A car is much more than a mode of transportation. For many, it is like a child. It needs constant care, love, and attention. For some, a car is a status symbol. It can be something a business owner uses to express their success and wealth, or something a teenager uses to impress a date when picking them up.
And for a small part of the population, a car can even be a home. No matter what, having a car is never something to take for granted, because many people all over the world do not have the privilege of owning a vehicle.
When you take proper care of a car, it can last decades. That means taking it into an auto shop frequently, getting any necessary repairs, and keeping up with maintenance. There are oil changes to be done, and tires to be rotated.
Sometimes the breaks need to be checked, the wipers need fluid, and the spark plug needs to be replaced. Taking proper care of a car can be costly and time consuming, but it is all part of keeping the car in good shape to be used for as many years as possible.
In addition to all this, cars also need to be cleaned. The inside of a car can turn into the inside of a trash can in less than a week if you are not careful. Eating food in the car is one of the biggest culprits in this.
Old food can cause mold, ants, and gross smells in your car if you are not careful. Try to empty out your car daily if you do eat food while driving, and make sure to tell all passengers to clean up any trash they may accumulate while riding with you. Often, drivers will neglect the backseat of cars, because they never ride back there, and the trash can pile up. There are many car cleaning hacks that you can use to save both your money and time.
Commercial car wash
Taking your car to a commercial car wash can make a huge difference in your vehicles appearance. Car wash professionals can hand wash the interior and exterior of your car, as well as collect any trash, vacuum up any dirt, dust, or sand, and clean the windows. They wipe down any consoles, clean the dashboard, and sometimes even get under the seats.
If you request, the exterior of your car can also be deeply cleaned. They can clean the underside of the car if needed, and if you pay extra. The underside of the car gets covered in dirt, grass, asphalt, and gasoline, and keeping it clean extends the life of your car.
If you are trying to save money, you can always wash your car yourself. Baby wipes can be used to wipe down interiors of the car. They are perfect for cleaning up any sticky messes, and leave your car looking shiny and new.
Do your headlights appear to be foggy? Take some soda, and try using that to wipe down the front and back headlights on your car. Hopefully, you will see an incredible difference in the visibility of your lights, as well as the amount of light they emit. People often forget to clean the headlights and taillights extra well, and they collect dirt and dust very fast.
Polishing your car does not have to be an expensive ordeal. Instead of going out and getting it done professionally, or purchasing your own polish, try using hair conditioner. Just like with your hair, it leaves the outside of your car looking shiny and smelling fresh too.
Do you ever park your car somewhere, and realize hours later that it is sitting under a pine tree? You leave your car looking shiny and new, and come back to a sap covered vehicle. Instead of permanently staining your car, clothes, and bags, go into the fridge and grab a jar of mayonnaise. Yes, you read that correctly. Mayonnaise. This condiment isn’t just for sandwiches. It can be used to remove pine sap from a car and avoid any “sticky” situations.
Instead of wasting tons of money on soap made especially for cars, make your own! Mix together a couple table spoons of baking soda, and dish washing detergent. Add water and you have your very own homemade car washing soap that works great, won’t run out, and is safe for your cars paint.
Car professional detailing
Some cars seem to be beyond the point of repair. Dirty shoes, transporting trash and junk, and smoking are all activities that can leave a car in really bad shape. Luckily, there is the option of getting a car detailed. This involves cleaning every nook and cranny in the car. The floor mats are washing, and crumbs and dirt are cleaned from under the seats.
When a car gets detailed, it is meant to look brand new. It will be restored to its former glory, sparking and clean. Workers will steam clean the seats, removing any stains or marks, and polish any hard surfaces.
This can be pricy, so it is really best to try to keep your car in the best condition possible so that you never have to go that far. That means taking it in for repairs when lights turn on, and cleaning out all trash. Treat your car as you would treat a family member or pet. Keep it washed, don’t neglect it, and treat it with love and care. You don’t need to treat it like your child, but if that’s what keeps you motivated to keep up to date with getting it fixed and cleaned, by all means do so.