5 DIY Car Hacks to Reinvigorate Your Car

If people need some relaxing and rejuvenation every once in awhile in their busy and complicated lives, cars do need that too. Those old, not-so-old, and almost new vehicles that help us get to our destinations everyday also get tired.Rapid Car Removal has been buying used cars in Melbourne for the last two decades and so. And believe us when we say we have seen used vehicles in all kinds of shapes and conditions, from the most filthy to the most amazingly like-new ones. So apart from the regular car washing, waxing, and vacuuming, there are other car hacksyou can try to do to make your precious ride feel pampered and reinvigorated.

With that, we are here to provide you with easy DIY car tips and tricks to give your car that TLC it needs without leaving a dent on your wallets. We have carefully selected 5 ways that will surely make a difference in keeping your car from looking down and out:

 

#1:  MAKE YOUR CAR’S EYES SPARKLE

Owners of used cars are often stressed about their car headlights turning yellow and foggy. Never fret, with just a tube of toothpaste (whitening, if possible), a clean cloth, and your arm muscles, they’ll look better in no time. Thoroughly rub the toothpaste in. Once you get your desired results, rinse it completely with water then wipe to dry. If you notice small cracks on it, give it a quick fix by applying some clear nail polish. This will also avoid moisture to build up inside your headlights. You may finish up with wax or furniture polish to really make them sparkle!

 

#2:  FREE YOUR CAR FROM ITS OLD TATTOOS

If you have been through that phase where you think it’s so cool to make your car look like a trapper-keeper, well, it’s time to wake up and leave that behind because it’s no longer the 80’s or the 90’s. If you really want your baby to look like it’s fresh from the dealership or have just come out of the auto detailing shop, get rid of those expired registration stickers, decals, and other labels that are on your car’s body, windows, and windshield. If you want to neatly remove them without a sticky residue, you may use a newspaper that has been wet with warm water to take them off.

 

#3:  KEEP YOUR CAR’S SKIN CLEAR & SMOOTH

Doing regular body washing and waxing is a no-brainer when it comes to cleaning your car’s exteriors. But sometimes, the regular car wash doesn’t seem to cut it when there are stubborn things or substances that have been stuck on your paint. So to solve that, after a good wash, head to your laundry area and get those dryer sheets. They should help you easily remove dead bugs, dried-up fruit and tree droppings, bird poo, and more.

 

#4:  MAKE YOUR DASHBOARD DASHING

For you to really feel that your car is ‘like new’, you have to pay close attention to the parts that you actually in contact with – those that you always see and touch. You can get rid of the dust and dirt that are accumulated and stuck in the car vents and other interior crevices using a foam craft brush. Then, instead of the vacuum, use coffee filters to dust all the interior components. After that, give it a good polish by using some olive oil (that you probably just have in your kitchen).

 

#5:  KEEP THE INTERIORS NEAT

All your efforts to make your car look nice and fresh will be in vain if you won’t keep it neat and clean. There’s no need for you to buy those pricey and fancy car accessories just to maintain an organised car. You have lots of items in your home that you can definitely use inside your car. To give you an idea, here are some examples:

  • An empty gum/candy holder to hold loose coins inside your car
  • Silicone or paper cupcake liners in the cup holders to easily catch spills and crumbs
  • Shoe/slipper organiser to hold all the other items that you always need inside the car
  • Cereal containers instead of normal trash cans to make it a bit more handy and pleasant-looking inside your car.

 

There more DIY projects you can do to give your car that R&R it needs. The most important thing left here is your commitment and desire to actually do-it-yourself. Well, it’s your car to begin with. So if you choose just to let it be, then it’s your call. Just remember, that everything you choose to do and not to do with your car will have an effect in the future.

Do you have a damaged car in your garage that is just rotting and rusting away because of poor maintenance and negligence? There’s no reason to sulk and regret. What you can do now is trust professional car wreckers like Rapid Car Removal, and you won’t feel bad about it anymore. Ask about our cash for cars and free car removal services now by calling 0438 942 754.

MUST-HAVE CAR SAFETY FEATURES

Today, with different kinds of fast cars, congested roads, high speed limits, and adrenaline-junkie drivers, one can say that it’s rather more dangerous to drive than maybe about 10 or 20 years ago. However, thanks to the rapid development of newer technologies, we can also say that automobiles now – whether private or commercial – are a lot safer than before.

When buying a new ride, it is but imperative to take a closer look on what kinds of safety features it has before actually choosing it. Whether you are a bachelor, career woman, family man, or a first-time car buyer, whatever your situation may be, you and your passengers’ safety must always be top priority.

Gone were the days when you only look for seatbelts in a vehicle. Now, the automobile industry standards have also set their bars higher. Regulations now require vehicles to have front airbags, seatbelts with pretensioners, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), among others. With lots of advanced safety technologies and jargons, it is kind of challenging to know and understand which ones you really need.

So as one of the leading companies in the cash for cars and car wreckers Melbourne industry, we also update ourselves with the latest developments in the automobile world to provide better services to our clients. We took the time to make a list of the latest car safety features you should look for and what they really do for you:

Airbags with Passenger Sensing Systems – this feature is perfect for families with toddlers and children. The sensors will turn the airbags on or off depending on the weight of the passenger. So if you’re driving with your little kid/s, and they’re seated near the airbags, they won’t be suffocated or injured once it deploys.

Latch System – LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. They are now a standard in almost all countries because it enables drivers with kids to properly and securely install car seats. Tether and lower anchors are hooks (normally U-shaped bars or rings) built in your car’s rear seats, where you attach your kid’s car seat. They will keep them in place no matter what.

Back-up Systems – Parking in reverse is now easier, thanks to this cool safety feature. There are sensors that will effectively warn and alert you if you are close to bumping on something while backing up your car. Some high-end cars have their back-up systems equipped with cameras.

Blind Spot Monitoring – it’s easier to get bumped or cut off by another vehicle if it is coming from your blind spots. So to efficiently avoid crashes and close calls, the sensors of the blind spot monitoring system warns you ahead of time. Some cars have beepers, flashing lights from side mirrors, or steering wheel vibrations.

Lane Keep Assistance – this cool technology helps avoid sleepy and tired drivers from getting into accidents. The system effectively recognises road lane markings and then alerts the driver once the car runs out of direction, then eventually steers it back gently into the lane.

Forward Collision Warning – just like back-up systems, cars now also have systems that help you avoid frontal car crashes. The car provides audible warnings that tell you are coming too close to the vehicle in front of you.

Adaptive Headlights – Not all car brands and models have these yet, but it’s truly a plus if you’re going to buy a car that has them. This kind of headlights help so much whenever you’re travelling at night, in curved roads and places where there are no lights. The headlights pivot as you turn, following whichever direction your car goes.

Adaptive Cruise Control – this car feature uses a radar system that will instantly detect cars that are ahead of you. It will sense their speeds and keep your car in a safe distance. This one is very handy to avoid cases wherein you have to do a hard brake just because the car in front of you suddenly stops.

There are still other car safety systems that manufacturers add to their vehicles. But the ones on this list are truly worth looking out for if you’re thinking of buying a new ride. And sure, they might make you shell out a few more bucks; but it’s going to be worth it when the safety of the driver, passengers, and even pedestrians are at stake. Even though they shouldn’t be considered as substitutes for safe and defensive driving, know that all these will still make a big difference in having peace of mind while you are on the road.

Buying a new car? Sell your old one to us. Instead of letting it rot and rust in your garage, let the experts remove and put them into good use. Rapid Car Removal has been in the used car removal and car wrecking industry for two decades now.