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Five tips for cleaning your used car this spring

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 3:44:34 PM

Keeping your car in tip-top shape can improve its overall value, increase the length of time it serves you well and distance the time between auto financing. Therefore, consider making it a priority to spring cleaning your car.

Here are five tips:

1. Inspect the vehicle. Take time to look over everything and make a note of anything that is damaged, rusted or moldy. By writing this information down, you will be better able to bring a comprehensive list to a repair shop or auto body for problems beyond your ability to fix.

2. Wash the under-carriage. During the winter, salt, water and other residue splashes up and can stick to sensitive equipment and lead to rust development.

3. Vacuum everything. Removing debris from the floor boards and consoles of a vehicle will not only improve the look of your car but also limit the amount of things moisture can hold onto. Dirty features may lead to mold and rust.

4. Dry the vehicle after washing. Leaving the car to air dry after washing can negatively impact the finish. The water droplets act as a magnifying glass to the sun, which will wear away the paint job and reduce the value of your vehicle. Dry your car with natural fiber for the best shine.

5. Bring it to a professional. Have an expert look over the entirety of the vehicle after you’ve done your best to spruce it up. Auto professionals will help you determine if any repair is required.ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800750606-ADNFCR