Restore or replace your headlights.
Have you noticed that your headlights aren’t quite as bright as they used to be? As headlights age, the lens may get cloudy and yellow. While this is a visual nuisance, it’s also a safety hazard while driving at night, as you might not get enough light to avoid unexpected obstacles or see far enough ahead to stop quickly. Headlight restoration can be done at home, but it requires quite a bit of elbow grease to make a big difference. Alternatively, you can get your headlights restored at a detail shop, either as a stand-alone service or as an add-on to a full detail. It’s important to note that headlight restoration is temporary, and usually has to be redone every 6 to 12 months. If you’d rather not do that, you can instead replace the headlight itself and get many years without discoloration and clouding.
Splurge for a professional detail.
A professional deep cleaning can turn around the feel of your car. Over the years, dirt and grime build up on surfaces, even though they might not look dirty to the naked eye. A professional detailer can minimize staining on your seats and carpet, extract debris from nooks and crannies, and eliminate odors and bacteria. And that’s just from the inside of your car! A professional detailing service will make the most impact, but you can also make your car shine on your own.
Remove old stickers.
Does your car bumper or back window feature a collection of stickers supporting political candidates long gone, celebrating your child’s honor roll achievement, or proclaiming your involvement with an organization or cause? Now, those stickers might not look quite like they did in their hay day. Removing them is much easier than you think, and it will make a huge visual difference.
First, try gently lifting the edges and peeling them off. If that doesn’t work, a few other methods should do the trick. Use a hair dryer to warm the glue behind the sticker to dissolve the binder. Next, soak any remaining glue in an adhesive remover and gently scrub them away.