Make your old car feel new again


For many, there’s nothing better than sitting behind the wheel of a brand new car. There’s the new car smell that so many of us seem to love so much. Everything is clean and fresh, which make hesitate each time you start the vehicle because you want to keep in that condition for as long as possible. As hard as you try there’s simply no way you can keep your car in perfect condition and over the years it is going to start feeling less and less perfect.

Unfortunately most of us can’t afford to purchase a new car every couple of years, which is why we’ve decided to put together a short guide to help you make your old car feel like new again.

First and foremost it’s important to remember that no matter how hard you work, you will never be able to make your car feel exactly as it once did, that’s simply impossible. You can however make slight improvements to make your car a little more pleasant, especially if you’re in a position where you can’t purchase a new vehicle at the moment.

To get started you’ll want to clean your car. We’re not talking about simply washing it with soap and water. If you want your car to feel even slightly like it once did, you’ll want to properly clean it. Washing a car is something that most of us put off for as long as possible but doing it on a regular basis can greatly improve the overall condition of your car.

Although it might seem like a simple task, there’s much more to washing a car than meets the eye. When preparing your car to be washed make sure that the spot where it’s parked is good. Ideally, you don’t want your vehicle to be near any trees whilst you’re washing it because all the leaves and dirt will make your car filthy again before you’re even finished. You want to be parked in a spot that’s at least a few feet away from any trees or anything you think is messy enough to ruin all the work you’re about to do.

Once your vehicle is in the right spot, wash its body carefully. To ensure that you are doing it right and using the correct products read the vehicle’s manual beforehand and familiarise yourself with the manufacturer’s instructions. Waxing your vehicle for example, might seem like a simple task but if you don’t follow the instructions from the manufacturer you can damage your car and leave stains all over it.

Whilst you’re cleaning your car don’t just focus on the exterior. Use this opportunity to clean the interior. Shampoo the carpets and hover under all the seats. If you can, remove the seats to get every last corner. Don’t ignore anything! If you have any trash inside the car, get rid of it. Check the glove compartment and the boot and throw away everything you’re not using.

Once your car’s all clean you can always get a new car freshener? There are brands out there that sell “new car” scented car fresheners so you can try to re-live your car’s glory days.

There are a number of things you can do to make the interior feel a little more luxurious and keep it feeling fresh for longer. A steering wheel cover is a great way of protecting the steering wheel and adding a little personality to your vehicle. It won’t cost you much however it will make your interior feel a lot more clean and tidy.

If your dashboard is pad is faded you should consider repainting it. Dyeing it is also an option. This will make your dashboard feel like new and your interior feel fresh. Before painting or dyeing your dashboard make sure you do your research as you don’t want to cause any damage to it. The car’s manual will usually tell you everything you’ll need to know however don’t be afraid to Google it or contact the nearest dealership and ask for advice.

New electronics could also make your vehicle feel a little newer. Most cars these days use the latest technologies meaning that a car that’s 2 years old will most likely have an outdated sound system for example. You can get a new sound system rather cheap these day so if you have some spare cash, why not treat yourself to a brand new sound system. To save money read up online on how to install it yourself. It shouldn’t be too difficult however always do your research before messing around with anything in your vehicle as you don’t want to cause any damage to it. Often, something as simple as a new sound system can make your car feel like new and give you something to play around with whilst stuck in traffic.

Although the car’s appearance has a lot to do with the way it feels, the way it handles is also important. If your car has become sluggish over the years, now is the time to get it back to its original condition.

Many people don’t realise that wipers, for example, should be changed at least once year. Not only will this make your driving experience a lot smoother but it will also improve the vehicle’s safety, which is the single most important feature of any vehicle. Check your wipers at least once every six months and if you notice that anything’s off, replace them.

Another thing that can greatly improve your car’s performance are its tyres. Tyre maintenance doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive, which is what a lot of people seem to think. As long as you carry out regular checks and prevent any issues before they become a problem you should be fine.

Car battery maintenance can also improve the car’s performance. Clean the battery regularly by removing the clamps and wiping away any grease or dirt. Keep the battery fully charged and don’t forget to secure it so that it doesn’t damage any other parts of the engine. If you would like to learn more about car battery maintenance, check out our short guide, which we have put together to help you get the most out of your battery. You can read the guide by clicking here.

Although, you can do a lot to prevent damage from occurring, it’s simply impossible to keep your car in perfect condition over the years. It’s always best to prevent an issue before it becomes a problem, it’s also much cheaper, however we realise that things happen that are out of our control.

When using touchup paint remember to be careful. Don’t overdo it as you could end up messing up and it will cost you a lot money to fix.

It’s best to consult someone who knows what they’re doing before attempting to do something you haven’t done before just to ensure that your vehicle isn’t going to get damaged in the process.

We hope you found our short guide helpful. For more useful guides and articles, check out our blog that’s updated regularly. Browse through numerous guides that we have put together to make life easier for car owners out there and if you enjoyed reading this article don’t forget to share it with your friends.

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