Smart, money-conscious consumers turn to used cars to avoid immediate depreciation. However, pre-owned models sometimes lack that desired “new” factor. Fortunately, several accessories can be added to a previously owned vehicle to spruce it up a bit, bringing back that wow factor.
A Warming Or Cooling Seat Pad
Most new vehicles are equipped with seats that will warm up at the touch of a button. This feature can be a lifesaver on particularly cold winter days, and it is considered standard in many recent models. The same effect can be achieved in an older vehicle by purchasing a seat pad. Easy to install, they bring a little luxury to an older automobile. Simply place the pad on the seat and plug it into the 12-volt outlet. Some heating pads even offer cooling settings for hot summer days, which is an amenity not commonly found in brand new automobiles.
Many used cars can also be spruced up with the addition of seat covers. If the seats seem dirty or worn out, new covers can make a dramatic difference. This small investment can create a whole new feel in an older vehicle. Some seat covers are tailored to a specific make and model, but more generic options can be found at an auto parts store. For large trucks or vans, it may be difficult to find the right covers, so it may be necessary to special order them from a manufacturer.
The headliner, which is the fabric lining the interior roof, can sometimes become dirty or possibly even fall or droop. Even though this can make an automobile appear very outdated, the upgrade to fix this problem is quick and easy. Headliners come in a variety of colors, and some even feature designs for those who wish to customize the interior.
A Fun Hitch Cover
For used cars or trucks that have a hitch, it can be fun to change out the hitch cover. It might not exactly make the vehicle look brand new, but it will help add some personalization. Some hitch covers come in standard chrome. However, they are also available in a variety of shapes and styles including light up options. Some people purchase hitch covers that feature their favorite sports team’s logo or display an image for a cause they support.
Used cars are known to save some money compared to new ones, and the excitement of this investment does not have to be diminished because the automobile is not from this year. Adding some personalized touches can make it seem as good as new. These parts are typically available in an auto parts or department store. Some may need to be special ordered to ensure a proper fit.