Whether you are driving in Vaughan, Caledon, Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto or Georgetown, it is nice to motor around in a nice looking vehicle and you no doubt notice and appreciate it when you see other vehicles that are looking good too. Your car could be new, used or vintage but no matter how long the life of your vehicle has been, car detailing will help maintain its shiny, clean and well kempt appearance. However, giving your car that tender loving care it needs is more than just perfecting its surface beauty.
Reasons for Car Detailing
While we can all agree there is a definite cosmetic value in getting your vehicle detailed, it’s also about protecting your investment. Next to buying a house or other real estate, buying a car is one of the largest monetary investments you will make in your life, so it only makes sense to put thought and effort into maintaining it. Regardless of whether you are going to trade the vehicle in after a couple of years, plan to sell it off or intend to keep it for decades to come, regular car detailing by a professional will help keep your vehicle looking great in the long run and also trouble shoot any potential issues before they become full blown and potentially costly problems to fix.
There have been numerous studies over the decades in North America and Europe about how best to wash your vehicle. Automated car washes are recommended more so than handwashing in your driveway because of many reasons, but particularly thanks to technological advancements in the industry that have done away with nylon bristle brushes and ushered in the soft foam wash which means less damage to the finish on your vehicle. The utensils used to clean the cars repel micro particles of dirt and debris which scratch the exterior and the fresh water used at a pro car wash is also better for the finish.
Polishing and waxing also play a critical role in maintaining the exterior health of our vehicle. Seeing as how the paint protects the metal that comprises your vehicle, it just makes sense to keep it in great shape which of course, will also keep the car itself looking good. Chips, scratches and general paint erosion can lead to decay in the metal underneath so it is a wise investment to have your vehicle properly washed, polished and waxed on a regular basis.
So Many Materials
Another reason why scheduling regular professional car detailing appointments is because there are numerous materials that make up your vehicle and they all require different treatments. The vinyl, plastic, rubber, glass, mirrors, paint and metal on the outside of your vehicle all need to be cleaned and properly maintained again, not only to look good but for your car to perform at its highest level and to prevent any deep erosion from setting in and causing bigger and more expensive issues to deal with down the road.
There’s also the matter of your headlights and taillights, which tend to be overlooked by many car owners. Part of a proper car detailing job includes checking the taillights and headlights to make sure they are free from damage and also cleaned inside and out so the full brightness from the lightening system can shine through, making for a safer drive for you and other motorists.
Now here is an area of a car or truck that not many vehicle owners take the time and effort to check out as often as they should. Getting the underbody of your vehicle sprayed during a proper, automated car wash is a good idea as is having it looked at during your car detailing routine in order to maintain the integrity of the chassis and wheel wells. Considering our variations in weather here in the GTA, consistent damage from the elements is a real concern. Winter weather driving can be wicked on our area roads and highways and the tons of salt and sand used to de-ice the motorways are both corrosive and abrasive and a build-up of these particles can cause premature wear and tear.
When to Detail
The best rule of thumb on how often to get your car detailed is whenever it gets dirty. As mentioned above in the previous sections, there are several issues to watch out for that seem minor but could balloon into a costly problem to repair.