Now look: We know it’s Summer and all anyone wants to really do is laze on these hazy days, perhaps with a refreshingly chilled bottled beverage, feet up on the garden lounger; but regrettably there are still chores to be done. For example, in the garage or outside the house, there’s a car that needs attention. Just because it is relatively clean compared to its Winter state doesn’t mean it should be neglected.
Little Things Make A Difference
Summer dirt is different but it still needs attending to. After all, a car is a major investment and it warrants looking after. Although the bodywork may be cleanish, that doesn’t mean that there are not any other jobs that affect how a vehicle performs. It’s all about attending to those little things; all of them will improve the performance or look of the motor one way or another, in small but important ways.
Our Five Tips
- • Sticky Stuff: A quick wash over with a bucket of sudsy water may not be enough. Insect strikes on the windscreen or bodywork and the effects of dusty road grime all take their toll in other ways. Bird droppings and suicidal bugs can leave acidic remnants that, over time, can adversely affect paintwork. Get some wipes or other product that properly remove them. Remember though, that these may well remove wax and the like, so remember to attend to that.
- • Wiping Wipers: Also, how many people ever give their wiper blades any thought? Those thin rubber strips get ingrained with dirt and all sorts of traffic debris. When wipers start streaking the glass the best option is to give them a thorough clean. Hot water with a bit of detergent on a cloth will do the job, perhaps augmented by a touch of rubbing alcohol to really get them pristine.
- • Seeing Clearly: Headlights get grimy after a while. Even if they seem bright and all right they may begin to become less effective because of dust and dirt; toothpaste may be the solution. It’s fairly commonly known that toothpaste is the ideal medium to clean up gold watches as well as teeth. In fact, given what the product does, it actually makes for a good cleaning agent generally. Keep old tooth brushes for the purpose. Brush paste into the glass area and then wash off with warm water. It does make a difference.
- • Alloys: There are many products available to clean alloy wheels but did you know there is another one lurking under the sink? That’s right; good old washing powder. Pinch some and add water until it turns to paste. Rub this onto those grimy wheels and then wash off. Voila! Clean alloys and some money saved. It has even been known for some thrifty people to put hub caps or wheel trims into the dishwasher. Take the crockery out first obviously. Perhaps best done in secret.
- • On The Inside: Rather than spend money on automotive cleaning products, a popular hack is to clean a plastic dashboard (NOT leather or Alcantara!) using olive oil from the kitchen. A quick wipe over and the job’s done, leaving a nice sheen. If the ‘Italian restaurant’ smell doesn’t suit then baby oil does the job just as well.
These things may be chores to do but the effects, like correct servicing, help to keep a car reliable and enjoyable for longer. That’s why we valet all our vehicles
before sale and make sure we place all the facts at your fingertips. Remember too that part of our award-winning service
is to offer a fourteen day ‘test drive’
to make sure our customers are happy with their purchase.