Father’s Day Car Care Treat

Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 21st this year. If your dad spends a lot of time behind the wheel, maybe servicing and sprucing up his vehicle is the perfect gift! You could treat him—and his car—to new seat covers or floor mats, or if part of his vehicle’s interior is old or damaged, such as the steering wheel or dash, you could have it repaired, replaced, or recovered. He may also love a GPS navigation system, remote starter, or satellite radio.

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On the service side of things, you could arrange to cover the cost of oil changes and any other routine maintenance his vehicle needs. Maybe give him a fun coupon book, and he can redeem the coupons with you when he needs a maintenance service.

Or you could give the very simple, but very considerate—and always appreciated—gift of a clean car. When cleaning the car, approach the inside first and follow with the outside. Remove all trash, including what has accumulated in the trunk, vacuum the inside, and clean the windows.

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Get the whole family involved!

For  the outside, include the tires and wheels and the underside and fenders to eliminate any road salt or grime. Wheels and tires should be cleaned with a mitt other than the one used to wash the body. This step will avoid contaminating the vehicle’s paint with debris from the wheels and tires.

Wash the car in the shade and use a product sold specifically for cars. Wash one section at a time, thoroughly rinsing away the soap as you go. Clean the fenders and bumpers last since they will have the most dirt and grime that can contaminate the wash mitt.

Give the car a final rinse by letting water cascade down the surfaces of the vehicle. To avoid water spots, use a chamois or other product made for drying to dry the car. If you have time, you may also want to wax the car according to the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Waxing should always be done out of direct sunlight and every six months.

Once you’re done, a new air freshener and trash container are the perfect finishing touches!

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Spring cleaning: How to spruce up your car with household items

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A cereal container with a lid makes a spill-proof trash can

Our auto technicians can make your car run like new, but there’s actually quite a lot you can do to keep your car looking and smelling like new – no ASE certifications required.

Keep reading for a list of 4 extremely simple ways to spruce up your car in time for the new season using items you probably already have around the house. Best of all, each item costs $4 or less, so your budget won’t take a hit.

Ready for your inexpensive guide to one good-lookin’ car? Let us know if you have any car tips or projects that can save money in the comments below!

*As always, if you ever need actual car fixing, bring your vehicle to Aardvark Automotive, where we will take care of you right away! Call (806) 242-1073 to schedule an appointment today.

1. Nail polish for cracks and scratches

The next time you get a small crack in your windshield, reach for your nail polish collection. No matter how often you paint your nails, chances are you’ll always have extra nail polish in the bottle.

Move your car into the shade, and then apply clear nail polish to the crack on both sides of the glass. Pull the car into the sun to dry. This will seal the crack and prevent it from getting bigger until you can take your car to the shop.

Important: Nail polish is only a temporary solution; only a body shop can repair cracks properly.

Nail polish can also cover and protect scratches, chips, and nicks. Simply coat the imperfection with a clear nail polish to seal out moisture and prevent rust.

2. Sprinkle baking soda in your car’s ashtray to absorb odors

The baking soda will keep your car smelling fresh. Remember to replace the baking soda every 30 days.

3. Use shampoo to wash off dirt

Shampoos are formulated to clean effectively yet gently, and can do the same for your car. Rinse your car with water, then clean with a mixture of 2 teaspoons shampoo and 2 gallons water. Use a soft cloth.

4. Turn a cereal container into a trash can

Convert a plastic cereal dispenser (whatever size fits into your space) into a handy trash can by lining it with a small plastic bag and replacing the lid. The snap-cover lid prevents trash from spilling out.