How To Maintain That New Car Smell

A family is cleaning their car's interior to get the new car smell

If you’re like us, you love that new car smell. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last as long as most people would like. Between fast-food runs, dirt, and other culprits of unpleasant smells, the new car aroma eventually wears off. Of course, there are things you can do to make your car smell brand new again. Check out this guide to giving your vehicle the new car smell.


The stale odor you smell in some vehicles or buildings comes from dirt, dead skin, and pet dander. If you vacuum regularly you can prevent these things from building up and prevent the stale odor from permeating your car.

Wash Your Floor Mats

Just like your seats and floors, the rubber mats that protect the carpet of your car can accumulate dirt and grime. If you want to keep your car smelling like new, you should wash your floor mats with warm soapy water just as often as you vacuum.

Get Your Seats Shampooed

Even after you have vacuumed your seats there may be things like sweat or spilled beverages locked into the fabric. To get rid of the smell these things produce, get your seats shampooed or clean them yourself. If you opt for a DIY solution, you can clean your seats with an upholstery cleaning product and a carpet brush. If you have leather seats use an appropriate leather cleaning product and a gentle microfiber cloth.

Clean Out Your Vents

All of your hard work will be for naught if your vents are blowing an unsavory smell back into your car. To prevent that, grab a toothbrush and a car-cleaning product then scrub the vents. You should also replace the cabin air filter to get the best results.

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Try Activated Charcoal

Once you’ve eliminated the primary sources of odor in your car, try using an odor eliminator like activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is scent free and it will absorb most of the remaining odor in your car. Then you can find a scented air freshener that has the new car smell and spritz it throughout your car.

If none of these methods do the trick and you’re craving the new car smell, come by Buick GMC of Brandywine to check out our inventory of new and used vehicles.

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