With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, most people want to have their car looking good. Driving a nice clean car just feels good–and it can also help to preserve its appearance and resale value.
What’s the Best Way to Clean Your Car… at the Car Wash or at Home?Believe it or not, an automatic car wash is not only more convenient, but it can also be much safer for your car than washing the car at home. Why? If your car is washed by hand in direct sunlight, the drops of water turn into mini magnifying glasses, which can cause the sun’s rays to burn spots into the paint–and this could cost you big when going to resell the vehicle. Additionally, many people use harsh household soap products, which remove protective wax and leave a chalky residue on the surface. Taking this into consideration makes the $8 to $15 automatic car wash fee look pretty reasonable.
Of course, the car wash has a number of “extras” that can add up fast and quickly double the cost of a quick car wash! Before you agree to the “works” package, find out what is included and decide if it is really worth the extra money to have a fresh scent sprayed in the interior, or a spray-on wax applied to the exterior.
Consider These Tips the Next Time Your Car Needs a Shine.
Rust Proof Spoof? Undercarriage rust proofing may be one of the extras you can do without. That’s because most new cars were already rust proofed at the factory, and adding a car wash proofing adds little to nothing in terms of true protection.
Wax On, Wax Off. Many automatic car wash machines offer a spray-on wax feature. But, truth be told, spray-on waxes offer little more than a surface-level shine. A hand-applied wax, on the other hand, may be worth the investment because it helps restore precious oils and provides a UV-protective film.
Wash That Grease Away? In most cases, you’ll want to avoid having your engine cleaned. The high-pressure water used to perform the engine cleaning can cause serious engine problems in new vehicles.
Undercarriage Cleaning. Rust proofing your car’s undercarriage may not be necessary, but you should consider adding an undercarriage cleaning. It washes away residue from the winder and helps prevent buildup that a regular car wash can’t reach.
Ring Around Your Tire? Tire dressings are a better investment and more important than they may seem at first. That’s because they actually provide a strong cleaning that removes dirt and brake dust that may cause problems if left unchecked.
To Brush or Not To Brush. When it comes to automatic car wash machines, you should always opt for a brushless car wash. Older car wash facilities may still use brushes, which tend to leave light scratches in the paint. They can also remove the clear coat that was applied by the factory to protect the paint.