So your car’s no longer got that brand new car appeal. Instead of getting looks of admiration, it’s getting looks of pity. Fear no more, let us give you 10 ways that won’t break the bank and give your car the moderate makeover it deserves.
1. Get Cleaning (part one)
Yep, it’s super obvious that a good clean up will do wonders but we’re not just talking about removing those hidden empty chip packets stashed away in your car seat pockets. We’re talking about getting super stuck in: the in-laws are coming over for Christmas type clean.
Start with vacuuming everything, and we mean everything. Under the seats, on top of the seats, in between the seats! Get that vacuum in the boot, under the floor mats, in the doors, the dash, get it yet?
Your hair is not the only thing that benefits from a regular shampoo, give those spots and dots a scrub! Get in there and eliminate them with some Autoglym Interior Shampoo. It’s affordable, it’s a premium brand and it’s great at quickly removing any built up dirt and grime from mats, headlining, dashboard, doors, switches, pedals and more. Success? Not yet, but you’re well on your way.
Hopefully, your dashboard and steering wheel don’t look anything like this, otherwise, I’m not sure how many of these tips will help you (sorry).
If your seats and steering wheel are looking a bit worse for wear, and no matter how much interior shampoo you use, that 5-year-old coffee stain is not going to come out, banging on a new wheel cover, dash cover and some seat covers could do the trick.
Yes, I know some seat covers are scary and should never see the light of day, that combination of cartoon characters and just plain ugly is definitely not something I would recommend….unless of course, you’re into that. A nice sleek cover in an inoffensive colour can be the facelift your car’s interior needs, it covers up the old and manages the inevitable eating on-the-go moments.
No one likes a stinky car. Be it food scrap stink, you left the window slightly open and it rained stink or smelly pet stink. It’s going to kill anyone’s vibe regardless of how fresh your car looks. You can easily get hands on car odour eliminator to get rid of stubborn odours lingering on in your interior fabric and throw in an unobtrusive smelling air freshener for good measure.
4. Air Filters and Air Conditioning
Following on from the previous note, if you’ve got any funny smells coming through your air conditioning when you turn it on it might also be a good idea to check the condition of your Cabin Air Filter (if your car has one; check the owners manual). Cabin Air Filters, play an important role in filtering out all that pollution and crap that floats about. Dirty Cabin Air Filters can collect all sorts of gross pollutants which can cause the smell. A quick change to a new one is not only good for your health but will hopefully also get rid of any stink being caused by a dirty one.
Nothing says dated like an outdated audio system but if you’re still digging CD’s and cassette tapes then read no more. If you’re sick of listening to talk-back radio shows and want to plug your iPad or iPhone in then tune in.
Now this might break the “don’t break the bank rule” depending on how much you want to pimp your sound system. You can go all out and replace the whole sound system and speakers or you can go for something a less. New radio head units that have Bluetooth, integrated with your iPod and iPhone should come relatively cheap if you do your research and shop around.
6. Flush out those Fluids!
Would you like to be chugging down on contaminated, old fluids? Thought not, well, neither does your car. Did you know Power Steering Fluid and Brake Fluid can become contaminated with age? It’s a good idea to do regular oil changes to keep your car running smoothly and to help prolong its life. Flushing and resetting your Motor Oil, Transmission Oil, Antifreeze and Differential Fluid is also a good idea.
7. Get Cleaning (part two)
We started with the interior, now it’s the exterior. Even if you are short on time or too lazy (or don’t have any young relatives to bribe) to do anything else we suggest giving the body of your car a serious clean is the quickest fix for making your car feel new. Kinda like shoving all that mess into a drawer instead of putting it away. Okay, so there are like fifty million bodywork cleaning products out there so let’s make it easy and suggest some Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s super affordable and a great product.
8. Windows and Wipers
We’re focusing on the insides of your windows this time. If you have kids or any form of grubby passengers, there’s likely to be grime or marks ruining your perfect view. Giving it a polish with Autoglym Glass Polish will get rid of the muck and give you that lasting shine they talk about in dishwasher ads. You can also use in on your wipers to give them a clean, which takes us onto the next thing, Wiper Blades! Don’t neglect your wipers. Having rusty, old wipers will make your car look older and affect their effectiveness. Give yourself clarity of vision and keep in mind you should probably change them every 6 – 12 months.
9. Tired Tyres
Clean those rims! Having dirty rims is massively going to affect the feel of your car. You don’t have to change your rims to some pimped out insanity to get your car feeling upgraded and new. This is kinda a part 3 to the cleaning process, so get down there with some Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner. Completely acid-free, designed to clean a wide variety of wheel types; the perfect treatment to get them gleaming.
10. “Wax on, Wax off”
Not only is it an awesome quote from an awesome movie but it’s also an awesome way to give the body of your car that new car shine. Post-80’s cars were given an extra layer of clear coat for protection against environmental abuse and added shine, but over time even that will start to fade and lose its shine. Giving it the Autoglym Wax Kit experience is something your car will never forget. Yes, this option is a little fancy but your car deserves a little love. If you’re not into fancy but still want that extra shine, check out all our other options. Four coats a year is all you need for that perfect shine and durable protection.