April 09, 2017
Driving a clean and new-looking car around the city, regardless of the year model or price tag it has, gives you that pride of ownership every time people would stick their eyes on your car and show that wonder-struck facial expression. However, keeping your car in a fresh showroom look and condition is not easy. It requires time, money and lots of efforts. But then again, never forget that your car is an expensive slab of metal. Moreover, car repairs does not come cheap –it would robbed you of your hard earned money and the result it would give will never match the original. Thus, you should always give your car that royal treatment that it deserves.
So here are the things that you should always consider to keep your car in a showroom condition :
- WASH YOUR CAR REGULARLY
Washing your car removes any impurities and contaminants on its surface like birds’ poop or insects’ digestive juice which are harsh to your car’s paint. Also, washing reduces the risk of getting scratches on your paint work since dirt and dusts which could be intentionally or unintentionally rubbed on your car’s surface will be washed-off.
- DON’T USE LAUNDRY DETERGENTS OR DISH-WASHING LIQUIDS IN WASHING YOUR CAR
Detergents and dish-washing liquids are acidic and most especially, they contain “bleaching” chemicals. Clearly, these could destroy your car’s paint and could even promote corrosion. Your car’s paint should look deeper and vibrant –not faded or pale-looking. So use only certified car shampoo.
- LIMIT YOUR VISIT TO CAR-WASH SHOPS
As much as possible, wash your car personally. Almost all Car Wash Shops use dish-washing liquids, and dirty and abrasive cleaning kits. Equally important is the fact that almost all car wash boys are not trained on how to properly and carefully clean a car. They are always in a hurry and carefulness is just an option. They are more concerned about washing as many cars as they could so that they could earn bigger commissions. Consequently, instead of getting your car pampered, you’ll just end up with more swirl marks and light scratches on it. However, if you have no other choice but to visit Car Wash Shops, perhaps because you have no time or a good space to clean your car, I suggest that you bring your own cleaning kit in visiting the car wash shop and supervise the car-wash boy in cleaning your car.
- REDUCE SUN EXPOSURE
The scorching rays of the sun is the number one (1) enemy of your car’s exterior and interior works. Here in Tuguegarao City, temperature could go as high as 42.2 °C or 108.0 °F –hotter than a feverish child. This could cause oxidation, premature fading, and cracking or pealing-off of your car’s paint. Moreover, interior plastics and leathers of your car could also crack. So always look for a shaded parking space.
- WAX YOUR CAR
Waxing is not only for aesthetic purpose. Aside from giving your car that showroom-shine, the wax also serves as your car’s first line of defense to all contaminants and environmental hazards. Specifically, the wax lays on top of the clear coat of your car’s paint giving it an extra layer of protection. Lastly, waxing your car helps in concealing existing swirl marks and light scratches on your paint.
- INVEST IN QUALITY CAR CARE PRODUCTS
Buy your own high standard cleaning kits –car sponge, micro-fiber towels, extra-soft chamois, car shampoo, wax, and interior protecting agents. This will only cost you about one thousand five hundred (1,500) pesos but you could use it already for the entire year. Also, this is way cheaper than having your car repaired once damages already surfaced.
I hope you’ve been inspired to give that extra care to your car to keep it in a show room condition and maintain its sophistication. So start your engine, open your windows, play your favorite song and cruise to your heart’s content.