Many people don’t realize that regular car washes do more than make your exterior shine. They also provide routine maintenance that lengthens the lifespan of your vehicle.
Consider how 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 issues—like paint damage, rust, and corrosion.
Most auto professionals agree that you should wash your car at least every two weeks and have a detail twice a year to keep your vehicle in ideal condition. However, every car owner has different circumstances—such as location, weather, storage, and more—that will affect how often they should be washing their vehicle.
If you aren’t sure if you’re washing your car enough, take the following factors into consideration:
The area you live in plays a huge role in determining how often you should wash your car. Heavily forested areas with an abundance of trees are prone to a large number of birds, bugs, and tree sap that can cause damage to your paint if left on your car’s surface. If you live near a beach or the ocean, your car is regularly exposed to sand, salt water, and humidity which can affect the exterior of your vehicle.
Knowing what your vehicle is exposed to can help you determine how often you should wash your car. If your car regularly comes in contact with any of these harmful elements, consider washing your car frequently or around every two weeks.
Driving Distance and Frequency
The distance and frequency you drive your vehicle can greatly affect how often you should wash your car.
If your vehicle spends most of its time sitting in a garage with only a handful of trips a week, it’s probably safe to wash your car less frequently—like once a month. However, most of us use our cars every day for trips to and from work, errands, and more.
The more often you drive your car, the more often your paint, exterior, and interior is exposed to dirt, dust, rocks, and other harmful elements. With an increase in time on the road, you should be making more trips to get your car washed or detailed to ensure your vehicle stays in top shape.
Weather and Climate
Weather and climate conditions affect your car more than you may think. Heat, cold, rain, snow, and other environmental factors can damage your vehicle—even if it isn’t immediate.
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 creates issues for your vehicle, as well. Areas prone to frequent snowfall often use road salt that can cause corrosion if not washed away from your car promptly. Salt exposure can cause rust and micro-scratches to the paint and undercarriage, permanently damaging your vehicle.
Also, many car owners may thank the rain for cleaning off their cars, but what they don’t realize is that rain carries damaging properties. 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 that form acid rain. If your car is exposed to conditions like these, you should wash it frequently—like every two weeks.
Do you store your car in a garage, on the street, under trees, or in your driveway? As we stated before, a lot of the damage done to your car on a regular basis is caused by exposure to the elements. Cars kept in relatively climate-controlled areas—such as a garage—won’t need to be washed as frequently as cars that are stored outside.
Protecting your vehicle whenever possible can help you maintain your car’s shine and preserve its longevity. If you leave your car in areas where exposure to contaminants is less controlled—like on the street or under a tree—you should consider washing it more frequently (about every two weeks).
How you like your vehicle to look is also a huge factor when considering how often you should wash your car. Your car is a representation of you and your personality, so do you want your car to look showroom shiny with a sparkling exterior? Or are you okay with a little bit of dirt and clutter?
Remember: the better you want your car to look, the more often you should wash it!
Want to go the extra mile in keeping your car clean, shiny, and protected? Consider getting a professional detail performed on the interior and exterior twice a year so you can preserve your vehicle’s longevity and resale value.
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