Old to Fresh: How to Make Your Car Feel Brand New Again

We all love that new car smell. The way the leather feels when you settle in, the way the air blows cleanly out of the vents, the way the tires don’t make a single jolt that they’re not supposed to. These are the sort of things we love about new cars and are actually aspects we can bring to our not-so-new vehicles as well. Learn how to make your car feel brand new again!

Update Your Wheel Alignment

When you first drive a new car, it’s okay to take your hands off the wheel for a bit and you shouldn’t swerve straight into the curb. If that’s what’s happening with your current car, then it’s time to update your wheel alignment. Not only is it annoying to worry about sliding into a ditch if your hands come off the wheel briefly, but it can also cause unusual damage to one side of your tires.

Don’t Forget About the Tires

On the topic of tires, don’t forget about them! Just because you haven’t gotten a flat, doesn’t mean your tires and wheels don’t need to be properly taken care of. Take your car into a tire shop, whether it’s in your hometown or at your vacation spot in South Carolina. Anytime is a good time to get your wheels taken care of—not to mention, it’ll make for a much more comfortable and way less bumpy drive.

Deodorize the Air Conditioner

With the warmer months upon us, chances are, we’ll be turning on the AC no matter how short our drive is. Do yourself and your car a favor by deodorizing your car’s air conditioner. This is honestly one of the best ways to make your car feel brand new again—you’ll be on your way to that new car smell in no time. The truth is, the longer you own a car, the more chances it has of developing an unpleasant odor. You should use a disinfectant spray that fights mildew in the vents and make sure to use a car freshener—they make some that smell just like that new car smell.

Do Some Reupholstering

If you’ve had your car for quite some time and those leather seats don’t feel quite so smooth or the cushions have somehow disappeared, then it’s time to do some fixing. Whether it’s full of stains or the metal springs are poking through, it’s a good idea to restore your car’s interior. Unless you have experience, turn to professionals to replace cushions and reupholster seats—when the inside is in prime condition, you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a new car.

Clean Your Car Regularly

The simplest way to make your car feel new and keep it new is by cleaning it—regularly. You’re not going to feel like you’re stepping into a rental car if the floor is littered with wrappers and the cup holders are full of crumbs. Clean the inside and the outside of your car regularly in order for it to actually look like a new car, too.

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