Getting that new car was a breath of fresh air; literally. You’d get in and breathe in deeply, soaking the new car smell and rubbing that steering wheel appreciatively. A smile was always playing on your lips when you’d rev the engine. But age has a funny way of robbing you of that first intimacy you shared.
Your car may not have gotten old and rickety, but it has aged. Those first few years of life have gotten the coat of paint losing its glow and the engine sounding like every other five year old car.
But you can get your car back in good shape with a few affordable changes. Here are a few tips to get your older car into new car shape.
Get That New Car Glossy Look Back
Being constantly in the elements will wear the shine from your car’s coat of paint. This should not deter you from getting back the shine. The most basic way of keeping your car clean involves washing it every day using non-corrosive detergents. A once a week waxing has a way of paying back by protecting your paint job from getting too affected by the elements. If you find yourself unable to spare a few bucks for some wax, get that lanolin-rich hair shampoo and use as a detergent. It is one sure way of giving your car a super shiny look that will get that smile playing on your face again.
Get That New Car Smell Back
The new car smell is something that puzzles everybody. But instead of being caught up in the mystery of unraveling what exactly is the new car smell, take time to clean your interior thoroughly. It means taking out any trash left in the cabin every day. It also calls for you to clean the upholstery once a week, vacuuming where possible and detaching and laundering when able to. This includes the floor mats which can harbor enough trash. This will get rid of any smells from spillage, dirt and grime that collect over the week.
If you haven’t been giving your car love for some time, don’t blame it for not having an inviting scent. Once you have the interior clean, you need to get the boot cleaned up. This can do with some vacuuming as well. Remember that a good thorough clean with detergent on most parts, and an all purpose cleaner for the dash board will get rid of enough unpleasant odors. To clean your AC you need to let it run for a few minutes at high. This should be done before cleaning the interior.
When your car’s cabin is squeaky clean it will benefit from an air freshener of your choice. Be ready to indulge because, though you cannot get that exact new car smell back, you can supplement with an attractive air freshener.
Upgrading Your Sound System
If your car is a few years old, it simply means your dashboard is outdated; this includes your sound system. If it sounded good, with the bass line sending shivers down your spine when it was new, it probably wizened with age. Trading up for an up to date sound system like the double din head unit will get you functioning in the new age. A double din system takes a little extra space on your dash, but gives you many exciting entertainment options of how to enjoy your drives. Most come with touch screen functionality, with ipod, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as some of the basic functions. You will be thoroughly entertained with the selection between DVD, mp3 and satellite radio. And consider some even give you the ability to integrate your smart phone; this is for those corporate heads that are always on the phone.
When upgrading your sound system, you should not make the mistake of leaving your speaker system unchanged. A new system may not give you the best, only because you limit it with the traditional car speakers that come with it. When you change your speaker system you will do well to add on a pair of 6.5” car speakers. Coming in with inbuilt tweeters and the benefit of a wide range frequency range, these speakers will give you woofer, mid-range and tweeting response, making your face split up in a grin.
Keep that Engine Happy
A happy engine equals a happy you. You should maintain a basic maintenance of your car’s engine to keep it healthy. This includes oil change, oil and air filter changes and using the best gas formula you can afford.