The purchase of a car is a major investment, and like all investments we all must ensure that we take care of it. Everyone wishes to do whatever they can to make their car not only last as long as it can but also make it look like it is new for years to come.
Keeping your car looking new will require that you keep it clean inside and out. To limit the possibility of spills and getting stains upon your seats you may wish to limit the practice of eating in your car. This will lessen the possibility of stains left by food that has dropped, or a drink that has been knocked over but will also keep the odour of food out. The use of car seat covers will help keep any accidentally spilled foods from getting on the original seats. Keep your car clean of rubbish and debris, and do not use it for extra storage.
At least once a week you will want to wash your car, giving it a good bath and taking care to clean out the wheel wells, this will help clean away that debris from wet roads that can start the rusting process. While cleaning the outside of the car is important, it is equally important that you clean the inside, making sure to wipe down the dashboard and any other surfaces which are not made of cloth. Vacuum the floorboards and use floor mats, in the winter this will help to keep melted snow from your carpet to prevent rotting.
Once every two years you should invest in professional detailing of your car, which many times will include buffing your car, to help get rid of the scratches that you have gotten over the years. During this time you can have your seats and carpets deep cleaned which will help prolong their life. Using window tinting and a dashboard shield will help keep the sun out which is known for causing cracked dashboards and fading on all surfaces.
Keeping your car out of the weathers elements helps prolong the paint of your car. If you can’t put your car in a garage, any place that offers a cover from the weather will help. Protect your seats with car seat covers to prevent the original fabric from becoming worn from use. Even night-time dew is damaging to any car as well as rain, snow and fog. The moisture from all if left on your car will have a damaging effect to the cars paint over time.
Prolonging the life of your car requires that you spend time each week to ensure that your investment is top shape. You will want to make sure to do tune ups, oil changes and tire rotations regularly. Make repairs from any problems immediately to prevent any secondary problems from arising. If you are in an accent or your car sustains any damage, seek the professional help from a body shop and have the damage repaired immediately. When a car is cared for and maintained properly you can prolong the car and its looks up to 10 years.