Is your car neat or junky? Dusty or Pristine? Did you know that the answer to that question could be the difference between hundreds, possibly even thousands, of dollars when it comes time to trade your car in? At Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM near Bartow, FL, we want to offer some tips on keeping your interior clean to combat the dreaded depreciation.

Depreciation is a natural part of life for car owners. It’s the damage that really drives the price down though. Believe it or not, a junky car can actually damage your interior. These are a few ways to keep that from happening.


When you first get a car, you may have the best of intentions when it comes to spills and accidents. You may even consider implementing a no food or drink policy. Unfortunately, as you grow more accustomed to your car, the novelty starts to fade, life gets in the way, and the middle console becomes a dinner table. It happens to the best of us.

Knowing this, try putting large mats and covers over every surface you realistically can. That way, your interior never actually comes into contact with anything that could cause staining.

The sun is also a sneaky source of damage. A hot car can cause things to warp, melt, and crack. The light the sun produces can also cause colors to fade and become dingy. Applying a sunshade should stop both of those issues.


If all else fails, just clean up messes as they occur. It’s the buildup that causes the problems. The longer a substance has to interact with your interior, the more damage it can do. Vacuum and wipe down the windows and seats regularly at the very least.

Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is here to help should you need any repairs to your 2018 RAM 1500 or Chrysler Pacifica. Hopefully, these tips will make sure your interior won’t need to be one of them.