5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Clean – Exterior

First impressions count, right? Do you want to make a great first impression when you meet new people while you’re out and about?

The best way is to keep your car clean, shiny, and bug free. You know those cars that are always so dirty that a good rain is actually helpful? Don’t have one of those cars. If your car is always clean and shiny, just like new, you will be much happier, and feel more confident.

Not only that, but you’ll benefit financially when you get ready to trade up. A car that has been kept clean all along will always look better than a car given a quick clean before trading it in. At Baldwin Woodville Insurance, we know the benefits of keeping a clean car, especially during summer driving in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Here are 5 simple tips to keeping your car exterior clean:

  1. Wash your car on a regular basis, and then again when necessary. How often depends on your circumstances. What’s important is that you keep on schedule. Your winter schedule may be different. You want to get off the scum from the salted roads, but don’t ever wash your car when it’s below freezing. Why? Try it once, and then try to open your car door when you get home.
  2. You will not get all the bugs off just by washing your. But there’s a simple hack for that. Just use a fabric softener dryer sheet dipped in warm water. It’s like magic. Make this a regular part of washing your car during Wisconsin or Minnesota summers.
  3. Wax your car once a month when you get it washed. This, in addition to regular washing, will help prevent your car from getting rusty. Another way to keep the value up, and look good.
  4. Don’t forget to take care of the windshield. After every car wash, apply Rain-XWash Me written in dirt on car to your windshield. This will help keeping it clean, and increase your safety when you drive in a Chippewa Valley thunderstorm. At the same time, clean the windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol. This will prevent streaking on your windshield.
  5. Finally, keep your car in a garage whenever possible. The benefits to this are obvious. No worries about hail damage, bird droppings, or stray baseballs. The added benefit is that your car interior won’t be too hot in the summer, or too cold in the winter.

If you need any further advice on how to keep your car in the best position for a good trade in or resale value, feel free to contact your Baldwin Woodville agent today.

If you’re interested in keeping the inside of your car clean, see our post: 5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Clean – Interior.

5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Clean – Interior

dog hammock to keep car cleanHave you just gotten the interior of your car detailed? Well, if not, maybe you should. At Baldwin Woodville Insurance, we know the value of a clean car.

Keeping your car clean is beneficial for a number of reasons. First, the look and smell of a clean car will refresh you each time you hop in. Second, you won’t be embarrassed if your boss or the cute new neighbor need to ride in your car. Finally, looks matter when you get ready to upgrade and trade your car in.

Now, how do you keep your car fresh and clean? It will involve a little work on your part, but if you maintain the cleanliness, you might not have to shell out for another full detailing job.

Here are 5 simple ways to keep your car (or minivan, or SUV) interior clean, looking and smelling new:

  1. Don’t eat or drink in the car. You may think you can pull it off. But remember how those cup holders looked before the detailing? Right. Just avoid it.
  2. Shake the floor mats out regularly. Every time you go to the car wash, pull them out and give them a good vacuuming, along with the rest of the interior. Those little rocks and leaves that your shoes carry in start looking messy after a couple of weeks.
  3. Keep a trash bag and backseat activity bag in your car. You can use a niceCar Activity Bag looking bag for trash, because you’re not eating in the car, so you don’t have dripping, greasy trash. Fill the activity bag up with interesting things for any kids riding in your car. This will help them forget how hungry they are, what with the no eating rule.
  4. Use seat covers f you have a dog riding with you. There are special seat covers made just for that occasion. Another good use for them is with children, because even though they are enthralled with their activity bag and not eating, they’re just messy.
  5. Finally, because we know that you are eventually going to eat in your car, keep a magic eraser and gentle cleanser in the glove box or trunk, and clean up spills as soon as they happen. Also keep cleansing wipes to rub down the surfaces when they start getting dusty.

If you have any questions about how the interior cleanliness of your car might affect it’s value, give your Baldwin Woodville agent a call, and he or she will be happy to discuss it with you. Happy driving.

If you’re interested in keeping the outside of your car clean, see our post: 5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Clean – Exterior.