We all love that new car feel and that new car smell – fresh new seats, a fine wax job, shiny new rims, rough deep tyre grooves. We definitely all wish for it to last forever. Maintaining and trying to upkeep the appearance of a new car may end up costing you a lot of time and money. However, it doesn’t always have to be the case. We here at Edmund Motor would like to suggest 6 very basic, idiot-proof maintenance tips that will cost you less than $100, while also prolonging the life of your car and keeping it looking good.
1. Clean and Organize Your Car
This is a definite no brainer. And as they say, cleanliness is next to godliness. So as close as godlike you’d like your car to look, is about how clean you should keep it.
That being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean having to engage in labourious cleaning that very quickly end up becoming a chore. Keeping your car clean on top of regular washes can be as easy and as simple as changing the floor mats, or having a rubbish bin in your car that you empty frequently.
If you’re looking for just that little bit of extra sparkle and shine, you can try using a small toilet brush to brush the wheels and rims of your car once a week.
Washable Car Wastebasket $21.46
Round Toilet Brush $2.60
2. Replace Your Windscreen Wipers
If you live in a place like Singapore, you’ll know that the weather can cycle between two extremes – one being extreme heat and humidity, the other being torrential downpour. These can take a serious toll on the condition of your windscreen wipers and may eventually lead to seriously debilitating visibility when you drive on rainy days.
We understand that switching out those windscreen wipers might be slightly costly for some of you. So, if you don’t wish to constantly be changing your windscreen wipers, then maybe invest in a windshield treatment like Rain X or Liqui Moly. For a more financially friendly alternative, you can simply clean it regularly with a micro fibre cloth and some water. That should preserve the integrity of the wipers and slow down deterioration.
Liqui Moly Windshield Cleaner Foam $8.50
Rain-X Windshield Repair Kit $20.95
3. Make Sure You’re Wiping Down The Insides Of Your Windows Too
Let’s face it, the chances are that a lot of the activities you’re doing inside of your car gets onto the windows from the inside, whereas you’re probably only cleaning the outside of it. All that dust, dirt, and finger prints, and if you have kids, a lot of other kinds of gunk all stay on inside of the windows of your car and do not come off easily.
The good news is, all it takes is a little bit of window cleaner and a microfiber cloth to get rid of all that and drastically improve the appearance of your car. For more stubborn sticky spots, try using Goo Gone!
Goo Gone Citrus Power $4.95
Microfibre Cloths 2 for $4
4. Car Fresheners!
We know this doesn’t necessarily contribute to the appearance of the car, as you can’t really visualize scent. But having a car that smells a certain kind of way can leave a pleasant experience on those who are in it, and leave the impression of the car being well kept and new.
The best part is, there are tons of different ones out there, one to suit each and every personality and taste.
Farcent Charcoal Haze Car Deodoriser $10.80
Clean Cotton Car Jar Ultimate $9
5. Invest in Seat Covers!
The seats are literally the part of the car that comes in contact with almost everyone and everything. Investing in seat covers are really good way of protecting them. In addition, there are many seat covers out there that can enhance the appearance of your car, adding to how amazing your car already looks. The best part is, once they get dirty, simply remove them, wash them, and put them back. Viola! Good as new. This way is far more cost effective and way less labour intensive than having to hire a deep clean on those grimy seats, or having wipe them down yourself!
Breathable PU Leather Bamboo Charcoal Car Interior Seat Cover Cushion Pad $12.99
6. Avoid Cheap Repairs
We know this isn’t really making an immediate aesthetic improvement and might actually burn big holes in your pocket in the short term. But trust me, avoiding low cost repairs and maintenance fees, aside from fixing minor dents and scratches, will save you way more money in the long run. It is also a better way of keeping that car in pristine condition and running for far longer. So avoid cheap repairs guys!
Fret not! If you are an Edmund Motor customer, we work with only the best. Edmund Motor is the largest car importer in Singapore. We have had a long running relationship and partnership with MBM Wheelpower, the biggest car repair and maintenance workshop here in Singapore. That means, once you purchase a car from us, your aftersales grooming, maintenance, and repair needs will be well taken off, preserving all the best qualities as the day it arrived.