Maybe you think the only reason to wash your car is to attract admiring glances as you cruise down Broadway. Sure, nothing wrong with that.
But, there’s more to a good car wash than meets the eye. Keeping your car clean and polished helps maintain the strength and integrity of the exterior and structure, and that can mean more years of use, lower long-term maintenance costs and higher resale value. And, all it takes is a regular visit to your local car wash.
Note we said regular, not occasional. Frequent washes are a must because your car is under assault all year round:
Washing your car is the one solution to combat it all. But, should you take it to a commercial facility or just wash it at home by hand? The latter may seem cheaper, especially if you have a fidgety teenager around. But, there are other costs to consider.
An at-home car wash is “one of the most environmentally un-friendly chores we can do,” according to the EarthTalk blog. There are two reasons for this: High water usage, and the potential for toxin and soap runoff to reach local waterways.
Washing your car at a commercial facility, on the other hand, cuts water usage in half. Not to mention these facilities must drain their waste water through the sewer, keeping it out of the local water supply. Some even recycle their water.
Other concerns: If you use detergents, brushes or cloths that aren’t made for washing cars, you may do more harm than good. The soaps might be abrasive, or the cloth you use might grind road grit deeper into your paint.
But, if you enjoy giving your personal touch to your car’s appearance, you have responsible options. You could park your vehicle on your front lawn, allowing waste water to reach your grass and filter through the soil. Try biodegradable car soaps. There are even waterless car cleaners available.
Taking the Next Step in Protection
Whatever washing method you choose, you’ll want to follow up with a quality car wax to protect your finish even longer. And, while you’re thinking about protection, think about your insurance coverage. Does it make sense to add a coverage option such as roadside assistance? Call your local independent agent to find out what options are available.
Ever wonder why you pay what you do for your auto insurance? An independent agent blogs about some of the different factors that can impact your car insurance costs.
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