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Whether you buy a new or certified pre-owned vehicle from Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale, you’ll want to keep your interior looking great. That can be difficult when your vehicle becomes a traveling home base – carrying you and your family from home to school to work to play dates. All that in and out can leave your leather or cloth interior looking a little ragged. Here are a few ways you can keep them looking good:

Step One: Clean the big stuff
Clear out large debris like leaves and litter regularly. This ensures they don’t get ground into floors or slide into hard-to-reach spots.

Step Two: Shake it out!
Shake your floor mats out to remove dust and smaller debris. Then, vacuum the mats and the interior floors to pull up anything left behind.

Step Three: Hard surface shining
Wipe down your windows, dashboard and other hard surfaces with a damp cloth. Use a window cleaner on the windows, but be sure you spray the solution onto the cloth outside of the car so you don’t get any on your leather or cloth interiors.

Step Four: Cloth sections
Always clean any spills with a damp cloth immediately to avoid staining. When it is time for a deep clean, vacuum the seat with an upholstery attachment and make sure to get in the folds and creases. You can also buy dry foam or other specialized cleaning agent to brush in and wipe off to pull deeper dirt from within the fabric.

Step Five: Leather interiors
As with cloth interiors, always wipe up spills promptly using a moist cotton or wool cloth. Then, vacuum the seat with a light brush attachment. Be sure you go over sections that have pores, as dirt can get caught in the perforations and wear the leather down.

If you own a Hyundai in Scottsdale and have leather seats, you know the sun shining through your windows can cause some discoloration to leather seats. Using special leather treatment solutions every six months will help keep your leather interior from fading in the sun and keep the leather soft. However, it does require some caution. Always follow the directions on your particular brand of leather care solution.

To clean a heavily soiled area, mix up a mild soap solution (using two teaspoons of dye and fragrance-free soap and one quart of water) and apply to the area with a cloth. Take care not to completely saturate any area of the leather or stitching. Dry the area with a fresh cloth.

Hyundai Hybrid

It’s no secret that the upfront cost of a hybrid vehicle can be a bit more in comparison to an orthodox fuel vehicle. But the question that you should ask yourself if you are considering a hybrid shouldn’t necessarily be the upfront cost, because that will clearly be made up in the money you will save on fuel. Instead, if you are considering a hybrid vehicle, you should be asking yourself what you will need to do to properly maintain it. The truth is, the maintaining of your hybrid can have a significant impact on the life of your new purchase.

Hybrid vehicles are very different than the regular vehicles that run on conventional fuel sources and it is always  good to know what  you can do yourself and what should be done by professionals at your Phoenix Hyundai dealer.

Without specialized training, you can always check and change the spark plugs, air filters and fuel filters if and when so required. A regular check on the transmission fluid is necessary, as is checking the engine cooling system. It’s important to make sure that you check the individual hoses, clamps and pipes.

One thing to be particularly cautious of is the orange cables. Because hybrid vehicles are equipped with double system of voltage, they also create a threat of electric shock. Much of the electric system on a Hybrid vehicle is 12-volt safe standard. However, the electric drive motor and its related components function in more than 100-volts. Consequently, the low and narrow safety threshold may pose a concern. These cables are wrapped in the casing of bright orange and are best only if left to the experts who know how to deal with this kind of risk.

The drivetrain is also totally different in a hybrid as the internal combustion engine works together with the electric driven motor and the transmission as one object. Therefore, malfunction or failure in one of these three components can affect the others. In such cases, a major diagnosis, troubleshooting and repair should be best left to the experts in the service department at a Phoenix Hyundai dealer.

As for batteries, battery packs designed for hybrid vehicles are manufactured to last for the lifetime of the car. This can be as long as 150,000 to 200,000 miles and up, although warranties on batteries generally are between eight to ten years and vary by manufacturer, according to Green Car Reports.

Like any vehicle, the best way to ensure that you get the full life out of your hybrid is to have it serviced regularly. Visit Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale for more information.

Keeping Car Paint Shiny

From the second your car leaves the Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale lot, dirt, insects, bird droppings and the sun’s ultraviolet rays collaborate to gradually take the shine off the spectacular paint job that first drew your eye. More importantly, they invite an even greater enemy than a dulled sparkle: rust. Taking the time to learn to properly care for your car, along with which products to use, will add years to the life and luster of your car’s paint.

UV Protection

Although it is likely that you’re car has already been treated for protection from the sun, ultraviolet light can still oxidize a car’s finish. The paint on recent models is probably going to last you many years. It is important to be weary of parking outside for long periods of time if you want your paint job to last.

Cleaning

Keeping your car clean is simple, wash or at least rinse off dirt of any kind on your car ASAP. The longer it’s on, the more likely that it will penetrate the paint. Cool your car in the shade on a shallow incline; the angle will help channel water drops to points where they fall off the car and onto the ground.

When undertaking a thorough wash, rinse first. The mildest of car soaps and freshest of sponges will not help if there’s sand between the sponge and the paint. Rather than dish detergent, use car soap, some of which is made to remove residue like wax.

Wash and rinse one section at a time so you don’t have water drying on the body. Use long, light strokes that run along the length of your car. Scratches created with circular wiping leave marks that are more noticeable than straight ones. Rinse your chamois or sponge before dipping it back into the bucket to prevent grit from being reapplied to the car. Dry by blotting rather than wiping.

Waxing

Wax is the thin, invisible layer of material that not only deepens the beauty of good paint, but also keeps the bad stuff from ever touching your car, including a significant portion of UV rays.

When shopping for a wax, you may want to consider buying the best because you will get what you pay for. Look for carnauba wax. The goal is to find a wax that is at least 20 percent carnauba, preferably without any petroleum products mixed in. You’ll get better results with natural oils. To apply, wipe it on and immediately wipe it off.

For more information on how to keep your car’s paint job shining, visit Chapman Hyundai in Scottsdale.