How to Make an Old Car Look New

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Old cars have their charm. But the charm only works when the car doesn’t look like it’s about to fall apart.

Whether you’re deeply attached to your old ride or just can’t afford a new one, there are ways you make your old car look new (and stop it from breaking down).

Giving your ancient automobile a face lift doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Regular maintenance, occasional deep cleaning, and some minor replacements can help a lot.

If you’re planning to revamp your old car, follow these steps for an easy, practical guide to restore the old beauty of your prehistoric vehicle.

Clean the Interior and Exterior Thoroughly

Like maintenance, cleaning your car should be done regularly.

But time will come when regular cleaning won’t be able to stave off its age. This is the time to give your vehicle some extra TLC (tender loving care).

To clean every corner, every crevice of your car, it’s best to visit your favorite car service center and let your resident expert do their magic. This may cost you a bit, but the end result will be worth it.

Remember to keep your automobile clean and orderly by organizing your compartments, throwing out trash immediately, and cleaning the interior and exterior regularly.

Consider Giving Your Car a Face Lift

Sometimes, a good cleaning is not enough to let your car look brand new. When you have the extra cash, consider getting a new paint job.

This can be expensive. High quality paint jobs, with dent and scratch repairs, can cost thousands of dollars, so don’t make a hasty decision.

If you can’t afford one yet, wax your car as often as you can—once every three months or, at least, once a year. Waxing will help maintain the shine of your vehicle.

As a bonus, you can also outfit your car with a lightweight, durable carbon fiber license plate frame to showcase and protect your license plate.

Replace Your Covers and Floor Mat

There will come a point when all the wiping, washing, and vacuuming won’t be enough to brighten your car’s interior.

To truly improve the appearance of your old car from the inside, you need to replace the faded, old covers of your dashboard and seats.

Seat covers are easy to replace. And if you have the time and patience, you can try a DIY dashboard cover replacement.

You only need properly molded covers, sandpaper, acetone, clear silicone adhesive, and duct tape to get started.

To complete your interior revamping, change your filthy, worn floor mats. They easily gather dirt and other filth, so it’s best to clean and change them regularly.

Give Your AC a Tune Up

Over time, your car’s air conditioner can gather dust, dirt, mold, and bacteria, making it blow out filthy air.

To clean off your AC, wipe and disinfect your air vents and replace your cabin filter.

You can use a foam brush to get in between the vents and dip it in your favorite cleaning solution. A good do-it-yourself solution mixes water, white vinegar, and lemon juice.

When your brush is ready, wipe between the vents. Clean the brush after it has gathered too much dirt before your use it to wipe again. Or you can just prepare extra ones.

Remember to use disinfectant spray between the vents once you’ve clean everything.

You must replace your cabin filter at least once a year. Consult your owner’s manual to find specific instructions on how to do this.

If you think it’s beyond your skill level, then it may be time to consult a professional. This also goes for cleaning your AC.

Install New Windshield Wipers

Visibility is essential when driving, and effective windshield wipers are key to maintaining full view of where you’re going.

Replacing your wipers won’t cost much, especially if you do it yourself.

You can read your owner’s manual to find the kind you need to buy and learn how to go about installing the new ones.

Windshield wipers should be replaced yearly or as soon as you they stop working properly. But don’t wait until you’re squinting to see where you’re driving.

Before You Go

Revamping your old car don’t need to be expensive. If you don’t have the cash do to a complete restoration, you can take some simple steps that will drastically improve the look of your old car.

A few manageable and affordable changes, like replacing dashboard and seat covers, changing your wipers and floor mats, and cleaning air vents and filters, can do so much to restore the façade of your automobile.

Make no mistake, it will cost you money, but driving a clean and well-functioning car can save you a lot more.

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