No More Sneezing Behind the Wheel: Making an Allergy-Proof Car

Allergy-proof car

Dominate your allergies with these tips on how to make your car allergy-proof!

 

For some people springtime can mean only one thing: allergies. Whether you get a case of the sniffles or you break down at the sight of dust, there are a few ways to help beat the allergens this time of year. That’s why we’ve put together a list of ways to make your vehicle an allergy-proof car.

According to How Stuff Works, the best thing to do is clean regularly. By vacuuming out crevices in your car every two weeks or so, you’ll prevent debris build-up. Make sure the carpet and vents are especially dust-free, and make sure to get rid of any possible moisture.

If you have an older car, one major thing to check is the weather stripping around the doors. If these are even slightly damaged, moisture can get into your car. One of the most prominent allergens you’ll find in a car is mold – get rid of moisture, plain and simple.

Our last tip is to consider is going au natural. Chemicals found in some cleaners and air fresheners can be extremely volatile, causing allergies to go berserk. Consider buying all-natural products or ones that are labelled hypo-allergenic to prevent you from having any problems.

With these tips in mind you should be one step ahead of the allergens this year.

April is National Car Care Month!

Car Care Month!

Car Care Month!

 

We are well into April, and that means spring has arrived, the weather is calling for picnics and long walks, and summer is just around the corner. April is also National Car Care month, and serves as a good reminder that our cars need a little TLC, too. This month, take time to get your car caught up on routine service, make necessary repairs, and get your car ready for the hot summer months.

According to the Car Care Council, vehicle inspections held at community Car Care Month events in 2014 revealed that a whopping 84% of vehicles required service or parts – that’s up 5% from 2013.

“Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value. These results show that the majority of vehicle owners could save money by being proactive in the maintenance of their second largest investment,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

This month, make an appointment with a trusted technician or check your car out yourself. Either way, things that should be checked include:

  • Belts and hoses
  • Filters
  • Windshield wipers
  • Tires
  • Fluids
  • Lights
  • Alignment
  • Battery

“Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs to make sure it is ready for the upcoming spring and summer travel season,” said White. “Following a routine maintenance program, like the free personalized schedule and e-mail reminder service the Car Care Council offers, can help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.”

To find a Car Care event near you, visit carcare.org.

If you’re in need of a dependable used car, stop by Mama’s Used Cars today!

Car Cleaning Tips That’ll Increase Your Vehicle’s Resale Value

Car Cleaning Tips That’ll Increase Your Vehicle’s Resale Value

Besides making your car look nice, cleaning the interior and exterior can also increase the resale value of your car. That’s why we’ve put together a list of car cleaning tips to ensure that your car is worth every penny.

Start on the inside and move to the outside, so as to avoid dragging water and soap into the recently-cleaned interior. Electrostatic dust cloths are great for cleaning, and can be used to wipe everything down—from the dash to the doors—with a simple all-purpose cleaning. For no-streak windows, try a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water.

According to Popular Mechanics, one of the best ways to keep that new car smell is to get a portable compressor and really blow the dust and dirt out of heating and AC ductwork. High-pressure air will dislodge anything behind vent grilles that causes musty odor.

As for the exterior, it’s important to always rinse your car before washing it. This will help activate any soap you have, as well as remove dirt and grime that could scratch your pain while scrubbing. Last but not least, dry your car with towels as soon as you’re done to avoid water spots.

Tips for Cleaning Car Seats

Tips for Cleaning Car Seats

Tips for Cleaning Car Seats

Whether your car has leather or cloth car seats, it’s important to take time to keep them clean – not only so they continue to look good over the long term, but also to improve how they wear and to get rid of nasty bacteria.

Here are our tips for cleaning car seats:

Leather

  • Choose a microfiber, terrycloth, or cotton towel (the less lint the better).
  • Choose a cleaner designed specifically for leather, or use two parts water to one part vinegar or a gentle dish soap (like Dawn). Make sure whatever you use does not contain any harsh chemicals, as they can ruin the leather, stripping it of its protective coating and destroying the pigment.
  • Using the cloth and the solution, lightly scrub each part of the seat without soaking it to remove dirt and oils.
  • Finally, use a clean, unused cloth to wipe the seat down, and let the seat dry completely before applying conditioner.
  • Choose a leather-seat conditioner to condition and protect your seats. You can find this in the automotive section of your local store.
  • Use a clean sponge (a kitchen sponge works fine) and apply the conditioner liberally to all areas of the leather seats. Be sure to take time to fully rub the conditioner into the leather. The better it soaks in, the longer it will last.
  • Let your car sit overnight to soak in the conditioner, and wipe the seats down one more time before driving off in the morning.

Cloth

  • Choose a cleaner made for cloth upholstery. There are plenty of options at your local automotive store, or you can make a homemade solution that costs much less and works just as well. One simple recipe is to mix one part water with one part dishwashing liquid.
  • Mix the ingredients together well, and use a spray bottle to apply to all areas of your cloth upholstered seats.
  • Rub the fabric gently using a soft-bristled brush.
  • Rinse the fabric area using a clean rag and warm water, wiping each area thoroughly and rinsing the rag regularly.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to dry the seats as best you can, and allow the fabric to fully dry overnight.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we know that maintaining your car’s seats and interior materials is critical to your vehicle’s resale value. Keep your car looking (and smelling) like new with these simple tips!

Keep Your Vehicle on the Road By Remembering These Habits to Avoid

Keep Your Vehicle on the Road By Remembering These Habits to Avoid

Your vehicle was crafted to serve you well and to last for a long time. However, sometimes we as drivers can shorten the vehicle’s lifespan by practicing bad habits. Here a few habits to avoid in order to keep your vehicle running for years to come.

  1. Keep up with routine maintenance. It is important to make sure your vehicle has the proper fluids and working parts for everyday use.
  2. Pay attention to the lights on your dashboard. If a maintenance light comes on, the wisest action is to quickly determine the source of the problem and fix it before it gets worse.
  3. Watch for operator error. When driving, be sure to smoothly accelerate and decelerate unless prevented by outside circumstances. Fast starts, abrupt stops, and shifting gears while in motion are harmful to your vehicle’s engine, transmission, and brake system. They will eventually take their toll.
  4. Check your tire tread depth. The depth of your tire tread should be no less than 1/16th of an inch. Anything less than that and your tires are not able to do their job of keeping your vehicle properly grounded on the road, which could cause an accident.

Taking care of your vehicle is probably the single most important advice we at Mama’s Used Cars can give our customers. While we enjoying seeing you when you stop by the dealership, we would much rather you stay safe on the road.

Protecting Your Vehicle in the Summer’s Heat

While we appreciate the hot summer sun at the beach and the water park and a number of other outdoor activities the season brings, we at Mama’s Used Cars are never excited to slide into a car that has been baking in the sun, especially if that vehicle has leather seating. Besides scorching your fanny, however, the sun can really do some damage to your car. Here are a few ways to protect your vehicle… and your bum.

  1. Cover up – The sun’s rays can cause your exterior paint to fade and your interior fabrics to crack or tear. We recommend you park in a covered spot like a garage or carport. If neither is available, consider using a car cover or at least a windshield protector to help reflect the sun and keep internal temperatures down.
  2. Wash often – Because the heat can cause your paint to chip, it’s important to regularly wash your vehicle. A thorough wash, hand dry, and wax will go a long way in protecting your car throughout the hot summer months.
  3. Dust off – Now that the outside of your vehicle is fit to impress, it’s time to take care of the inside. Wipe dust and grim from your dashboard and center console with a microfiber cloth, and use a conditioner to protect any leather surfaces. Keeping the interior clean and cool will limit the harsh effects of the sun’s UV rays.

With these simple tips, it will be a cinch for both you and your vehicle to enjoy some fun in the sun!

Protecting your vehicle