There’s nothing like the feeling of driving a brand-new vehicle home from the dealership lot, getting out, and admiring it in your garage or driveway. That pristine look of shiny chrome, pearlescent paint, and the fresh smell of the interior are all things to be cherished, but none of them will last forever. At least, if you don’t keep up with maintenance, and cleaning both inside and out, it may start to rust, dim, and smell bad before the first full year is over. Read on for some advice on how to keep your car in prime condition for as long as possible.
Prevent Rust and Paint Damage
Nothing sours the appearance of the exterior of a car faster than rust. It’s so much worse than mud or dirt and can be made worse with poor road conditions and climates where the weather promotes rust. The solution is an oft-forgotten, but a time-honored process, waxing your car. Washing a car provides immediate shine and revival of the car’s appeal, but to prevent rust from happening, you need to wax the car.
Taking it through an automatic car wash is not going to get the same kind of durable coverage and personal attention as hand-waxing. A few coats of wax help protect the car from knicks and dings that expose the metal underneath the paint. Paint isn’t just for looks, it’s protective too, but it isn’t enough on its own. Wax your car every couple of months with a high-quality wax for maximum protection.
Keep that New Car Smell
To keep the inside of your car smelling good, you must take garbage out and be careful when you or others eat food inside your car. Crumbs, lint, pet hair, and such may not seem to have that big of an effect, but they sneak up on you and reduce the air quality of your cabin. Be sure to replace your cabin air filter and engine air filter as recommended for your vehicle. Use interior-safe wet wipes, vacuums, and squeegees to deep clean your car every three months to preserve your vehicle’s factory-fresh smell.