No one wants to be driving around in a car that looks like it has been rusting in a scrap yard for the last year – heck, most of us don’t want to be seen in a car looking anything less than perfect. And, no matter if you’re driving a ‘67 Chevy Impala, or a new off the line Nissan GTR, you want your car to look as perfect as the day it was produced.
But it’s not going to be that easy. For starters, driving your car will give it normal wear and tear, as well as the combination of dust and dirt from the roads. And then you have to compete with accidents, collisions and birds who always seem to target your car.
There are ways, however, that you can keep your car looking as new and as good as it can possibly get. Some of them require a bit of monetary backing, others are things you can do on a budget, or even yourself. Just remember than cars aren’t toys – if you don’t know what you’re doing, then leave it to the professional. Or you risk making the situation worse than it already is.
Scrapes, dents, rusting – these are all things you will encounter multiple times during your time as a car owner. But it’s not the end of the world. Places like Car Wizard Body Shop can get those dents straightened, scrapes buffed and rusting treated easily. If there’s any damage to your paint job then be prepared to pay out to get the colour matched and patched up.
Keeping your car clean is more than driving it through a car wash every other week. You need to clean the interior to, with the same amount of products as you would use in your house. You can get specialised dusting wipes and leather cleaning products to make it a thorough job. And scratches on the interior might be simple enough to buff out, if not them it might be a replacement job. Avoid any horrible messes by limiting food consumption to a minimum, and keeping a clean pair of shoes in the back for when yours have become caked in mud.
As the seasons change, so should your tires. Even if you live in perpetual sun, or constant snow, changing your tires every six months just makes sense. Keeping up with the maintenance of your car, rather than waiting for something to need fixing or replacing will save you money in the long run, and will slow the aging effects on your car. If you wait for your tires to go bald before changing them, then you are wearing down your brake pads, and making the job harder for your suspension. Everything has a knock on effect in a car, so keep on top of it.