Outside of the home, the car you buy is probably the most expensive thing you’ll ever buy. Depending on how much you spend on your vehicle, there is every chance that this is going to be your new baby before you find a new love to indulge with. The thing is, a car takes a beating every time it’s out in the elements. Wind, rain, hail, grit from the road and even sunshine all affect your vehicle. This kind of wear and tear may not be entirely preventable, but continuous work on your car – and lots of love and attention – will delay it.
Whether you are cleaning, waxing or taking your car to the shop for repairs, you need to pay attention to your car exterior continuously; in fact, it should be a part of your regular car routines. Let’s take a look at the following six tips to keep your baby running as smoothly as possible.
Step 1: Wash It Weekly
You wouldn’t step out of the house without a shower if you were off somewhere nice, so why would you want to drive a dirty vehicle? One of the best tips you will ever receive is that you should keep the exterior of the car clean. Washing once a week removes all the debris that builds up during the drives you undertake throughout the week, and it reduces your chances of a rusty car. Always wash your car when the sun isn’t so intense so that the exterior doesn’t heat up while you’re trying to clean it.
- A bucket of soapy water
- A good car cleaning solution
- Sponges or wash mitts
Step 2: Dry It After!
Some people like to leave their cars to dry naturally, but you should be drying your car using soft, clean cloths that are specifically for drying the car. Microfiber towels are perfect for this as they’re designed to prevent water spots.
- Microfiber Cloths
- Possibly a step to reach the roof
Step 3: Add Protectants
You need to give your car a little more than just a soap and water wash; you need to continue to protect it from the elements. Pour a dab of vinyl and rubber protectant onto a clean cloth – not one with water or the one you used to dry – and wipe it across all the vinyl and rubber areas of the car. Wipe in a circular motion for even coverage. Once it’s absorbed, the surface will feel dry.
Step 4: Wax On…
Waxing your car protects the finish, sealing the exterior and protecting it from harsh weather, UV strength rays, insect splatters, and droppings. You can get wax in paste or cream form, and most car lovers prefer to use a wax with a carnauba base. One wax should last 6-8 weeks.
Looks can go a long way, but the more you care for your car, the longer it will run smoothly and save you money in further repairs.