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4 Hacks to Increase the Resale Value of your Car

4 Hacks to Increase the Resale Value of your Car

Having a personal car has its own pleasure. The connection of a man with his car cannot be communicated in words; the agony of any scratch on the vehicle is difficult to overcome for a long time. In any case, separation is a part of life and your car is not an exemption from it.

Finding a substitute for your existing vehicle will undoubtedly be a daunting task both emotionally and financially because purchasing another car is not as simple as buying a new suit. Your outgoing car can financially contribute to making it less demanding for you to buy another vehicle to drive by fetching you a satisfactory price. However, for getting the value which you speculate for its offering from its new buyer, it is essential that the state of your car is immaculate and that it is well equipped.

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When you get into the used car market to sell for your current vehicle, keep in mind that for its buyer it is something new and exciting and consequently he expects the vehicle to be in great condition.

1. Refurnishing It

As referred above when you sell a car, it is the first car for its new owners and therefore he expects that everything in his car should be in good condition. Despite proper maintenance, a little mistake might depreciate the value of your car. Therefore before you sell your car, it would be better to get it properly serviced and get the defects properly detected by an expert mechanic.

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If there is any need of replacing an accessory from your car, it will be better to fit with a new set. This practice will prove to be fruitful while selling your car as the new buyer will also get it checked before paying the amount demanded.

2. Proper Documentation

Maintaining proper documents of your vehicle not only protects you from any kind of legal action against you, but it also helps you in getting a better price for your car when you sell it.

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The common types of documents which you need to keep updated includes the vehicle registration document, certificate of pollution under control, insurance and the bank’s no objection certificate if you have purchased the vehicle on loan. The comprehensive insurance helps you in enjoying good re-sale value of your car.

3. Eye-Catching Looks

The first impression is the last impression and the same principle applies to selling your car. Although mechanical factors contribute in determining the performance of any car, but still if you keep yours clean and maintained properly without any dents and scratches, it will grab the attention of buyer at the first instance.

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Here, it should be remembered that looks of car matter not only for the exteriors but also inside the cabin. You should make sure that all items including power windows, music system, air conditioner system, and all other equipments are working properly.

4. Evaluating Your Car From an Expert

In recent years, the market for used cars has witnessed a dynamic shift and more people prefer to buy a used car as their first vehicle. This trend is seen more among the enthusiasts who are fresh drivers. It would be better to get your car evaluated from an expert who carries vast knowledge in evaluating cars. Today there are various online car dealers who ask you to fill the details of your car and suggest an appropriate price for your car.

Well, the soul of our dialogue is that to get a suitable price for your car, you should maintain its condition properly so that the prospective buyer does not feel cheated even months after buying your car.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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