If you are the proud owner of a beautiful car, you will want to keep it looking that way. Whether it’s a new model or a classic vintage car, you can gain real pleasure from a smart looking, well maintained set of wheels. Whatever your motoring profile, it’s good to have a car that stands out from the crowd. Here are some tips for making your car outshine all the others on the road…
Perfect Paint Job
Maintaining a showroom shine on a car requires a little time and effort. Taking the car down to the garage to the mechanical car wash may be tempting due to the convenience and speed, but it will not be as thorough as the job you’d do yourself with a light hand mitt and warm water. For a real gleaming concourse finish, between shampooing and wax polish, use a detailing clay and lubricant to remove all the tiny imperfection on the paint’s surface. This job is quite slow and labour intensive, but the results are worth the extra effort. Your car is guaranteed to stand out with a brilliant, glassy finish reminiscent of the highly polished vehicles at motor shows.
Windows and Wheels
Ask any car salesman and he will tell you that ‘windows and wheels’ are what sell cars. Keeping both these elements sparkling clean and well maintained is key to having a vehicle to be proud of. Glass in the windows, mirrors, and light fittings is quite easy to keep gleaming with special automotive glass polish. Wheels need a little more attention as brake dust can cling stubbornly to surfaces. Use a cleaner designed to remove chemical brake dust – brush on then leave a little while before sponging off. Keep cleaning cloths and sponges used on wheels separate from those used on bodywork as they will collect grit and and scratch paintwork.
The Perfect Plate
Why not treat yourself and your car to a personalised number plate? This is a sure-fire way of marking your car out as special. A number plate from britishcarregistrations.co.uk not only gives your car an individual appearance, it can add to its value, too. Depending on the rarity of the registration plate, this can vary. Until recently, the most expensive number plate sold in the UK was 1D, sold to a Lebanese business man based in London back in 2009. It was a £352,000 present for his wife and it pre-dated the rise of the boy band with the same name. I suspect it’s value may have increased significantly in the intervening years. However, this massive figure was dwarfed in 2014 when a Ferrari dealer dished out a whopping £518,000 on the number plate 25 O.
Another benefit of personalised or private number plates is that they can mask the age of a car. Without the numerical markers on a plate detailing the year of issue, well maintained cars can retain an air of mystery around their age. Check out the wide range of interesting and varied plates on offer at britishcarregistrations.co.uk – they might have just the combination you are looking for.
As cars get older the exterior trim can appear a little aged. Sun damage plays havoc with bumper and wheel trims but it’s good to know there are some great products on the market to renew and refresh the surface. Return faded exterior bumper trims to their original state with careful application of special automotive cleaners. If your bumpers are chrome, get them gleaming once more with special soap or chrome formulation and a soft microfibre cloth.
Finally, the interior of the car has to match the beauty of the exterior. Take out all car mats and give the interior upholstery, dashboard and interior trim a thorough clean. This is a job that can be more conveniently farmed out to the professionals as they frequently have better tools for great results – especially if you frequently transport pets in the car. However, if you’d rather do it yourself, be prepared to take time over getting in to all those nooks and crannies that harbour dirt, dust and grime.
We are a nation of car lovers in Britain, taking pride in the vehicles we drive. To many, our car is a reflection of who we are and says something about our personality. So it’s really no surprise that having a car that stands out is a simple source of genuine pride and pleasure to many…