Keeping your car clean and fresh is important. Not only does it look better, but it can keep you safer and it keeps repair costs down. Having clean windows can eliminate blind spots and a clean, shiny car will improve your visibility on the road. Concealed corrosion can be caused by having a dirty car, and will lead to higher repair costs and lower resale value down the road. 

Make Sure Your Vehicle is Ready for the Car Wash

Going to an automatic car wash is a good way to protect your car‘s resale value and stay environmentally conscious. Automatic car washes reduce groundwater pollution and preserve your car’s paint and finish (and may even enhance it). Here are a few tips to prepare your car for an automatic car wash:

  1. Make sure your windows are rolled up
  2. Declutter your interior
  3. Check that the doors are fully closed
  4. Inspect your vehicle to make sure there are no holes in the windshield or headlights
  5. Check the brakes for safety!

This may seem obvious, but rolling up your windows and closing the hood, sunroof, and doors, is extremely important. Some people forget to do so and end up having their days ruined by a completely soaked interior. It’s a very preventable accident. 

If you’re going through an automatic wash, you’ll have to stop and start – so don’t do it if you have faulty brakes! For your own safety, make sure your car is in tip-top condition before taking it through the drive-through car wash.

Maintenance After the Car Wash

You should generally wash your car every two weeks. If you don’t drive often, or keep your car in a garage away from the outdoors, you can go longer between washes. Cars should be washed more often in the winter, as exposure to salt can corrode metal and cause rust. Bird waste, bugs, pollen, and tree sap can also harm your car’s paint job throughout the year if you’re not careful. 

You can also take the time to clean the interior at a car wash in order to upkeep general hygiene in the car. Your vehicle goes everywhere – and picks up germs along the way. Washing the outside and inside is a nice way to upkeep cleanliness. If you have pets, vacuuming the inside of the car is a good idea. Every few weeks, you should vacuum to get rid of dog hair, food waste, bits of dried leaves, etc. Cracking and aging can affect leather seats. They should be cleaned every 3 months or sooner if your car is constantly exposed to sunlight.

It’s important to go to a car wash that consistently provides you with good service and makes you feel comfortable. Flagstop’s RVA Wash Club allows you to come in anytime and clean your vehicle whenever you feel necessary – and we have stores everywhere, so it’s convenient and consistent. Call 804-782-9274 to talk to any of our friendly staff members about any questions you have!

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