Remember that new car smell and spotless interior your car had when you first drove it off the lot? The chances are your car has not looked like that since you brought it home. Over time, your car may begin to collect stains, cracks, and broken features that just can’t seem to go away and keep gaining your attention.
The interior of a car can get messy quickly from dirty shoes bringing in the outdoor elements or spilt drinks and food. Car features like GPS and sound systems can become worn down fast and not able to function with today's technology. We’ve got some good news though. Whether you do it yourself, or bring in your car to a qualified professional service center, there are plenty of tips and tricks that you can do to extend the life of your car and make it feel like you are driving a brand new car again.
Deep Cleaning and Detailing
One of the fastest ways to make your car look brand new again is to do a deep interior cleaning and an exterior detail. If you don’t have all of the cleaning supplies and equipment at home, finding a car cleaning professional who is capable of providing a detailing service can be well worth your money. Detailing typically will include a thorough cleaning of the interior and exterior to remove dirt, stains, and smells as well as shampooing rugs, mats, and upholstery.
If detailing your car is not in your budget or necessary, giving your car an extensive vacuuming can be a great start. Outside of vacuuming the big areas like flooring and seats, you should have small vacuum attachments that will be able to reach the tricky areas like in-between the seats which can sometimes be ignored or missed. Getting rid of any garbage, clutter, or personal items that can be taken out of your car and organizing what should remain is always a good start when giving your car a new look.
Update the Necessities
Do you have any car repairs that even though they may not be urgent, they could still use a little attention? Most of the time, getting a crack in your windshield can be out of our control and become a safety issue if the crack continues to expand. Many companies will come to you to repair your windshield and have you back on the road with no visible eyesores.
Having a steering wheel with a tear in it can not only be an annoyance when driving, it can be dangerous. Purchasing a good quality steering wheel cover will help make it safer and more comfortable to use. It’s easy to tell if your wipers need to be replaced when they start to leave big streaks of rain left on the windshield. A new pair of windshield wipers can be relatively cheap and make a huge difference with visibility on the road. You can also buy high-quality floor mats to prevent wear and tear. Even though some of the essentials like tires and headlights can be costly, they should not be dragged on for too long and will help feel like you are driving a new car again.
Update the Features
Since you last bought your car, there are likely many new technology amenities on the market that were not available when your vehicle was manufactured. If music is important to you during your drive, you can upgrade your audio system to mirror the sound quality that can be found in cars made today. In addition to the audio system, installing a dashboard navigation system is one of the more common upgrades in cars. Navigation dashboards can consist of GPS, video, backup assist cameras, and satellite radio like SiriusXM.
If you live in the midwest and are faced with cold winters that dip below zero degrees, auto start may be the way to go when giving your car that new car look again. For a reasonable price, a qualified professional can put auto start in your car that will allow you to stay inside while your car cabin warms up. Still not sure if you even need to warm up yours cars engine? Check out one of our latest blogs, Should I Warm Up My Car’s Engine In The Winter.
In short, if you feel good about your older car, you're less likely to be tempted to buy a new one. Most of us car owners spend an awful lot of time in our cars and the temptation to purchase a new stylish car is a familiar feeling for many of us. Keeping an older car can be more cost effective so if making small upgrades to your older car help you keep it longer, then you're making a truly frugal choice.
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