by Debbie Lee President Professionals Car Care
I had a friend send me an email saying her granddaughter was overseas and moving back to the U.S. but needed to sell her car before she returned. She asked me to email her some tips on prepping her car to sell. It reminded me that it is just plain old good practice for all of us to keep our vehicles clean and detailed inside and out. So here are a few friendly reminders and tips if you choose to be one of the many do-it-yourself types.
For the rest of you there are professional detail shops at many local car washes, most dealerships, many body shops, and some stand alone shops. They should all offer many different interior and exterior packages to meet your needs. When you take your car in for a detail it is a good time to inspect all around your vehicle for small dents and scratches you may also want to get taken car of at that time. It is my professional opinion that Mother’s Products offer a great over the counter retail product line that is found in most auto retail stores. Barbara Halloway is the owner and you can find all that you need to know about each product at www.mothers.com.
Now that you have the best products,
lets get started. You will want to start with a good exterior wash.
Scrub down the sides of the tires and the wheels - don’t forget the
wheel wells! Doorjambs are often a forgotten spot yet usually dirty.
Yes, you need to clean the roof too! Now the interior just start
scrubbing everything, seats, carpet, trunk, and dash. Clean it all!
There are a few tricks for cleaning hard-to-reach or difficult areas. Q-tips work great in vents and small spaces, knobs, etc. That can of air you use to clean your computer will blow out a million little cracks and crevasses. A small, soft paint brush with a little window cleaner will get your windows clean all around the edges that you can’t reach (like where the windshield and dash meet). Don’t forget the lint roller, which is great for cloth seats, headliners and trunks (picks up animal hair with no problems). Your dust buster will work better than a shop vacuum most of the time.
Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional, your vehicle needs a good cleaning at least 2 times per year. It will keep your vehicle’s paint and interior surfaces in good condition. You and your vehicle will always feel better when its clean and shiny.
Professionals Car Care