When Should You Wash Your Car? Here’s The Lowdown
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Believe it or not, I get the question “when should you wash your car?” a lot from my friends and family. My yuppie uncle, who loves cars but seems to hate washing them, specifically asked me this question a couple of months ago. He asked me “When is the right time to wash my car? Should I wash it weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly like I do?”
I flashed a wide smile and looked at his ride. It was an old Subaru wagon with half an inch of thick dirt all over the body. The interior is still in good shape, but it felt like an old and neglected attic with paper cups, chip wrappers, and cigarette dust scattered all over.
I shook my head in disbelief. Apparently, my uncle is not alone in this predicament. But honestly, who can blame them, right? We now live in a fast paced environment, and it seems people have less time to spend caring for their rides.
Here’s the good news: you don’t need to wash your car every single day. I told my uncle that he only needs to wash his car at least weekly, and apply wax at least every 3 months. He scoffed at the idea of waxing his old Subaru, but I told him that waxing is a necessary part of vehicle maintenance.
So there you go. Are you wondering when you should wash your car? My straight answer is you should wash your vehicle at least once a week, regardless if the vehicle is extremely dirty or not. The same holds true for the interior. You should clean and vacuum the interior at least once a week before running the risk of finding a massive ant colony under the carpeting and the seats.
I understand that visiting the carwash weekly is not exactly friendly on the pocket. Here are some of the questions you need to answer in order to determine how frequently your vehicle will need to be washed.
Remember that caring for the exterior is only a small part of the pie. It is a good idea to wipe the interior clean and vacuum the carpeting every time you wash your car, no matter if you wash it weekly or once a month.
I understand that not all car owners have the luxury of time to regularly wash their vehicles. But if you use the right tools and employ the proper techniques in washing your car, then you can have a squeaky clean car in no time at all. The best part? You don’t even need to spend a ton of money on an automatic car wash.
Your vehicle is one of the most expensive investments you will ever make. Perhaps this is the only important reason to consider why you should allocate a couple of hours of your time to clean and beautify your ride.