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How To Give Your Van a Facelift (Restoring an Old Van)

How To Give Your Van a Facelift (Restoring an Old Van)
January 5th, 2023

All drivers want their vehicle to look its best. Even if you just use your van for work, it’s still a point of pride as you want your business to be well-represented. But what if you don’t have a ton of money to throw around for fancy upgrades? No problem. There are many things you can do to give your old van a well-deserved facelift. From deep cleaning the cabin and load area, to replacing the windshield and repainting the body, here are some expert DIY tips on restoring your van on a budget.

Fresh Coat of Paint

Don’t panic: giving your van a fresh coat of paint doesn’t mean that you have to make it super flashy. Naturally, if you have a larger budget, you might want to go all out and have your van professionally sanded down and repainted the same colour. The paint codes for most popular van models can be found through a quick online search.

However, if this isn’t within your means, don’t worry as there’s still some great options available. You can always give your van a DIY paint job – there’s plenty of advice online to help you get it right. Additionally, you could use a repair pen to fix smaller marks or scratches.

Windshield Repair

A cracked windshield can really make your van look drab and past its sell-by date. Nobody will enjoy looking at it, and chances are you won’t enjoy driving it either. Luckily, this problem has a simple solution: replacing your windshield will give your van a new lease of life, and oftentimes your insurance company will even cover the cost.

Deep Clean

Driving around in a dirty, messy van is just unpleasant, and you shouldn’t have to live like that. Whether you take on the job yourself or hand it over to the professionals, take the time to deep clean your van from the inside out. Hoover and clean the carpets and seats; wash the belt straps, centre console and dashboard; clean out those coffee-stained cup holders and wipe down your steering wheel. Once it’s clean, consider adding an air freshener, a steering wheel cover, floor mats and car seat covers. If the loading area is looking grubby after dirt build ups from mucky equipment or delivery loads, give it a hose down and a hoover. Your van will look good as new inside with just a bit of work.

New Wheels & Rims

Let’s face it: flat treads and mismatched rims aren’t doing you any favours. Invest in a new set of tyres – not only for appearance’s sake, but also for your own safety. If your rims don’t match, are chipped or just look ugly, swap them out for a shiny or matte set. Your van will look and feel so much better.

In the Market For a New Van?

If you decide that your old van is beyond repair and that you’d like to invest in a newer model, look no further than Van Sales UK. We are a van dealership specialising in the leasing of new and used vans at fantastic prices. We deliver vans directly to your door thanks to our efficient ordering system. Contact us today to find out more about our best new van sales offers and low-rate finance deals.


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