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How often should you wash your car?

Some car owners are diligent with their car maintenance and wash their car every week. Others may not get around to it until someone etches “Wash Me” into the dirt on the surface of their car. Most of us strive for a happy medium.

What many people don’t realize is that washing your car regularly does more than just make it shine; it’s maintenance to keep your car running longer.

It’s important to wash your car at least every two weeks and have a detail twice a year to keep your car in ideal condition.


Why is this important?

The importance of regularly washing your car can’t be overstated. Washing your car regularly not only lets you feel the pride of a freshly cleaned vehicle, but also keeps the resale value of your vehicle high.

Your car is constantly exposed to dirt, dust, rocks, pollutants, tree sap, bugs, bird droppings, salt, and water. All these contaminants, if left on the surface and undercarriage of your vehicle, can cause serious damage.

Washing your car every two weeks can be difficult when you have a full schedule. But, don’t worry! Here are a few factors to consider when wondering how often you should wash your car, along with a few easy ways to keep your car clean.


If you aren’t sure if you’re washing your car enough, take the following factors into consideration:



How often should you wash your car? Most car experts suggest washing your car every two weeks.

The area you live in is a key factor to consider when determining how often you should wash your car. Is your car exposed to heavy rains, hot temperatures, or frequent snowfall? Are you surrounded by trees? Each area has its own unique elements that can damage your car.

Heavily forested areas with an abundance of trees are prone to birds, bugs, and tree sap that can damage your paint and interior if left on your car’s surface. Knowing what your car is exposed to can help you determine how often you need to wash it. If your car is affected by any of these elements, consider washing your car every two weeks.


Driving Distance and Frequency

How often should you wash your car? Most car experts suggest washing your car every two weeks.

The distance and frequency you drive your car can greatly affect your need to regularly wash your car. Most of us use our cars every day with trips to and from work, plus a few errands. Others use their cars far less frequently, choosing to walk or use public transportation.

If your car spends most of its time sitting in a garage with only a handful of trips a week, it’s safe to wash your car once a month. However, if you’re driving your car to work every day along with side errands, your car will need more frequent washes. Driving on roads regularly will expose your car to dirt, dust, rocks, and much more. If you drive your car frequently, you should wash it every two weeks.


WeatherHow often should you wash your car? Most car experts suggest washing your car every two weeks.


Weather and climate conditions have more influence on your car than you may think. Heat, cold, rain, snow, and other environmental factors all cause damage to your car, whether the damage is immediately visible or not. Conditions, like heat, can soften the paint on the surface of your car, allowing small dirt particles to melt and scratch your paint. The cold of winter isn’t safe for your car, either. Areas exposed to frequent snowfall often use road salt that can cause corrosion if not washed away from your vehicle promptly. Salt exposure can cause rust and micro-scratches to the paint and undercarriage, leaving permanent stains on your car.

Many car owners will thank the rain for cleaning off their car, but what they don’t realize is that rain carries its own damaging particles. Heavy rains cause water to collect on the surface of vehicles and trap contaminants, leading to rust and discoloration. If you live in an industrial area, the rain may also be contaminated with air pollutants, creating acid rain. If your car is exposed to weather conditions like these, you should wash it every two weeks.



How often should you wash your car? Most car experts suggest washing your car every two weeks.Where do you store your car? Is it in a garage, on the street, under trees, or on your driveway? The most damage done to your car on a regular basis is exposure to the elements. Cars kept in relatively climate-controlled areas won’t need to be washed as frequently as cars left exposed to the elements. Protecting it whenever possible can help you maintain your car’s shine.

Snow, rain, pollution, tree sap, bird droppings, and much more can cause damage to cars in uncovered areas. Storing your car in a covered spot is the best way to keep it looking nicer, longer. Structures like garages are the best options to avoid birds, droppings from trees, pedestrians, and debris tossed by other cars as they pass. If you leave your car in areas where exposure to contaminants is less controlled (like on the street or under a tree), you should wash it every two weeks.



