How to Get That New Car Smell in Your Pre-Owned Car

December 23, 2020

When you buy a new car there is a certain aroma that hits you when you climb behind the wheel. Many of us love that new car smell, but not all of us can afford to buy a brand-new car. If you have an older car or have decided to buy a pre-owned car and want that new car smell, then take a look at these tips.

These tips may not give you that exact same smell you get from the dealership, but your car will smell clean and fresh, giving you a better driving experience.

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Get Rid of the Junk

The first thing you need to do is clean out your car. Throw away any trash that you have collected in your car and if you have been storing random things in your boot, now is the time to sort them out and remove anything you don’t need.  

Suck Out the Dust

Get the vacuum out and vacuum the seats and carpets. Try and get into every nook and cranny like between the seats, under the seats etc.

There are some smells that stick to your fabric furnishings like smoke. A great tip is to use some baking soda on cloth seats and floor mats. Baking soda helps to neutralise some smells. Any upholstery in your car should be dry before you use baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for about three or four hours and then vacuum and wipe clean.

Wipe the Interior

You can use a wet cloth or vehicle cleaning wipes and wipe all the surfaces in your car like the dashboard, the inside of doors and your steering wheel.

You can clean the mats with warm water and a few drops of dish soap. On a flat surface, place the mats and use a new soft scrubbing brush or shoe brush with the soapy water and scrub the mats. Once done, wash the soap out with water and allow the mats to dry.  

Infuse the New Car Smell

On your fabric furnishings in your car, you can use a fabric cleaner to give it that fresh smell.  

If your car is quite smelly then you can use a mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray down your surfaces like the seats, the floors, the mats, the dash and so on and wipe down with a microfibre cloth, however, apply caution to leather seats. The smell of vinegar may hang around for a white, but it will help to remove most smells.

Fresheners for Your Car

Once the fabric is cleaned and the odours neutralised then you can get that new car smell by using air fresheners in your car.

If you hate those hanging car fresheners then you can use essential oils instead. Glue a pom-pom cotton ball to a clothes peg and add a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Clip the peg to your air vents and turn on the air and your car will be smelling fresh and sweet in just a few seconds.

Close the Windows

The last thing to do is close your windows and leave the car. It’s best to leave your car for 24 hours and the smell will be set in. On warmer days the smell will become more intense.  

With a little hard work, you can give your pre-owned or old car that new car smell and if you are trying to sell your car, then this fresh, clean smell will definitely attract buyers as no one likes a stinky car.

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