7 Easy Ways to Keep Your Car Looking Like New

5. Shelter your car’s exterior from the elements

If your car is left outdoors, its paint will take a constant beating from the sun and harsh weather.

If you don’t have a garage, one substitute is a car cover. Taking it off and putting it back on each day may seem like a pain, but it can make a major difference in your car’s appearance over time.

An easier but possibly more expensive substitute for a garage is a carport.

6. Consider renting a car for long trips

It may seem strange to spend money on a rental car for a road trip when you own a vehicle that runs perfectly well. However, mileage takes a toll on you car. If you rent a car, you’ll be putting miles on someone else’s automobile.

Remember that if you decide to drive your own car instead of renting, it’s still not a free ride. In addition to fuel expenses, there’s the cost of wear and tear. AAA reports that the average cost of driving a car that travels 15,000 miles per year is about 59 cents per mile.

7. Replace aging tires

Old tires can give away your car’s age, making it appear older than it is.

Tires take on a decayed look that’s sometimes is referred to as “tire dry rot” as they age. The condition is characterized by cracks in the tire sidewalls, which are caused by the passage of time and exposure to the elements.

While there are products that will make aging tires shine, consider whether it’s time for new tires instead. If you notice tire dry rot, take your car to a mechanic you trust for an inspection. If the tires are unsafe, replace them. In addition to being safer, they’ll make your car look newer.

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