Everyone knows that other than time and effort, maintaining a car requires a huge amount of monetary investment.
However, there ARE tips and tricks to maintaining a car at minimum costs.
What are some car grooming hacks you practice yourself?
Let me reveal to you, the insights we received from these 9 car enthusiasts were nothing short of amazing and We have listed all of them below.
“I would say keep a microfiber cloth in your car to keep your dash shiny and dust free. Nothing annoys me more than getting into a nice car with a dusty and dirty dash.”
Zero2Turbo is a South African automotive website with daily news updates, pictures and videos on high-performance and exotic cars.
“One of our favourites is using lemon pledge on tires in lieu of any of the shiny tire dressings. It gives your tires that brand new look instead of that glazed messy shiny look and even provides a lemony scent as you look at the car.”
Eric Grandi has been in business since 2005, and have been a Muscle Car Enthusiast for over 40 years.
“Tip 1: Clean wiper blades by rubbing alcohol (a spirit) on the blades for a streak-free windshield.
Tip 2: Keep your rims sparkling using this cheap alternative. Mix baking soda, soap and warm water. You’ll then have a cheap and effective tyre/ wheel cleaner.
Tip 3: Clean your lights using toothpaste. Using a sponge and a little bit of elbow grease, apply the toothpaste and rub in circular motions until the dirt comes off. Then, wipe away with a light cloth to reveal your crystal-clear lights!”
MyCarHeaven is dedicated to showcasing, talking about, reviewing the most beautiful, cool, iconic and desirable cars, supercars and hypercars.
“Professional detailing can cost anywhere from $55 for a wax to $100 for a full detailing.
Here are some “Car Smarts Tips” for shielding the outside of your car this spring.
Let’s start with 4 W’S for spring-cleaning your car: WASH, WIPE, WAX, and WHEELS.
- Use a mild commercial car wash that is safe for all paint types and brings out natural luster. Never use dish soap as is will strip down then existing waxes and dull the paint. Remember, not all soaps are safe for your car’s exterior.
- Remove all water from your car’s surface. A towel or chamois will do the job. Remove all bugs with bug and tar remover before waxing.
- Next, apply a coat of wax. I prefer a carnauba synthetic wax, because it protects against acid rain, water spots, grime, dirt; can even be used in sunlight; you can really see the difference after using a good quality wax.
- For wheels, I recommend a wheel cleaner made from a non-corrosive formula, which can be used on all wheel types, even aluminum. It protects against brake dust buildup and road dirt. For your tires, use tire shine it will protect the tires through three rainstorms and doesn’t need to be applied as often and they look nicer this way too.
Don’t forget the inside of your car or truck!
Protect your car’s interior using these easy steps. Use automotive products and not household products that can damage your interior.
Start by thoroughly vacuuming your car’s upholstery and carpeting and cleaning the windows with a quality glass cleaner.
Tip: Use newspaper instead of paper towels to clean your window – they will shine.
Once clean, protect the carpet and upholstery to keep its fabric clean. This is a great time to apply a product that will help repel spills and stains. Remember to keep napkins or paper towels in your glove compartment to blot up those accidental spills.
Finally, to really eliminate those nasty odours, don’t just cover up them with perfumes or the little-scented ornaments. Instead look for something that will penetrate the fabric in your car and eliminate odours at their source.
Febreze Auto does the trick, its similar to what we use in our homes, but it’s specifically formulated for automobile usage and is safe for use around pets and children.”
Lauren Fix lives life in the fast lane–literally. When this automotive expert, author, spokesperson, keynote speaker, TV personality, ASE certified technician, race car driver, wife, and mother of two roars past, head’s turn. She is also an award-winning author of three automotive books.
“Tip 1: Pre-Car Cleaning Must.
While the initial purchase of a pancake air compressor may be costly, the long-term benefit is it’s a great tool for car cleaning, both inside and out. Equipped with a rubber tip air gun, and a piece of cut plastic tubing, you can get to places to dislodge debris that collects in hard to reach crevices. The air gun blows out leaves from the base of the windshield where the wiper posts protrude but also drain holes around the vehicle that can clog allowing water to enter the car. On the inside, it can be useful for dislodging dust and dirt from deep within carpets that then a vacuum can remove. Use it to blow crumbs and pieces of dirt from the seats, dash, and the console before you wipe those down with conditioner.
Tip 2: The Lowly Toothpick.
When detailing is truly about the details: The basic wooden (I prefer the fancy rounded picks) toothpick can be used to get the muck out between body panels and along tape pinstripes. Not to mention old clumps of wax build up that tend to show up long after the wax job is done.
Being careful to not gouge the paint or anything, and replacing the tip become crushed or flattened. Using it at the angle will interesting pick out lots of much that you might not otherwise be able to remove. And what you would not want to remove with a metal or even a plastic pointed object, due to possible paint damage.”
William is a lifestyle and automobile guru. His passions in life are his relationships, his pets and automobiles.
“The one inexpensive car grooming hack I swear by is to make sure the car does not get too dirty before I send it for a wash. Dirt, grease or grime may dig into the paint on a microscopic level and will cause damage eventually.
Another simple tip is if you are parking under a tree for the whole day until the evening or overnight, make sure you look at the surrounding of the area under the tree. If there are a lot of bird droppings high chance birds spend the nights there and by the morning, your car will be covered in bird poo.
You wouldn’t want that would you?”
As a car enthusiast, Rigval wrote for many online publications ranging from Carthrottle.com in the UK, Myautoblog.org & SGcarmart.com in Singapore as well as ghostwriting for various automotive websites around the world.
“Always wash the car from top to bottom. Rinse your microfiber wash mitt between wipes.
Wash your microfiber in warm water and use liquid detergent. Do not use the dryer to dry them, and do not mix with other materials during a wash.
To get your car shiny:
- Get 3M Fine Rubbing Compound.
- Rub the car down with 3M Rubbing Compound in a circular motion.
- Using foam pads, work one panel at a time and buff off with a plush microfiber towel.
Wax the whole car immediately after to protect the freshly exposed paint.”
Sub5zero brands themselves as the best exotic and tuning news website. They are dedicated to cars that go fast.
“Dusting the inside of the car every few days is a great way to keep the inside looking fresh without spending any money. I keep a Swiffer brand duster in my car. I also “dust” the exterior of my car with my leaf blower — just blow off the dust after I’m done with my gardening. That helps in California summers which are dry and dusty.”
Erika Fish is a car enthusiast. The business of driving and writing led her to work with car dealerships and small businesses as a digital marketing strategist and freelance marketing professional.
“One of my favorite hacks involves dinner: I’m a dad and I swear Hammer Jr has a busier social calendar than I do. That puts a premium on dinnertime and sometimes I just HAVE to rely on take out meals. To keep things warm on the way home; turn on the seat heaters. (Note; I also recommend putting a towel down to soak up pizza grease. Ask me how I know!)
The other hack I do regularly is to use fine grade steel wool and detail spray to clean your windshield. Keep your glass lubed with the spray and use light circular motions to get the nastiest bug guts and road grime loose, then wipe clean and buff with a soft cloth. Most detail sprays also repel water helping you see better in the rain.”
Hammer’s background is in broadcasting; he’s a former radio morning show host. He’s done lots of television. He is an expert in small business brand-building, voiceovers and writes and produces radio ad campaigns. Now he writes about cars on his blog.
Amazing! What a wide collection of useful tips from car enthusiasts all over the world. We hope these advices will serve you and your car well from now on.
What are some cheap and useful hacks you personally use to maintain your ride? Let me know by leaving a comment below right now!