In 2016, there was an estimated number of 1.62 cars per household.
And with good reason. Getting around via car is faster, convenient, and makes life so much easier. It doesn’t matter if you’re a teen, student, or parent. We all rely on cars for transportation. Most people find it easier and more affordable to purchase a used car for their household over a brand new model. However, if you maintain your used car properly, there’s no reason you can’t keep it gleaming, shining, and looking like you just drove it off the lot.
Continue reading to learn how to make your used car look brand new.
Keep up with the interior
Depending on what kind of interior your vehicle has, you’ll have to take special and specific precautions. For example, if the car has a leather interior, make sure to clean the seats using a special and hydrating formula to wipe and clean the seats. If the car has a fabric interior, put up some protective covers to save the seats from potential stains or loose pet hair.
Keep up with the interior and don’t just clean it when it appears dirty. Routine maintenance is the best way to keep the inside of the car looking brand new. Keep wipes in your car, and clean the seats regularly. Every other week would be best unless you have young children. If that’s the case, opt for a weekly cleaning.
Keep your used car smelling new
New cars always have that desirable new car smell. But as your car gets older, it may dissipate.
Yes, odors from food or pets riding in the front seat can linger. But keeping your car smelling new is simple. Install an air freshener and never leave food inside the car for longer than 30 minutes. You can also spray the seats with some fabric spray to keep your car smelling great and leave your passengers, wondering how your car always manages to smell brand new.
Keep the tires looking nice
Upkeep the tires and make sure they are always looking shiny. Replace them every five years. And when you get your car washed or detailed, pay extra attention to them.
Keep it organized
The fast food wrappers, receipts, and piles of miscellaneous junk have to go.
You want the inside of the car to match the outside if you want to give it that fresh, clean, and new appearance.
Used cars may not have all the fancy new tech a new car has, depending on its make and model. If you want your car to feel like new, install a backup camera, or set up Bluetooth connectivity for your device.
This one may be the most obvious, but implement regular washes if you want your used car looking its best. If you find that you don’t have the time to wash it yourself, take it through a drive through car wash.
Take it in before or after work. Or even on a free weekend. Car washes are quick, so you don’t have to worry about taking too much time out of your day.
A final word on used cars
Used cars have many benefits. They are more affordable, have already experienced the bulk of their depreciation rate, and will save you more money in the long run if you explore your finance options. Best of all, used cars can look just as nice as newer ones with the right care. Make sure to keep up with the interior, wash the exterior regularly, keep the tires in great condition. Follow these tips consistently, and you’ll be sure to turn heads—even if you’re driving a used van, used truck, or car.