There’s nothing quite like the feeling of driving your brand-new car off the showroom floor. It’s not just that new car smell. You feel powerful driving a vehicle in pristine condition and relieved you don’t have to deal with repairs anytime soon.
However, your car will inevitably show some signs of wear and tear down the line. But never fear; there are several things you can do to keep it looking as good as new.
Let’s run through a few tips for keeping your vehicle in showroom condition.
1. Wash Your Car Often
This may seem a bit obvious, but it’s worth mentioning as many people put off washing their car for weeks on end. Your vehicle will look good in the short term if it’s always clean but also has long-term benefits.
Washing your car regularly ensures you don’t get a build-up of dirt, which can seriously damage the paintwork over time. Excess dirt particles can cause micro-scratches even when the car eventually gets a wash.
It’s also essential to have a superior quality shammy cloth for car drying. This ensures you’ll get off all the excess water, which can lead to rust if left, and any remaining dirt.
Be sure to vacuum out all the dirt from the nooks and crannies of the car’s interior when you do a wash.
2. Avoid Automatic Car Washes
Automated car washes are so convenient, we know. But they are a bit hard on your car’s exterior. The big whirling brushes can damage the vehicle’s paintwork. This is because they may still have dirt particles in them from previous washes. Who knows how often the brushes get a proper clean… These particles can create small scratches all over the car, which strips the vehicle of its shiny bodywork.
Safer alternatives are a home or expert hand wash. Make sure your cleaning sponges and clothes are free of dirt.
3. Use Wax
Many car owners brush off the importance of waxing. However, it is one of the best things you can do to keep your car looking like it’s just come from the showroom.
Polishing your vehicle with wax gives the paintwork a protective layer. It helps prevent small scratches and chips and makes your car shine in that “brand new” way.
Many people don’t realize that waxing doesn’t have to be done too often. Investing in a wax twice a year – at the start of summer and the onset of winter – should do the trick. You can do more frequent waxes if your climate is especially harsh.
4. Keep A Driving Distance
This one may have you scratching your chin, but hear us out. Car tires pick up and spray dirt and debris behind them as they go. If you drive too close to the vehicle in front of you, your car will get hit by at least some of its debris. This can cause scratches, small dents, and chips, which make your car look more worn and older.
Remember, keeping at least one car’s distance away is also the recommended way to drive for safety reasons.
5. Park Carefully
When parking for work or at home, your vehicle stands in one spot for hours, every day, 365 days a year. So, parking where damage is minimal is recommended. You can’t always plan this, but you can avoid areas where damage is more likely.
Parking under a tree means the car may get spattered with bird droppings or tree sap. Parking in the sun makes the paintwork and the interior fade in time. So, the ideal parking spaces are undercover. That is, in the garage or covered parking spaces. Your car will also be safer from theft.
There are many other small things you can choose to do to keep your car looking pristine. We guarantee that cleaning your car weekly and avoiding automatic washes alone will make a difference. If you really want to go the extra mile, use wax. And, it never hurts to watch where you park and never get too close to other cars on the road.