Expert Guide to Keeping Your Car Looking New
Don’t Let Your Investment Degrade
When your vehicle was new, didn’t it just feel better to be in it? You loved opening the door and sitting on the seats. You breathed in the new car smell and ran your fingers over the dash.
Over time, though, it gets dirty. Dust settles onto the dash. Shoes track in dirt, leaves, and other debris. Road grime coats the paint and dulls it. That thrill of getting into the vehicle just isn’t there any longer.
Never fear, Big Sky Collision Center has your back! Of course you can come down and get it fully detailed from us. But if you want to get it done yourself, here is our expert guide to keeping your vehicle looking like it’s brand new.
Wash it Often
Most people don’t wash their vehicles nearly enough. Think back to the last time you washed yours… has it been over a month? If so, then it’s time for another washing.
When you use the right equipment, a soft sponge or brush, soap designed for washing cars, a squeegee and a chamois, you won’t damage the paint on your car. That said, it’s almost impossible to wash your car too much. You should be washing it every month, but every week wouldn’t hurt either.
Wax it Regularly
If you tend to neglect washing your vehicle, then you likely neglect waxing it too. As the vehicle ages, you probably let it go a long time without waxing. Wax does more than make it shine. It adds a thin protective layer to the paint so that it lasts even longer.
Waxing doesn’t have to be every week. You can even get by without doing it every month. Every three months, you will want to make sure that you are beautifying and protecting your vehicle with a high quality cleaning wax.
Vacuum it Clean
The fastest way to restore that clean feeling is to simply suck the dirt out of it. If you have a shop vacuum it’s easy to do right in your garage. If not, there are plenty of gas stations that offer the use of their vacuums to keep things clean.
Using a hard attachment you can pull the dirt from the carpet and the seats. Switch to a brush and get the dust off of the hard surfaces. You will find that 30 minutes of vacuuming the vehicle will make it much more comfortable to ride in.
Use a Protectant on the Dash
When the majority of the dust has been removed, it’s time to protect the dashboard. Using a product that is designed to clean and protect (Armor All makes them, but there are plenty of other brands too). Wipe on a thin layer to remove little bits of dirt. The protectant will stay on the surface and help to keep it clean in the future. Just remember, olive oil is for cooking and will do nothing to clean or protect your vehicle.
Avoid Parking Pitfalls
The best way to keep your car looking clean and new, is to make sure that you’re not getting it dirty or dinged! One of the worst places for a vehicle is in the parking lot.
Most people aren’t going to care about your vehicle. So if their shopping cart bangs into it, or their door swings wide and dents yours, you likely won’t get a note that even says, “Sorry!” let alone one that offers to fix it. Use caution when parking.
That also means watch what is above. Bird droppings, sap, and bugs can all do a number on your vehicle’s paint. Don’t ruin your paint job by not paying attention to what you are parking under!
Big Sky Collision Center does Auto Detailing
No time to keep your vehicle in looking like it’s brand new? We can do it for you! Our auto detailing crew cleans vehicles every day, and they can help keep your vehicle in top shape.
Just give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you scheduled for a full auto detail.