“They say you only fall in love once. But every time I look at you, I fall in love all over again.” Well, don’t get me wrong, I say this to my car each and every day. Most of us get easily tired of driving used cars long before they are used up and end up buying a new one. But I say why throw away a car just because it feels worn down? I mean there are numerous ways through which you can make your old car feel like a new one.
Here down below I would like to mention a few steps that can go a long way towards making your car look good as well as feel good. Some of them might require the assistance of a skilled mechanic or buy premium quality automotive parts, but trust me they are worth your money! While others you can easily handle yourself. So just hang in there!
Step #1- Clean up
Clean everything and here I am not talking about the superficial cleaning job done by us every week but a hardcore washing/scrubbing/cleaning of everything to your reach, i.e. Starting from shampooing the carpet and upholstery, excavating all the trash moldering in the trunk, remove the spare, tires, seat cushions and all other snacks, food leftovers spread across the seat and under. If you are technically sound with automotive parts, then you should even take out the front seat and vacuum under. Cleaning up is the prime step to inspect the ride and uncover its hidden problems.
Step #2- Electronics
Even if your car is a couple of years old, chances are there that you have an outdated sound system. Inspect all the electronic units, and check whether they integrate well with iPod, iPhone, Satellite radio, Bluetooth connection for a cell phone, etc. If not, try buying a new system unit that instantly updates your automobile. Over the recent years, electronic GPS navigation systems have even become affordable and offer a great amount of functionality.
Step #3- Clean the lenses
Recently built vehicles usually carry these plastic composite headlamps that may dull over time. You can either pick an expert offering headlamp restoration or look around for companies offering an exceptional range of automotive parts that are easy to install as well as use. Buying a new one can make your old car look nicer and improve the insulation to a great extent.
Step #4- Brakes and suspension
Further speaking about these automotive spare parts, choosing high-quality products like shocks, springs, dampers, brake rotors, pads, wheels, and tires can make a huge difference. But that doesn’t mean you need to go to extremes to handle your ride more precisely. Just stay with your estimated budget and mechanic and I am sure things will get better.
Step #5 The final touch-up
Try using touch-up paint on your car’s exteriors. Moreover, here you can easily remove the plastic trim pieces and repaint them with a spray can. I am sure this will make a huge difference and more importantly, it’s quite cheaper than getting a new car.
“It’s all about showing your four-wheeled pride and joy some love and I am sure it will love you back.”