Car Wash Tips – How to Wash Your Car to Get Your Ride Good As New!

A thorough car wash at home can easily yield professional results without the expense of taking your car to be washed at a car wash or detailing service. The car wash tips included here will not only help achieve professional results performing your car wash at home but can also lead to a very satisfying job well done. This article will help you learn how to wash your car and achieve professional results at home!

The items needed to perform a car wash at home are:

  • Bucket for water and Car Wash Soap
  • Car Wash Mitt or Sponge
  • Towel or Absorber to dry the car
  • Shady Location
  • and Certainly not least.. A Dirty Car!

Optional items needed to perform a car wash at home are:

  • Second Bucket for water filled with fresh, clean, water
  • California Water Blade or other squeegee product
  • Wheel Detailing Brushes
  • Air Compressor with air nozzle

First, park the car in a shady location out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can affect the car wash as it will cause the soap and water to prematurely dry and leave spots on the paint.

If the wheels on the car are covered in dirt or brake dust, it is best to begin by scrubbing the wheels first. Please note however, that if you recently drove your car it is advisable to not wash the wheels if the brakes are hot as the heat will cause the soap or wheel cleaner to evaporate very quickly and cause spotting or in severe cases warp a brake rotor.

Rinse the wheels and tires with the hose. Using a sponge, rag, or wheel detailing brushes scrub away the dirt and grime that are covering the wheels. DO NOT use the same sponge or rag that you will use to wash the rest of the car. If you were to use the same sponge, you may pick up contaminates from the wheels and those contaminates could easily scratch the paint on the body of the car.

Once the wheels initial scrub is complete, the main car wash can begin. You start by rinsing the car, beginning at the top of the car and working your way down. Be sure to pay special attention to spots where dirt or debris may accumulate. A good tip here is to pull all of the windshield wipers away from the glass into the propped position prior to rinsing or soaping the car.

Fill one bucket with water and the Car Wash Soap ensuring that you follow the directions on the car wash soap container. If you have a second bucket available fill that with fresh, clean, water. This second bucket will be used to clean the sponge or rag as to not contaminate the soapy water with dirt or grime.

Using the Car Wash Mitt or Sponge wash the car from the top working your way down. When you are washing the car it is advisable to wash it in sections. First wash the roof, then wash the hood, the trunk, one set of doors, and then move to the other side. In between each section rinse the soap off. By doing washing the car in sections it ensures that the soap won’t dry on the car and will allow you to see if any dirt was missed. As you move through the sections try to keep the entire car wet. This will prevent spotting.

Some good tips for the soaping process are:

  • Don’t press too hard. By pressing hard you may inadvertently grind the dirt all over the paint and potentially scratch it.
  • Don’t ignore crevices. These are the places where dirt collects and are often missed by other car wash methods (i.e. gas station car wash machines)

Once the entire car has been scrubbed and rinsed, it is time to dry the car. The primary focus of drying the car is to dry the car before the air is allowed to dry it naturally. A naturally dried car is a spotted car!

A California Water Blade or similar squeegee product is great for this getting the water off the car very efficiently. You start by taking the blade and running it across the paint removing a large amount of the water from the cars surface. Then, using a chamois, Absorber, Microfiber Towel, or traditional towel you dry the remaining water from the car. If you have access to an air compressor and an air nozzle, it can be used to blow water out of tight crevices where a towel will not be able to reach. Be sure to open the hood, trunk, doors, to wipe out the jambs and other places where water has likely accumulated during the wash.

Now take a step back and look at your beautiful, clean, car!

Selling Used Cars – How to Sell a Used Car for the Most Money!

When it comes to selling a used car the market is huge. Believe it or not, many people prefer the more economical route of buying a used car. However, selling used cars can be an art.

Below are the steps I have used to maximize the money I get when selling used cars

Clean the car!

Be sure to clean your car. Consult our series on car detailing to make it look its best. Wash and wax the outside of the car. The better the car looks, more valuable it will look. It also is an indicator as to how well you may have treated the car previously.

Don’t ignore the interior!

Potential buyers will likely scour every inch of the car inside and out. A dirty interior will surely turn off most buyers. Vacuum the entire car including the carpet, seats, mats and doors. Wash out any stains that may be present. Take a towel with a quality interior cleaner and wipe down all of the hard surfaces inside the car being sure to not leave any streaks behind. Don’t ignore any cracks or crevices! Each extra little touch you add will make the car that much better. A better looking car usually sells for more and far more quickly, and time as they say, is money!

