Cheap Ways to Make Your Car Look Better
We all want our cars to look their best but when it comes to things like body kits and other improvements, you can expect to shell out hundreds if not thousands of dollars, plus the cost of having them installed by a professional. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make your car look amazing without having to empty your wallet or take out a small loan. Read on for a few cheap ways to make your car look amazing.
Clean Your Inside Out
Most of us live in our car, so it makes sense that you might have things like empty coffee cups or fast food bags littering your backseat. A good deep clean can do wonders for your car’s appearance, and you’ll likely find that you feel better when you climb behind the wheel of a clean car. Even little things, like taking a cheap foam paintbrush and cleaning out your air conditioners vents can be a great way to make your car feel and look a little better.
Pick Up a Dash Kit
If you live in a sunny place or anywhere that you park your car outside the majority of the time, chances are your dashboard has seen better days. Sun-bleached vinyl or leather leaves a lot to be desired. Dash kits are designed to breathe new life into an old dashboard with wood, carbon fiber, chrome, or brushed aluminum accents. If you’ve got a new car, you can add accents that protect your existing dash from elements and exposure.
If you’ve been sitting in your car’s seats for a while, they tend to get worn out. For the price of a tank of gas (in most cases, depending on your car’s seat layout) you can pick up some seat covers to spruce up the interior of your car. You can cover old ratty steering wheels with themed or branded steering wheel covers too. Along with the dash kit that we mentioned a moment ago, you can spruce up the entire interior of your car.
Another thing you should consider replacing is your floor mats. They take the most abuse, soaking up everything that you track into the car. A good new set of floor mats will usually run around $40 for a set of 4 at your local parts store, but they’ll look infinitely better than the beat up old ones that are currently sitting on your floor panels.
A Good Wash and Wax
Now that we’ve cleaned up the interior of your car, it’s time to look at the exterior. Something as simple as a good wash and wax can really refresh the exterior of your car. If you do it yourself, it takes a bit of elbow grease but the cost ends up being less than getting your car professionally detailed. That being said, though, it is worth it to get a professional wash and wax done once or twice a year, especially if you live in cold or snowy areas. Getting a good coat of weatherproof wax on your car before the first snows fall can go a long way toward protecting your paint.
Wash Your Tires
No matter how often you wash your car, chances are you’re neglecting to clean out your wheels and tires. Your wheels pick up a ton of crud in the form of road and brake dust and that quickly dampens the shine of your rims. Luckily, all you need is a dollar store toilet brush and a hose. Toilet brushes are the perfect shape to get into all of the nooks and crannies in your rims where dust can hide. Just make sure you use a clean one!
You don’t have to break the bank to make your car look new again. A few quick tricks and some elbow grease are all you need to get your favorite vehicle turning heads.
Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington