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New Year, New Car: Simple Upgrades for Inside and Out

Whether you have a relatively new or an older model vehicle, we often wish our cars looked better or had more functional features. Since buying a new car isn’t always an option, there are many things you can do to improve the style and functionality of your current vehicle while staying within your budget.

Always Know What’s Behind You

Even the most careful driver knows that backing up always comes with extra risks due to the lack of full visibility. Luckily, most new cars now come with backup cameras already installed, but you can also add them on separately if you have an older vehicle. Relatively inexpensive and easy to install yourself, backup cameras range from less than $50 to upwards of $300 depending on the included features.

Put Down the Phone

In a world where we rely on our phones so heavily for communication and driving directions, it’s crucial to make sure they don’t distract us on the road. Adding a phone mount on your dashboard or air vents is a simple way to keep needed information visible while keeping your hands free and eyes ahead. Mounts come in a variety of different styles and some can even charge your phone without the use of extra cords.

Make Cleaning a Breeze
If you spend time outdoors or live in a snowy or muddy climate, cleaning your floor mats can be an ongoing battle. Investing in well-fitting, weather-proof floor mats can help protect your flooring while making vacuuming and cleaning up spills a breeze. There are a variety of rubber mats on the market, including brands like WeatherTech that create styles to perfectly fit the model of your car.

Winter Be-Gone

Living in a cold, snowy climate can be a challenge for car owners, but there are ways to make it a little easier. If you park in an uncovered area, a windshield cover can be left on overnight and quickly peeled off in the morning, making windshield scraping a worry of the past. For the drive to work, heated seat cushions plugged into your car’s 12-volt outlet can make your commute much more enjoyable.

Say Goodbye to Scratches

As much as we’d like our cars to look new forever, dings and scratches are inevitable. Although some damage needs to be repaired by a professional, small scratches can be easily buffed out with the help of a scratch remover, keeping your car looking nice without breaking your wallet.

When in the market for a used car, stop by Carousel Preowned. CarouselPreowned serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, North Liberty, Marion, and Coralville, IA, is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. We do our best to ensure your complete satisfaction every time you step into our car dealership. This is why we offer the widest selection of used and pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs and provide true ease of purchase in Iowa.

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