When it comes to spring cleaning, the home isn’t the only place that needs some sprucing up. Cars and trucks need some TLC, too! Here are a few cleaning tips to help tidy up your vehicle this spring.
1. Assess the Mess
Whether it’s an empty potato chip bag stashed away in the glove compartment or the not-so-spring-friendly snow chains, take inventory in your car and decide what needs to go. Organize the rest, stowing away necessary items and paperwork in compartments and consoles. Don’t forget to take inventory of your car’s emergency kit as well.
2. Keep Your Car Fresh
It’s fairly easy to clean out your car… but keeping it clean all season is a different story! Now that your car is mess-free, take steps to make sure it stays that way. From kid-friendly organizers to trash bin tricks, check out these 6 life hacks to freshen up your ride.
3. Wash Away the Winter
With spring comes car wash season! Get that winter grime off your car and remove corrosive salts from your undercarriage to help avoid damage. If you are hand washing your car, make sure to do it in the shade—harsh sunlight can soften up the paint, making your car more prone to scratches. Also be sure to use a cleaning product that’s meant specifically for cars, since regular household cleaners can damage your car’s paint. And, just to be safe, check your owner’s manual for cleaning instructions.
4. Do a DIY Detail
Starting off the season with a clean, tidy car isn’t just a good spring cleaning idea—it could actually help extend your car’s life. Plus, a well-detailed exterior could help protect your car’s paint from spring pollen and upcoming April showers. Detailing a car can get a bit pricey depending on what package you choose, but you can save money by giving your car a careful cleaning right at home. Wondering how to detail your car yourself? Popular Mechanics has a great guide to help you get started.
5. Make Maintenance a Priority
Throughout winter, your car probably endured all kinds of harsh, wet, icy weather. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order as you drive into spring by checking all the necessary parts and systems, such as:
- Changing your air filter in time for allergy season
- Testing and/or changing your car battery
- Ensuring that your tires are inflated properly (especially since cold weather can lower tires’ PSI)
- Replacing burned out headlights (here’s how)
- Replacing windshield wipers if they’re leaving streaks or gaps
- And checking the tread on your tires to see if they’re too worn (try the penny test or quarter test, as explained by Goodyear)
Want to start out with some help from the pros? Here’s a handy list of free repairs and services you can get at shops like Pep Boys and Discount Tire.
Connect with Direct Auto Insurance
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to mean cleaning out your bank account! Talk to your local Direct Auto agent to learn how cheap car insurance can help keep you protected without breaking the bank this season.
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