One of the most basic forms of maintenance that somebody can do for their vehicle would be to wash it regularly. However, for those of us who live in areas that receive harsh Winter weather conditions, washing our cars during that time of year can be pointless. Combinations of slow, sleet, dirt, and salt will effectively undo any maintenance that we attempt to do in regards to car washing. However, now that Spring has sprung and the weather has started to get nicer, car washing should be towards the top of the list of priorities for all vehicle owners, for a variety of reasons:
The most basic reason why one should regularly wash their vehicle would be to maintain the aesthetics of the vehicle. Let’s face it, a clean car looks way nicer than a dirty car does, and the only way to keep your vehicle looking its best would be with regular trips to the car wash or with a little elbow grease.
Protecting Your Paint Job
When your car is dirty and stays dirty for a long time, you can actually be doing real damage to your vehicle. All the dirt and debris that builds up on your car can eventually begin to eat away at the paint on your vehicle and do real damage to the metal beneath. Don’t forget to clean any stray leaves or dirt from under your hood and in the crevices of your vehicle to prevent damage from occurring.
Keep Up the Resale Value
Even if we love our vehicles, they are not going to last forever. For many vehicle owners, the resale process is just another part of the life cycle of our cars, and a very important part at that. By keeping your vehicle clean and preventing any real damage from setting into the paint or the metal, you are maintaining the value of your car and will therefore be able to make more for it during the resale process.
Extending Your Vehicle’s Longevity
As we have already established, not keeping your vehicle clean can result in damage occurring to the paint and to the metal. By making the effort to keep your car clean you can prevent this damage from sinking in and thus face less issues with your vehicle as it gets older. This means that the lifespan of your car could see itself extended because you took the time to wash your vehicle.