Some people are so enamoured by that new car smell and shiny look that they don’t look twice at a used car dealership. For them, it’s new or nothing. But what a lot of drivers aren’t aware of is the fact that you can easily make a used car look and feel as though it was made yesterday. All you need is a small amount of time on your hands and a little bit of elbow grease. Here are few ways to fool observers into thinking your used vehicle has been pulled fresh off the production line. |
Clean Used cars at dealerships are washed down and made to look spick and span ready for a brand new owner, but going “behind the scenes” on a semi-regular basis and giving the hidden areas a wipe yourself can also play a key role in improving performance. The air conditioning system in any car has a habit of accumulating a considerable amount of dust and fluff in the space of just a few weeks, so by dismantling the A/C (you can hire a pro to do this for a nominal fee if you’re not too automobile-savvy) and lightly wiping each mechanism, you’ll help to ensure your airflow system remains fresh and powerful. It’s also worth grabbing yourself some touch-up paint to apply here and there for any scratches to the exterior shell, and it also may be worth inquiring about some new wiper blades when you buy a used car in the first instance. A lot of drivers neglect their wipers and assume they’ll last forever, but keeping your windscreen clear and clean actually requires frequent wiper checks and the occasional replacement.
Tinker Don’t be afraid to pop the hood and have a good old rummage around your used car. The importance of tightening things up and replacing old parts can never be underestimated. Be sure to frequently change your oil and air filters, as well as steering power fluid and spark plugs. Little amendments like this can go a long way to improving the overall performance of a used car, from handling, to steering to a significant reduction in vibrations when you’re travelling at high speeds. Whenever you’re on a used car lot, ask your salesperson to walk you through the service history of the vehicle. These documents will reveal which areas of the car need attending to first, and also how often you might be expected to change certain parts in order to keep the vehicle ticking over.
Upgrade Decking out your dashboard doesn’t just improve the appearance of your car’s interior, it also helps to accommodate advanced features that actively enhance the vehicle’s capabilities. Upgrading to better systems can improve driving (parking sensors, blind spot warnings), offer entertainment for the kids (infotainment, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth), and make journeys much, much easier (GPS navigation). A new speaker system is also worth installing, especially for those long trips where you want to listen to crisp, clear radio and static-free music. Upgrading your car’s interior system may sound costly, but it doesn’t always have to be. Have a chat with the salesperson whenever you purchase a used vehicle, and you’ll be pointed in the right direction to find a good deal on a top operating panel.
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