Cleaning the Nissan Sentra Interior

Hooniverse Asks: What can you do to make your loved one happy with their own car?

My wife works hard. She puts lots of miles on her 2016 Mazda CX-5. Right now she’s away on a business trip, so I’m using the car on occasion. The occasion being that my Montero is currently stuffed to the gills with five tires and five wheels, all waiting to be mounted. The Benz still has a for sale sign and a Charge Indicator light illuminated. So the Mazda is getting some use… and I just ran it through the wash. Then vacuumed the interior.

It’s a simple gesture, but I think little things like that can go a long way over time.

What do you do to your loved one’s vehicle as a little thank you gesture for all they do? Whether they notice it or not, what is something you like to do to help out?

Is it at-home oil changes? Do you handle swapping on the winter tires if you live in a snowy climate? Maybe you’re wealthy and you just buy them a fresh machine every other year, that’s fine too.

Sound off below.

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16 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What can you do to make your loved one happy with their own car?”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    My wife has asked me to refrain from attempting any mechanical work or maintenance on her car. She’s both watched and helped me work on my own vehicles, so I can see her point.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      By any chance, are you named as beneficiary on her life insurance?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        She did let me borrow her car to drive home to retrieve more wheels and tires in order to get back on track, which, now that you mention it…

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Set the clock to the correct time. Not sure if I do that for myself more than my SO, though.

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    Car cleaning and all the minor things like fluids control, oil changes, paint maintenance etc. is basically my responsibility. But to this day, she insists to change her tires herself – unless there is no time. She works more than me, as she is the career person in our house. I’m not getting that much done hanging around the Hooniverse all day, cough.

    The most basic thing though is listening to her wishes. It was her who really wanted to keep the Camry, which qualifies for me by being a rare car here, despite being pretty lame to drive. Now with a shortened commute, she wanted something smaller, so I’m in negotiations for a Honda Jazz/Fit, and looking for something similar with a small engine at least once a day.

  4. P161911 Avatar

    I spent several hours washing the wife’s Volt on Sunday. Ran it through the quick wash then vacuumed the whole interior at the car wash. Brought it home to deep clean the interior. Washed the windows inside and out. Applied Rain-X to the windows. She gets in and the first thing she notices is that a little bit of the Tuff Stuff cleaner was on the inside of the windows. There are many days that I need an ex-wife.

  5. 0A5599 Avatar

    Once when I was dating my now-wife, she was working late and asked if I could swing by the office and gas up her car, so she wouldn’t have to do it late at night. The gas station down the street from her office also had a car wash, and her car had a layer of pollen and grime, so I ran it through the automatic wash while I had the keys.

    When she drove home, she asked me if I did something to the headlights. I wasn’t sure what she meant. She said she could see a lot better. I told her that cleaning the headlight lenses (during the car wash) tends to do that.

  6. GTXcellent Avatar

    I’m married to a gear-head, farm girl who drives kick-ass vehicles. Not sure there’s anything I can do to help her love her rides more than she already does
    Now, if I had the power to control the weather…

  7. Maymar Avatar

    If my wife wanted to drive to work, it’d cost us $500/month just for the parking spot at her office downtown, and she hates driving anyhow, so we’re a single car household. Best I can do is to keep voting for transit-friendly candidates, and drop her off at the subway station on bad weather days.

  8. outback_ute Avatar

    Heard a story on the radio recently about a recently widowed lady in her 80s who had to learn how to fuel her car, because her husband had always done it.

    1. Troggy Avatar

      I’ve seen it myself. Lady in maybe her 50’s without a single clue as to what she was doing. She had never put fuel in a car in her life because her husband always did it.

      1. Lokki Avatar

        I make my wife do it about once a year just to stay in practice. It’s about time for that battle again.

      2. Lokki Avatar

        I make my wife do it about once a year just to stay in practice. It’s about time for that battle again.

  9. Harry Callahan Avatar
    Harry Callahan

    I keep my wife’s car in good repair. It starts, stops, and goes as it is designed to do. It does not leave her stranded, and it has not surprised with any expensive failures. There is no monthly payment attached to it. As far as she is concerned, this is as good as car ownership gets, so I work to keep it that way.

  10. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    Since we’ve spent most of the last 7 years as a single car household I keep the family car cleaned, serviced and fueled up. In addition I am my wife’s personal bike mechanic responsible for keeping her three bikes cleaned lubed and adjusted.

  11. salguod Avatar

    I got her the car she wanted instead of the one I wanted or wanted her to want.

    Two vehicles back I wanted an Outback or Legacy wagon, she wanted a Prius. We got the Prius.

    Last time I wanted the Mazda6 she preferred the Accord Hybrid, we got the Accord. (After driving both, I actually agreed with her that it was the better car for our needs.)

    She drives the primary family car and prior to these I made the choice of what was best.