Your car says something about you; it is a reflection of your personality. Make sure that reflection shines by taking a few steps that will have your car looking like new no matter how long you’ve been driving it.
1. Have Scratches and Scuffs Removed
Small surface scratches and scuffs can often be buffed out of the finish if they don;t go all the way through the paint layer. You can try this yourself at home, but taking your vehicle in for a professional treatment is often quicker and more effective. While you are there, ask about a dent repair service that can take out dings from hail, stones and parking lot mishaps. You might be pleasantly surprised at what removing a few little bumps and bruises can do for the overall appearance of your vehicle.
2. Schedule a Complete Detail Service
Sure, you can wash, vacuum and wax your car at home. You can even take it to a drive-through express wash service every so often. And you should do that to ensure your paint and trim finishes aren’t affected by layers of dirt, salt and grime. Every so often, though, you should also look into a full detail service. This will be much more comprehensive, including services like the following:
- Full-service wash of entire exterior
- Wax and polish finish
- Wash inside and outside of windows
- Polish trim and wheels
- Vacuum and shampoo carpets and upholstery
- Celan out air vents and crevices in interior
Many detailers offer special packages where you can pick and choose which of these services will benefit your vehicle most.
3. Replace Your Wheels or Covers
While you may have opted or alloy wheels when you purchased your vehicle, many have steel rims with removable covers. These can get scratched and scuffed from everyday driving and parking. Look into upgrading your wheels or changing out the covers for a new set. The effect will be immediate and may drastically improve your car’s appearance if the old wheels were in bad shape.
4. Restore the Headlights
Older headlights get clouded over time as grime and oxidation build up on the lenses. This affects both their appearance and performance. Luckily, they can be quickly and easily restored by buffing out surface imperfections. You will have shiny, clear headlight lenses and improved visibility in nighttime driving conditions. Make sure to apply a sealer to the lenses to slow future damage.
Some things like replacing wheels or having a dent removed can bedone as needed. You should set up a regular maintenance and cleaning schedule for your car for other services. This will ensure it look great now and for years to come.