A lived-in feel is what makes a car feel all your own. This is not, however, an excuse to let it get junky. At Fields Volvo Northfield, your Skokie pre-owned Volvo dealer, this isn't simply an issue of cleanliness, it could determine the value of your car.

The financial value of your car is determined by myriad factors. One of which is time. There's nothing you can do about time. The other major factor is condition. Condition does not stop at the exterior of your car, nor does it stop under the hood. The image your interior conveys can mean the difference of a lot of money when it comes time to sell.

When most people first get a new car, they treat it like it's precious, careful of every speck of dust. As time goes on and familiarity grows, this vigilance tends to wane. You start eating in the car, spilling coffee, the list goes on and on. You have two choices, either banish any stain-causing contraband or protect against them as best you can.

The latter is typically more comfortable. Cover up the carpets with floor mats and cover the seats with seat covers. Coveralls are much easier to clean or discard than actually cleaning upholstery.

Regular cleanings are extremely helpful as well, even if it doesn't appear dirty. Try to thoroughly vacuum at least twice a month. Leather seats need even more attention as they can crack and blemish. There are special oils designed to help fight these effects.

Don't forget about the sun. With the longer days of spring and summer, there's more time for heat and light damage to your car's interior. A sunshade can do wonders to prevent both.

Protect your Volvo cars new and old and you'll thank yourself in the long run. At Fields Volvo Northfield we want you to get the most out of your vehicle as possible.


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