Today I’m sharing my top car care tips to make an old car feel new. As many of you know, I passed my driving test early this year, and you can find a video all about my experiences when passing my test here. Once I passed, I got a car within a week after I passed, but I always knew it was going to be an older car as, firstly, I couldn’t afford anything new, and if I got something newer then my insurance would be sky high. Inspired by my experience, I’m sharing my top car care tips to make an old car feel new as even though I have a late 2003 car, it certainly doesn’t show its age!
1. Get a new battery for your old car
Discarding an old car battery and replacing it with a new one is one of the most essential things we can do to re-new our cars. Luckily, when I got my car, the person I bought it from had recently replaced the battery (with receipts to prove this) but Rich and I had already found DAT Tyres website for reliable car batteries replacement. What we liked about them is that it would have been super easy to make an appointment and get the car battery replaced right away. If you’ve recently bought an old car recently, you can book an appointment here.
2. Get new brake pads/discs
When I got my car first of all, I noticed my breaks were not as sharp as I had anticipated and so I replaced the front break pads and discs. I say I, luckily Rich trained a mechanic, so he was able to replace these for me after giving the car a full service. This was super helpful for me, more for peace of mind than anything else.
3. New windscreen wipers
When I first took my car for a drive, I decided to stop off at Halfords to replace the windscreen wipers on my car as the old ones were a little rusty. If you’re unsure which wipers you need the Wiper Blades Ltd website can search for your Reg Plate and show you the size you need and you can order there and then – they’ll even deliver them to your door, making it super easy. This made another huge difference on the appearance of my car and helped to modernise it hugely. If you buy an old car, I’d recommend you do so too as there’s nothing worse than wipers that are old and can’t remove the rain when it’s throwing it down.
4. Give your car a deep clean/wash
Once you’ve changed the things needed in your car, from the battery to the wipers, it’s time to make your car look shiny new. We used a power washer on the outside of the car whilst using a valet cleaner and interior polish to make the car look clean and new. You can find garages that will do this for you, but I really enjoyed cleaning it out and make it feel like my own.
5. Air fresheners
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of candles and smellies. There is no surprise that I went on a air freshener haul. I stocked up on my favourite scent, Yankee Candle Vanilla Lime, on eBay. I loved how lovely it smelt and it really felt like my own car in no time at all!
So there are my top car care tips to make an old car feel new. I always believe that it is well worth investing a little bit of money into making an old car feel newer than it is!
Do you have any tips that you’d like to share with others who have recently passed their test and looking for an old car?