Just because you have an older car doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money at a vehicle repair shop to make it look like new. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your older car look new again.

Clean Everything

Obviously a dirty car, inside and out, can make it feel older, and regardless of the body style of the vehicle, it can feel like a nice newer car by being kept in top notch condition. We’re not talking a minor vacuuming job, we’re talking a very hardcore detailing. You can take your car to a detailing shop and have it done for you, or you can roll up your sleeves and put in the elbow grease yourself. Don’t forget to clean your engine bay as well. We’re not just talking about the areas you can visually see from the outside.

Clear the Lenses

No doubt you’ve seen headlights that look fogged up. That’s because the plastic composite headlamps use weather and dull over time. Typically you can pick up a headlight restoration for under $30 and they are super easy to use. This quick trick can help make the exterior of your car look so much cleaner, sharper, and newer.

Clean Your Car’s Air Conditioning

Air conditioning can suffer buildups of mold, mildew, and bacteria (gross), so you want to make sure you keep that clean, and yourself healthy! You can take your car in to have this done, or to save yourself some dollars, you can do it yourself. To clean out the system, first make sure that the air coming into the system isn’t first passing through leaves, dust or other accumulated grime in the air passageways. Then you can change, or simply clean, any filters in the system. You can then add an air-conditioning deodorizer to finish.

Touch Up Your Paint

Touch up paint is a really easy way to make your older car look new without taking it to a vehicle repair shop. It can be pretty hard to avoid minor scratches and dings on your vehicle, so having touch up paint handy can really help your vehicle’s appearance. Keep in mind, you should only use it sparingly and carefully.

We hope a couple of these points gives you some new ideas for making your car look newer without visiting a vehicle repair shop.