Who doesn’t love the feeling of a new car?
It’s clean, it drives smoothly and offers up that great new car smell that we all love. Though, chances are you can’t exactly get your hands on a new car whenever you’d like one — and so it’s time to get a little creative.
If your vehicle is a little worse for wear and you’re looking to make your car feel new again, then we have some excellent tips for you. You don’t have to break the bank for these either, and you’ll still get a fantastic result and a car you’ll happily be able to drive friends and family around in.
That said, let’s have a look below at some affordable ways to make your car feel new again.
1. Have The Interior Detailed
Off the top, the very first thing you’re going to want to do is work on making the interior look and feel as new as possible, and this isn’t too hard at all.
A new car is clean and smells great, that’s about it.
That in mind, either have your vehicle professionally detailed or work on doing this yourself with a good quality water-friendly vacuum, some car carpeting soap and plenty of disinfectant wipes.
A few spaces and crevices to be mindful of are the storage consoles, the under-seat foot rests as well as the dash and seat stitching. These are the areas that are most likely going to show age, dirt and wear and tear, so tackle these first and go from there.
2. Move to the Exterior
Once you’ve worked on cleaning out the inside of your car and it’s looking like new, then it’s time to get to work on the outside.
You may want to consider more than a typical car wash here and to get on your hands and knees and putting in some elbow grease might be on the cards. Though, there is one other thing to consider here too — panel beating or repainting.
There is nothing more effective at making a car look like new again than a fresh coat of paint from a professional body shop like a and you’ll be able to choose a new colour during this step too.
If you’ve determined that your vehicle’s colour isn’t up your alley anymore, or if there are just too many nicks and scratches, then a fresh coat of paint will do the trick.
For the car’s with dents and minor damage, panel replacement or panel beating might also be on the cards for you too.
3. Upgrade the Electronics
Just like with our homes, one sign of a car’s age is in the electronics that it offers.
If you have a car without any sort of entertainment system, GPS or display set up, then it might be a good idea to have one installed.
To get the closest feeling to a new car, it’s a good idea to invest in an infotainment system that features either Apple’s Car Play or Android Auto as all of these features come in the latest model of vehicles.
With these new entertainment systems in place you’re also getting some added functionality like improved mapping and audio, which will also work wonders when it comes to making your car feel new again.
4. Fitting New Seat Covers
A second telltale sign of a vehicle’s age are old, tired seat covers that might be making it look a little worse for wear.
If your vehicle needs a bit of a sprucing up, then replacing your car seat covers is a good place to start. You can choose higher end fabrics and materials here too, and different colours, designs and cuts to make the interior of your car look a little more high end and, of course, like new again too.
It’s always good to be sure that you’re in keeping with your car’s make and model though, so be sure not to go too far with luxurious leather seating on an older, or lower end model. Otherwise you may be looking at a rather odd mix and match of materials and features.
5. Considering New Tyres
To end our list of affordable ways to make you car feel new again, new tires and rims might be something to consider.
Like the seat covers, your rims will often tell you a lot about your car, and your car’s age, and so we suggest working on finding a new tyre and rim style that works best for your new paint job and your new seating.
Keep in mind that larger rims and lower profile tyres do add a dash of higher-end style, and so considering this might be an easy way to make your car feel totally new again.