If you can’t remember the last time you washed your car, you’re probably not washing your vehicle often enough. Take a look out the window or door and see how much dust and dirt cover the body of your car.
Maybe you’re too busy to wash your car in your own driveway or have a fear of automatic car washes, but you should find a way to clean your vehicle regularly. Keeping the outside of your car clean of road salt and dirt, sap, and other natural debris does more than keep it shiny, it also helps the paint (and the metal it’s protecting) last longer.
How Often Should You Wash Your Car?
While the science of how rust develops on your car is fairly complex, the basics of keeping it away are thankfully pretty simple. One of the best things you can do, especially if you live in a climate where salt is used to deice the roads in winter, is to wash your car frequently.
How do you know if you’re washing your car often enough or not? Well, if you’re not washing it every couple of weeks or at least once a month, then you probably should step up your car washing game. Of course, this also depends on the type of use you get out of your vehicle and where you live.
Here are a few cases where you might want to consider washing your car no less than every other week (and maybe more often):
- If you drive on dirt roads often.
- If you have any bird droppings or splattered bugs on your car.
- During the winter when salt and sand are getting all over the body of your vehicle.
- If you have lots of trees dropping sap on your car.
Don’t Forget the Undercarriage
Because the undercarriage of your car gets dirty and is also susceptible to rust, make sure you’re cleaning under your car, too. Washing the undercarriage manually is a huge headache and very impractical if you’re hand-washing at home or using a spray wand at a car wash stall, so be sure to head to an automatic wash that features a proper undercarriage cleaning system.