We’ve all heard the rule of thumb that a new car loses a lot of value the minute it rolls off the lot. There are several basic considerations to keep your car in great shape, maintain its resale value, and get the most enjoyment out of it for as long as possible. As an example of ways to maintain a luxury car, here is a guide on how to care for your Lexus.
Wash the exterior with gentle soap and use a microfiber or other lint-free cloth to wipe down interior surfaces with a gentle cleanser. Avoid harsh bathroom cleaning products. If you have a leather interior, make sure you are using a conditioning product especially made for that material.
Once the car is dry, apply a recommended wax product to keep it shiny and protected. This goes for your wheels, as well—keep them clean and apply an appropriate protective wax product to protect them from scratches.
You don’t necessarily have to bring your car to the dealer every time, but make sure you are dealing with a reputable, experienced shop. The maintenance schedule is in the owner’s manual for a reason—the carmaker is giving you a detailed guide of how to keep your Lexus in top condition.
Between regular maintenance appointments, keep an eye on fluid levels and tire pressure. Fluids that need monitoring include not just the oil, but brake, transmission, and power steering fluids.
Maintaining proper tire pressure and having your tires rotated as recommended in the owner’s manual is critical to the life of the tire and impacts safety. Inspect your tires regularly for damage and wear.
Stains that dry may turn into stains that stay forever. As such, blot it up and get it to the dealer or the detailer right away. Scratches allow moisture and grit to get under the paint. Address any minor damage right away before it becomes a major headache.
Even if you drive gently and avoid potholes and curbs, the day may come when you notice your tires won’t stay inflated or your wheels get dinged and scratched. Consult our experts to determine if you should replace your Lexus wheels with quality OEM wheels from the Wheelership.