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Maintaining the appearance of your vehicle is important if you want to retain its value and get the most money back when it’s time to trade it in or sell it for something newer. In addition to bringing your vehicle to an auto body shop in San Jose after being involved in a collision, there are some easy steps you can take to keep your vehicle looking like new. For example, maintaining the inside of your car can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your vehicle, and as a result, can impact its resale value later on. Here are some tips for keeping your car’s upholstery looking like new.

Man cleaning the car seat

Clean Spills Quickly

Although spills are not entirely unavoidable, that doesn’t mean stains have to be. To keep your seats and carpets looking like new, keep a few basic cleaning supplies in your trunk or underneath the seats so you can quickly clean up drink or food spills before they cause stains to set in. The faster you address spills, the less likely they are to stain.

Vacuum Upholstery Regularly

Vacuum cleaning your seats and carpets will keep them from showing excessive wear and tear. Regular vacuum cleaning will also remove debris that might cause odors inside your vehicle. Every so often, consider steam cleaning the inside of your vehicle to remove set-in dirt, dander, mold, and other contaminants from the upholstery.

Don’t Eat and Drive

Eating a meal on-the-go can distract you from driving, and there’s also a good chance that part of your lunch will end up on the seat. For that matter, think about instituting a no food policy inside the vehicle for your passengers to prevent food spills and the resulting stains and odors.

You keep the inside of your car looking good, and Michael J’s Body Shop will take care of the rest. We are one of the premier collision repair shops in San Jose. In addition to collision repair, we also provide car paint services and dent repair. We also offer interior and exterior detailing services. For additional information, call us at 408-279-2070.