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    45 Tips & Tricks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand-New

    Ways to make your car look and feel fresh off the lot...even if you clock in lots o' hours in it each week.

    1. Revive your ghosted-over headlights with a headlight restoration kit so you won't have to shell out $100 at the local shop to pass inspection.

    2. Catch drink holder crumbs and drips by putting in some silicone baking cups that'll make cleanup so much easier. (Or maybe you already have a few in the kitchen you can spare?)

    gray and white baking cups in two cup holders

    3. Or opt for a spooky style condensation-absorbing coaster because, despite what your least fun friend says, you *can* decorate for Halloween now. Look forward to some bone-dry cup holders.

    4. Ward off lost phones, french fries, change, and more with some low-key seat gap fillers you may have eyed on Shark Tank and wished you'd invented them yourself.

    5. Maintain your floor with some trimmable floor mats built to stand up to the elements because you're not going to wipe off your drenched shoes before you duck into your car during a downpour.

    car floor mat with ridges on it

    6. Clean the gore from your windshield, grille, and side mirrors with a special bug remover for that tiny body removal.

    Reviewer before and after photo showing the cleaner removed all the bug carcasses from their side mirror so its shiny again

    7. Get a fresh start with a bumper sticker remover because you don't listen to that band anymore. Or maybe you bought a car with a ton of embarrassing stickers on it. Either way, that's all in the past now.

    Reviewer before and after showing the tool removed 11 bumper stickers without leaving behind noticeable residue

    8. Revive your leather seats with a leather cleaner and conditioner that'll take out dirt and oils and leave behind a nourishing barrier to help prevent further UV damage.

    9. Clean up seat-ruining messes with an upholstery cleaner that'll undo whatever it is your kids are doing to your backseats

    A customer review before and after picture of their car seat

    10. And go super effective from the start with a *gentle* cleaning brush with soft bristles you can use on leather or upholstery. Put on your favorite true crime podcast and get to WORK.

    Reviewer's before and after showing the brush lifted and lightened stains on upholstered seats

    11. Detail vents and other hard-to-clean areas of your car with some gooey cleaning compound that feels like a child's plaything but WOW does it work.

    goo used to get dust out a car vent

    12. Freshen up your car surfaces with some UV protectant spray ready to give your 11-year-old model a facelift.

    13. Put a black car scratch remover to good use to help undo any mishaps...like when you ran into the mailbox. Give it a go before you drop by the auto shop for a much pricier fix.

    14. Or try a smaller scale scratch and swirl remover if you don't have a black car but it needs a bit of attention.

    Reviewer's before and after photos showing the scratch remover got rid of purple-red scratch makrs on their silver car

    15. Tackle odors (smoke or otherwise) with a bamboo charcoal air purifier you can toss in your car and forget about it.

    gray bags

    16. But if you have an olfactory disaster on your hands (like say, a dead mouse?!), spray some air sanitizer even funeral directors recommend.

    spray bottle

    17. Tidy up and corral the (years' worth of) jingling change in your car door pocket into a spring-loaded coin holder that'll fit nicely into a cup holder and help you make speedier money moves in the drive-thru.

    change holder with spring-loaded slots for different sized coins

    18. FINALLY get all the pet hair off your back seat and floors with this ugly but effective tool you'll wonder how you lived without up until now.

    19. And keep a pet protector made to fit over your backseat in your trunk so you won't have to go hunting for it in your garage next time Fido rides with you for errands.

    20. Tap unexpected space with a car vent organizer that comes equipped with a charging port to safely hold onto the essentials so you aren't digging in your mess of a floorboard for a charging cord. (Or getting judged by your parking space neighbors for your mess.)

    pocketed pouch-like organizer hanging from a car vent

    21. Bring some order to your glove box with a straightforward organizer that'll put your important documents front and center in the event of an emergency and someone who's not you needs to get to your deets.

    car document book

    22. Attach some universal purse-holder hooks to your head rests in case you rarely travel with just one bag or often find yourself putting your groceries in the back seat. Someone make these something that comes in cars straight from the factory, STAT.

    sturdy hooks attached to car headrest with a purse hanging from them

    23. Cover up a worn-looking steering wheel with a cute cover to add a little something to your car *and* keep your steering wheel from getting too hot in the sun!

    steering wheel with black cover on it that has a constellation

    24. Or add a heat-resistant steering wheel cover if you're a bit more of a minimalist who just so happens to park your car in the sun. A lot.

