The Advertiser - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

THE best way to fu­ture-proof your new car, or pro­tect the per­for­mance of a used-car pur­chase, is to keep it well main­tained and play safe in the show­room.

Avoid loud or fash­ion­able colours, es­pe­cially on pres­tige and lux­ury cars, for a start.

In­stead of pay­ing ex­tra for op­tional equip­ment, jump straight up to the next model in the range. And if you can­not re­sist tick­ing a few boxes for bling, go for stuff a sec­ond-hand shop­per can see — al­loy wheels, spoil­ers or a sun­roof — in­stead of stuff that’s hid­den in the cabin.

Glass’s Guide says the ba­sics are straight­for­ward and so is keep­ing the value over time.

“Keep your car well main­tained with up-to-date ser­vice books, and avoid high kilo­me­tres,” says Santo Amod­dio.

“Any­thing more than 30,000km a year for a large car or SUV, or 20,000km for a small, sports or pres­tige car, is un­de­sir­able.”

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