Getting your car washed and waxed on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to preserve its paint and keep it looking nice.
Removing other environmental contaminants such as road salt, sap, tar and bugs in a timely manner also goes a long way to making your car's paint and clear coat last longer.
Bill Kortepeter has his car professionally detailed regularly. Bill says, "It's fairly important. And the reason why was I was raised to take care of my stuff. Secondly, and probably more importantly, I think it helps in the resale value of the car when you go to sell it or trade it in."
Angie Hicks agrees, "Not only are the mechanicals of your car important to be maintained, but also the appearance. Many people don't even think about that, but when it comes to resale value selling your car you want a car that looks nice – you'll get a better return when you sell it. Additionally, by keeping your car's exterior in good condition you're going to prevent paint damage as well as rust."
Keeping up your vehicle's appearance both inside and out not only means you can take more pride in your ride, it also helps you preserve your vehicle's resale value and makes it more appealing to potential buyers.
When hiring an auto detailer, you want to make sure you've got someone who is trustworthy, I mean let's face it you are giving them the keys to your car. Additionally, you want to know what kind of experience they have and also what kind of products they are going to be using because you want to be sure they are using products that are good for your car.
If you're looking for a deep clean, a lot of consumers consider hiring a detailer to help bring their car back to its original life. If you're hiring a detailer, it could be $100 or more depending on the type of package you pick.
Automotive Detailer Roderick Darring explains, "We'll do a thorough vacuuming underneath the seats and down in all the nooks and crannies including the trunk area then we literally lather up everything and scrub it with antibacterial soap, including the doors, dash, seats, carpets, floor mats, steering wheel, gear shifter, cup holders, sun visor and seat belts so in that it's much more thorough and detailed than your standard every week car wash."
Roderick says, "We actually get into a lot of intricate areas that a basic car wash wouldn't or maybe the average consumer wouldn't. Down in in the wheels, door jambs. We also can clean leather, treat the leather, keep it supple from hardening which just a regular car wash wouldn't do."
"UV light or sun rays can be very harmful to the trim. Rubberized trim can cause fading, it can cause fading to the paint so you want to keep a good dressing on the trim around the vehicle, a good coat of wax which would help the UV rays from penetrating and causing any harmful effects to the finish. Dirt, snow, rain – all of those things settling on the car can cause harm to the finish. A lot of pollutants are picked up from the atmosphere, " Roderick adds.
Angie's List, the nation's leading provider of consumer reviews, asked highly rated companies how frequently you should clean your car. Most experts recommend getting your car washed every other week, waxed with the change of each season and professionally detailed every six months to a year.
A number of factors can influence the decision.
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