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Car Care Tips for those who care

May 10, 2008
Believe it or not, some people really enjoy gettin down on their knees and clean and scrub at each part of their cars with tiny brushes. Other like really work at their cars and change the oil, remove air filters and check the fluids on all the holes they can find in their engines

If you are in the other side of this crowd, you don't give a second thought about car care and can't wash your car if your life depends on it. You really like taking care of your car? maybe this article is not for you, but take a look at the offers we give you to keep up with your hobby.

If your are in the group of owner that don't know the first thing about car care, this article is meant to scare you and tune you up a little. This is going to hurt where it hurts the most: Your wallet. What where you thinking?

Do you realize that your lack of car care is going to cost cash money? Those Blue Book values that you drool over at trade-in or selling time are based on vehicles that have not been neglected. Not giving your car a bath on a regular basis is neglect. Not changing your oil according to a schedule is neglect. And, "neglect" translates to less money when it time to move on to a new ride. The good news is, with a few minor tweaks to your regular car care routine, you can whip your vehicle into re-sale shape in no time.

Warning: the following outline of suggestions isn't the best practice, it's what works for those of us that just can't seem to find any sort of satisfaction in vehicle maintenance. First, we'll start with a little cleaning. Take your vehicle to a car wash. Touchless is best, but considering how you've maintained your vehicle in the past, even the scratchy gas station washes will do. You just want to get the bulk of the filth off.

Ok, now find a parking lot detailer. He can get your car looking pretty good for some $10-$40. You can also get some extra services like clay bars, rubbing compunds and touch-up paint if your car shows oxidation, fading or swirling. It would cost a little more, but can make the difference.

Now, don't skip the interior, you will thank me for this. By the time your car is ready, you will be surprised how your car will look like. Up until now, you haven't really worked at all, other than driving to the car wash and spending a few dollars.

Now, the car care next step: under the hood. But don't go there! It's much more easier and cheaper to find a good reputalbe place and have a guy do the dirty work. They can get you fixed and ready in little time and good price.

They sure have seen some ugly stuff, so don't worry when they mention your air filter is not longer recongnizable. They can offer different services as changing the transmission fluid or the battery terminals. Just make sure they don't take you for a sucker or you will be paying some hefty bill for your ignorance. Yes, it's happened to me.

Now, thanks to a little car care your vehicle is looking and running better than ever. Your father-in-law isn't scowling at you like you're some sort of dirt bag any more. You're no longer embarrassed about offering rides to co-workers. Heck, you can even take a date in your vehicle.

Do you like that? Would you like to keep it that way? It's really quite simple, just follow the steps mentioned earlier, wash it and get the oil changed every-once-in-a-while. Once car care becomes a regular practice and then a habit, it's not so bad. You might even start venturing out by adding custom aftermarket accessories such as an air intake, seat covers or even an exhaust system.

Remember that if you take care of your car, it will go much farther.
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