It is important that you take care of your car inside and out. The more attention you give your car regarding maintenance, the longer your car is going to last. Most people are very good at getting the tires rotated and the oil changed. However, it is very common to see a car that has not been washed in a long time. The paint on your car is there to make it look good yes, but it is also there to protect the metal from rusting out. If you do not take care of the paint, you may find your car with a rust problem. Here are three instances where it is very important to visit a car wash.
It may sound a bit strange but one of the most important times to wash your car is during the winter. This is especially true if you live in an area with a lot of snow and ice. The reason that it is so important to wash your car during the winter months is because of salt. Yes, salt acts as a catalyst in making metal rust out. Salt is what most state governments will put down on the road when there is snow or ice. If you do not wash that salt off, then you could find yourself in a little bit of trouble with rust.
A little bit of rain may seem harmless, but be careful when you are driving in a lot of rain. The carbon dioxide in the air can actually dissolve in rainwater and form a weak carbonic acid H2CO3. Rainwater is going to have a slightly acidic PH level coming in right around 5.6, and yes this is a weak acid, but it can do a little bit of damage. A little bit of damage over an extended period of time can cause major problems. Simply wash your car after a rainstorm.
Driving down the highway during spring you are more than likely to hit a few bugs. Do not hesitate to take your car to the wash when you have bugs splat on your car. Many people do not realize that some bugs have a great deal of acid in their bodies, and can eat away at the paint of your car. If you do not get the bug splat off of your car in a timely manner the damage can ruin an otherwise perfect paint job.
About three months ago, my boss asked me if I would be willing to drive for a company luncheon. I didn't think much of it, so I pulled my car around and everyone loaded in. Unfortunately, after people started to file in, I realized that my car wasn't the immaculate rental car they were used to. The back was filled with wrappers and the front had more than one fast food beverage. After that experience, I decided to get my car detailed so that it would be clean and tidy for people down the road. It has changed my outlook on carpooling.