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Buying a new car is an exciting time. You spend a few hours at a dealership, test driving all of the newest models, seeing which one you like best, and then negotiating a price with the salesmen. There is a lot that you need to consider when buying a car – such as how often you’ll be driving it, how much it’s going to cost, and what features it has.
Once you get all of this out of the way, and you have your new car, there is something new to consider – how to keep it looking like new? You like the way your car looks now, and you don’t want that to change. Well, if you want to keep your car looking great all year round, here are a few ways to do it.
Wash It Regularly
The easiest, and most obvious, thing you can do is make sure that you clean your car regularly. This means either taking it through a car wash, or pulling out a bucket of soapy water and doing it yourself. Whether your car is sitting in the driveway, or being driven around town, it’s going to get some dirt and grime on it. A good cleaning – from everything to the windows to the wheels – will get rid of all of this, and make your car look great.
Remove Dents and Scratches
No matter how careful you are, your car could eventually end up with some scratches or dents in it. These can be eyesores, so you’re going to want to remove them. If the scratch isn’t too deep, or the dent isn’t too big, you may be able to remove them yourself. You can visit this link for more information on how to repair dents and scratches yourself. If the scratch or dent is too big, consider taking your car to a professional detailer and having them remove it.
Protect It From Bad Weather
Bad weather has a way of not only getting our cars dirty, but also damaging it. Rain splashes mud onto the car, and winds can carry debris right into it. To protect your car from the elements – especially when it is just sitting at home – there are a few things you can do. If you have a garage, your easiest solution is to simply pull the car inside. If you don’t have a garage or a carport, consider installing one. You could either have a company come in and do it for you, or you could look into DIY carport kits.
Another option is to purchase a cover for your car, and drape it over whenever you are expecting bad weather. This is a relatively inexpensive option, and one that will protect your car from things like snow, rain, and winds.
To really make your car look like new, you should occasionally give it a new coat of wax. Applying wax gives your car another layer of protection against outside elements like rain and wind, while also giving your car a nice sheen. Applying wax is a slow job, but if you really want your car to look it’s best, you’ll take the time. If you’re too busy, some car wash locations will do this for you. To learn how to do it yourself, check out this guide.
Vacuum Out The Inside
Finally, keeping your car looking like new is not all about the inside. You spend plenty of time inside the car, so you want this part to look its best as well. A big step towards this is giving it a good vacuuming. Whenever we get into the car, or eat something inside it, we likely track dirt and crumbs with us, which stay behind in the car. Over time these build up, and a good vacuuming will get it all out.
Many car washes will either vacuum the car out for you, or have stations where you can do it yourself. If you don’t have these near you, the attachments on your household vacuum should do the trick. While you’re vacuuming, don’t forget to clean the inside of the windows, and to wipe down the other surfaces to remove dust.
Make Car Maintenance A Habit
Too often our cars become dirty because we forget to clean them. By making it habit to regularly clean your car, you can make it look great all year round. All it takes is a few hours here and there, along with some other precautions, and your car will remain in great shape. Hopefully this guide was able to shed some light on the basic steps you can take, and you’ll be able to look on your car with pride for years to come.