Keep Your Car Shining Like New With These Simple Exterior Car Care Tips

Friday, 21 August 2015

Who doesn’t like a sleek car shining as if it were brand new? A well-maintained car says loads about its owner. Besides, with regular care and maintenance of its exteriors, not only does it strike the perfect first impression but also earns a longer life and better value. If you treat your car like your ‘first love’ or your ‘baby’, here are a few simple tips to keep it shining in tip-top condition:

Washing: The first essential step towards exterior car care is to give your vehicle a thorough wash, preferably once every two weeks. The car paint is constantly under attack by air pollutants, smoke, chemicals, dirt and grime. All these elements can not only damage your car’s paint but also make the exteriors look dull and lack-lustre. Use a good quality car was solution (and not a soapy detergent-water mix) to scrub your car gently on a regular basis. What’s best is that this is a DIY activity. But if you are too busy (or too lazy!), you can go to a reliable car wash service in your locality and get the job done!

Waxing: Just like you buff your nails after clipping them, you need to wax your car to give it an extra layer of protection from harmful elements, including bad weather. However, unlike washing, you need not wax your car very frequently. Twice a year is good enough to keep your car polished and looking brand new. How do you know it’s time to wax your car? Simple! Throw some water on your car’s bonnet and if you do not see any beads appearing, you know your car exteriors needs waxing. Waxing is a time taking process and it will take you about an hour and a good quality synthetic wax to make your car look clean, shiny and gorgeous.

Undercarriage maintenance: Check your car’s undercarriage to detect any rotting or rust formations, especially if you live in a colder climate. The roads are frequently salted during heavy snow to avoid skidding but that very salt eats away onto your car’s exteriors. Use a pressurised hose to loosen all the dirt and debris from underneath your car. Start from the front of your car and spray backwards for best results. Doing this every few months will keep your car’s undercarriage in the best condition.

Detailing: Car detailing includes matching the car’s paint to its original colour, repairing all the scratches and chips and mending all the minute imperfections to give your car a ‘facelift’. All these should be done by an expert car exterior maintenance company to get the best results. When done every 18 months or so, detailing can make your car look fantastic and preserve its value to a great extent.

Covering: The best and the most important way to protect your car’s exterior is by keeping your vehicle covered appropriately, when it is not in use. Good quality car covers help to protect the vehicle from sun, rain, storms, snow, bird droppings, air pollutants, dust and grime. If you have a garage, park your car inside rather than leaving it out in the open and vulnerable to damage. As they say, ‘prevention is better than cure’ and an initial investment in a good quality car cover can help you save hundreds of dollars later on getting chips and scratches on your car’s body repaired or a complete paint job done.

Remember, the overall impression of your car plays a significant role in determining its value. These tips, if followed thoroughly, will go a long way in making sure that you car has better longevity and looks brand new – always!