2020 – 2021 has turned the world upside-down, with many industries taking a hit, including the automobile industry. Many people’s savings have taken a huge hit amid the pandemic. The second-hand car industry has seen a much-needed push in the right direction. With social distancing becoming the ‘New Normal’, many are making a switch from public transport to owning their own vehicle. Many are also choosing to sell their cars, diversifying the market for owning a better car for less.
If you are one of those people who recently purchased a second-hand Mahindra SUV from your friends, or an authorized pre-owned Mahindra Car Franchise, you would want to do your homework and get the most out of your buck. This means getting it in a fairly good conditions, and all the parts strong enough to not make any replacements.
Read on further to know how you can make your newly acquired second-hand Mahindra SUV look as good as the day it rolled out of the dealership!
- Get it cleaned inside-out:
First things first, get your Mahindra SUV deep-cleaned by getting rid of all those small, eye-sore pieces of food and dirt lying around. If you don’t want to go for a thorough cleaning ritual, you can go for and get a small, handy vacuum cleaner that can get into the nooks and crannies of your SUV. You can also invest in a handy car cleaning kit, which you can keep with you at all times.
2. Chrome it up:
Not many car owners use it, but a true car connoisseur can tell you that chrome accessories can make any car look elegant and brand-new, even your second-hand Mahindra SUV. Moreover, chrome fitments add a classy touch to your car, while not burning a massive hole in your wallet. Some of the chrome accessories you can add to your Mahindra SUV are the doors, front grille, the lights and the ORVM. Just add a handful of these accessories and no one will ever know that you just purchased a second-hand car!
3. Check/refill the essential fluids:
One of the most overlooked things when purchasing a second-hand Mahindra SUV is the level of car fluids like engine oil, coolant liquid, brake fluid, etc. The previous owner might not replace it, and this does more harm than good. Your Mahindra SUV might have complications, which can harm the car in the long run. A simple solution is to buy these, preferably in a bundle to save costs and your second-hand SUV!
4. Replace the Air Filter:
On a lot of occasions, when you get possession of a second-hand SUV, the air filter is generally overlooked, and the first owner generally doesn’t replace the air filter that is already installed by the company. Air filters are one of the dirtiest components of the car. An air filter keeps all the dirt and the grime away from entering the heart of the SUV. Replacing an air filter is not that costly either, considering how long it lasts and keeps your SUV running hitch-free for years!
5. Go for a newer cabin:
You might have bought a second-hand Mahindra SUV for a fraction of its price, but that does not mean you can spend a fraction of your budget to revamp the interiors, and in style! You MUST add a brand-new Napa leather steering wheel cover, which will cover the old, worn-out steering wheel. The steering wheel cover will cost you under ₹1,000. While you’re at it, add some fresh dash mat set, a set of small trimmings that just take the class of the SUV’s cabin to the next level. Floor mats add value as well as utility to your SUV. Replace those run-down, plasticky floor mats with some luxurious all-weather floor mats to keep your SUV’s floor safe and dirt-free!
6. Change the seat covers:
Seat covers are a real game-changer when it comes to having that “Brand-New” look for your Mahindra SUV. You are going to spend most of your time travelling in your SUV, and comfortable seat covers are important for a comfortable journey. Go for premium seat covers, preferably Leather or Sport, as this is sure to add a certain class to the SUV. It might look costly on paper, but it is an investment that will last till your SUV’s run!
7. Replace those wipers:
As a rule of thumb, you need to replace wipers every 6 months. So if you changed them during winters, you must change it before monsoon sets in. Wipers, if not changed, can add many, many scratches on your SUV’s windshield, and that’s a hole-burning expense! Getting good-quality wipers that are a perfect fit for your Mahindra SUV can be a challenge, and buying Genuine Wipers is your best bet.
8. Install New Alloy Wheels:
There’s something really attractive about alloy wheels. It’s most featured advantage is the ‘way it looks’. Alloys add a character the car, they are installed upon. Many car owners in India don’t like to replace the old-fashioned steel wheel rims, and those stay till the time the car is to be sold for scraps. Alloy wheels come in a plethora of sizes and shapes and are more durable than their steel counterparts. Alloy wheels look premium and will make your second-hand Mahindra SUV look FAB!
9. Go for Magnetic Sunshades:
If you’re one of those who hate the hot, sunny days but still want to use your Mahindra SUV to go out, chances are you must be using sunshades. Magnetic Sunshades are one of the most important car accessories when it comes to a comfortable cabin. This small curtain-like accessory keeps your car’s dashboard and other delicate car interiors safe from the harsh UV rays. Magnetic sunshades are made to fit your Mahindra SUV’s windows and the perfect finish makes them look elegant too.
10. Invest on the essential car accessories:
If you are one of those people who love to keep their car spotlessly clean, while making it super useful for keeping everything organized, you MUST have a backseat organizer, a mobile holder, a mini fridge & a car cleaning kit. Keeping an air freshener inside the cabin goes a long way to keeping the new ‘car smell’. These small yet useful car accessories keep your Mahindra SUV clutter-free and almost new.
BONUS: Get your Mahindra SUV serviced from Authorized Service Center :
Lastly (and most importantly), get these small problems fixed before you take your second-hand Mahindra SUV out the garage. Look out for these problems:
- Squeaky brakes
- Exhaust system for any blockage
- Any loose screws in the cabin like seats, dashboard, etc.
- Engine and the radiator
It is in your best interest to get it serviced, that will be long overdue so that you get a ‘brand-new’ Mahindra SUV that will accompany you on any roads.
Taking care of your SUV with these 10 simple hacks will keep your SUV going strong for years! You can get a wide range of the essential car accessories and spare parts online on the Official Mahindra e-Store, www.m2all.com.