Often times we convince ourselves that the only way to get a new looking car is to either fully detail the vehicle or just…buy a new car. But keeping your car looking beautiful doesn’t have to be nearly this time consuming or expensive. There a few small things you can do in between details to keep your car looking like it just rolled off the lot…
- Regular Washes – This one may seem a bit obvious, but you may be surprised how many people never wash their car and end up needing a detail more often than they should. A simple car wash every few weeks is a great way to keep up with the appearance of your vehicle, and really shouldn’t take that long if you have the proper equipment.
- Tire Conditioner – One of the tell tale signs of a neglected car is its tires. When your tires look dry and faded they make the whole car look years older. Apply a nice coat of tire conditioner after you wash your car and your tires will be moisturize, have a great shine, and have that “new car” look. This is one of the easiest, and often most overlooked, ways to keep your car looking fresh.
- Plastic Sealant – This one is closely related to applying tire conditioner, but still needs to be noted. Your car probably has plastic molding or trim. When it starts looking faded and grey it’s noticeable. Trust me; this is something you want to take care of. Put a little plastic or rubber sealant on your trim, blacken it up, and your whole car gets a facelift.
- Clean Your Windows – Seriously, even in between washes. Just do it.
- Wax – Keeping a coat of wax on your car is paramount to keeping a healthy vehicle, yet not everybody does it. Obviously a wax, when properly applied, will make you car shiny, but it also has other benefits. Wax acts as a protective barrier between airborne debris and your paint surface. This means that instead of having bugs and other contaminants damage your paint, they simply embed themselves in your wax, making them far more likely to come off in your next car wash.
- Detail Spray – So what about those times when you’re out and about and a bird craps on your clean car, instantly creating an unsightly blemish? Not worth washing your car again probably, plus that takes time. Keep a bottle of detailing spray and a microfiber towel in your car and you’ll be properly equipped to take care of such a thing. A good bottle of detailing spray will also take care of fingerprints and dust, and will work on other surfaces besides paint.
- Leather Conditioner – So what about the inside of your vehicle? Most people just see the outside of your car as you cruise down the street or are parked somewhere, but it’s important to pay attention to the upkeep of your interior as well. Cracked and faded leather will age your car every single time, so one of the best ways to keep crisp inside is to condition your leather. A good leather conditioner will moisturize your leather, reduce fading, and introduce UV protection that will help your leather out going forward. If you don’t have leather in your car you should still keep clean and condition the vinyl on your dash, console, and door panels.