There are a number of factors that can drag down the overall value of your car, and how the outside looks is just as important as mileage and any past accidents. We’ve all been in a situation where we hear about a car for sale, low mileage, recent year, no accidents listed on carfax, but like the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So, we go to look at the vehicle only to have our hopes dashed by chipped paint, rusty panels, or broken lights. Keeping up with the outside of your car can be just as important as caring for what’s under the hood. Here are 6 tips for maintaining your car’s bodywork that will keep it as shiny as the day she came home from your Chevrolet Dealer.
Wash your car on a regular basis at least once per month
Washing your car removes things like dirt and salt from your car’s body. Salt is especially bad for a car’s body because it can cause your panels to rust and corrode. Use a pressure washing hose to wash the underside of your car and to spray out the inside of the wheel wells.
Use water to remove bird droppings from the surface of your car
Bird droppings contain abrasive particles which can cause scratches and is slightly acidic which can stain the paint if left on too long. Take care of bird splats as soon as possible
Wax your car once every 3 or 4 months
Apply wax only to the painted parts of your car. The rubber or plastic parts of your car can be stained by the wax, so if some gets on these parts simply remove with glass cleaner. Apply the wax to a soft cloth or sponge and cover the painted areas, then buff with a clean soft cloth. Applying wax to the paint on your car acts as a barrier to water which can cause corrosion in scratches in the paint and chips in the surface.
Apply a rust proofing agent to your car
If you live in an area where it snows, or near the ocean, salt is a real danger to your car’s body. Applying rust proofer can help minimize the danger. These products can be gotten at any auto parts store, and are easily applied with a paint brush usually.
Apply paint to small chips and deep scratches on your car
Scratches or chips in your paint will lead to corrosion and rust. Luckily touch up paint is easy to come by. Most retail stores sell a wide variety of colors, and if you cannot find your cars particular color, a dealership in your area can get it for you. Simply squeeze a small amount of the paint out and gently apply to scratches with a toothpick. Follow instructions for letting the paint dry before applying clear coat.
Polish areas of your car that contain minor, shallow scratches
Polishes are slightly abrasive and can help cover or hide small scratches. Apply a small amount of the polish with the applicator and gently rub in. Polish until the affected area no longer shows the scratch, then wash with soap and water. Lastly, apply wax for protection.