Five Steps to Keeping Your Vehicle Looking Great
The Easiest Way to a Great Looking Vehicle
We spend a lot of money on our vehicles, sometimes pushing $100k. But too often we get a little bit lazy when it comes to making sure that they’re kept in top shape. Sure we do oil changes and regular maintenance, but we can tend to neglect the “beauty” maintenance thinking that it’s really not that big of a deal.
A clean vehicle is a safe vehicle. A clean vehicle lasts longer. A clean vehicle has a higher resale value. Here are the 5 simple steps you need to take to make sure that your investment holds its value as long as possible.
Rinse it Before Washing It
Your vehicle gets covered in a lot of dirt throughout the day. Often, you can’t even see the majority of it. It’s microscopic bits of dust, brake pads that have worn, bits of metal, tire rubber, road grime, and much more. All of these bits of dirt settle onto the vehicle, but they don’t exactly “stick” to the vehicle.
Rinsing before you wash, gets rid of these abrasives and lets them slough off with the water. Skipping the rinse means you wipe them off, and drag them across your paint; an act that can ultimately scratch and cause your vehicle to lose its luster.
A quick rinse, and then wash, is the best way to keep that paint looking sharp.
Wash and Wax Regularly
Along those lines, a quick rinse isn’t going to get rid of all of the dirt and junk on your vehicle. You need to do a full on wash to get all of the dirt off. Using an automotive quality vehicle soap, give it a nice deep clean to ensure that all of the dirt is gone.
Twice every year, more often if you have the time, give it a thorough wash, and then seal it with wax. That wax will provide another small layer of protection against the elements, and keep your rig looking great for years to come.
Give Room to Other Drivers
The fastest way to make your vehicle look like it’s old, is to put lots of dings and dents in it. From a simple rear-end collision, to simple door dings, to full on fender benders and crashes, the more often your vehicle is struck, the faster it will age.
Give plenty of room when you’re driving. Stay back at least a car length when stopping at the lights or signs. Park away from other vehicles, and give them lots of room to swing their doors wide. Make sure you’re not brushing against trees and bushes when driving. These little attentions will prevent a lot of angst when it comes to your rig.
Keep it Covered
While dirt and grime are bad for your vehicle, heat and UV light is too. That means the simple act of letting your vehicle sit in the sun is causing the paint to fade, the dash to crack, and the parts to wear out faster than usual.
Getting it out of the heat of the day, whether in a garage or under another cover, will do wonders for making sure that you have a great looking vehicle. Just take car if you’re planning to park beneath a tree. Sap and bird droppings can do a lot of damage to your paint job.
Let it “Just Get Dirty Again”
Vehicles get dirty. And when you wash them, they are just going to get dirty again. That means you get to wash it another time! Skipping regular washings since it’s already dirty and it will just get dirty again, is a recipe for disaster.
A clean vehicle lasts longer. When it gets dirty, clean it up so it can get dirty again. Don’t skip washing it to save time; you can always hire someone to provide you with auto detailing if you’re strapped for time and can’t do it yourself.
Big Sky Collision Center Provides Auto Detailing in Billings, Montana
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we are known for fixing vehicles. But did you know that we can clean your vehicle? We have several options to choose from: whether you need a quick wash, one where we get a little deeper and shampoo the carpets, or the full works with waxing included, we are your choice for getting the vehicle detailed.
Give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you on the schedule.