Car Care Tips

  • Wash gas stains from around the fuel filler door as quickly as possible.
  • Hedges along drives and roads grow out in spring, posing a threat to vehicle finishes.  Avoid driving next to them, and trim them back when you can.
  • Overspray from outdoor painting projects is a common hazard.  Avoid parking downwind from areas where paint is being sprayed.
  • Leaves & pine needles can clog rain drains, causing water to back up and seep into the passenger compartment.  Clean these drains regularly.
  • Avoid driving on fresh asphalt.  If some gets on your car, remove it while it is fresh using cleaners recommended in your manual.  Road striping paint is especially tough to remove.  Avoid lane changes across fresh lines if you can.
  • Bird droppings are acidic and should be cleaned from finish immediately.  Because many kinds of birds ingest sand, their droppings can be abrasive, so care is needed in removing them.
  • Remove sap dropped by growing trees as soon as possible to prevent damage using your manufacturer’s recommended bug and tar remover.  Do not use scouring pads or razor blades!
  • Small white spots on sun-heated finishes are often caused by sprinkler spray.  As water dries, it leaves mineral deposits that can adhere to your paint & glass.  Avoid parking near sprinklers.  In most cases, the spots can be rubbed out with Paint cleaning compound.  Consult a detail shop for more information.
  • Remove old parking passes & stickers, remembering not to use a razor blade.  Commerical solvents can also be damaging.  Use bug and tar removers specifically designed for automobiles.

Maintain Your Automobile’s Value
Tips to Protect Car’s Finish in Every Season

When it comes to a car’s finish, many mistakenly believe that rain will gently wash away dirt and debris and leave a car clean. Actually, one of the most crucial times to wash a car would be after it has rained. When it rains, the rainwater evaporates, leaving acid remains on the car’s finish. The extra acidity in rain comes from the reaction of air pollutants; primarily sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, with water and air to form strong acids. And while you can’t prevent acid rain, you can prevent it from ruining your vehicle’s finish by removing it at a professional car wash.

In the Southeast, mud is so commonplace that it can cause a problem for a vehicle’s finish. Unfortunately, owners often overlook the importance of cleaning mud from the undercarriage of a vehicle. Undercarriage treatements, offered by most car washes, remove caked-on mud that holds moisture to metal and causes rust and body rot around wheel wells and doorsills.

Promptly after washing your vehicle, make sure to open and close all doors, the trunk and other outside parts of the vehicle with locks several times before parking to remove excess water. At times, apply a good silicone spray to weather stripping during freezing weather. (Water will not collect evenly on silicone-treated surfaces.) When you follow basic car care tips, you will pro-long the life of your vehicle’s appearance, and feel good driving a clean car.

Oxidation – Paint becomes dull and has no luster. Oxidation occurs because the paint is not protected. A good comparison is your skin. Just as keeping your skin moisturized to avoid drying and peeling, the same holds true with waxing your car to keep the finish from fading.

Surface Scratches – A good gauge to find if a scratch is too deep to be buffed out is to run your fingernail over the scratch. If you can feel the scratch then most likely it will not come out. Most surface scratches can be removed with a high speed buffing which also removes any wax, so a new application of wax must be applied.

Basic Car Care Tips

1. Wash your car every 10 days, especially after it has rained or snowed.

2. Wax your car every six (6) months. If your car is red, black or white, more frequent waxes may be needed as these colors are more susceptible to acid rain and UV rays.

3. Make sure to go to a professional carwash that is professionally managed, has clean facilities and has well-maintained equipment.

Keep in mind – A professional carwash is as safe for the environment as it is for your car. Modern technology has provided us with specially designed systems and equipment that help us to conserve water, minimize waste and protect all of our natural surroundings. One thing every automobile and paint manufacturer agreed on…keep your car clean by using a professional carwash. Since your car is probably the second largest investment you’ll ever make, treat its cleanliness as an investment. The dividend definitely will pay off.