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How To Maximize The Collector's Value Of Your Modern-Day Muscle Car

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There's no doubting that some of the modern-day muscle cars being produced will one day be as collectible as their retro counterparts from the 1960s and 1970s. That's especially true when it comes to limited edition models such as the Ford Mustang Bullitt, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Just as the case is with classic muscle cars, the future collector's value of your ride will highly depend on the condition of your car, as well as the records you maintain. Generally, the most valuable specimens are vehicles that are completely stock and in the same condition as when they rolled out of the factory. Even seemingly small things like having all of the service records and original owner's manual can add substantial value to your car in the future.

Have Your Car Professionally Serviced

Most enthusiasts are more than capable of performing basic maintenance on their rides. Do-it-yourself oil and filter changes become second nature. However, having your car serviced by a professional shop can increase its resale value and make it more collectible.

Professional shops guarantee their work and provide thorough documentation of the maintenance they perform. Follow your car's suggested service schedule to a T, and file away all of the receipts you receive. Professional maintenance will help you keep your ride in pristine condition. Additionally, having a thorough record of professional maintenance receipts to pass on to future buyers will help increase its value.

Avoid Modifications

If you're like most enthusiasts, you have a craving to modify your car to make it faster and more unique. However, if maximizing collectibility is your goal, you should leave your car completely stock.

Generally, the classic muscle cars that fetch the highest dollar are the ones that are in the same condition as when they came off the assembly line. A modified exhaust or suspension system might make your car more fun to drive, but it will be less valuable than the same car equipped with the stock components years down the road.

If you can't help but modify your ride, stick with factory upgrades that are considered OEM equipment that you order through a dealer. Also, keep all of your stock components that you replace, so you can reinstall them when it comes time to sell your car.

The Obvious: Take Care of Your Ride

Your car will obviously be worth more if it's in pristine condition. Keep your car parked in a garage or under a cover to protect it from the elements. Protect your paint job by liberally washing and waxing your car. Occasionally, have it professionally detailed for a more thorough job. Periodically check the oil level and tire pressure to ensure that they're within factory specifications.

For more information, talk to companies like M & R Automotive Service Center Inc.