Maintaining your vehicle inside and out can have lasting benefits that include fewer breakdowns and a higher resale value. Even something as simple as washing your car regularly can have a positive impact down the road.

If you live in an area with pollution, proximity to the ocean or a harsh winter climate, weekly washing will be necessary to reduce the harmful effects these can have on your paint finish. Keeping your vehicle in a garage can help, but even those who live in a mild climate far from pollution will want to spend a few afternoons a month cleaning their car.

Soap it thoroughly with a solution approved for car paint, pre-soaking areas that are hard to clean, like a bug-covered grille or hubcaps. Wash it using a soft sponge and rinse with clear water. Use microfiber towels to remove any water and apply touch-up paint or wax as needed.

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