Between commuting to work, hauling groceries, and driving the kids to soccer practice, the average car owner tends to spend a significant portion of their day in their vehicles. In fact, a recent study revealed that the average American spends 18 days driving each year. That boils down to around eight hours and twenty-two minutes each week.
Now, with so much time spent behind the wheel and tens of thousands of miles driven every year, keeping your clean looking fresh can be a bit of a challenge. If you’re a car lover, seeing worn down, muddy carpets, a faded dashboard, and scratched up paintwork can tempt you to purchase a shiny new car.
However, before you make any rash decisions, let us remind you that keeping an older car is the financially wiser choice—particularly if it’s been paid off. And so what if your car is looking a little off-color? With a little investment and a bit of TLC, you can improve its look significantly. Here are some cost-effective ways of improving the look of your vehicle.
The most effective way of keeping your car clean is by making it a habit to empty it of trash every time you get out of it. Of course, a good, thorough interior detailing once or twice a year is necessary to keep your interior factory-fresh, but you’d be surprised at how effective some simple daily dusting can be.
As for the difficult-to reach nooks and crannies, such as the cup holders and the recessed areas of the center console, there are different auto interior accessories, like cup holder liners, available that can help you keep them clean.
Keeping your vehicle organized is even easier. You can use Ziploc bags for the glove compartment (all the tools in one bag, the vehicle’s paperwork in another, and iPod and phone chargers in yet another).
Moving on to the exterior, giving your car a good shine on the weekend and topping it off with a layer of some high-quality carnauba wax goes a long way to preserve the paint’s shine and luster.
The floor is generally the first thing to wear down in a car. If the original floor mats of your vehicle have survived and are in good shape, we congratulate you! You should probably take them out and stow them away for later, if and when you decide to sell or trade-in your car. Replace them with weather-appropriate plastic or rubber floor mats. These provide adequate protection to your car’s carpet against odors and mold growth caused by wet shoes.
Seat covers are another thing in a car’s interior that take a beating—particularly if they’re made out of fabric. Between exposure to the sun’s UV rays, constantly being touched by dirty hands, and the occasional spillage accidents, seat covers can get filthy quite fast, especially if they’re of a lighter color.
So, if you use your car a lot, it’s best to get your seat covers changed once every year – sooner if you have young kids or a furry pet. This will not only keep your car’s interior looking fresh, but will also ensure the original upholstery remains protected.
Keeping your car’s windows clean from both sides not only enhances the look of your car, but is crucial for optimal road visibility. If you have young kids, the chances are that the inside of your car’s rear windows is all greasy and smudgy.
Fortunately, keeping your car’s windows spotless doesn’t require a lot of elbow grease. All you need is a clean microfiber cloth and a bottle of your favorite commercial glass cleaner.
Many car owners tend to ignore minor dents, dings and scratches that are a result of everyday driving. However, leaving deep scratches and dents unrepaired can lead to the formation of rust. Now, rust is like cancer for a car. It can spread like wildfire, particularly if you live in humid areas.
The best way to prevent it is by getting dents and paint scratches fixed immediately. Of course, if you have the budget, investing in a paint protection film or getting your vehicle ceramic coated is the most effective way to prevent scratches and keep your vehicle rust-free.
Car wheels are quite funny. You don’t think they make too much of a difference to how a car looks, but they actually do. If your car is a few years old or you have driven it past the hundred thousand mile mark, chances are the wheels have gotten pretty banged up. Between cement curb mishaps and missing hubcaps, the condition of the wheels can get quite bad as your car ages. Installing a set of brand-spanking-new wheels can have a huge impact on how your car looks.
However, new wheels are, by far, the priciest thing on this list. A brand new set can set you back between $200-1,000 depending on the make and model of the car you drive. So you should only consider a wheel replacement if you really love your car and intend to keep it for the long term.
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