7 low-cost ways to spruce up your used car

Audio technology
7 of 9

Updating audio technology is one area that not only can bring added pleasure, but also should increase the resale value for your used car. According to Scott, AutoTrader has determined that cars without a CD player are a harder sell. Meanwhile, features such as auxiliary input jacks and MP3-player interfaces can help speed sales. Even satellite radio capability is a good selling point.

"But don't spend a ton of money on these things," Scott says. "Buy middle-of-the-road systems."

You can buy an iPod interface kit from the Crutchfield online catalog for $150, and it offers a prepaid installation card for $80 that is good at hundreds of audio shops around the country. A new audio head unit -- the audio system's controls and electronics -- with a CD player is as cheap as $80.




Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us

A little research could save you BIG on interest.

Don't have time? Our rate-tracker tool saves you time and money. Delivered Thursdays.
Partner Center


Tara Baukus Mello

Air bag recall hits 7.8M cars

About 7.8 million cars have been recalled due to a possible problem with the airbags that could cause them to deploy unexpectedly.  ... Read more

Connect with us