As a car owner, you are expected to maintain your car to some degree, even if it just means an oil and filter change every year!
For those of us that want to ensure our car’s longevity, we normally have all mechanical work taken care of on a regular basis, but when it comes to cleanliness a shocking number of people will only wash their cars once, perhaps twice a year at the most; and even then, they pay someone else to do it for them!
But did you know that regular cleaning is just as important as regular servicing and maintenance? Here are some key points why you need to get a regular cleaning regime going for your car!
The obvious benefit to cleaning your car on a regular basis is that you protect its paint and bodywork. I’ve seen examples of cars that people have owned from new and within the space of about 4 years they look like old bangers because their owners have done little to take care of them!
Regular washing and paint protection of cars ensures that they are less likely to be affected by scratches from debris flying up from the road or even from people themselves as they brush past your car, for example.
Another reason why it’s a good idea to clean your car regularly is because you will be able to spot any potential bodywork problems well in advance, such as the formation of rust spots. But if your car is caked in mud or dirt and hardly ever gets cleaned, you won’t notice until it’s too late, and that simple repair job will turn into an expensive trip to your local body shop!
This isn’t so much of an issue externally, but inside of the car a lack of cleaning can cause your car’s interior to become a breeding ground for all sorts of germs and other nasties that you just don’t want to be in contact with or near to!
Air vents are a prime example of this, because when drivers turn off their car’s air conditioning system without properly drying it out (i.e. by turning the heating on or letting fresh air circulate inside of the car before turning the engine off), bacteria can start to grow and cause that ‘smelly sock’ odour that many cars suffer from.
According to head of sales at www.gkgroup.co.uk, regular cleaning of your car both on the outside and inside will help to sustain a higher value for your car when you come to sell it or trade it in for a new car.
Car dealers and even private buyers will know that they can knock you down on price if the car looks like a rubbish bin on wheels, because it will be inexpensive for them to get your car professionally valeted – resulting in more profit for the car dealership, and less for your wallet!
Of course, some people are just really lazy and won’t ever wash their cars themselves, so it might better to pay a valeter to do the work for you in that case!