If you are proud of your certified pre-owned vehicle, you want to make sure it looks as good as the day it came off the lot. It is important to regularly wash and care for the paint job on the body of the car for it to maintain its appearance and hold its value.

Use these tips as a guide to make sure your vehicle’s paint job is being cared for properly.

Maintaining the Shine of Your Used Car

Wash on a Regular Basis

While going through a car wash is convenient, you will want to wash the vehicle yourself if you want that new car shine. The first step is to make sure your car cools off if you have been driving all day to prevent suds from baking into the paint. After cooling, give it a hose down to make sure any rocks and extra dirt is rinsed off.

When washing the car, use soap that is specifically manufactured for washing cars as regular soap can strip off the wax. Use a soft sponge or towel to avoid scratches and make sure to use a new sponge if you drop it on the ground. Instead of circular motions, which leave ugly swirl stains, wash lengthwise, one area at a time.

Avoid Air Drying

Whenever you wash your car, be sure that you also dry it by hand as air drying leaves unwanted water streaks. Use a squeegee to get the real damp areas and then finish the job with a microfiber towel.

Wax Every Few Months

Wax is important for protecting your vehicle from dust and other nasty particles that can build up. It is also helpful in covering small marks that are on the body.

Take your car to your service shop or wax yourself to cut down on costs.

Find Cover

Leaving your car in the sun for extended periods of time will fade the paint on exposed areas, making it look old and rusty. When your vehicle is exposed to sunlight, UV rays oxidize the paint job over time.

Park your vehicle in your garage or be sure you can find plenty of shade for your car during sunny days.

Get Advice From the Experts at I-5 Motors

At I-5 Motors, we are proud of our expertise in premium used cars. We have years of experience in servicing and maintaining the value of our vehicles. Reach out to us for a one-of-a-kind automotive experience.