Not everyone can afford to buy a brand new car. So, many people press the button to buy a used car from a dealership. There is nothing wrong with investing in a used car, as long as you make an informed decision. Make sure you check the car thoroughly.
Get a professional to check the car inside out, especially under the hood. Also, take the car for a test drive with a car mechanic so that any strange noise can be identified. Most likely this will not be needed though. This is only if they cannot figure out what the strange noise is on their own in their garage. Remember in these times, it is important to invest in a used car that is safe and fuel efficient. Also, you want a car that does not require too much maintenance.
Your used car does not have to look used or depreciate in value, particularly when you want to sell it. If you improve the way your car looks, you can boost its resale value and ensure if you decide to sell it, you obtain the price you are seeking or at least something close to it. Here are a few things you can do to beautify your used car….
Take Your Car to a Car Wash
You don’t have to go to a manual car wash center. Just use a coin-operated car wash and you can achieve the same level of cleanliness as a professional car wash center. Make sure you use the foaming brush to get every speck of dirt lodged on the surface of your car. Don’t forget those tight nooks and crannies such as underneath the car, under the hood, and the top as well.
Then rinse the car thoroughly, so that you get all the soap off and wipe it dry or use the blower to make sure there are no water marks on the paint. If you have a microfiber towel with you, use it to wipe the windshield and windows. Use a spray detailer to give the paint of your car a beautiful and attractive shine.
Invest in a Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
There is nothing like clean car interiors, and with a portable vacuum cleaner, you will be able to keep your car interiors squeaky clean. Get all the carpeting out and use the vacuum cleaner to suck out dirt and debris. Don’t forget the cup holders and cracks. Once you finish, start with the trunk. Take out everything and vacuum the trunk.
Wipe the Interiors
Once you finish vacuum cleaning the insides, it is time to give it a wet wipe to get rid of odors. The easiest way is to use a damp rag to wipe the interiors thoroughly. Alternatively, you can use car interior wipes if you have the money for it. Car air fresheners are a sagacious idea as long as you don’t over spray the interiors. It will end up getting rancid and create an unpleasant underlying odor that you are trying so hard to get rid of.
Clean Out the Junk
A car is an extension of yourself and that is why you never think twice about keeping things and forgetting about them. These attract dust and odors and over time, your car can get all messy and dirty. So, get rid of the junk in your car. Since you would have removed everything to clean and wipe down the interiors, now is a golden time to sort out things and clean up. Remove old photographs, empty soda cans and chocolate wrappers. Also, clean out the glove compartment and wipe it well.
Clean Your Car Engine
While you can do it yourself, open the door towards a professional if you don’t have the experience or are uncomfortable doing it. Present day cars come with plastic covers over the engine that can attract dirt and grease very easily. Use a spray detailer to get rid of this grime. Also, this is a prolific time to check the vital fluids, such as the coolant and oil. If you are unfamiliar, educate yourself on these fluids, so that you can hold your own in the car repair workshop and when you are at the service desk you understand a little what they are talking about.
Touch Up those Scratches
Sporting scratches is never a wonderful feeling. So, if your used car has some obvious scratches, it is time to fix them. Don’t worry, you won’t have to spend money on a paint job. Use a clearcoat pen to touch up the scratches. Usually, minor scratches are seated in the protective outer layer of the paint and this pen can help you cover them up without emptying your bank account.
Blacken Your Car Tires
Visit a car care company in your neighborhood to pick up tire black. If that is not available, flip the switch for tire shine product. Clean the tires well and get rid of the dust and grime. Then apply the tire black to rejuvenate the look and feel of the tires.
Now take a step back and look at your handiwork. You will find your used car looking majestic. In fact, if you follow these measures regularly, you will be able to make your secondhand car sparkle and no one will know that you purchased a used car! Well, not quite but you should go ahead and give it a try. It will increase the value of your car for sure if you make it look more than presentable.