When most people start getting tired of their car, they tend to start thinking about getting a new one. However, it doesn’t make financial sense when you think about it. The vast majority of cars tend to run way past 100,000 miles these days, and you can push that figure up to 200,000 with a little care and attention. It’s far cheaper than spending big on a new vehicle, too.
In today’s guide, we’re going to go through some of the things you can do to keep your car going for longer. And, to make it actually feel like a new car again. Read on to find out more – and save yourself a considerable sum of money.
Fix your interior
Ripped seats? Head to your local refuse collection point, You will often find old car seats that are perfectly usable, and you can just swap them out. There are lots of little fixes in your interior that cost pennies, too. The LED lights in your dash, for example, are cheap and easy to replace. A new steering wheel is also a low-cost upgrade that can make your car feel better when you’re driving.
Invest in new gadgets
Looking in envy at your neighbour’s new in-car entertainment system? There are no reasons why you can’t invest in a whole range of devices yourself. You can buy everything separately, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Switch your air filters
The simple process of changing your air filter can give your engine a new lease of life. It costs around £200 in parts and labour – or you can go down the DIY route. It can raise your horsepower potential by a couple of notches – so well worth doing if you haven’t before.
Upgrade your tyres
You can improve your car’ performance by inflating your tyres correctly. But, if you want to make more of an impact, change the standard ones you have for more specialist tyres. You can buy car tyres for different seasons, better grip, and more fuel efficiency. It will make a big difference to the way you feel about your vehicle, too.
Old cars often start to let in wind and rain when they get older. It’s because, over time, the rubber seals on the doors and windows can rot. It’s a simple fix; that costs little other than time and patience. It will quieten external noises, and keep out the wind and rain through the winter seasons.
Finally, a good clean of your car can make all the difference. We’re not talking about a quick wipe of the outside and upholstery, either. Get specialist shampoo for your fabric, and make sure you get into every nook and cranny. You can even take out the front seats to make vacuuming easier. Take a look at the engine bay, too. All that dirt can build up and affect performance.
Any more tips you can think of for making an old car feel good as new? Feel free to leave them in the comments!
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