An old car doesn’t have to equate to a frumpy interior. If you’ve kept a car around long into its old age or if you’re restoring a classic car, a little effort into the interior can go a long way. It goes without saying, nobody likes sitting on corroded seats that smell of cigarettes smoked decades ago.
Sprucing up the interior doesn’t necessarily mean gutting out the interior. In fact, there are many ways to get your interior looking great without breaking the bank.
Give your interior a good clean
The most luxurious car interior in the world won’t look nice if it’s not properly maintained. That being said, a good cleaning goes a long way. Even if you plan on sprucing up your car’s interior in other ways, cleaning is always a mandatory first step. Here’s a checklist of cleaning tasks to remember:
Dispose of trash: Food containers, bottles, napkins, receipts, etc. can pile up in your car in no time. The golden rule car owners should make is, if you create trash in the vehicle, do your due diligence and take it with you when you get out.
Vacuum: When’s the last time you gave your old car a good vacuum? Dust and particles easily get trapped under mats and upholstered seats. Vacuuming your car is a great way to get your car looking its best.
Clean your console: Consoles have a knack for crumb catching. Clean your console, using a toothbrush to access those hard-to-reach places.
Clean mats and seats: Make sure to remove the dust from your mats first by beating them against a surface. Next, use a carpet cleaning solution on your mats and brush them clean. For your seats, use a mix of baking soda and water to remove deep stains. If there are still leftover stains, rent a steam machine and use it to deep clean the interior of your car.
Update your interior
If you’ve given your car a thorough cleaning and it’s still looking a little dated, worn, or frumpy, you should consider some updates or cheap car mods.
Buy seat covers or update the upholstery: If your seats are worn and unsightly, seat covers are a great way to affordably (and instantly!) spruce up your car’s interior. If you have the budget, you may also want to consider getting new upholstery.
Replace your mats: Think of all the dirty boots that have rested on your floor mats. That being said, mats are exposed to a lot of wear and tear so they show their age faster than some of the other elements of your car interior. Replacing them can instantly improve the look of your interior.
Cover your steering wheel: Your steering wheel is another element of your car that is subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Not only is it constantly being handled, decades of UV rays beating down through the windshield can also cause it to corrode. Covering your steering wheel doesn’t only improve the appearance of your wheel, it also helps you maintain a better grip.