So, what’s your plan to take care of your car?
Keeping your car in the best possible condition is the best way to maximize your investment. That way, when you’re ready to part with it, you can sell your vehicle for the highest possible price. Buyers are willing to pay a lot more for a car in pristine condition.
Below are ten steps that can help you maintain your car and keep it looking just like new if you perform them consistently.
Protect your car’s exteriors
1. Give your car a nice wash
Regularly washing your vehicle will help maintain the deepness and richness of its color, and help protect it against dirt and toxins that might otherwise eat away and gradually erode your paint job. When you wash your car, use microfiber towels and separate buckets for washing and rinsing; this will help you avoid swirl marks.
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2. Never forget your undercarriage
How to keep your car clean varies if you live or work in a rural area where there are dirt roads or in a cold region where salt roads are common. For example, it’s important to have your car’s undercarriage cleaned to prevent corrosion. Bring your vehicle to a professional car wash that can perform a good undercarriage cleaning. If you’re concerned about rust, apply a preventative coating to the underbody of your car.
3. Wax the exterior paint
For additional protection, apply a protective layer of wax to your car every six months.
4. Fix scratches and dents
If you find rust, scratches, or dents on your car, don’t delay – have them fixed as soon as you can. If left untreated, they could expand into a much worse problem.
5. Give a little TLC to your windows, mirrors, and windshield
6. Wash your tires and wheel rims regularly
Be careful when cleaning your wheels since many wheel finishes and coatings are easy to scratch or stain if you use the wrong product or chemical. While you’re at it, check your tire pressure every two weeks and rotate your tires every six months. Some drivers, depending on where they live, will change from summer tires to winter tires.
7. Protect your car from extreme weather
Rain, hail, snow, extreme sun, you name it – the weather can cause lots of problems like nicks, scratches, and dents and make the luster of your paint job fade more quickly. To help avoid these scenarios, try to keep your car covered – whether you keep it in a garage, under a cover, or under a carport. Don’t just cover it during winter, but year-round. Also, try to park in the shade whenever you can since sun damage can make your car appear older than it is.
8. Schedule it
To integrate car cleaning and maintenance into your routine, create a schedule so that you can get everything done on a timely basis.
9. Interior maintenance
It’s important to vacuum and remove any carpet or seat stains as soon as possible, as well as sand, dirt, and grime.
10. Get the perfect cleaner
Select cleaner and conditioner designed to clean the specific kind of upholstery in your car, whether it’s cloth, vinyl, or leather. Using the wrong type of cleaner risks significant damage to your carpet and seats. Also, make sure to clean your dashboard and hard plastic surfaces. Don’t use a cleaner on the steering wheel and brake pedal, as it will make them slippery and hard to control.
Over the long term, regularly washing your interior will make a big difference and help prevent your leather seats from cracking or fading.
To sum up: keep the body and underbody of your car clean, and keep dirt out of the carpet and stains off interior surfaces so they don’t age prematurely. That’s what it takes to maintain a pristine condition car!