Feeling the road a little too much these days? Not as thrilled as you used to be with your car’s ride? If you’re loving the idea of hanging on to your older vehicle, but miss how it drove years ago, there are some things to consider doing to revitalize your vehicle and deliver a better driving experience. We put together five easy fixes that will make your beloved older ride feel like brand new again.
1. Headlight Restoration
Jim LaFond, Parts Manager at Hoffman Honda, suggests cleaning your headlights. Plastic headlamps can dull over time. A quick clean-up will make yours sparkle like new again, plus increase visibility and illumination. Although this can easily be done at home, Hoffman Auto Body frequently offers a complimentary restoration with repairs. Visit their website for more details.
2. Interior and Exterior Detailing
A thorough cleaning inside and out will make your vehicle look as good as the day you drove it off the lot! There are many DIY detailing guides available on the internet, like this one from Popular Mechanics, but if you really want to make sure everything is spotless, we suggest bringing your vehicle to Hoffman for a detail.
3. Fix Dents and Scratches
Over time most older vehicles carry minor dents and scratches from normal wear and tear. But left untreated, those small dents and scratches can lead to bigger issues, like rust spots. Luckily, small dings are easy to pop out or cover up. In fact, Hoffman Auto Body will take care of small scratches for free! For bigger blemishes, Hoffman’s two body shops, located in Avon and East Hartford have your vehicle covered. Appointments are easy to schedule online for both of our certified locations.
4. Update Your Sound System
For many drivers, an integral part of the driving experience is getting great sound from the stereo system. If you’re driving an older vehicle, you’re probably missing out on a lot of high-tech advances in car stereos. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to integrate your car stereo with your smart phone or satellite radio, for instance? What about a Bluetooth connection for your cell that will safely keep you hands-free when making a call or using your GPS? As is the nature of technology, a vehicle even a few years old is likely to be far behind the technology of the newest models. For a truly awesome sound experience, you may want to consider replacing the rubber trim around your vehicle’s doors, which will give you a quieter ride and provide an optimal listening environment for your new stereo equipment.
5. Add Accessories
Adding accessories to your vehicle is a great way to give it a facelift- and add more functionality. Spoilers, remote starters, rear cargo nets, the possibilities are endless! With a few new features to learn and play with, it will feel like a whole new vehicle.
All Hoffman dealerships provide a wealth of information and accessories through our Parts departments:
Contact Jim LaFond for Hoffman Honda parts and accessories.
Contact Mark Zarrelli for Hoffman Toyota parts and accessories.
Contact Jeff Plaskett for Hoffman Nissan parts and accessories.
Contact Dennis MacInnis for Hoffman Ford Lincoln parts and accessories.
Contact Mike Harris for Hoffman Lexus parts and accessories.
Contact Fred Stone for Hoffman Porsche parts and accessories.
Contact Steve Gough for Hoffman Audi of East Hartford parts and accessories.
Contact Mark Preissner for Hoffman Audi of New London parts and accessories.
Contact John Musco for BMW of Watertown parts and accessories.
If you love your older vehicle (and love the lack of new car payments!), consider investing in a few of these upgrades. Let us know in the comments below what you do to treat your older vehicle and keep it running like new!