We all love the new car feel. It looks nice and shiny. We get in and it has that new smell of freshly crafted plastic. We dare not eat in it or allow anyone else to. But then, as time goes on, slowly those feelings start to fade. The car doesn’t shine as it used to. A great smell is non-existent and food remains now live in the cracks of your seats.
What if you could have that new car feeling for the entire life of your car? What if two-or three years after you purchase your car you still feel the same way you did the day you drove it off the lot?
Here are 3 easy things you can implement right now to help keep your car brand new.
1) Have Your Vehicle Protected Early
This is one of the most common misconceptions about auto maintenance. People think, “I’ll get my car cleaned and protected when I think it needs it.” The problem with this is that, when we realize it needs to be taken care of, it’s often too late to have it in the awesome condition it was when you first purchased it. Many people know about how wax and sealants can make your car shine. But the biggest benefit of them and permanent coatings, is that they protect (put a shell over) your paint.
When you first get your new car, it is not protected, therefore it is exposed to harmful UV Rays, rocks, acidic bug splatter and bird droppings, and much more. By waiting to put a shell (wax.sealant) on your car after these have already happened, you are decreasing your chance of keeping that brand new appearance and feel. Getting your car protected by a professional immediately after you purchase it and every 3-4 months will ensure your car stays in wonderful condition. That way a shell stays over the car in its new condition. Make sure the professional is using the proper washing techniques and is not using dirty towels that could scratch and swirl your paint. Also stay clear away from drive-through car washes that are rough on and scratch your paint.
2) Vacuum Your Vehicle Monthly
Here is how a carpet gets dirty. There is dirt or some substance that falls on them. Then over time that dirt or substance is continually stepped on, rubbed, and left to sit. This creates a stain on your carpet. Many times a simple vacuum within some days will pick up the dirt before it has time to set in and be massaged into a stain. Less stains and dirt equal a better feeling car. You would be surprised at how an entire interior can be clean, but if the carpets are dirty, the entire car looks and feels dirty. Vacuum your vehicle regularly for a great interior feeling.
3) Do Not Eat In Your Car
Now I know some of you are thinking that I must be crazy. But just think about where most stains and bad odors in the interior come from, food. We are a fast paced culture and don’t always have the time to sit down and eat. But I encourage you to try to eat in more and cut down on the food exposure to your interior. This will help keep your car in phenomenal condition.
Imagine what would happen if you started implementing these tips right away. You could have a better experience with your car. Your vehicles value will be retained greatly. And people will give you many compliments by thinking your car is much newer than it is. It’s not easy, but practice these tips and you will be well on your way to be continuously satisfied with your car.