When it’s time to change the oil in your car or you need to have the muffler replaced or you’ve been in an accident, there are tons of things to consider, from where to have the work done to what kind of parts to use to how the repairs or upkeep will affect the value of your vehicle.
Everyday wear and tear and regular use of your vehicle wears down all of its parts, inside and out. One of the best things you can do on a regular basis to maintain your vehicle’s value is to keep it clean, inside and out.
Keep your seats clean.
The best way to keep your seats clean is to cover them, especially if you have cloth seats or children. If you prefer not to use seat covers, regularly wiping and vacuuming your seats should keep them in good shape.
Use floor mats and clean the carpets.
Cars come with floor mats for one reason: to make them easier to clean. Simply shaking the dirt and debris off of the removable floor mats on a regular basis is a good way to keep them clean. If you can vacuum once a month, clean spills immediately, and remove stains as soon as possible, your floor will be in much better shape.
Dust and wipe the dashboard.
After the floor, one of the most noticeable kinds of dirt in a car is dust, especially on the dashboard. Wipe it down monthly to keep your car looking (and smelling) new. Leaving dust on the dash means you probably also have dust in the ceiling and on the floor, which can also trap smells from smoke, fast food, moisture, and more.
Keep the cup holders clear.
Cup holders tend to be where we store things from drinks and change to trash and lip balm. Cars can be exposed to extreme temperatures inside, and it’s easy to end up with a big mess on your hands.
Keep things smelling fresh.
All of the cloth in your car’s interior is a trap for smells, which can build from dust, dirt, mud, food, smoke, moisture, and your gym bag that lives in your trunk. After vacuuming all the cloth, spray it with a mixture of one part vinegar to two parts water and leave the windows and/or doors open until it dries. Your car will be scent-free in no time.