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How to Breathe Fresh Life into a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a great way to get a quality vehicle that suits your needs at an affordable price.

However, most used cars inevitably come with little faults and niggles. But why should you have to live with them? It is often very affordable to fix the smaller issues you have with your car, and you won't necessarily need to go to a garage to do so. Your car may not be brand new, but there are ways of making it feel like it is.

Here are five easy ways of breathing fresh life into your 'new' car.

1. Check the door and boot opening mechanisms. Do they work as smoothly as they should? Applying a little lithium grease can make your car doors function correctly. Car boots often use gas struts to ease opening and closing. Gas struts are cheap and easy to replace; this is a more cost-effective alternative to repairing them. New struts can be installed in minutes, making your boot open effortlessly.

2. The performance of windscreen wipers can quickly deteriorate without you even noticing. It is unlikely for your pre-owned car to feature the most effective wiper blades. Replacing them is a good way of maximising your visibility in adverse weather conditions, and keeping your windscreen clean. Buying new windscreen wipers is a cheap and easy way to maintain safety on the road.

3. Touching up scratches and dents is a great way to make your car look like new. At minimal cost and effort, those stone-chips and scratches can be a thing of the past and you can give your car a showroom shine. Most car colours are available online, ensuring you get an accurate colour match. Painting over any scratches will also help to protect the body work and make your car easier to keep clean.

4. Your wing mirrors are vulnerable to damage. Although they are usually fairly strong and impact resistant, a few knocks can damage the electrics or mean you are unable to see the correct angle when driving. Wing mirrors can also become worn over time if they are tucked in when parked. This can make them stiff and difficult to operate. Vandalism of car wing mirrors is also on the up. Your mirrors are a vital part of road safety when driving. Forget the duct tape - buy a new mirror and fit it yourself!

5. The Steering Wheel of your pre-owned car may be a little worn and tired. Similarly the gear stick may look a little shabby. Buying a steering wheel and gear stick cover can improve the look and feel of your car interior at minimal cost, and add a little luxury to the driving experience.

Have you recently purchased a used car? How have you improved it?

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