    Reviewer photo of the steering wheel cover

    25. And give your vents special attention with some smol blind dusters with washable cloths to really get in there.

    mini duster with three tines on it

    26. Tidy up your vehicle without displaying its contents to the world thank to a lidded trunk organizer you'll be able to put SO MUCH into.

    open SUV trunk with this lidded organizer in it, matching the car interior

    27. Throw smaller miscellaneous stuff into a handy seat organizer you can easily move from seat to floor to backseat to backseat floor — it's going to be as well-traveled as you!

    the car organizer on a seat

    28. If you're a smoker (or drive around a smoker), use this cup holder ashtray that'll look so much nicer than stray butts or repurposed soda cans.

    person putting a smoking butt in a cup-sized lit ash tray

    29. Guard the back of your seats with protective kick mats because no matter how many times you say "Stop kicking!" your kids keep on doing it like it's their job.

    reviewer's car with the kicking protector on the back of the car seat

    30. But if your kids are old enough to need all their essentials back there with them, storing stuff like toys and snacks in some storage-filled seat guards can do the trick. No more junking up the floor of the car!

    seat back kick guard with tons of mesh storage pockets

    31. Create a more efficient system for your car meals with a steering-wheel table so you can catch crumbs where they start and avoid grease stains on your lap. (You're long past the no-eating-in-the-car rule.)

    tray that cilps onto steering wheel with enough room for a fast food meal

    32. And keep your sauces upright instead of tipping over onto your seats with a double-dipping clip (in a good way!) that'll hang onto your car vent.

    holder with two dips in it attached to a car vent

    33. Train everyone in your crew to use this great new waterproof trash can instead of the floor for containing the mess.

    lunch box-sized black car trash can with liner bags

    34. Or invest in a chic(?!) cupholder trash can that'll catch all those squeezed-dry sauce pockets, straw wrappers, and receipts you no longer require.

    cup-size garbage can with gold glam lid

    35. Throw a dedicated wet/dry vacuum (that plugs into the cigarette lighter!) in your trunk because who has the time to go by the car wash and feed quarters into the vacuum?!

    36. Or if your messes tend to be on the XL level, try a powerful wet/dry vacuum that just so happens to be lightweight and portable (but oh so powerful!), making cleanup fast and easy.

    37. Clean off the road dust (and so much more) with a powerful tire cleaner that'll work on all sorts of wheels.

    dirty rims and then clean rims thanks to the spray

    38. And if you're *all* about the details, try a power scrubber that's similar to an electric toothbrush with a powerful oscillating head that scrubs 60 times a second.

    Hand using the brush on a hubcap

    39. Create a streak-free shine with a foaming glass cleaner because the windshield is the window to your car's soul. But really. Also, um, safety?

    spraying the cleanser on a windshield

    40. Wipe down your car with some gentle microfiber cloths whether you're doing an at-home wash or never seem to get a thorough dry in a drive-thru wash.

    person wiping car door with a wipe

    41. Use the girls, ahem specifically a Golden Girls windshield shade to help keep your vehicle's contents cool while the convo remains sizzling. Also, keeping the sun off your leather seats will help prevent some fading.

    42. Or use some stick-on shades that'll help do the same thing at *all* times, not just when your car's parked!

    The shade on a rear back seat side window

    43. Hook yourself up with a set of interior LED lights to make your vehicle look like the VIP section of the club. Here the (water) bottle service is free.

    44. Create another surface for you to admire your reflection in with a