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It’s not uncommon for people to think they are taking good care of their car when they regularly take it through the car wash. But, the truth is that a car wash is not protecting your vehicle from harms way nor is it providing a deep clean. People often ask, “If I frequently take my car through a car wash, why do I need to get it detailed?” The purpose of this blog post is to help you understand the difference between detailing and a car wash.

In efforts to simplify this answer, lets start by defining the two terms. Washing a car is the act of removing surface dirt and debris from a vehicle’s paint, under carriage and wheels. On the other hand, detailing is the performance of “in depth cleaning” and restoration to near factory results, followed by protecting the vehicle from the elements.

Detailing is a much more complex process with longer lasting results, which is why it comes with a higher price tag. A lot of the time consumers are scared off by the high price tag and simply purchase the $12 automatic car wash. Don’t let the higher price tag scare you off. A full detail once or twice a year helps you retain your cars appearance for much longer and will greatly increase the resale value when you’re ready to sell.

By having your car detailed, you bring it back to its very best possible condition and help protect it from the elements. From then on, maintaining its current state of perfection becomes much easier. Think about your cars surface similar to your own skin. We take a shower each day and rinse our body down with soap and water. Then we apply lotions and creams to protect it. The process of detailing your car is very similar!

First it is important to wash your car using a PH neutral, non-abrasive car shampoo to remove heavy dirt and debris without stripping any wax, sealant or coating, which can be on the paint. Then, you must remove the contamination (not visible to the human eye) from the paint or “exfoliate” by using a fine grade clay bar  and clay lubricant. As a final step, you can apply a “lotion” in a form of a sealant or a wax to protect your vehicles exterior finish. Regardless whether it’s the inside or the outside of your car, once the condition worsens, it becomes harder and harder to restore it back to its showroom shine. Consistently detailing or deep cleaning your vehicle is key!

Interior:

Interiors must also be cared for; here are some additional pointers to help you detail the interior of your vehicle:

• Vacuum seats and carpets
• Scrub carpets with Forma Car Care APC
• Wipe down dashboard and all trim with an interior detailer and a microfiber towel
• Protect your leather and dash with a non-greasy coating

After you had a top-quality interior and exterior detail job done, continue to regularly wash your car weekly. Click here to learn how to choose a safe (or the best) automatic car wash if you cannot wash your car by hand.

The average price of a new car in America tops $33,000, according to Kelley Blue Book, so buying a vehicle is a major financial move. Don’t hesitate to protect your car and enhance its resale value by quality product and correct cleaning methods.

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About the Author : Nathan Baron

Owner of Baron’s Auto Detailing

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