10 Easy Car Improvement DIYs

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When we think of doing DIYs, we usually think of our home first. That’s certainly fair because we spend a lot of time there, so why not make it better? Well, it turns out that there’s a lot we can do to our car, too! How long does the average person spend in their car? Obviously, this depends on the person, but a study by OnePoll discovered the answer is over eight hours a week.

Why not do some DIYs to make your car a better place to spend time? There’s actually a ton of DIYs that you can get done over the weekend with a little elbow grease and a few supplies. We’re going to list 10 that you can easily do today. Not only will this improve your ride, but it could also add to the value of your vehicle! Talk about a win/win.

1. Install Car Interior Lighting

interior lighting of a car

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Interior LED lighting has become incredibly popular lately. Thankfully, it’s something super simple to install in your car, truck, or SUV. While it is possible to install LED lighting with regular strips, it requires things like a soldering gun. Instead, go with a kit.

2. Clean Headlights with Toothpaste

toothpaste on a headlight

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Are your headlights a little cloudy? This can make the light diffuse, making it more difficult to see at night. The solution is pretty easy: toothpaste! You can use toothpaste and an abrasive brush (like a toothbrush) to get the cloudy crud off.

3. Add a Car Door Warning Light

a car door warning light

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Worried about someone hitting your door because they didn’t see it open? This is a DIY for you. Whether you’re in the daylight or night, adding a flashing light to your door could save you tons of trouble and money.

4. Reupholster Car Seat Fabric

car seat upholstery

Car seat torn or ugly? You can swap it out yourself! First, you’ll need to purchase a reupholster kit. This depends on the type of fabric you’re replacing. The hardest part is removing the seat, which can be found online for most vehicles.

5. Install a Bungee Cargo Net

a car storage net

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Need extra cargo space? Who doesn’t! Whether you have three kids, or you just need more room for essentials, you can get more cargo space by installing a bungee cargo net. They’re fairly cheap and can be installed super easily.

6. Fix Some Dents

a car door dent fixer

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Sink plungers are a gift from God! Not only can they get that pesky clog out of your sink, but they can also take dents out of your vehicle. Since professionally removing small dents can cost upwards of $200, this is certainly worth trying.

7. Add a Backseat Organizer

a car pocket organizer

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Going on a road trip? It sucks to store all your snacks in your passenger’s lap. Alternatively, you can put them in the back and reach around every time you wanna snack, but there’s a better way. Instead, install a backseat organizer.

8. Fix Holes in Dashboard

sugru moldable glue

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If you haven’t heard of Sugru, we’re about to change your life. Sugru is a moldable glue that can be used like moldable clay (except better). You can use this stuff to get rid of unsightly holes in your dashboard or other hard-plastic areas in your car.

9. Make Air Fresheners

a DIY car air freshener

You don’t have to pay top-dollar for air fresheners for your car. There are a couple of really good ways to make air fresheners for your car. The first is by putting essential oils on an existing air freshener that’s lost its scent. This is great if you love a particular design.

10. Remove Rust

scraping rust off a car

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Rust is dangerous for your car and also pretty unsightly. Thankfully, you can remove it yourself with a little elbow grease. For this DIY, you can keep your car looking good a little longer with less than $40 in supplies. Keep in mind this is just a temporary fix, and the rust will eventually reappear.