How to Make Your Used Car like New Again

If you’ve recently purchased a used vehicle or you’re getting ready to sell an older car, you’ll want to make it as “new” seeming as possible whether because you want to sell it or because you want to enjoy it and the previous owner didn’t do the job for you.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Clean like you’ve never cleaned before! This is a pretty obvious first step but it’s also the one most people choose to overlook. Sure they’ll give it a quick once over but I’m talking about the kind of clean where you scrub down the entire car, shampoo the carpets and upholstery, even the roof if you think it needs it. Of course the first step in this first step is removing all the rubbish that’s piled up over time within the car. Check every nook and cranny because you’re certain to find things you didn’t even know you’d lost.

Replacements

If the heavy duty clean didn’t quite do the trick, you may need to consider replacing the floor mats and even purchasing some seat covers to hide some of those tough stains. Another replacement should be your windshield wipers. Anyone that lives anywhere with wild weather knows just how important a good set of windshield wipers are. You should be cleaning them once a week with a good microfiber cloth anyway and use a windshield treatment to keep them in good working condition to reduce the amount of times you’ll need to get them replaced.

Flush All the Fluids

When was the last time you flushed every fluid in your car? Probably never. Power steering fluid, as it’s petroleum based will break down and lose effectiveness over time, meaning you’ll need to flush it and give it an extra boost with a power steering tune up to give your used car  a little help. Your brake fluid also needs to go but this one you hopefully already know about. This should be done every other year to keep your brakes in good working order. Then of course there’s your motor oil, transmission oil, antifreeze and differential fluid.

De-odorise the Air Conditioning

That’s right. If you’re looking at purchasing a used vehicle one of the best things you can possibly do is to find a place, detail shops commonly do them, that will de-odorise your a/c system for you. The vents, cabin air filter (if used) and vacuum system all get a clean. The drain tubes also get unclogged (which I can assure you they are) and everything gets disinfected. No more mouldy odours that are doing you and your passengers harm. You can actually unclog the drain tubes yourself if you can find them but it’s a very messy job and one that’s certainly worth handing your car over to the experts for.

Hopefully these tips will help you not only make your used car seem like new again but also keep you enjoying your used vehicle for years to come.