Show Your Car You Care This Valentine’s Day

There is something in your life that is always by your side and always gets you to where you want to go. Valentine’s Day is a day for appreciating the people we love, so why not show your car you care this Valentine’s Day too? 

Routine maintenance can be a hassle, but it’s necessary for your vehicle to maintain optimal health. Get it back to feeling its best this February by rotating its tires, changing its oil, getting new wiper blades, or by washing it. 

Clean out the interior too. Remove any trash you’ve been neglecting, wipe down your center console, steering wheel and seats, and dust the dashboard. Use a windshield cleaner to remove any streaks, dust, or fog. 

Because it’s cold in the morning, give your car a few extra minutes to warm up before you start driving it too, especially if you have an older vehicle. While this isn’t essential for newer cars, it will make your trip much more enjoyable.

Your convertible has been shivering in the cold and its top may be nearing its end of life. Check out this previous blog on convertible top repairs to see if your top is in distress. Show it some love by getting its top completely redone. Depending on its make and model, you can customize the material and the color to give your convertible a fresh look. 

Remember to keep the temperature in mind if you want to take your convertible for a spin. Lowering your convertible roof when it is cold can damage the lowering and raising mechanism. Use this time to update and renovate your car instead of damaging it in colder weather. 

Or if you want to go the extra mile, VIP European Auto has you covered. Upgrade the interior of your car, including the seats, upholstery and carpet, so it matches the latest trends. 

Upgrading Your Car’s Seats

If your car is brand new, chances are you don’t need to show your seats some TLC. But if you drive an older car, the seats may be stained, torn, or worn out. Take your car to VIP European Auto for a free estimate to redesign the interior of your car. 

You can do nearly whatever you want to with your seats. Leather, nylon and polyester are popular choices. 

Nylon fabric is harder to clean, but keeps cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. It is the most universally used seat covering in the country because it is durable and affordable. Nylon is harder to clean than other materials, but is it great for hot Arizona summers.

Leather is more expensive, but easy to maintain and clean. Leather seats are soft, comfortable and worth the investment. While it is less durable than nylon and heats up easily in the sun, it gives your car a timeless and clean look that nylon cannot compare to. Leather also comes in various colors, so it is fully customizable for your taste. 

If you don’t want to invest in leather, you can choose faux vinyl fabric or real vinyl. The material is high quality and soft, without the pricetag of leather. This is the perfect choice for families or people with pets, as it is durable and easy to clean. It also comes in a variety of colors. 

Don’t forget that you can customize the stitching in your seats too. If you prefer black interiors, consider using the stitching to add a pop of color, such as red, blue or white. 

Giving Your Car’s Carpet Some TLC

Your car’s carpet takes the majority of the wear and tear; your shoes grind in dirt, leaves, water or food. Try vacuuming and shampooing your carpet to give it a fresh look and smell. If that doesn’t work, consider looking into a floor mat to keep your shoes off the carpet. They are easy to clean and weather-proof. 

If you’re tired of your carpet or it’s distressed, consider replacing it! Like with your seats, your car’s carpet is fully customizable to match your tastes. Common choices are straight black or a light tan, though you can add flair with various colors. 

Picking a lighter tone, while it can show more wear and tear over time, can make your car feel larger and more inviting on the inside. It can also help keep your car cool in the summer. 

Replacing your carpet may seem like overkill at first, but if your car has even been flooded or exposed to an excess amount of water, it may be essential. Car carpets soak up water and debris, making them a perfect home for mildew and mold. Mold can impact your health and cause cause throat and nose irritation, wheezing and more. 

If you suspect your car has mold in its carpet, get it replaced. Your car and your sinuses will thank you. 
Whether it’s routine maintenance or a new look, show your car some appreciation this Valentine’s Day. Give VIP European Auto a call for more ideas on how you can update your car’s carpets, seats, upholstery or convertible top.