Refreshing Your Used Car

The distinctive, fresh smell isn’t the only great thing about driving off in a new car, you can get it from a Used Car too. Every last inch of it is spotless, it handles beautifully, and there are no irritating faults to deal with. New cars are great, but for a lot of us they’re unaffordable! After buying a used car, there are certain maintenance jobs which will make it a much more enjoyable drive.

Take out the seat cushions and the spare
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As soon as you get your used car home, start by cleaning the whole thing. I’m not talking about what we usually do when we say we’re “cleaning the car”. Do a deep, thorough job on every last part of it. Depending on the history of the vehicle there may be quite a few stenches lingering around. Shampoo the carpet and all the upholstery twice, to get rid of that pre-owned smell. Take out the seat cushions and the spare, and clean in the spaces underneath. These are notorious for gathering up crumbs and other muck. Taking out the front seats can be a real hassle. However, if you can manage it, a vacuum under there could help. Cleaning your car will not only make it more comfortable, but could show you a few problems you weren’t aware of.

Your next step is replacing anything that needs in a used car. There’s likely to be a few of these pieces in a pre-owned car. The air intake is one of the biggest problems in used cars. This gathers up all kinds of dirt after years of use. Getting a new intake system or an air filter can totally refresh the exhaust in your car. The A/C in your used vehicle has probably seen better days too. Check the air passageways, and clean or change any filters which have built up mould or dust. Tyres generally have a very long life, but if they’re excessively worn you might want to replace them. A new set is expensive, I know. However, there are many places where you can find great car tyres deals.

Finally, do some work on the cockpit. This is where you’re going to be spending most of your time in the car, so make sure it’s as comfortable as possible! The steering wheel is good place to start. Over time, used cars can gather up pits and other unsightly marks in the wheel. You can get a simple cover for it inexpensively, which will make it look refreshed and new. You should check the illumination setting on the dash as well. This may have been dimmed for years on end by the previous owner. I’m sure you don’t want to wait until nightfall to realise that you can’t see the dials! If you find knobs and buttons which are worn out, these can be replaced cheaply as well. You’re going to spend a lot of time looking at your dash, so don’t neglect it!

Do these little chores, and your car will look and feel like it just left the factory! As you use it, you may start to notice other little issues, but following this guide is a great starting point.

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