Removing environmental contaminants such as road salt, sap, tar and bugs in a timely manner also goes a long way to making your car’s paint and clear coat last longer. Bill Kortepeter has his car professionally detailed regularly.
Bill Kortepeter, Consumer: “It’s fairly important. And the reason why was I was raised to take care of my stuff. Secondly, and probably more importantly, I think it helps in the resale value of the car when you go to sell it or trade it in.”
Angie’s List asked highly rated companies how frequently you should clean your car. Most experts recommend a washing every other week, waxing with the change of each season, and a professional detail every six months to a year.
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “If you’re looking for a deep clean, a lot of consumers consider hiring a detailer to help bring their car back to their original life. If you’re hiring a detailer, it could be $100 or more depending on the type of package you pick.”
Roderick Darring, Darrings Detail: “We actually get into a lot of intricate areas that a basic car wash wouldn’t or maybe the average consumer wouldn’t. Down in in the wheels, door jambs. We also can clean leather, treat the leather, keep it supple from hardening which just a regular car wash wouldn’t do.”
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “When hiring an auto detailer, you want to make sure you’ve got someone who is trustworthy, I mean let’s face it you’re giving them the keys to your car. Additionally, you want to know what kind of experience they have and also what kind of products they are going to be using because you want to be sure they are using products that are good for your car.”
Bill Kortepeter, Consumer: “The quality of the service he provides. When the car comes back it’s always immaculate. It looks showroom new.”
Angie’s List tips:
- Wash your car every other week
- Wax with the change of each season
- Detail every six months to year
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