Maintaining the interior of your vehicle, is one way to extend the life of the vehicle.
One of the first things to change with your new car will almost always be the interior, that includes how clean it is, but also that new car smell. One of the major things that occur for a lot of upholstery, leather or not, as well as dashboard paneling, is they begin to fade. Then you just have stains that can occur, dust, dog hair, etc. that just build up overtime.
Now if you don’t have a garage, which many may not have a garage or carport, then you should try to park your vehicle in as much shade as possible during the day. The direct UV sunlight that hits your vehicle, the more interior fading that can occur, but also can quickly turn your car into an easy-bake oven. Another options is car shades, which you can insert in the rear and front windshield, this will reflect the sun light from entering your car and doing long-term damage to your vehicles interior.
This one is very self-explanatory. Even though we all lead very busy lives between, work, family etc. We still need to make sure that we take the time to pick up our garbage in the car. We recommend keeping a small plastic bag that you can easily put paper in. Those coffee straws and fast food wrappers can add up really fast.
Beyond that you need to really put some time into cleaning your interior, this means not just vacuuming but actually shampooing the upholstery. This is something you can either do yourself, or you can find a local detailing company who will do it for you, but you can expect to pay upwards of $100.
So you bought a car with leather interior, and you love to show it off. But guess what that smooth leather feel may not stick around forever if you don’t take care of it. Leather can dry out and crack over time. So what you need to do is buy some leather cleaner to remove any dirt or strains, but then apply a protectant, this will help protect from future grime, but also kind of acts as a lubricant for the leathers grains.
So there you have it, just a few quick ways to make sure your car’s interior stays clean. Follow these few steps, and you should see your car’s interior last far longer, and you will thank us when you finally do trade in for a newer vehicle.
Jon has been an automotive enthusiast his entire life, and has worked with cars for the past ten years as a mechanic in Ohio. Since his retirement, Jon has chosen to share his passion for the automotive industry, by contributing to a number of automotive blogs in North America. He has also been a major supporter of the Go Green initiative for automakers.
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