How often should you wash your car? Most car experts suggest washing your car every two weeks.How you like your car to look is the biggest factor when considering how often you should wash your car. Do you want your car to look showroom shiny with a sparkling interior, or are you okay with a little bit of dirt and clutter? Your car is a representation of you and your personality.

Are you a clean freak or a clutter bug? Or are you something in between? You can best determine how often you wash your car by how clean you would like your car to look. Remember: the better you want your car to look, the more often you should wash it!


To keep your car in the best possible shape, have a full detail every 6 months. Washing your car regularly can help keep your car looking nice, but a professional detail will clean every inch of your car.


If you’ve cleaned the outside of your car but want the inside to shine, too, you can do so with a few easy tips:

  1. Use a small vacuum cleaner to reach all the crevices and nooks food crumbs hide in.
  2. Keep a plastic trash bag in your car for easy, quick cleanup.
  3. Throw away a piece of trash every time you get out of your car.
  4. Store your car in a garage or under another protective structure.

Experts suggest washing your car every two weeks and getting a detail twice a year to make sure it stays in good condition. However, with our busy lives, that may not always be possible. Doing little things throughout the year can make a huge difference when it comes to your car’s appearance and maintenance.

Download our guide for six easy ways to care for your car all year long!

At Premier, we believe our mission is to create happiness through professional detailing and our purpose is to exhibit a philosophy of servanthood! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or visit our website. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well!

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That's why, at Premier, you’ll get more than just exceptional service for your car.

You’ll drive away happy knowing you’re also valued and a huge part of supporting and celebrating others.

If you’re ready to restore, protect, or style your car—book an auto detailing service in Lafayette, Indiana or Kokomo, Indiana. Our professionally trained staff (and satisfaction guarantee) promise that you’ll be impressed with our attention to detail and blown away with the final results.

* There will be an additional charge of $50 for Iron Decontamination. If your vehicle has tar, overspray, or road paint on it, we will provide a custom quote for removal.

* Removing stains is an intricate service, and while we always try to do everything possible to remove stains, we cannot guarantee full stain removal. In the event a stain cannot be fully removed, we will try to attenuate it as much as possible.

* Headliners are extremely delicate. Excessive cleaning and wetting of the headliner can cause it to fail, so excessive soiling may not be able to be removed.


Ceramic Wash, Clay, and Seal

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Full Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Interior Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.

*The paint polish is not intended to remove any deep paint defects. It is only intended to enhance gloss and deep clean the paint in preparation for the coating application. Additional paint correction services can be quoted at an additional charge.

Because we value you and your vehicle as much as you do, we recommend following a maintenance protocol after the initial curing time of your ceramic coatings application.

This maintenance plan will keep your warranty intact and allow you to enjoy a smooth, glass-like finish for years to come.

A professional hand wash—with a specialized ceramic coatings approved cleaning agent—is recommended every week to every other week. As a ceramic coatings VIP, you'll receive a $20 discount on all hand washes.

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Why is ceramic coating the most elite paint protection product on the market?

Premier ceramic coating offers nano-ceramic compounds that provide the maximum level of slickness, protection, and durability.

A normal clear coat has hardness between 2H and 4H. However, ceramic coatings have a hardness above 9H. This shield is the hardest paint coating on the market today and prevents minor scratches to your clearcoat and acts as a sacrificial layer.

Think of ceramic coatings as an additional clear coat layer, only a lot harder. All of this allows for more peace of mind and a fuller enjoyment of your vehicle, even in harsh environments.

Surface Scratches

UV Protection


No-Bond Surface


Permanent Protection

* We protect all plastics, vinyl, leather, Alcantara, carpet, and upholstery to help repel dirt, dust, and stains. We do not coat interior glass as it will cause fogging issues.

* A new tint can be applied to driver and passenger windows to match other factory-tinted windows on SUVs and trucks.