Spring Clean for your Car

cleaning a truck

If you’ve been taking note of your car’s exterior lately, you’re probably thinking about when we’ll have a nice enough stretch to clean it up.  Winter is the harshest time of the year on a car’s body.  Road salt, gravel, sand, and road debris can make your car and truck body look worn out and ragged.  Most people are waiting for a nice day to clean the car, which also means that for quite a few months it hasn’t been shown any love.  What better time then spring for a good clean?   It’s also a good time to fix minor body damage that has resulted from the harsh winter.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Clean and vacuum the inside first
  • Use soap specifically made for cars
  • Do not wash in direct sunlight
  • Sponge down the car gently, rinsing the sponge often
  • Clean fenders and bumper last
  • Blast the undercarriage and wheel wells to remove as much salt as possible
  • Dry the car gently with chamois or a cloth made of natural fibers
  • Don’t forget to clean the windows and mirrors

When completed with your cleaning, look for chips, abrasions, and rust.  If the damage is small enough you can repair it yourself with a touch-up kit available at your dealership.  For larger problems visit your body shop for repairs.

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