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A New Year's resolution... for your car!

As the clock ticks past midnight on December 31st, a new year rings in and it’s a chance to start anew. Many of us make pacts and promises and convince ourselves that we’re going to take the next steps necessary to improve our lives in 2018.

Many of us, unfortunately, set unrealistic goals and break our promises before the date hits double figures.

So why not ditch the dud expectations and instead set some realistic new year’s resolutions for your car? Below are a couple of achievable goals to keep your car in great nick for 2018.

Keeping the interior clean

There’s nothing worse than opening the car door to find a grubby, stained, garbage strewn interior. Banana peels and apple cores can leave your car smelling like a dumpster, and milkshake stained seats are a downright (and sticky!) eyesore. But bringing it back to its best, even if you haven’t done a thing to it for years, isn’t impossible.

Remove the floor mats and give them a good shake. Now take the vacuum to the seats and carpet, around the pedals and the area between the centre console and the front seats. Attach a soft brush to the vacuum and set it to a low suction power and vacuum the dashboard, centre console and doors.

If your fabric upholstery looks like the dog’s been using it as a bed, you’ll want to rid it of all the grubby spots. Spray a special upholstery cleaner evenly and then rub vigorously with a sponge or something similar. Once the spot has gone, wipe it thoroughly with a clean, dry soft cloth. Leather upholstery is best cleaned using a quality product specially formulated for the task.

The easiest way to avoid stains on upholstery or carpet is to give it a good once over with a fabric guard. It’s available to purchase in a spray can and you can also have it professionally applied. It goes without saying that the best time to apply fabric and carpet protection is BEFORE anything has happened to it… but better late than never!

Vinyl and leather are best protected by regular cleaning and modest application of protectant.

Now you’re in a good spot to keep things in order. When something is spilled onto your fabric upholstery… don’t panic. Remove as much of the spill as possible by blotting with a paper towel, or something similar. It’s important that you remember not to wipe as you will only be spreading the offending grot and smearing it deeper into the fabric.

The sooner you attend to it, the better your results will be. Most spills will have set after more than a couple of days and be a pain (and a stain) in the butt to remove.

Now to get rid of that BO problem. Cars have a nasty habit of picking up some truly funky smells – food, grass, mould, mildew… and pets! Use a good cleaner containing surfactants, enzymes and denatured alcohol to get rid of unwanted wiffs. The enzymes stop the organic material from decomposing, which is where the bad smell comes from.

Service regularly

There is much more to servicing a modern car than simply giving it a "grease and oil change."

Car servicing now involves many components, system checks and adjustments – and it's well worth the money. A correctly serviced and tuned engine will have a longer, more economical shelf-life than one that is run into the ground with minimal or attention. It can also alert you to potential problems with the engine and transmission.

The team at Brighton Nissan utilise the most up to date equipment to support the Nissan maintenance program, which allows you to get the best performance from your Nissan vehicle.

Head on down to Brighton Nissan and say g’day to the friendly staff who will keep your vehicle in top-notch condition. You can book your service today!