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Giving Your Used Car A New Lease Of Life

Ben Gribbin

Ben Gribbin

September 29, 2018

Hello, I'm the editor of FunRover. I'm a massive Land Rover fan. Currently own a TD5 90. 2015 MR Blogger of the Year


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Used cars are an absolute bargain. Why? Well, people often sell vehicles that can be easily fixed and spruced up because they think their cars are beyond saving. But if you know what you’re doing then a used car can be transformed into something that looks brand new for a fraction of the price you’d have to pay for a modern car. Here’s how to give your used vehicle a new lease of life.

Paint and wax the car.

Something that could really give your used car a new lease of life is a paint job. As mentioned at, it’ll make your car look the same as it did on the day it was bought (by its original owner). A fresh coat of paint won’t just give your car a new aesthetic and make it look brand new; it’ll also give your car a fresh layer of protection against weathering. Plus, it can help to cover up any dents, chips, and scratches which have ruined the surface of your vehicle over the years (whether during your ownership or prior to that). You should also consider waxing your car to give it an extra bit of polish and make it gleam in the sunlight. Additionally, this will help to protect the paint from weathering, too; it’s just an extra layer of protection that can really benefit older vehicles.

Do a bit of self-maintenance.

This is something you should do on a regular basis. But used cars require slightly more attention than newer vehicles because they’re older and much more prone to issues. The better you maintain your car, the less likely it is to break down on the road. It’s better to spend a little money to keep it in good shape than a lot of money to fix it up and get it back on the road if something goes wrong. Believe it or not, simply cleaning your car is a good place to start. Getting rid of dirt will stop rust from forming; rust can damage important mechanical components of your vehicle, so a good wash is more important for your vehicle than you might realise.

You should also lift up the bonnet and check the oil levels regularly. In fact, it’s good to make sure that all your car fluids are at a good level before you head out on the road. If you think that a certain component of your used car might be broken or faulty then you should definitely get it checked by an expert. If you think it needs to be replaced altogether then you should check out sites such as for used car parts. Again, it’s better to make any necessary replacements before a serious problem develops on the road. Self-maintenance will save you money and keep your used car running for longer.

Spruce up the interior.

You might have put a lot of time and effort into repainting your car and fixing up any mechanical faults, but don’t neglect the interior design of your used vehicle. It’s probably just as worn on the inside as it is on the outside. And considering that the interior of your car is the thing you and your passengers see whilst you drive it, sprucing up the inside of your vehicle should be a priority. Replacing the seats might be a good place to start, as suggested at Or you could simply get some sleek new seat covers to make your used car feel brand new again.

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