Keep it looking great!

Securing the finance for your new car is a process that should not be rushed and certainly shouldn’t be led by emotions. Some people will find the whole process intimidating because of the sheer variety of options that are available to them and the lovely but often unfair reputations of the car salesperson.

If you’re in the market for buying a car, you may you have just sold one too. The two tend to go hand in hand. Most people, when buying a car usually trade-in or sell their old one privately. Either way, you will want it to look its best, all shiny and like new. So here’s a few pointers to keeping your car looking good ready for when it’s time to replace the old for new.

We have all seen the ‘abandoned’ car, parked under a tree and camouflaged with leaves, blending into its surrounding environment. From personal experience, I can strongly recommend that you need to avoid this parking space at all costs. If you don’t, you will soon realise how difficult it is to clean away weeks of tree sap and bird droppings from your once shiny vehicle. This will result in a huge application of elbow grease and much T-cut, or even worse, forking out for a professional car valet to bring it back to its former glory.

Polishing and buffing the paintwork will protect the colour of your car for longer. Sunlight, combined with dirt from the roads can fade out colour, so a wash ‘n’ wax every so often, along with parking your car in the shade, will go a long way towards maintaining its lustre. Cleaning your car throughout the winter months is also a must. The salt from the gritted roads can ruin your wheel arches, sills and chassis like you wouldn’t believe!

If you have a manual job and use your car for work, cover the driver’s seat. If you require tools for your job, use a dustsheet or liner to preserve the life of the interior carpet in the boot.

Avoid smoking in your car to keep the car smelling fresh and to eliminate any nicotine staining on the ceiling.

Keeping your wheels clean is essential as brake dust can stain and is difficult to remove. Always ensure you use the correct cleaning product for the job. You can’t go wrong with a bit of tyre and bumper dress too.

Follow these tips and you should have no problems fetching a good price for your car when it’s time to sell and upgrade to a newer model.