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How Often Should You Wash Your Car?

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how often should you wash your carWashing a vehicle is very important, and we usually see three types of “car washers”.

You have the obsessive washers and those that wait until their car is covered in dirt, pollen and grime to wash it.

And somewhere in the middle is the average person like you.

In between obsessive washing and simply not caring is that place where you can keep your car in top shape, not jut aesthetically but from a resale and value standpoint.

 

How Often Should You Wash Your Car, Then?

This “sweet spot” is definitely where you want to be. But how often do you have to wash your car to be there? The answer is: it depends.

I know, not exactly what you wanted to hear.. but let me tell you why. There are MANY things that contribute to how dirty your car gets, and how quickly it collects grime. Here are some examples:

  • Where you live- do you live in a heavily wooded area or near a beach? Salty air car wreak havoc on your vehicle’s undercarriage and paint job!
  • Where you park- do you usually park under a tree or an electrical wire where birds frequently sit? Even tree sap can damage your paint!
  • Where you drive- do you do a lot of city driving? Air pollution can leave chemical residue that eats away at your paint.

..And the list goes on! You must keep dust, dirt and grime from adhering itself to your paint and possibly damaging your paint. Schmidt’s Collision & Glass recommends washing your vehicle at least once a week to prevent any dirt buildup and paint damage.

A good rule of thumb is that if you live in an area where your car is free of salty air and sand, and if you don’t have to contend with tree sap, bird droppings and dead bugs, you can wash your car about once a month and still keep it in good shape. Lots of city driving? You may want to visit your local car wash once a week!

Ultimately, a couple of times a month is a good bet to ensure that you’re not waiting too long to get rid of harmful chemicals, residues, salt, sand, tar, grease and grime. Visit your local Valley Car Wash to start preserving your vehicle’s value.

Removing Salt From Your Vehicle

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Winter is always the harshest season for your vehicle, mostly due to the amount of road salt that clings to your car’s paint and undercarriage. Salt is corrosive, and after time, it can eat away the paint on your vehicle, lead to rusting problems on the frame, brake lines leaking, and even damage the undercarriage. Regularly removing salt from your vehicle can help prevent the devastating effects winter has on the interior and exterior of it.

Removing Salt From Your Vehicle

In order to remove the salt from your vehicle, take it to a car wash regularly. While you can choose to wash your can at home, professional car washes are more practical in the winter (when it’s chilly out) and they also offer steam cleaning, drying services and undercarriage cleaning to protect the most vulnerable areas of your car.

Removing Salt Stains From Carpet

So you’ve removed the salt from your vehicle’s exterior, but what about your floor mats and carpets? Carpet salt stains can be a pain to clean, but thankfully, there’s a remedy that’s inexpensive and easy to follow.

Read: How to Remove Salt Stains From Your Floor Mats

After enduring slush, salt, floods, ice and snow, give your vehicle a break. Visit one of our four locations today!

Top 5 Reasons to Wash Your Car Regularly

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Your car is one of the largest investments you will make, so why wouldn’t you spend a little money to take care of it? Check out our top 5 reasons to wash your car regularly:

1. To Protect the Finish

Much like changing your engine oil promotes extended engine performance, you should keep the exposed areas of your car as clean as possible to protect the finish from scratches and minimize oxidation. This means washing your vehicle once a week during the snowy season to remove the salt, grime, and mag chloride from your paint.

But Winter’s not the only time to mind your finish- tree sap, bugs, bird poop, air salt (in beachy locations), and air pollution can play a role in harming your vehicle’s paint.

What is Mag Chloride?

You know that salt/sand/gravel mix that they spread on the streets and highways to increase traction for the general public? These use a chemical called “Magnesium Chloride” to lower the freezing temperature of the snow pack. Even though this makes the roads much safer for winter travel, this mixture takes a toll on your cars finish. Ultimately, it can dull your paints finish and lead to rusting of exposed metal.

2. To Maintain Your Vehicle’s Value

The better the condition of your vehicle, the higher the resale or trade-in value. Depending upon the vehicle, regular cleaning can equate to thousands of dollars in value. Acid rain, road salt, bird droppings and sun damage are just some of the threats to your car’s condition that can be addressed by regular car care.

3. To Improve Fuel Economy

Did you know that the cleaner your car, the less wind resistance? That means better fuel economy. According to MythBuster calculations, the “filth effect” cuts fuel economy by around 10 percent.

4. To Drive Safely

Washing your car regularly keeps windshields, mirrors and signal lights clean. This means better visibility.

5. To Feel Better

Let’s face it, a clean car looks better and who doesn’t feel better driving a clean car?

People invest tens of thousands of dollars on their automobiles. By removing the dirt, road grime, and harmful chemicals once a week, you can help extend the exterior finish and undercarriage as long as possible.

Use one of our automatic washes and let us protect your investment. You deserve it, and so does your car.