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Just Bought a Used Car? Here’s How to Clean it Like a Pro!

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Congratulations on your new (to you) car! Buying a used car is an exciting venture, but it often comes with the need to give your new ride a thorough cleaning to make it truly feel like yours. Whether it’s a family sedan, a rugged SUV or a sleek sports car, taking the time to detail it inside and out not only enhances your driving experience but can also maintain the vehicle’s value. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to clean your newly purchased used car like a professional, ensuring it looks and feels fresh off the lot.

Exterior Cleaning

Start with a wash. Use a high-quality car shampoo and a microfiber wash mitt. Start from the top and work your way down, ensuring that you rinse the mitt frequently to avoid scratching the paint with debris. Next, tackle the wheels. Wheels can accumulate tough grime and brake dust. Use a wheel cleaner and a dedicated brush to get into all the nooks and crannies. Finally, dry your vehicle with a clean microfiber towel to prevent water spots. 

If you want your car to shine, you can apply a high-quality car polish with a dual-action polisher. Apply the polish using circular motions to ensure an even application. Then, apply a protective layer of carnauba wax or a synthetic sealant. This not only adds shine but also protects the paint from UV rays and contaminants.

Interior Cleaning

Since the car was previously owned, you’ll want to clean the interior, too. Once any trash or personal items have been removed, use a powerful vacuum cleaner to get rid of dust, dirt and crumbs from the seats, carpets and hard-to-reach areas. Don’t forget the trunk!

Use an appropriate cleaner for your type of upholstery—leather or fabric. For leather, use a leather cleaner and conditioner to keep it supple. For fabric seats, a fabric cleaner and a brush can remove most stains and odors.

Now it’s time to wipe down hard surfaces. Use an all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths to clean the dashboard, center console, door panels and any other hard surfaces. A streak-free glass cleaner and a microfiber towel is sufficient for cleaning the windows. And of course, you can add a car air freshener to reduce odors and make your vehicle smell new! 

Finishing Touches

Replacing the air filters can significantly freshen up your car’s interior air. Also check and refresh fluids—windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, etc. This is good practice when taking over a new vehicle. If you had the car checked out by a mechanic, follow their suggestions on any other steps you should take to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive. 

Cleaning your newly purchased used car thoroughly not only improves its aesthetic appeal but also makes it a healthier, more pleasant environment for you and your passengers. By following these detailed steps, you can enjoy the pride of ownership and the satisfaction of driving a car that looks and feels brand new. To find a vehicle that fits your needs and budget, visit today!