We spend thousands of dollars to buy a car, and we definitely don’t want it to depreciate in value quickly. By spending a bit more on some tools like high-pressure hose, blowers & cleaners, wax, etc, we can increase the life of a car, and it’s resale value. A clean and well-maintained vehicle definitely fetches a better value on resale. Hence, we must take proper care, ensure it is serviced on time and kept clean all the time.
Servicing a car regularly is a well-established practice, and all carmakers provide a service plan at the time of purchase. Simply stick to the program and follow the manufacturer-recommended service plan, and you are covered as far as mechanical aspects of the car are concerned.
Cleaning, on the other hand, is in your hands. Each owner has a preference and choice. It is up to you, how often you clean your vehicle. Cleaning a car could be as simple as washing it with soap water or as complicated as a detailing service. Even though there are many people offering car detailing service, it can turn out to be an expensive affair if done regularly. A prudent choice might be to clean it yourself weekly and then get it detailed every six months to a year.
Exterior cleaning can be an easy task if you have the right equipment. A high-pressure water hose gets the job done. Scrub with soap water and hose off the extra soap. You can go a step ahead and wax your car to give it the new-like shine. Waxing is not needed every week and can be done every 3-6 months, depending on how dirty your car gets.
Interior cleaning is where the job gets tough. Dust, dirt, and spill-overs can make it a challenging task. Luckily, we have vacuum cleaners. A good vacuum cleaner can run off the 12V socket in your car and will have enough suction to get all the dirt out. They are quite cheap and can be reused for other cleaning tasks as well.
If you have pets, then a vacuum cleaner can be beneficial in removing all the pet hair that they shed. If you get one with a battery, it can also be used in-house for cleaning pet hair.
Depending on the type of seating you have, your choice of cleaning solutions will vary. Leather seats should be wiped with a wet tissue or soap-water. Once cleaned, a good leather oil can help it maintain its look and feel along with the texture. Fabric seating requires a good wash with soap water. Don’t forget to dry it out entirely lest it soil your clothes on the next ride.
Lastly, if you are a smoker, then a good car perfume can de-odourise and leave the car smelling fresh. Even if you are a non-smoker, it feels good to have a nice smelling car.
In conclusion, a clean car goes a long way in maintaining its value and always feels good to ride one.