People pay attention to the type and condition of the car you drive. A shiny, clean automobile gives one perception while a rusted jalopy gives another. Yet, keeping your car’s exterior polished and glossy is just a small expense. Routine car washing will protect your investment and keep your car lustrous. Still, you may wonder how often should you wash your car to prevent rust and corrosion.
At Havoline® Xpress Lube of Kernersville, we make car washing fun and easy. In addition to keeping your car clean, we can also perform automotive maintenance and repairs. Known for our fast and friendly service, we know our customers by name.
Exposure To Corrosive Causing Elements Determine How Often Should You Wash Your Car
Between Mother Nature and the DOT, many substances attack your automobile’s finish:
- UV light
- Acid Rain
- Road dust
- Winter de-icing chemicals
- Tree sap
- Bird droppings
Sometimes, you can avoid or lessen your risk of damage from these substances. For instance, keeping your car in the garage will diminish its exposure to many elements. However, simply by driving your vehicle, you risk damage from these substances.
Certainly, the best way to protect your paint is to frequently wash and wax your car’s exterior. Generally, you should wash your car every two weeks to protect your exterior from harmful substances. However, the season, climate, as well as driving time affect this schedule.
For example, winter de-icing chemicals are especially corrosive to your vehicle. Many state DOTs use magnesium chloride for keeping roads safe to drive in winter storms. While salt is great for preventing ice, it reacts with metal and oxygen to form rust and corrosion. Moreover, salt will remain present on the surfaces of your car causing corrosion until you wash it off. Magnesium chloride is especially damaging because it can retain moisture, allowing the chemical reaction to continue nonstop.
Unfortunately, the warmer months bring other perils to your car’s exterior. Bugs, tree sap, and bird droppings can penetrate through your automobile’s finish to the sheet metal. Sometimes within 48 hours. Additionally, both UV sunlight and acid rain can damage your car’s paint.
Finally, road dust can settle on your car affecting your finish. While unpaved roads produce the most dust, you’ll also collect a fair amount from paved roads. Mixed with acid rain, you’ll have a highly acidic compound damaging your automobile’s surface.
Don’t Forget About Your Undercarriage!
Often, car owners will focus on the paint and finish of their car and forget about the undercarriage. However, de-icing chemicals and road dust can easily accumulate in the cracks under your vehicle. Left in the recesses of your vehicle’s underbody, these substances may cause extensive damage.
Of course, automakers provide brand new cars with undercoating protection. Yet, this undercarriage coating can erode from exposure to the elements too. Moreover, corrosion can affect your exhaust system, brake, and fluid lines making your vehicle unsafe to drive.
As with washing your car’s exterior finish, how often you should wash your undercarriage depends on your driving conditions. Typically, most experts recommend washing the underbody a minimum of once a season. However, the weather and the condition of the roads may dictate more frequent washing.
For example, unpaved, gravel, or deteriorating paved roads produce more road dust. Additionally, the frequency of winter storms requiring the use of de-icing chemicals varies with the season.
At Xpress Lube, we include an undercarriage wash with each of our levels of service. Our gentle cleaning will wash away all that nasty stuff that can cause rust and corrosion. Not only will your car look nicer, but you’ll also be safer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Turbo Car Wash
We know you have some other questions relating to how often should you wash your car. We’ve answered some of those most commonly asked ones.
Can I Restore My Car To Its Showroom Finish?
Often, one of the reasons why you buy a particular car is because of its look. Sadly, the environment begins to dull your shiny car immediately.
However, you can restore your car’s showroom shine with our new product, Luminaura®. This revolutionary product gives your vehicle a shine you can feel. Your hand will glide over the silky smoothness while your eyes will drink in the lustrous shine.
First, the Luminaura® wash begins by removing contaminants embedded on the automobile’s surface without the use of abrasives. Your wash continues with the application of a water repellency and surface protection solution. The result is a shine reminiscent of your original showroom look.
What Are Your Hours And Location?
Conveniently located, you’ll find us just off of Salem Parkway on Highway 66 in Kernersville. Our car wash is open Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. On Saturday, we’re open 7:30 am to 4:30 pm while on Sundays we’re open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Plus, we offer 3 different levels of car washing services and several convenient ways to pay. You can pay as you go, buy a prepaid card, or get a monthly pass for unlimited washes.
Is Your Car Wash Environmentally Friendly?
Yes! Our car wash uses about half of the amount of water of home washing. Plus, we filter and recycle our water to remove harmful chemicals from entering waterways. Thus, you’ll receive a superior clean without harming the environment.
What Other Services Do You Offer?
In addition to keeping your car clean, we can also maintain the mechanical aspects of your vehicle. We’re a full-service automotive repair station performing over 30 common repairs:
- NC state inspections
- Brake repair
- Electrical diagnostics
- Oil change
- Wheel alignment
- And more!
For cleaning, maintaining, or repairing your car, you’ll love the service we provide at Havoline® Xpress Lube of Kernersville. Known for our dedication to service and integrity, we perform high-quality, guaranteed service.
Moreover, we’ll reward you every time you visit us with our loyalty program. Earn points for every purchase that you can use on future visits. Sign up today by giving us some basic information. Then, start accumulating rewards for any of our services.