Getting a car is a staple in some countries. However, like house and lot, it’s an expensive one, and maintaining it can be costly, too. That’s why people have been finding ways to find cheaper alternatives.
If you are on a tight budget, you can buy a second-hand car, take it for repair or do it yourself (if you know how), and learn some other options that would make maintaining the car not only easier but also cheaper.
There are a lot of DIYs you can try. Some of them will help you in cleaning your car, some of them are just to add style to it, and some could come in handy if you are bound to do make things a bit more comfortable.
But first, you have to understand that these hacks’ effectiveness would depend on the kind of car that you have.
A Magna Doodle As A Food Tray
You have probably used a Magna Doodle to keep your kid at bay during a road trip. It is used for kids to write or draw on and then erase it in one swipe and do it again.
However, a Magna Doodle also has other functions that being a toy, if you’re creative about it.
You can lay the toy and use it as a food tray. That way, you will not worry about the stability of the food why the car is running and you can prevent food crumbs from ending up on the floor.
Therefore, you need not worry about yourself and vacuum the car carpet afterward. Because who always wants to do that tedious thing?
Baking Soda For A Clean Tire
If you want to have that brand new look on your tires again, then you can create your own cleaning mix instead of buying a new one or taking it to the car wash.
- You can mix yourself a ½ cup of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 2 cups of warm water in a bowl.
- Then, use a towel or soft sponge in scrubbing your hubcaps and tires.
- Just make sure that you do this after you’re done vacuuming and washing the rest of the car.
- Lastly, spray the tires with water and you’re good to go—your tire will sparkle once again.
Your Head as Remote Signal Booster
If you always experience a problem with regards to getting a longer range of signals for your remote, then you will love this easy trick.
Though it may sound a little ridiculous, you can actually hold the remote beneath your chin so that you can add some car lengths to the capable distance of the remote.
Tim Poza, a radio engineer, says that all the fluids in a person’s head can end up being a conductor and while it’s not that strong, it still works.
Therefore, when you hold the remote just below your chin, you are actively coupling the fob into your head.
Pantyhose For Broken Fan Belt
You might not want to throw away your old pantyhose as it can come in handy if you have broken your fan belt.
Of course, the safest and most reliable situation in that kind of situation is to go to the nearest repair shop or auto shop and buy a new fan belt.
However, what if you’re stranded in some place and not one shop is near insight? You have to improvise and take some risk.
A stocking would do well as a temporary fix to the broken fan belt. In order for you to attach it, you must have basic knowledge of how to manage your car parts.
It may be a little harder if you are using a new car model so you have to check your manual.
Dual USB Charger As Cigarette Lighter
In need of something handy and cheap during a road trip? Then, you can buy a dual USB charger that could also function as a cigarette lighter.
Since most phones nowadays can be connected through USB, you and your friends can easily use the dual USB charger. There’s no need to worry and look for a stop to be able to charge a dead phone for an emergency.
All you need is the USB cable. What’s more, is that you can also use it during the trip when you need to light up a fire.
Just be careful not to do it while you’re inside the car. You don’t want to be in an accident.
Sticky Mats To Keep Gadgets In Place
If you’re tired of always fumbling around looking for your phone, then you might want to start considering buying a sticky mat.
Sticky mats are very useful if you want to keep your gadget somewhere you can easily find it—the dashboard.
You can also use it to mount your GPS on the windscreen. This will save you a lot of trouble and even keep you from an accident.
There are a lot of brands and types of sticky mats you can choose from. To save money, you can buy the ones at a lower price and still get the same quality.
Razor Blade As Windshield Cleaner
Still, struggling to keep that windshield clean? Then, use this hack.
While some people have easy access to petrol stations and car wash shops, others do not. If you’re part of the latter, you need not even fret.
Water and squeegee bin are not the only things that could clean the almost always dirty windshield.
You can use a razor blade to do the job. Gently scrape all the bugs and dirt that have gone through your windshield.
Just make sure that you don’t end up scratching your car, because who can deny that it’s one of the worst nightmare car owners have?
Hand Sanitizer To De-ice Car Door Lock
If you are always having trouble opening your car door every winter, you might as well learn a DIY solution to the problem.
To break down the ice that has gathered in your car door lock, you can use a hand sanitizer that has alcohol content. The alcohol greatly helps in melting the ice.
To do it more efficiently, you can use the one in a squirt bottle; it’ll help in getting the hand sanitizer into the door lock easily.
Once you’ve done so, you just need to wait for the sanitizer to do its magic and voila! No more frozen door!
Sun For Defrosting
Here is another winter hack for you. If having a frosty morning gets the best out of your car, then you only need to park in the right direction to solve your problem.
When you park your car, make sure that it is facing east. That way, it’ll be directly hit by the sun’s rays when it rises in the morning.
The warmth of the sun will defrost the ice on the windscreen for you. This means that you no longer need to spend a considerable amount of time doing the defrosting yourself.
Staying out in the cold and scraping the frost yourself is quite a hassle.
With this hack, you can use your windscreen wipers with much need for heavy lifting.
Plunger As Dent Remover
What could be more horrible than seeing a dent in your car?
Most people would quickly go to the repair shop to have it fixed; however, there is a solution to the problem closer to home—a plunger.
A plunger is usually used to fix a clogged kitchen sink. However, you can improvise and use it to fix a car dent.
The process is really easy, First, you need to put the plunder at the exact spot of the dent. Then, pull back the plunger’s suction.
Do this again and again until the dent is almost not visible. When you pull back the suction, you also pull the dented panel forward so that it goes right back to its place.
Tinted Plastic For Shade
Driving with the sun blocking your vision is not the safest way to go for a car ride. That is why cars have visors.
However, every car owner would be lying if they say that these completely help.
When the sun is at a low angle, a visor is not enough to stop the light from coming through. In cases like this, a tinted plastic could come to your rescue.
Buy a moveable tinted plastic sheet and stick it on the window’s surface. It’ll easily stick to the window or windscreen due to surface static.
Place it in the direction of the light so that you can block it from blurring your line of vision.
Minties To Block Holes In Fuel Tanks
A car leak is very dangerous. That’s why when you notice that your car is experiencing this problem, you must quickly go to a repair shop to have it fixed.
But you still need to cover that extra mile in going to the shop, right? So what do you do?
It’s easy. You can use minties as a temporary fix for the holes in your fuel tank.
- Chew the mintie until is sticky.
- Then, flatten it out with your tongue.
- Then, wipe the area where there is a leak.
- Make sure that it’s dry before you put the mintie on it.
- Check whether the mintie is sticking well.