Upgrade Your Car On A Budget
We all know that feeling. You’re watching TV and find yourself distracted by a car commercial, captivated by the shiny allure of a new car with all the sexiness of soft leather and fancy electronics. And then there’s your car. It might be five, ten, or maybe even twenty years old. And sure, it works just fine, but there’s something about that new car smell and the latest technology that makes you want the next best thing. Lucky for you, there are many ways to get the luxury of a new car, without spending big bucks on a brand new vehicle. Check out these tips for some great easy ways to upgrade your car for less than $100.
1. Bring On The Shine
The first key to feeling like a boss when driving around in your car, no matter how old it is, is to give it a good cleaning. And we’re not talking a basic vacuuming or the soap and water rinse that you can get at the car wash. Spend around $20 on wheel and tire cleaners for a sparkling clean finish on your wheels. For less than $100, pick up a full car cleaning kit complete with brushes, cleaners, and car wax that will leave your car looking as good as new. These kits last for multiple cleanings, saving time and money compared to a professional car detailing service.
2. Keep It Clean
Of course, the inside of your car is just as important as the outside. Pick up a car vacuum cleaner for less than $50, specifically designed to get into all the hard to reach places where crumbs and dust like to settle. You can also take a preventative approach by purchasing a cargo liner, which is a great option to help keep your car pristine especially if you have dogs or small children. Seat liners can also add a sleek look, as well as protect your seats, keeping your interior looking as clean and fresh as possible.
Top it off with a car air freshener. There’s nothing worse than a car that smells like dirty feet! Whether you choose a classic hanging air freshener or an odor eliminator designed to suck all the odors out of the air, you can keep your car smelling pleasant.
3. Technology That Will Take You Places
One of the perks of a new car is it comes equipped with the latest technology. And while you might be drooling over these top-of-the-line features which range from touchscreen GPS navigational systems that connect seamlessly to top-notch stereos, it is possible to upgrade your car’s technology for a good deal less money than the cost of a new car.
The first thing to upgrade is your sound system. A Bluetooth equipped touchscreen stereo is a great place to start. This multifunctional unit allows you to play music, see where you are going, and only costs around $30 to $150 depending on the model. Upgrading your speakers is the next step. Many factory car speakers use less-durable material like foam and paper to make the speaker surrounds which do not stand up well to heat, cold, or humidity. You might not even realize how bad they sound until you replace them! Luckily, even the cheapest speaker replacements are made with more durable materials and will immediately improve your sound quality.
And don’t overlook other affordable car gadgets that can upgrade your driving experience for only a small investment. Dash cams are popular for recording any potential mishaps such as car accidents or hit and runs. They also are great for capturing footage of road trips! Backup cameras are easy-to-install and add another layer of security to your driving.
Lighting is another cheap way to upgrade your vehicle. Adding interior LED lights under your seats can go a long way to making your car feel higher-end than it may be. And you can upgrade your existing dome lights to LED lights to use less energy, and create more light.
4. Add Space For Extras
We know your car is often a means to an end. And while you want to enjoy driving it, often you need the space to haul gear or get that latest home project done. Especially if you don’t have a high-end truck or SUV, optimizing your storage space is always going to be a challenge. Getting a car rack can allow you to transport things on the roof of your car, including recreational gear such as bikes, kayaks, and skis. For road trips or moving furniture, a car rack and a rooftop cargo box can provide valuable storage space. Having the capacity for more storage is always going to be better than scratching up the interior of your car just so you can get all that plywood home to build a new garden bed!