Tips To Keep Your New Car Looking New!

Purchasing a new car means you want to do whatever it takes to keep it in top condition for the long run. There are many things you can do at the outset that will prevent wear and tear down the road, which will keep your car like new for longer. The following tips will help:

Tip #1: Set up a maintenance plan

The most important task for any new car owner is to take the time to go through the maintenance schedule in the back of the owner's manual. This will tell you how often to schedule oil and filter changes, as well as other necessary maintenance milestones such as the 10,000-mile tuneup. Enter these maintenance reminders somewhere that won't be overlooked, such as into your personal planner or the calendar app of your choice. Sticking to the maintenance schedule is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car running well.

Tip #2: Splurge on the upholstery treatment

One area that a lot of cars experience a lot of wear and tear is the upholstery. Fortunately, you can cut down on a lot of dirt and staining by having the seats, doors, and carpeting treated with a stain preventative. This makes it much easier to simply wipe off the dirt. Invest in good quality floor mats as well, since the carpets receive the most wear and tear. Finally, take steps to protect against known damage. For example, if your dog rides in the back seat, invest in a seat cover. If you tend to throw muddy gear in the trunk, get a special water-proof trunk mat.

Tip #3: Purchase some touchup paint

No matter how careful you are, scratches and small dings will eventually mar the exterior paint job. You can prevent these from being noticeable or worse, attracting rust, by covering them promptly with a touchup paint. Purchase the paint that matches your car at the dealership before you ever drive off the lot. This way you have it on hand when it's needed, making it less likely that you will put off this simple repair.

Tip #4: Coat the undercarriage

If you live in an area where chemical ice melt or salt is used on snowy roads, or near salt water, rust, and corrosion on the underside of the car and inside the fenders is one of the more common ways an otherwise good car becomes a junker. Fortunately, this is an easy issue to avoid – simply invest in undercoating for the car. This creates a membrane that prevents salt damage and ensures that the underside of your car remains rust-free.

Contact a vehicle undercoating service for more information and assistance.