Your vehicle is a significant investment. In most cases, your car, truck, or SUV is the second largest purchase you will make behind your home. But unlike your house, your vehicle drops in value the minute you drive it off the lot. But because it is a big chunk of money, you should be conscious of protecting your investment as much as possible. Providing some TLC and proper maintenance will go a long way to keeping your ride looking great and providing you with reliable transportation for many years to come. And these simple tips are pretty easy to follow once you establish them as part of your routine.

Park Wisely

Even if you have a garage or carport, you will be parking in lots, on the street, and in garages regularly. So be selective about where you park your car. Squeezing into a tight space next to a vehicle that is parked crooked in a spot is not worth saving a few steps. But it is a great way to return to your car to find door dings, scratches, and other damage that could have easily been avoided.

Also, be aware of natural surroundings. Parking under a tree could result in branches falling on your car if there is high wind. Or equally as annoying, you could return to find your car covered in bird droppings. If not removed promptly, the acid in bird droppings will destroy your vehicle’s paint.

If you are forced to park in a less than ideal location, be sure to look for any damage when you return to your vehicle. Minor scratches, dings, and dents can quickly and easily be repaired at your favorite body shop before they turn into significant damage and rust.

Wash And Wax

This is where the TLC comes in. Hand washing your car is the best way to protect the finish and ensure no damage from the automated washing tunnels. The high-pressure wash and chemicals used in commercial washing tunnels and machine car washes can turn a tiny scratch into a gaping wound on your car before you know what happened.

Instead, use a soft sponge and proper automotive cleaner to wash your vehicle. Rinse each section, then scrub with the sponge and rinse thoroughly. And be sure to rinse the undercarriage carefully to remove road dirt and debris. Then quickly dry with a microfiber towel to avoid damaging the surface.

Wax is not necessary after every wash. But follow the recommendation of your favorite wax to provide the best protection to your car’s finish. A good coat of wax will protect against sun damage and fading, ice damage, and paint damage from things like tree sap and bird droppings.

Keep It Clean Inside Too

The fabric, carpet, and other surfaces on your car’s interior need some care as well. Regular vacuuming will reduce the dust and dirt that gets ground into seats, floor mats, and carpet. These particles not only contribute to that old worn look but also that odd odor. Be careful when eating or drinking in the car to wipe up spills and crumbs, and never leave the trash in your vehicle. There is no odor more annoying than old, stale grease from a burger and fries.

Following these few tips will help keep your car looking great and the value as high as possible. And when you discover minor damage, call (818) 643-6971. The pros at Master Craft Auto Body Shop will get the issue repaired quickly and cost-effectively. Remember, fix the minor damage before it becomes more significant and far more expensive to correct


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