Check the Tire Pressure

Be sure to check the tire pressure on all of the tires including the spare. Make sure the air pressure is within spec of the vehicle’s recommendations.

Check the Features of the Car

Ensure that all the cars features are in good working order. Check that the air conditioner is operational, the radio functions, all speakers are intact, the alarm works properly, and any other features your car may have are functioning properly. If the car’s features are damaged, not functioning or are otherwise non-operational, it is wise to have them repaired. Features that do not work will certainly lower the amount for which you will be able to sell the car.

Replace windshield wipers

While not 100% necessary, I have found that if windshield wipers had not been recently replaced that when the car is held for sale that it is a good time to replace them. Potential buyers always seem to appreciate small touches such as that.

Check the Cars Vital Fluids

Engine oil, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, radiator coolant, power steering fluid and brake fluid are all easily checked by lifting the hood and checking the dip stick. Add additional fluid if any of the cars vital fluids appear to be low. If you do not trust yourself to do this, a quality mechanic should be able to easily perform this for a nominal fee.

Gather the facts

Your vehicle, just like all vehicles, has a VIN number associated it. The VIN number will allow anyone to obtain the history of a vehicle. Purchasing that vehicle history report and sharing it with any potential buyers is a sign of honesty. This upfront honesty is sure to increase the credibility of both you and the quality of your vehicle.

Find Comparable Current Sales – Do your research!

Go online to a site such as Auto Trader and locate cars similar to yours that are up for sale. Use the information found looking at comparable vehicles to determine and support the selling price.

Price the Car

After locating comparable sales go to a site such as Kelley Blue Book to find out the estimated value of your vehicle. This will help you to determine if you have the car priced well or not. Note that even if you feel your car is in “excellent” condition, pricing your car too high might hinder potential buyers from making an offer.

Get the Cars Paper Work Together

Put together a packet of all of the vehicles current information. This will include the cars current registration and any other important documents. This will avoid a scramble when you have an interested party to gather all of the paperwork and ensures that you have all your ducks in a row. All potential buyers will appreciate this organization.

Nearly New Cars: Why Buy Nearly New?

Buying a nearly new car could save you money, giving you all the benefits of a new car but without the new car price tag. Many do not realise that it is possible to buy nearly new cars at a lesser cost than that of a new model, but it is becoming increasingly common. Buying a car this way makes great sense, as you can be safe in the knowledge that you are driving away a quality car that is also great value for money.

Most nearly new cars are ex-demo or pre-reg cars and, as a result, they have been very well looked after and most are as new. Of course, finding nearly new cars is not as easy as finding older ones and you aren’t able to add extras to your specifications, but, by checking dealership websites it is easy to find the car you’re looking for.

So, why would you opt for a nearly new car as opposed to a new or used model?

Ultimately, a nearly new car could save you money over a new model. The car might not even be a few months old, but because it’s not classed as new you can save yourself a lot of money and you aren’t necessarily limited to a few cars either, you could potentially get any model you wanted if you know where to look.

Often, the downside of purchasing a used car is not being within the car manufacturer’s warranty and therefore the regular added cost of maintenance and replacement of parts makes it more expensive to run. However, nearly new cars have very low mileage, and will keep the remainder of the manufacturer’s warranty. So, if the car is two months old and had a five year warranty you will still have four years and ten months remaining which gives you greater piece of mind than if you had opted instead for a used car.

Buying a new car is a big decision but with your choices bolstered by the option to purchase a car that has all of the benefits of a new car with a much smaller price tag, it’s a fantastic dilemma to have. Whilst buying a new car has the plus of being able to add optional extras and building a car to your exact specification, it also means that you’re gradually building up the cost at the same time. With a nearly new car you can often find a car with the same additional extras, but for no extra cost. Meaning not only are you getting an almost brand new car for a fraction of the cost of a new model, you are also getting the optional extras you would otherwise have paid for, for free.

You can get great finance deals on nearly new cars as many dealers are willing to tailor a payment plan to suit your individual needs, so whether you’re paying for the car outright or you are wanting to spread the cost you will be able to get the right deal to suit your pocket. You could also get a generous part exchange valuation on your current car, regardless of whether it’s a car you’ve had for a while or even a car you are still paying for.