Simple car hacks, from your friends at Parker Auto Sales.

A clean car isn't just for esthetics, it also helps you to keep the value of your vehicle as high as possible. Imagine you are caring for your car not only for your trade in value, but for the next lucky owner of your four wheeled baby. The best way to ensure that your investment in a car is well taken care of, is to keep your car in healthy, consistent condition. You wouldn't ignore odd sounds in your home, would you? Why not treat your vehicle as you would treat yourself?

Use a plastic cereal container for a trash can.

A plastic cereal container, lines with a plastic shopping bag, is just small enough to make the perfect trash can for your car. The flip-top opening ensures that whatever you throw away doesn’t end up all over the floor after you make a sharp turn. Just line the container with a plastic grocery bag, and you’re ready to go—and throw—whenever you like. A clean car is a happy car, and driver! With a simple stop at a drive through trash can, you can start all over again with an empty trash container. Click this link to find a car trash can that fits your needs:

Hang a tennis ball to measure where you park.

If you have trouble gauging how far you’ve pulled into your garage or parking spot, use a string to hang a tennis ball on the ceiling so that it rests on your windshield when you’ve driven in far enough. You’ll never have to guess again. You'll also not have to wonder if you've pulled up far enough to clear the garage door. Just a tennis ball and a string- all it takes to be a masterful garage parker! You'll impress friends and family with your perfect parking. Here is how:

Download a parking App.

Now where did you park that car? Oh boy, here we go again! Forgetful drivers rejoice! There are apps to help you instantly locate your ride so you don't have to waste time strolling through the parking lot with your key fob in hand. There are several apps to choose from, all of which will keep track of where you’ve parked your vehicle and lead you back to it without fail. Just like breadcrumbs, but better. One time using a parking app, and you will be hooked! Click here for the top rated parking lot apps:

Use cupcake liners for cup holder liners. A brilliant, yet economical hack!

Dust, crumbs, and all sorts of stickiness can accumulate in a car cup holder, which is perhaps the most notoriously impossible corner of any car. Luckily, there's a trick that can keep your cup holder clean without the hassle. Simply drop a paper cupcake liner into the bottom of the cup holder. When it gets dirty, just replace it with a fresh one. Easy, quick, convenient, and economical! It's also a great spot to keep your hand sanitizer for convenience! Clean freaks rejoice! Here are some great ways to keep that difficult area nice and tidy:

Removing stickers from your car.

Whether you're dealing with a parking permit or a bumper sticker, when it’s time to peel it off, the sticker leaves behind a sticky, glued mess. The next time you're battling (and losing to) a sticky spot, place a piece of wet newspaper on top of the residue and let it sit for about 15 minutes. When you come back, the glue will have softened up and will be much easier to wipe away. Let the water and newspaper work for you. This saves countless hours of trying to clean your bumper and car windows! You'll be able to stand back and admire your smart work to overcome the glue and reveal your beautiful look of your original purchase. Click here for the secret tips on sticker removal:

General maintenance for your new or used vehicle.

Don't forget to check tire pressure and tread, windshield wipers, turn signals, brake lights, headlights, and coolant/antifreeze. A quick once over on these areas can can save you time and money in the future!

Use these simple car hacks to make life easier in Knoxville, Tennessee! Now get out there with your clean vehicle, knowing everyone is admiring your spotless vehicle... and enjoy all that East Tennessee has to offer!

How often do you treat your car the same way you treat your home?

These simple tips can make your life on the road easier and more comfortable. You went through the car buying, now take care of that used car like the treasured member of the family that it is.