It’s always exciting to get a new vehicle, even if it’s only new to you. When you pick it up, it’ll be in great condition (and should be even if it’s a second-hand car), and you’ll hope that it looks just as good a couple of years down the line as it does now. But of course, a car isn’t going to stay in great condition all by itself. It needs proactive management if it’s going to avoid succumbing to the ravages of time. Below, we take a look at four tips for ensuring your car remains in excellent condition for longer.
Keep It Under Cover
The elements can do a lot of damage to your vehicle, if you’re not careful. While it’s unlikely that anything will happen in the course of one night (unless you live in an area that receives large hailstones), there’s usually a noticeable difference in appearance between cars that spend all of their life outdoors, and ones that are covered up. You should pay extra attention to this detail if you live in a place that receives a lot of sunshine, or stormy weather; sun can make the paint fade, while storms can knock off branches and other things that can cause scratches.
Your car is not a toy! It might feel like it in the early days, when everything’s exciting, but it’ll be much better for the car’s long-term health if you treat it like the machine that it is. How you drive makes a big difference, when spread over a matter of months and years. If you’re accelerating too quickly and braking too late, then you’ll end up damaging the engine. While many cosmetic issues can be rectified, once the engine is damaged, it can be expensive to get the car back into tip-top condition. Preventative measures make much more sense!
Even if you take steps to keep your car looking in tip-top condition, there will eventually come the point when it’s beginning to show its age. But fear not, because this doesn’t mean that it’s game over. Instead, you can make some upgrades to your vehicle, and make it appear newer than it is. You can get custom seat covers from CalTrend, for instance, or upgrade the car’s infotainment system. Even adding an extra cup holder – they’re weirdly important when it comes to sales of new cars – can make a difference.
It might not sound like the most rock and roll aspect of owning a car, but cleaning really is important. Once your car has got a build up of dirt and grime, it can be hard to get rid of it. Instead, take an hour every three weeks to give your vehicle a thorough cleaning. And don’t forget that it’s the inside of the vehicle that is most important, not the outside. It’s much easier to take care of the cleaning each month rather than leave it too long and have a difficult task on your hands.