Maybe you’re not satisfied with the way your car looks or feels. It could have dirt between the chairs or dust collecting on the dash. There are ways to improve the interior of your BMW, cosmetically and technologically. The car can feel restored to its off-the-lot glory — or even better — with finer attention to detail.
1. Purchase Cosmetic Upgrades
You can make plenty of purchases to improve your car’s functionality, but the interior should also look great. Some of these can offer a nice cosmetic boost alongside practical benefits.
One of the most classic routes is to find covers for your seats, belts, steering wheels or vinyl stickers to accent the dashboard. Some seat and steering wheel covers offer heating and massage functions if your BMW doesn’t already have that benefit. There are also coasters for cup holders to prevent stickiness, heavy-duty car mats to stay in place no matter the speed of your turns and phone holders so pesky cords don’t cause visual irritation.
Lastly, it’s essential not to forget a sun shield. Most only consider them for their ability to prevent leather seats from scorching the skin. However, they can stop a lot of interior damage to the car. Depending on the sun’s strength on a given day, the sun could bleach colors over time, giving everything a desaturated look. It also helps the battery life and longevity of electronics.
2. Make Use of Bluetooth
Bluetooth can do more than connect your phone’s Spotify app to the radio. When you’re looking to invest in more technology for utility instead of sheer looks, finding ways to connect everything to Bluetooth can make your driving experience more seamless.
Many people have seen the incredible strip lights and custom speakers — imagine controlling all of that with the ease of Bluetooth connectivity. If the screen on your dashboard is lackluster, you can also consider investing in Bluetooth-compatible tech to make driving even safer with updated maps and hands-free calling.
3. Know How to Properly Clean
Depending on your interior’s material makeup, you’ll need different supplies. Using the wrong types of cleaners or abrasives could strip trims or deteriorate fabrics to a point beyond repair.
Always check with your dealer if you have any concerns, but here are some basics you may want to have on hand if you’re doing any DIY cleaning:
- Leather cleaner
- Stain remover
- Vacuum with attachments, such as upholstery brushes and crevice tools
- Glass cleaner or a DIY mixture of water and distilled white vinegar
- Microfiber towels
You can also take it to a professional detail company with industrial equipment if you want more-experienced hands. However, you can perform a lot of cleaning without this expense.
4. Get Organizational Improvements
Professionally cleaning your vehicle will be one of the most rewarding investments in your BMW’s interior. However, the car needs to stay organized to sustain that level of cleanliness. Did you happen to find a lot of bottles or stray papers around? Are tire pressure gauges in every cup holder, as you question where they all came from?
Consider trunk organizers, trash bags and updating your tool bag to carry all your emergency gear. Wrenches and screwdrivers don’t help you if they’re rolling under the passenger seat. Plus, it can encourage you to evaluate the rest of your car’s emergency and safety kit to deck out your interior for more than just style — but for peace of mind.
5. Acquire Performance Boosters
These improvements have both interior and exterior benefits — the first of which is a dashcam. It can help keep you and others safe by having video evidence of your driving record. In the event of an accident, whether you’re involved or not, a dashcam could help someone greatly with a claim. Even though it acts almost like insurance, it improves the car’s interior by giving the driver extra calm, knowing the camera will record the worst-case scenario to help them with repairs.
You can also consider other parts if available — ensure they are original equipment manufacturer parts. If your older manual model doesn’t shift on a dime like it used to, consider a short throw shifter or a better review mirror, complete with a digital display of the cardinal directions.
Making the Interior of Your BMW Sparkle
The best tip for keeping the interior of your BMW in the best shape is to take good care of it with regular maintenance. Ensure passengers entering the vehicle have the same degree of respect for your property as you do. Your car is one of your most important assets, providing freedom and luxury. The least you can do in return is to treat it well with regular cleanings and maybe a few modifications to give it more personality.