Four Cheap Ways to Keep the Inside of Your Car Clean

  • Smoking in the car can have a long-lasting impact on its overall smell.
  • it may be tempting to save time by grabbing some drive-through fast food and eating it in the car. But doing so increases the chances of creating a food mess that you’ll have to clean up later on.
  • Odds are, the so-called “new car smell” has long since faded from your vehicle.
  • Over time, the seats of a car can start to get worn.

Aside from the practical considerations of how well your car runs, the level of comfort it affords you behind the wheel is also important.

Since we tend to spend large amounts of time in our vehicles commuting to work, running errands and getting around, the overall cleanliness of a car’s interior matters quite a bit.

Here are a few simple, inexpensive steps you can take to keep the inside of your used car as clean as possible.

Don’t Smoke In It

Remember the days when people used to be able to smoke cigarettes pretty well wherever they wanted? Well, those days are gone. Many people can recall their parents and other adults in previous decades lighting up while driving. Some still do this, although smoking with children in the car is now generally frowned down upon and can even be illegal.

Smoking in the car can have a long-lasting impact on its overall smell. Stale cigarette smoke tends to linger, and you can often tell when a heavy smoker used to puff away in their vehicle.

That can adversely affect its resale value, as many people are allergic to the smell and many more just don’t like it. If you’re taking a road trip or a long drive and have a craving, maybe you could plan to stop at rest areas along the way. Your car, its passengers and any potential future buyers will all thank you later.

Don’t Eat In It

In our busy lives, it may be tempting to save time by grabbing some drive-through fast food and eating it in the car. But doing so increases the chances of creating a food mess that you’ll have to clean up later on. The frenzy of staving off starvation could result in french fries flying around and getting lost under a seat, just to be discovered months later. The empty bags and burger wrappers can get carelessly shoved together in a trash compartment somewhere in your car, adding to the smell.

This may be difficult, especially for parents of young children, but it’s probably best to limit the number of times you eat in your car. And if you do, you’ll be better off in the long-run if you throw any related trash away immediately.

Buy an Air Freshener

Odds are, the so-called “new car smell” has long since faded from your vehicle. One way to get it back is to buy an air freshener.

These can be picked up for next to nothing and can go a long way towards keeping your car smelling nice. These inexpensive items are sold almost everywhere, so there’s no excuse not to have one hanging on your rear-view mirror.

Buy Car Seats

Over time, the seats of a car can start to get worn. This is especially true if you or anyone else has ever smoked cigarettes in your vehicle. An unfortunate side effect of that habit is that it can lead to burns in the seats and other parts of the interior.

Car seats are inexpensive and come in many colors, designs and patterns. It’s a very simple way to improve the looks of the inside of your car.

If you’re looking for a quality used vehicle, stop by Seaport Auto, located at 17225 SE McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie. The financing options available at Seaport give you the kind of flexibility to meet your needs at any budget.

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Greg Burnett

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