Spring cleaning is important for more than just cosmetic reasons – in the process of cleaning your vehicle, you may notice some lingering issues or broken fixtures that you forgot about over the long winter. Warmer weather can also bring unpleasant odors back to life, so before you invite anyone to take a road trip, you may want to check out our Spring cleaning car care tips.
While it’s understandable to let things slide when it’s below freezing outdoors and you just want to make it from your vehicle to your destination as quickly as possible, Spring provides the perfect transition weather to really give your vehicle a thorough scrub-down.
Spring Car Cleaning Tip #1: Start inside
Gather up trash and debris before you begin cleaning interior surfaces. Go through the front and rear seating areas and don’t forget the trunk. Once you’ve removed everything you don’t want in your car, make sure you have a designated place for the things you do want. Utilize your vehicle’s compartments and pockets to stay organized longer.
Don’t Forget: Move your seats as far forward and back as possible to check for anything that might have fallen under your chairs. That earing you haven’t been able to find since January? Yeah . . .
Spring Car Cleaning Tip #2: Don’t use dish detergent
And don’t wash or wax your vehicle’s exterior in direct sunlight, as bright sun can soften your car’s paint and make it more susceptible to scratches. Use a car-wash soap and follow the directions on the bottle to mix it with water. And don’t let your car air-dry – wipe it dry with a soft, clean towel.
Don’t Forget: Waxing your car can protect your vehicle’s paint and keep it cleaner longer. Paste waxes are easier to use than liquid waxes, liquid waxes clean the best and spray waxes are easiest to use, but don’t last as long as other types.
Spring Car Cleaning Tip #3: Check-up on maintenance
Since you’re already going over you car with a fine-toothed comb, it’s also a good time to check your windshield wipers, your tires’ treads and inflation levels, engine grime build-up and your car’s battery. We can complete a full vehicle check-up at our dealership, and you can take advantage of serious savings on any replacement materials with our Spring service coupons.
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Don’t Forget: You can clean your engine’s parts with plain soap and water or a commercial degreasing product. Just be careful not to get electrical connections wet.
Once your car is clean, it’s time to enjoy the warmer, longer days and discover new vacation spots. You’ll be able to fully relax knowing your car is clean and mechanically sound.