensures that the colour of the paint fades visibly over time, which is quickly visible especially with strong paintwork and red or blue. An alternative is a corresponding cover for the car, but it is important to make sure that not even damage to the paintwork is caused during the daily rubbing over and removal, which not only looks unattractive, but also noticeably reduces the value of the car.

Residual value of your car

If you intend to sell your new car within a few years, you should keep an eye on the residual value of your car. DAT and Schwacke-Liste are only conditionally worth considering because they do not include many factors such as the location of the vehicle or the color in the residual value calculation. Portals such as provide a quicker way of comparing offers because they compare offers from dealers directly and give owners a quick overview of what is currently being paid for their car.

The daily use of the car also plays a role in maintaining its value. Smoking vehicles in particular are experiencing a high loss in value, as the smell left behind by the blue haze is so persistently embedded in plastic and upholstery that it can hardly be removed and is often noticeable many years later, especially for non-smokers.

Fragrance trees or air fresheners often have a rather negative effect and also ensure that the typical smell of a new car disappears more quickly.

In general, the interior should of course be treated with care

Eating and drinking in a car can cause soiling. Something quickly spills or spills onto the upholstery, which cannot be removed without leaving a trace. Coffee and chocolate stains are particularly stubborn and grease stains are usually permanent. In the worst case, the odour is also trapped or leftovers of food get unnoticed in crevices and gaps where they spoil and mold.

The driving along of domestic animals, in particular of dogs makes itself naturally likewise noticeable and affects itself negatively on the remainder value, writes If the animal sits directly on the cushions, the claws can leave damage on the cushions. Hair settles usually at all possible places and is only with difficulty completely to be removed.

Care for new cars correctly

In order to keep the new car fresh and clean for as long as possible, regular cleaning is essential. Even if some points are omitted for a new car, this checklist helps to ensure that no area is left out and that the cleaning procedure is structured.

In most cases, new car owners first look after the fresh paint and want it to remain in good condition for as long as possible. For new cars, water-based paints are used for environmental reasons. These are completely hardened only after half a year.

The varnish is accordingly sensitive in the first time and requires accordingly careful care. Although car washes now mostly use sponge rubber systems that protect the paint, those who want to be on the safe side will wash their cars by hand. If a high-pressure cleaner is to be used, a minimum distance of 30 centimetres must be maintained.

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