We all want our cars to look good. We might even get a bit jealous when we see another car zoom past us, all clean and shiny. We promise ourselves that someday, when we’re not too busy, we’ll have the car washed, vacuumed, and waxed.
But, the thing is, your traditional neighborhood car wash provider may not necessarily do the job well.
So how can you tell if a car wash has been thorough? Here are three (3) things you should look for after your car wash:
1. Caked mud under the fenders
Fenders are there to protect your car’s lower body panels by blocking out dirt, mud, stones, and other debris. The problem is that as you’re driving, most of the mud gets deposited under and behind the fenders and mudguards.
If this is left untouched, it could cause rust to form under the car. To avoid this from happening, the area behind the fenders must be thoroughly cleaned. Because this area isn’t very visible just by doing a spot check, you’ll have to take a look yourself and see if this was missed by your local car wash service.
2. Excess water in crevices and out-of-the-way areas
After a traditional car wash, it may look as if your vehicle was thoroughly wiped down and dried. But, when you start your car, the excess water starts dripping out of the crevices. Or worse, it stays there and may lead to rust over time. This is a common problem with car wash services that use a lot of water and don’t have air compressors to dry hard-to-reach places.
Be sure that you check the surface and crannies of your door handles, side mirrors, and car grills – since these areas tend to hold some excess water. It would also be a good idea to ask about the tools and equipment that the car wash service is using before you get your car cleaned.
3. Superficial interior vacuuming
As your car wash service is vacuuming your car interiors, make sure they are being thorough rather than just going through the motions.Why is a thorough interior vacuum job important? According to one study cars with dirty interiors are serious health hazards, especially during warmer weather. They can harbor bacteria and germs that may induce food poisoning, vomiting, and other illnesses. Because of this, you need to be sure that your car wash service thoroughly cleaned your interiors.
Particular areas that you need to check are the carpeting under the floor mat and the areas directly under the car seat. It’s easy to find out if these areas have been cleaned. A simple spot check will reveal any leftover dirt.
So the next time you go through a carwash, check these three essential areas. If your latest carwash job was a good one, then you wouldn’t have to worry about hidden dirt, out-of-sight rusting, and dangerous bacteria. All you’ll have to do is enjoy the ride.
Author Bio: Coy de los Santos is a car enthusiast and entrepreneur. His latest venture, Parklean Crew Carwash, provides waterless home-delivery carwash services to Makati residents.