Waiting for the ol’ rain car wash is no way to live your life. Plus, never washing your vehicle can lead to issues down the line. Here are a few reasons to dish out $10 for a car wash every one to three weeks to keep your car clean.
Rust on the undercarriage
It won’t happen overnight, but over time important parts like the frame, brake lines and fuel lines can rust because of exposure to rock salt and other chemicals used to melt ice on roads. A good undercarriage wash will help prevent this, and will also dislodge dirt and other grime that can get stuck in hard-to-reach areas like the wheel wells.
Damage to the paint
Dirt and road salts can scratch up your car’s paint job, leading to rust that can cause paint to bubble up and chip off. Then there’s the presents birds leave behind. Bird poop actually contains acid that can eat away at the wax that protects automotive paint. You want to get that stuff off your car as fast as possible.
Clean cars are safe cars
Dirty headlights and taillights make it harder to see and be seen on the road, a real safety issue, especially in bad weather. You can also get yourself a ticket if your license plate is so dirty that police can’t read it.
Dirty cars are a drag
In 2009, the television show “MythBusters” found that clean cars actually get slightly better fuel economy than dirty cars. It’s not going to net you Bill Gates money, but it’s another perk of driving a nice, clean car.
So there’s the why, but to learn how to clean your car properly, check out this guide from AAA. You’ll learn how to clean important areas on the inside and outside of your vehicle, plus there’s links to 10 different detailing guides from leading manufacturers such as Meguiar’s and 3M.
And if you have car cleaning tips and tricks of your own, share them with your fellow readers in the comments section.
For more car care tips, go to AAA.com/CarCareCorner.