With the price of investing in a new car these days, why would you NOT put forth effort to maintain its appearance and operation? As a matter for fact, because vehicles are so expensive these days, many car owners are simply holding on to their vehicles years longer than they would have in the past. Regardless if you are considering purchasing a brand new automobile or keeping yours longer, proper car care is not only a must, it’s truly common sense.
As an auto detailer, I have compiled some of the questions my clients have asked me over the years and wanted to share the answers with you. Hopefully it will also help you make or continue to hold your position on the quality decision to maintain your vehicle’s appearance going forward.
1. Why remove scratches or restore the shine and luster to paint?
BEFORE: Swirl Marks AFTER: Swirl Marks Removed
Polishing is the step in the detailing process that yields the most dramatic difference in your paint. The objective of polishing is to remove imperfections in the paint, such as swirls, scratches, water spots, etchings, and oxidation. Having these imperfections in your paint means that light that passes through gets refracted, ultimately dulling the finish, yielding less gloss and depth, less reflections, and can turn into an eye sore. When these imperfections are removed, your paint will have the highest level of gloss and reflections are mirror like, with sharp accurate detail.
2. Why shampoo/steam clean the carpet, seats and upholstery?
BEFORE: Carpet Shampoo AFTER: Carpet Shampoo
Caring for your interior is just as important as your exterior. You spend the most time inside your vehicle and your passengers often take notice of how clean, or not so clean, your interior is. It’s important to protect your interior trim and leather from harmful UV rays that can potentially dry out and fade your interior. Keep your interior looking like new so you enjoy getting into your vehicle each and every time.
3. Why polish wheels?
Wheels can drastically change the appearance of any vehicle, which is proven by the huge after market offering. Having wheels covered in brake dust is a complete eye sore and can take away from the overall look of any vehicle. Wheels that look brand new, on the other hand, can turn heads and really show off your car. Rims are also very expensive to replace, therefore caring and protecting them is always the smart economic decision.
4. Why restore cloudy or foggy headlights?
BEFORE: Cloudy Headlight AFTER: Headlight Restored
One of the more important parts of the car to consider are the headlights. Good headlights are considered a vital safety feature for driving at night and even in places where there are poor lighting conditions. Over time however, your headlights are exposed to the suns rays, flying debris, salt… you name it. Your headlights become scratched, pitted, and oxidized. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety mentions that an average of 9 out of 10 cars has seedy or cloudy headlights.This, in turn, is responsible for poor vision, which could result in a vehicular accident.
Not only does a cloudy headlight make the car look bad and is a safety hazard, replacing headlights are expensive and can easily cost upwards of $300 each from the dealer. Therefore, headlight restoration can be a less expensive but very effective alternative.
5. Why is it so important to maintain the appearance of my vehicle?
(Audi Image courtesy of Mann On The Move Mobile Detailing in conjunction with WhipCreamz Car Wax)
This one is real simple. Regular cosmetic car care protects the value of your investment! This translates into more money for your car once you decide to sell or trade it in. Proper auto appearance care is the best action to take to recession proof your vehicle.
Maintaining your vehicle does not have to be a chore. If you are in the Houston and surrounding areas, I want to partner with you to help you protect what is, in many cases, your second most expensive asset after your home.
Check us out on the web at TheGlossBoss.Com today or contact me at 713.235.0670. Ask to speak with D. Smith, the owner/operator.
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