There are many reasons to detail a car, not all of them are purely cosmetic. Proper detailing improves and maintains the paintwork of your car in much the same way as changing the oil and spark plugs. While detailing takes a bit of effort, the benefits to reliability, safety and beauty are all worthwhile.
Proper cleaning, polishing and waxing extend the life of a car’s paint. Your paint protects the metal underneath. If allowed to degrade, rust and corrosion can wreak havoc on your car with potentially devastating results.
Corrosion and Mineral Build up
Mineral deposits from rain, industrial fall out and mud can build up on the body of the vehicle, in wheel wells and under the chassis. Given enough time, these deposits can eat right through your paint, causing damage to the paint work and chassis that isn’t easily repairable.
Improved Lighting Ability of Headlights and Tail lights as well as Windows
Part of proper detailing is making sure your headlights and taillights are clean and free of damage and removing water marks from all glass. Even mild deposits of dirt and grime on your windows and lights can cause large reductions in visibility and of available light, which can be potentially dangerous at night or in harsh weather.
By regularly cleaning your interior, you get rid of bad odors, protect surfaces from fading and help prevent cracking and discoloration of the dash panels. Protect Leather and Fabric of Interior. Not only does this greatly improve resale price, it also adds a great deal of comfort for the driver.
Wheels and Tires
Oils, solvents, brake dust and other chemicals frequently encountered during normal driving can have a negative effect on your wheels and tires and brake dust deposits on your paintwork can cause corrosion. By properly detailing them, you not only keep them looking good, but you also reduce the risks rust and of tyre cracking in the sidewalls or failure of the wheels due to corrosion.
Proper detailing not only helps to keep your car looking great, it helps to keep it running great both inside and out. This not only improves value and safety, but also personal comfort and pride in your car. A Shiny car looks much better than a dirty faded car.
Does Detailing a Car Improve Its Resale Value?
Detailing a car is a cost-effective activity that can quickly improve the resale value of a used vehicle. While customers who purchase their cars from dealerships expect the vehicle to be detailed before their purchase, used cars are rarely detailed before they are sold by private party sellers. By having a used vehicle detailed before showing it to prospective buyers, a private party seller may be able to sell their vehicle for more than if it was not detailed. Detailing will assist in removing fine scratches and swirl marks on paintwork and leave the surface with a great shiny polished look. First impressions are lasting impressions!
If you are considering detailing your vehicle on your own before offering it for sale, there are some important areas to focus on as you detail. Be sure to clean the engine compartment, as this is a common dirty area on used vehicles. It is also important to place at least a coat of liquid wax on the exterior of the vehicle to help restore a like-new luster. Be sure to polish the surface well before applying wax. (See our Detailing Forum for great tips on how to detail your can and watch how-to video’s). Be sure to clean the carpets and seats, and give the interior adequate time to dry before showing the vehicle to prospective buyers. Making use of these tips will help you increase the resale value of your used vehicle.