Maintaining your car is the best way to maintain your investment and to keep your car looking like new. A well maintained car bring a much better price on trade in and looks better while you own it.
Here are eight vehicle maintenance ideas to keep your car looking like new.
1. Wash your car regularly
Regularly washing your car will help protect your paint and plastic parts against the damage caused by dirt and corrosive materials. Wash your car with soft towels, car soap and a clean soft towels. This way you will avoid micro scratches and swirls caused by the abrasive contaminants. Make sure and use plenty of water while you are washing.
2. Don’t forget under your car
Once a month or so take your car to a car wash that cleans the under carriage. The same contaminants that get on the paint also get on the underside of your car. If you are in an area that uses salt on the roads to melt the ice, you may want to make sure you have a good undercoating on the car to prevent rust.
3. Use plenty of wax
Use wax or another protective coating to protect your paint. You should wax your car every 4-6 months or for better protection use one of the other methods we recommend.
4. Repair Dents and Scratches
To keep your car looking it’s best repair all dents and scratches as soon as possible. Unattended scratches can rust and cause further issues. If the scratch is not something you want to spend the money to repair right away, at least, brush touch it as we recommend.
5. Don’t forget the wheels
When you wash your car, don’t forget to wash the tires and wheels. Wheels are especially susceptible to picking up contaminants. Keeping them clean will help them look good for years to come. If you curb your wheels you may consider brush touching them to prevent rust and keep them looking their best.
6. Protect your car from extreme weather
Keep your car out of harsh weather. Keeping it in the garage or under a cover will add to the life of your car. Sun is especially damaging to your paint and plastic parts. Here are some suggestions to deal with harsh summer heat.
7. Keep the interior clean
The sooner you remove any stains from spills the more likely they will come out. Also, don’t forget to vacuum regularly. It keeps the abrasive dirt from wearing out your carpet. Shampooing your carpet and seats every years or so is a good idea also.
8. Using the right cleaner matters
Make sure and use the cleaners designed for the kind of cleaning you are doing. Using cleaners that are too strong or not designed for the use you are doing can damage the surface.
Cleaning and treating leather seats can add substantially to the life of the seat. Leather needs treatment at least every 6 months.
Hopefully, some of these vehicle maintenance ideas will help you keep your car looking new and protect it for years to come. For any other advice on auto maintenance, stop by any Collision Pros location, we’re always happy to help.