Blue car getting hosed off after washing

How often should I wash my car?

The Truth About Washing Your Car

We’ve all seen it. That SUV in the parking that’s completely covered in dirt and dust. Most likely someone’s written “wash me” with their finger on the rear windshield. Some people may think letting a vehicle get that dirty is awful. Others may wonder why it’s such a big deal.

This brings up the question: is it necessary to wash my car? And if so, how often should I wash my car?


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Wash Your Car Every…

Two weeks. Most auto detailers and car enthusiasts recommend washing your vehicle every two weeks. Doing so helps protect your paint job, which, in turn, helps you find scratches, minimizes corrosion, and keeps resale value high. If you live somewhere like here in Northern Illinois where the roads are salted in the winter or near a coast where the ocean sends salt into the air, then you may want to wash your vehicle even more frequently. Think about it for a second. If you wouldn’t want to buy a vehicle that’s rusting out, why wouldn’t you try to keep your vehicle from rusting?

Do I Need to Wax My Car?

You should wax your car at least twice a year. Wax acts as a barrier between your vehicle and the environment around it. A good waxing keeps salt, moisture, dirt, bird droppings, and bugs from wreaking havoc on your car. Waxing your vehicle can be time consuming, but it’s well worth it.

Need Some Help?

Here at Arlington Toyota, you can order genuine Toyota accessories for your vehicle, including car soap and protective waxes. We understand that doing a thorough detail of your vehicle may take up too much time. If you you’d like detailing of your vehicle done, schedule an appointment for one at Arlington Toyota.