If you’re a car enthusiast, you’ve probably spent hours of your life thinking about, working on, and driving your car. But if you want to protect your vehicle and keep it running smoothly for years to come, there are some things that need to be done regularly.
This guide will cover essential tips for taking care of your vehicle’s interior and exterior and typical maintenance issues that pop up with cars over time.
To get started, you’ll need a car care kit. They range in price from $50 to over $600, but you can find one that fits your budget and needs. Here are some options:
- A basic kit
- A deluxe kit that comes with all sorts of bonus features, including an air compressor and other accessories
- An inexpensive starter kit for beginners
Tire Care and Maintenance
You can do many things to ensure that your tires are in top condition and ready to go whenever you need them. Here’s a quick list of the most important steps:
- Check tire pressure regularly. It’s best to check it once per month, at least, and once before every long trip. Tire pressure is not static; it changes as the air heats up and cools down, so check your PSI regularly to ensure the pressures are similar across all tires (and never let them drop below 32 PSI). Also, be sure that all four tires have equal pressure—this will help prevent any issues such as blowouts or balance problems from occurring due to uneven weight distribution on one side of a vehicle (which could also lead to poor handling).
- Check tire tread regularly. Tread depth should always be kept above 1/16th inch for safety reasons; if you ever see less than this amount on your tire treads, contact a professional immediately because your car might not be safe! For cars with front-wheel drive systems only: You may have noticed that two different kinds of “treads” are involved here; one goes into each direction on each side (left/right), but both of these work together for optimal traction throughout its lifetime.
Car Interior Protection
Clean the interior regularly. You might think that your car’s interior is clean until you look at it from a distance and see all the junk on your dashboard or that one wad of gum in the center console. It’s time to start cleaning!
Protect your car’s interior with a tonneau cover for open-top cars. This is an especially great tip if you have a truck or similar model with a large bed at the back of it. For example, a Ford F150 tonneau cover can help you keep your vehicle clean and organized. This is especially useful if you have kids or pets who might be prone to spilling drinks or leaving crumbs everywhere.
Besides, the last thing you want to do is leave everything exposed to dust, dirt, and rain when they could be safely tucked away behind a secure cover.
Use microfiber cloths over water-based cleaners when cleaning upholstery and carpets. While liquid cleaners are effective at removing grime from fabrics like carpeting, they also tend to leave behind residue, which attracts even more dirt in its place over time.
A good rule of thumb: always use less product than directed by the instructions on its container label (either way, too little or too much will result in unsatisfactory results!)
Exterior Car Care
The first thing to consider when you’re cleaning your car’s exterior is the type of paint job it has. If you have an older vehicle with a single layer of paint, then your best bet is to skip waxing and just wash and dry it regularly. However, if you have a newer car with a clear coat or composite finish, you’ll want to apply a wax or polymer coating regularly to protect it from UV damage and oxidation.
There are many different types of polishes and waxes available on the market today that can help restore shine and luster to your vehicle’s exterior without requiring much effort on your part! Using these products once every two weeks should be enough for most people; however, if rust spots start appearing on the surface of your vehicle after regular use (they usually appear as dark spots), then this may indicate that it’s time for additional treatment.
We hope this guide has given you some insight into what’s required to keep your car looking new! If you have any questions about the materials and processes we’ve discussed here, or if you’d like to share tips for keeping a vehicle clean, please leave us a comment below.