Most of us drivers spend a lot of time in our cars, and many of us treat them more like a member of the family than the inanimate objects they really are, so it’s only natural that we want our vehicles to always look their best. That doesn’t mean that we have to upgrade our vehicles every couple of years or spend thousands of pounds on cosmetic improvements – there are a lot of low-cost things that can be done to make our vehicles look great.
Here are just a handful of budget ways to make your car look better:
It’s so obvious that it hardly seems worth mentioning, but a lot of people just don’t put much effort into keeping their cars clean, and as a result, they end up looking much older and more worn that they really are, plus cleaning your car is about as cheap as it gets. Fill up a bucket, or turn on the hose and give every inch of your car’s exterior a thorough cleaning with a little car shampoo. Then, vacuum, dust and wipe the inside, removing any food and drinks wrappers or any other clutter you find and your car really will look (almost) as good as new.
Replace Your Windscreen Wipers
It’s amazing how much difference a good set of sharp windscreen wipers can make to the way your car looks. New windscreen wipers will get rid of all the dust, dirt and rain streaks on your windows, leaving them looking sparkling. So, if you’ve had the same wipers for a while, splash out on some new ones, and you will notice a difference.
Refurbish Your Wheel’s Alloys
Alloy wheel refurbishment costs as little as £45, and it will get rid of all those chips and missing bits that make your wheels look old and scruffy. Even better, it’s much cheaper than actually replacing your alloys.
Treat Your Car to Some Seat Covers
When you’ve had your car for a while, the seat covers can start to get dirty, faded and discoloured. By using seat covers, then, not only can you keep protect them from the sun’s rays and your family’s messiness, but you can also change up the look of your car’s interior and make it look a bit more interesting to boot.
Show it Some Shampoo
While we’re on the subject of car seats, getting your car seats and carpets shampooed at least once every six months is a great way to keep the interior looking fresh, especially if you or your passengers are known to enjoy food and drink in your vehicle.
Respray the Body
This is the most expensive option for improving your car in this post, but considering it only costs around £1000 at the bottom end, it’s certainly preferable to buying a new car, and it will do more to make your car look a lot better than pretty much anything else you try.
Do you have any tips for improving your car for less?