When you’ve been driving the same car for a while, it’s only natural that at some point you get bored with it. You notice all of the defects and start thinking about how it would be nice to drive something new.
There is a thrill when it comes to getting behind the wheel of a car that looks, and smells, new. But, with the new car comes a big car payment every month. Or it can deplete your savings overnight. Instead of buying a new car, why not just give your old used car a makeover so you can enjoy it as if it’s new?
There are a lot of ways that you can feel good about your old car and avoid doing anything costly. If your car still has some miles left on the old motor, then there really is no reason to get rid of it.
Get a paint job
Sometimes a simple makeover is enough to get you feeling good about your old wheels again. The very first thing to do is to get yourself a paint job. Now you have complete control over the color and can choose something wildly different if you like so it can be more personalized. This can go a long way toward you want to keep your car for as long as it is in good running condition.
It can cost a lot or a little depending on the type of paint that you plan to use. But a simple paint job for the body and wheel paint shouldn’t cost more than $900. This usually includes sanding the car and getting rid of any small rust spots. Of course, the condition of the exterior also plays a part in the price so it does depend.
Give it a tune-up
If your car is running roughly then it is likely time to get a tune-up. You’ll know it’s time when there is a slight pause when you press the accelerator pedal. If it sounds like there are unusual noises in addition then this is also an indicator that you need to change a few things.
A tune-up consists of swapping out the spark plugs and the distributor cap. It’s what keeps the combustion going at the right tempo. When the distributor cap starts wearing away those sparks don’t happen in sync and it makes for a rough ride.
Keep it detailed
One of the best feelings is sitting down in a new car and smelling the new car aroma. And you can replicate that every couple of months in your current car by getting it detailed regularly.
Detailing a car goes beyond giving it a quick vacuum and going to the car wash. Detailing is taking care of every last detail as the name implies. All of the interior is wiped down including using Q-tips to get into every nook and cranny. The upholstery is shampooed and it comes out looking, feeling, and smelling brand new.