Few things feel better than driving around in a brand new car. With accumulated years and miles, our vehicle loses some of that exciting new lustre. Rather than trading in a reliable ride and taking on the enormous expense of a new car, why not employ a few simple tricks to make your old car feel new again?
Firstly, give everything a thorough scrubbing. This will need to be much deeper than your regular cleaning. Get into every nook and cranny, give the carpet a good shampooing, scrub the boot, and clean the engine.
Once your vehicle is as clean as it can be, inspect the cockpit, as it may need a bit of a makeover. A new steering wheel or dashboard cover may be in order. Any broken or missing knobs and buttons need to be replaced. New or used pieces can be ordered, or located in a scrapyard.
Consider updating your current sound system. If your vehicle is more than a few years old, it’s likely your system is in need of an upgrade. Pop into your local electronics shop to have a look at new units and ask about installation costs.
Have a good look at your car’s headlamp covers. These often become dull with time due to natural wear and tear. A headlamp restoration kit will solve this easily, and are reasonably priced.
Air conditioning units are prone to mould and mildew build up. Changing the filters, or replacing them completely will go a long way in improving the smell and air quality of your car’s interior. Your nose will thank you!
Rubber tends to crack and break down as the years go by. This is normal. When this happens to the rubber stripping around the windows, it can lead to annoying sounds due to air leaking in, even more annoying when water drips inside on a rainy day. This rubber sealing can be easily replaced. Once this is done, you may notice a quieter ride.
Give your car’s braking system a once-over. Worn pads can not only have a detrimental effect on your vehicle’s performance, but is an important safety issue, as well.
In addition to the brake shoes and pads, the condition of the tyres is crucial. A new set of wheels and tyres can go a long way in improving the appearance and performance of any vehicle.