Top 6 Ways to Keep Your Car Looking Brand New

So you’ve just bought a brand new car and want to keep it that way for as long as possible. Unfortunately, no matter how much care you take, your vehicle will get dirty. It’s almost inevitable. You can, however, take steps to make sure it stays in excellent condition for as long as possible. That doesn’t mean keeping it locked away in the garage and only driving it on sunny days once a week; keeping your car clean requires minimal effort and won’t take up much of your time. Here are some top tips to help you keep your vehicle looking like new:

Regular washes

This is one of the most basic and easiest ways to keep your car clean and looking great. First, wash it regularly and thoroughly, using the best car shampoo you can find. You don’t have to use a power washer to clean your car, although it will speed up the process. Regular washes can prevent the buildup of grime, pollen, and other contaminants that can cause unsightly stains, corrosion, and further damage. They also help repel insects, especially in the summer, which means fewer bites and less cleaning for you, too.

Touch-up paint

This is especially important if you have a brand-new car under the manufacturer’s warranty. Touch-up paint will save you money if you get a scratch that is not covered by your warranty. Even if your car is a couple of years old and still under the manufacturer’s warranty, it might be worth buying a can of touch-up paint and keeping it in your glove compartment. Paint protection film is another must-have, as it can keep your color from peeling or chipping for longer.

Dust your car

Regular dusting will help to remove any loose dust before it has a chance to scratch or stain your car’s surface. It might seem silly, but it’s something that most people forget to do.  And you should always try to keep your car dust-free; a dusty car is a car that doesn’t look well cared for.  It takes very little time, costs nothing, and can help to keep your vehicle looking great.

Protect your seat with covers

This may seem silly to spend money on, but it can save you money in the long run. Seat covers may seem like a frivolous expense, but they can save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run. This is especially true if you have young children or pets in the car. Seat covers can protect your seats from stains, rips, and tears. They can also protect your car’s upholstery from damage when cleaning is impractical, such as on a rainy day. Some car seat covers are designed to repel water and stains, so they’re ideal for protecting your seats.

Don’t leave anything in your car

This is a fundamental rule. You should never leave anything in your car. This includes things you think are entirely harmless, such as hair elastics, gum wrappers, and a crumb that fell out of your hand while eating. You should even remove the change and keys from your car because if they get wet, they can start to rust.

Katherine E. Ackerman

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