Have you just fallen in love with your new or used car? Or are you looking to maintain your investment for the future resale of your current car? Whatever your situation, we all want the best result from a car wash. What we quite often don’t factor into car care is the cost of a professional car wash – which can be hundreds of dollars each and every time.
In this article, we will share our top car care tips, covering car washing essentials such as items required to wash your car, the correct method to wash your car, tricks and products to make washing your car easier, the benefits of hand washing your car, and why you will see greater value when on-selling.
Firstly it is important to invest in a few basic items if you’re washing your car at home. A standard hose pipe will be fine, along with two buckets, a few sponges, and a good quality car wash soap with a wax. Having car wash soap with wax forms a layer of polish on your paintwork, giving your car a longer lasting shine. Tyre shine (non silicon would be preferred) and finally a perforated Chamois completes your home kit set up.
Now you have made your pride and joy perfect on the outside, let’s take a look at ways to protect and maintain the interior. We always recommend floor mats in cars – they can save you lots of time when vacuuming and protect the fabric like new (great for resale). We also recommend using non-silicon products on the interior surfaces – they will give it a natural new look, not slimy or too “over shiny”.
Knowing the quality of your paintwork and maintaining its shine and look will guarantee you future value when selling or trading. Car dealers can easily spot a car that has not been loved or maintained by its owner, paying you more for your car when looked after.
Just remember, by hand washing your car at home opposed to a mechanical car wash, you create a cleaner, more professional detailing finish. Though the mechanical car wash may seem more convenient, it can often leave mechanical swirls on your precious paintwork. But how often should you wash your car? We recommend setting aside time each week, or every other week, to give your car a professional look and maintain your investment.
If you are thinking about selling your car now or in the future, or would just simply like to find out what the value of your car is, be sure to contact us for all the information you need to schedule in an obligation free valuation of your car.