Owning a BMW is a privilege; they’re known all over the globe for their high standards of performance, engineering, and design, making them one of the most highly-sought-after cars available on the market today. It’s not every day that one is lucky enough to drive a BMW 7-Series, and we’re sure that if you’re one of the lucky ones that you value it as much as everyone else does. However, the challenge of maintaining a BMW can be frightening for some.
There are different aspects to ongoing vehicle care, which generally include everything under the hood and chassis, the exterior (which includes the paint, the headlights, body work, etc.), and the interior, which is the most commonly forgotten by car owners. Of course the interior of your car leaves a lasting impression on the guests who have the pleasure of riding in your BMW 7-Series; however, if the interior isn’t properly cared for, it can significantly damper the overall experience. Furthermore, not caring for your interior can greatly impact the re-sale value of your car. Here are some helpful tips on how to take care of your 7-Series BMW’s interior:
Avoid Eating, Drinking, and Smoking in Your BMW
It might be tempting on those long, drawn-out drives to the in-laws to get some fast food, a few shakes, and light up a cigarette for the long trip; however, these three activities alone can cause lasting damages to your car’s interior. Eating and drinking in your car can be dangerous, and there is a high possibility of dropping greasy crumbs and staining liquids on the highly susceptible interior materials. Smoking is another story; the smoke not only permeates the cloth portions of the interior, but leather as well, including the dashboard material.
Car Storage and Protection is Key
We all know that keeping your BMW out of the sun is a smart idea if you want the exterior to remain preserved; but what about the interior? Many car owners or drivers aren’t aware that the interior of your car is highly exposed to sun damage as well. The seat material can become sun-bleached, which generally cannot be repaired, and it can cause leather to dry out and crack. Keeping your BMW parked in a garage is the best option. If you don’t have access to a garage, a carport or car cover will suffice.
Be on the Lookout for Interior Snags and Stains
Many interior problems become serious issues because they go on too long without being fixed. When this happens, eventually the rips, tears, or stains can worsen. The best thing to do is to remain vigilant of any imperfections in your BMW’s interior, and bring it to an interior specialist right away for cleaning, repair, or inspection.
Use the Appropriate Cleaning Products
Using the appropriate cleaning products for the corresponding surfaces in your car is essential for ongoing maintenance. Using mild products is usually the best way to go, as harmful chemicals can strip the interior protective coatings off the surfaces, leaving them dull in appearance. Furthermore, many chemicals react volatilely when exposed to the sun’s rays. Therefore, it’s best to consult a professional on what products to use for the various surfaces of your BMW’s interior.
Keep Maintenance Regular and Routine
Keeping the interior of your BMW in good condition requires time, effort, and money. If this is something you’d like to do yourself, or would rather outsource to a professional, it doesn’t really matter; the most important thing is that you do it consistently and follow the above-mentioned tips to a T. The good news is you’ll be able to enjoy your 7-Series so much more when it’s clean, shiny, and smells good inside as well as outside.
How We Can Help
The German automotive experts here at BMW Mercedes Service help clients from all over the areas of Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Encino, Studio City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village, CA, maintain their cars, inside and out. While the exterior of our cars can become quite dirty from the constant driving we do here in Southern California, the interior certainly takes a beating as well. If you’ve noticed that the interior of your BMW is becoming drab or could use a little repair, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away to schedule an appointment.
* BMW Car Interior image credit goes to: gargantiopa.