Cars are not eternal objects. Wear and tear dilute their shine, constant use leaves its toll, and the occasional carelessness transforms them into disposal hubs. If it is not the right time to splurge on a brand-new drive, the downright look of abandonment might make drivers detest the little bits of worn-out aesthetics.
Despite all this, car owners can easily give their automobiles a new lease on life by showing some much-needed TLC to help their vehicles feel and look like new again – without suffering expensive financial consequences. Here are some of the fixes we vow will completely convert your car.
Replace Your Carpets
If there’s something that definitely loses its finesse over time, it’s the carpets placed under all seats which drivers and passengers step on. Dirt, constant cleaning or misplacing their optimal position might see them get torn and worn away. For as little as a couple of euros, new textile or rubber carpets can give your drive a spruced-up look that will make both driver and passengers happy.
APPLY LEATHER CLEANER
The smell of clean leather is just enough to turn anyone into a believer of frequent car-tidying customs. Cleansed car leather seats will enjoy a new shine and the technique prevents discolouration brought about from constant use. If the vehicle is sold in the future, having seats that look pristine may even increase the car’s value.
GIVE YOUR HEADLIGHTS A POLISH
The lenses used for headlights are usually plastic, which can easily yellow and haze across time. This does not only give the vehicle a worn-out look, but also constrict the amount of reflecting light when driving at night. Avoid unsurmountable costs by learning how to do it yourself with simple equipment you may find at home.
REPLACE YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS
Wipers are meant to be replaced after extended wear and tear. They discolour and get worn out by the harsh sun rays in summer, struggle to remove all liquid depots on the windscreen when overused and leak flakes around when their replacement time is up.
INVEST IN A LONG-LASTING AIR FRESHNER
Nothing brings back that “new car smell” after a couple of years of good use like an air freshener. Research also shows that smell can affect our minds – including the pleasure of driving. A subtle flowery aroma creates a pleasant driving experience, distracts from foul odours inhaled when driving through the streets and eliminates stinky whiffs from food, pets, or cigarettes from the car.
BUFF OUT SCRATCHES AND BLEMISHES
Irrespective of the great care cars are given, it is anticipated that the exterior deteriorates with extreme weather conditions and endures occasional bumps and scratches. There’s no need to visit the auto technician and endure expensive fees. Follow easy DIY videos to do it within a couple of easy steps.
PURCHASE A SMALL GARBAGE BIN
How many times has the side storage overflowed with disposed packets and parking tickets? Don’t just leave your junk rolling around under the seats and on the back. Invest in a small, foldable garbage bin that can host your waste in one place. When not in use, you can easily fold it flat to keep stored in your glove compartment.
UPGRADE YOUR AUDIO SYSTEM
Transform your car into a musical pleasure drive with a small upgrade to your simple radio. Get new speakers to listen to those podcasts clearer or add some bass to give your music more impact. Simple changes that will give your car a new vibe.
UPGRADE TO A COMPREHENSIVE CAR INSURANCE POLICY
Car insurance normally sits at the back of our mind until we truly need it. That is the moment many drivers realise how essential a comprehensive car insurance policy truly is. Imagine being faced with a hefty bill to repair your car after the shock of an accident. Or finding your car flooded after a torrential rain. With a comprehensive policy, all these worries will be laid to rest.
CHANGE YOUR TYRES
Apart from giving your tyres a well-needed brush and spritz, the extreme heat recorded throughout Malta’s summers causes tyre air pressure to increase as well as over-inflate, which will tamper with the car’s braking system and provokes the need for continuous tyre replacement. Malta’s uneven road surfaces and numerous potholes may puncture or crack tyres, mess with their alignment and cause damage to the suspension. Changing your tyres will give your driving a completely different (and safe) experience.