Money is tight these days and many people can’t afford a new car. Many Cadillac and Chevrolet vehicles are built to last and can go 200,000 miles or more if properly maintained. If you Cadillac or Chevy is still running well, but is looking a bit beat up and doesn’t have as much get-up-and-go as it once had, there are some things you can to do spruce it up and keep it going until a new car fits into your budget.
The first thing to do is to clean everything. Scrub everything you can reach. Shampoo the carpet and upholstery, clean out the trunk, take out the spare tire and wipe down the tire well. It is also a good idea to remove the seat cushions and clean out the crumbs. Clean the engine bay and under the car. Doing a thorough cleaning job will not only have your car looking better, but it may also let you discover some problems you didn’t know were there.
Next, focus on the cockpit area: the dash and steering wheel. If the steering wheel is worn, an inexpensive cover can change the entire feel of the car. Sometimes a dashboard cover can be a good investment, too. Check the dashboard lighting. Make sure the knob is not dimmed too much and that you can see the instrument panel at night. If the knobs are broken, they can be replaced with new parts from
your dealership or with recycled parts found in a salvage yard. If your front seats are worn, swap them out for some found at a salvage yard.
If your Chevy or Cadillac has dull, weathered headlamps, consider picking up a headlight restoration kit. Most are around $30 and are easy to install in just a few minutes. It will not only allow you to see more clearly when driving at night, but will also make your older car look nicer.
Summer will be here soon, so now is a good time to check your car’s a/c. Just like a home air conditioner, your car’s a/c can have mold, mildew, and bacteria built up inside it. To clean it, clear any leaves, dust, or other accumulated gunk from the air passageways. Change or clean the system’s filters and use an air-conditioning deodorizer.
Check your car’s brake rotors and pads, shocks, springs, dampers, and struts. Replacing older and worn ones can make a major difference in how a car drives. You will also get better performance out of your old car by replacing old tires and making sure they are properly inflated.
All told, these things are not cheap, but they are less expensive than buying a new car. If keeping your current car running awhile longer is your goal, spending a little money and effort can help. If you have limited mechanical ability, Crossroads’ service department can help, too. Just give them a call or schedule an appointment online and they will help you to get Old Betsy looking and running like new.