Choose To Upgrade Rather Than Trade Your Car This Year
Give Your Car A Makeover
Save an absolute fortune by deep-cleaning, repairing and upgrading your existing vehicle. Learn the tricks and tips to make your car seem brand-new.
More than 1 million drivers bought cars on finance deals in 2017, which is concerning given that the average amount of debt stands at £8,000 per person in the UK, not including the mortgage. Amidst fears that those with car loans won’t be able to afford the repayments, a savvier breed of car owners are choosing to upgrade their existing vehicle rather than trading it in for a newer model. Here are some ways in which you can save thousands of pounds and keep your monthly payments down by giving your existing set of wheels a makeover this year.
It goes without saying that a shiny vehicle looks better than a crusty one, yet many car owners don’t take the time to show off their motor at its best. Ideally, you’ll take it to a car wash at least once a fortnight, but you should also carry out some home cleaning too, particularly when it comes to the wheels. Buy a toilet brush and scrub behind the wheels until they’re dazzling. You can also replace the windscreen wipers to ensure that they’re at their most effective on your windshield.
Kitting Out The Interior
For those car owners who use treat their vehicle like a dustbin on wheels, it’s time to have a thorough clean out of the interior. Begin by removing all the litter, then give it a proper vacuum and shampoo. Purchase new mats and you can even opt for seat covers to reduce wear and tear, or to cover up anything that is already looking unsightly.
If your sound system has heard better days, then consider upgrading your speakers to get a much-needed improvement in sound quality, which will make those daily journeys to work all the more bearable. Of course, if you want to go all-out, then consider swapping the radio/CD player and replacing with a docking system that connects to the iTunes library on your iPhone. No more radio adverts when you can listen to your pre-selected playlists.
Repairing Chips And Scratches
Driving along a gravelly road, following construction vehicles or even some severe hailstones can all be the cause of those irritating and aesthetically-displeasing chips in the windshield. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to get these repaired and they’re often covered as part of your insurance policy.
If you also have a nick in your paintwork, from scraping around with your key trying to find the lock in the dark, or from someone bumping your wing mirror when you’ve been parked, then you don’t need to fork out for an expensive re-spray. Instead, purchase some touch up paint using the colour code that is the same shade as your vehicle. Your car will look good as new in no time at all.
Many of these ways to give your car a makeover cost less than £100, so if you’re looking for a new set of wheels, why not start by giving a bit of TLC to your existing vehicle? You’ll feel as if you’ve got a brand-new ride, but you’ll save an absolute fortune.