If your car runs well and performs reliably during long distance travel, it is probably more cost effective to update its look than to trade it in for a newer model. Luckily, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars at an auto body shop to make noticeable improvements. With just a few supplies and a little elbow grease, you can make plenty of fun updates that will make you feel good about driving around town. Here are a few to consider:
Do Some Painting
One of the best ways to give your car a fresh new look is to paint it, but a professional job can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, which can defeat the purpose of saving money over getting a newer vehicle altogether. But gone are the days when you have to rely on a service provider to get a professional looking paint job. Simply buy auto paint to do the painting yourself.
Automotive paint is designed to hold up to all weather conditions and prevent rust from building up on your ride, and it offers a high shine finish that will make it look like it just came off the showroom floor. You can use a paintbrush or a personal paint sprayer and get the job done in just a few days. You'll want to sand down your vehicle before getting started to remove as much rust as possible and to create a smooth surface for the new paint to adhere to.
Install Some Tint
Tinting your windows will help to hide any inconsistencies in the glass and give your ride a fresh new look without the need for a lot of effort; simply use a squeegee to rub the film on each window to ensure that no air bubbles remain once applied. Tinted windows will also protect your from harmful UV rays and minimize cracking or fading on interior surfaces due to sun damage.
You should also find that interior temperatures stay more comfortable during extreme weather conditions while you are behind the wheel. Tinting film comes in a variety of shades and tint colors to meet your specific décor preferences. You may want to hold swatches of different options up to your windows if possible before choosing which will best meet your needs.
Replace the Hub Caps
The hub caps may not technically be a part of your vehicle's body, but replacing old caps with new shiny ones will make a noticeable impact on its overall look, and even help to make your tires look newer. Hub caps made of chrome are your best bet because they aren't typically painted like plastic ones, so they won't peel or chip as time goes on. Opt for hub caps that are easy to remove so you can give them a thorough wash and shine without the rims getting in the way.
Replace the Hardware
Another great way to spruce up the look of your car is to replace all of the door handles (both inside and out) as well as the emblems, trunk locks, windshield wipers, and side mirrors. You can also replace any trim that's scratched or dented to give your car's surface a cleaner finish. Another aspect that makes a visual difference is the bumpers. If they're crooked or dented, consider heading to the junk yard to find a set that are straight and can easily be painted or refinished to look new again.
These update techniques will help keep your vehicle in good condition until you're ready for a new one – and they might just help you sell your vehicle for more than it's currently worth too.