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Boost your used car’s curb appeal
Here are some quick fixes and cleaning tricks to get your car looking great again:
Give your car a good washing: Doesn’t have to be a fancy wash. Just take it through your local coin-operated car wash. Scrub dirt off using the foaming brush, then use a spot-free rinse. To make sure n
o marks are left behind, dry it yourself with a rag or towel. Try a spray detailer for an extra sheen.
Vacuum the inside: Using the assorted nozzles on your vacuum cleaner, vacuum up all the fish crackers from the kids and crumbs in between the seats. Use a portable shop vac made specifically for cleaning your car. From cracks to cupholders, don’t neglect the small things.
Touch up dents and scratches: Got ugly dents and dings on your car? Take it for some paintless dent repair to get it looking new again. This technique is a more affordable and speedy form of dent repair, one that doesn’t affect the factory’s paint job. However, it should be performed by a highly trained mechanic.
Clean up the interior: Using a damp rag, some spray and paper towels, or interior wipes, wipe down all interior surfaces. You’ll be amazed at the difference this one job can make. If you have any stains, use a foaming cleaner by saturating the area, working it in with a damp sponge, advises Popular Mechanics. After letting it sit a while, blot it out with paper towels or a dry cotton cloth.
Throw out the junk: Fast food wrappers, that lone sock you can’t seem to find the mate to, old scraps of paper, etc. should all go into a big trash bag. Fold blankets, put everything in its place (first aid kit, flashlight, etc.), and add convenience items such as wipes and hand sanitizer.
Spruce up the tires: Give your tires a little elbow grease to blacken them up. Shine the hub caps and spray them down to get all the inside caked-on dirt. Take your car in for a tire rotation if it’s been a while.
Clean the engine: Sounds random but if you are selling your vehicle, the prospective buyer will want to look under the hood. Your engine gathers built-up grease and road dirt that can really look bad. Use a spray detailer for easy application. Why not check your fluids at this time too, such as the oil and coolant levels? Add some if you need to or take it to your mechanic for the full treatment.
Give it a once-over: Once done, look at your car with a new perspective. Ask a friend if you can’t be objective. Anything that stands out to you that needs to be addressed? Sometimes this is when you catch those small yet glaring mistakes that need to be taken care of.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center
We are located conveniently in Dallas and Plano, TX, and are your first choice for superior collision repair and auto body work. Contact us to schedule an appointment. We can give your car a good detailing, whether you’re planning to sell the vehicle in the near future or you just want it looking great for the summer.