Top 6 Hacks Every Used Car Owner Should Know About

Your used car is an extension of your home, but how often do you take good care of it the same way as your house? Keep your used car in good condition with these simple-but genius hacks that will make life on the road a little easy, and a lot more comfortable.

  1. Upgrade the interior lighting. Most used cars still have incandescent bulbs that produce a dim yellow light throughout the interior. When touched, they are frequently hot. Moreover, incandescent lights use a lot of power but simply do not produce much light.Switch the interior lights of your used car to high-quality LED bulbs. It is a simple tip that makes a tremendous difference and benefits the overall light output of your used car. The pure white light it emits is striking and makes the interior of your used car more modern.
  2. Use citrus-based products in removing hard water spots. Sometimes, removing hard water spots from the paint of the used car can be a daunting task. It is the worst part about washing your car. Using citrus-based hard water spot removers is an ideal option to remove these spots from the paint in your used car. The acid neutralizes water spot stains to easily remove and achieve a smooth feeling in your used car’s paint.
  3. Tinted windows cling as movable shades. It is annoying when you are driving and the sun shines in through the windshield at just the right angle where the visor cannot tilt or swing far enough to block the blinding rays. To address this, place a piece of tinted window cling in just the right spot in your used car to shield your eyes from the sun.
  4. Use rubbing compounds to clean headlights. Most used cars today are made of plastics, and their clear coat will start to break down as time goes by, especially when it is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. However, it is usually not a matter of if it will happen but when, especially for the older used car.To do the trick, tape off the paint surrounding the headlight using painter’s tape. If you have a dual-action buffer, add a few dots of 3M rubbing compound on a foam pad and turn the speed from low to moderate setting. Do not press too hard; instead, let the pad and the compound do the work.

    You can also opt for a wool pad attached to a drill to do the trick. This procedure will usually cut right through light headlight oxidation and can restore them to new condition. If they are heavily oxidized, you may also opt to wet sand them before polishing a 1500-2000 grit sandpaper. After you are done polishing, you need to coat the headlight using wax regularly to maintain a layer of sun protection against its UV rays.

  5. Test your tires with a penny test. If you are unsure whether it is now time to replace your tires or not, simply take a penny, and place it headfirst into the tread groove. If you can still see the entirety of the coin, your tires are too worn and already need to be replaced. If the coin fits in, you have still 2/32 inches of tread depth left and can still wait on replacing your tires.
  6. Protect rubber through lubrication. When the weatherstripping around your used car begins to fail, its protection against the elements follows suit. Fortunately, you can apply a replacing seal by lubricating it with WD-40 once a month to counteract the cracking and drying that happens in extreme temperatures.

Final Thoughts

The aforementioned are just some of the simple-but genius hacks that every used car owner should know about to ensure a comfortable and easier driving experience. You can also do some research and explore your used car when you need something done. Hopefully, these tips can help you along the way.

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