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How often should I wash my car

While this seems like a simple question, the answer is that it depends on your circumstances:

  • How much do you drive your car? If you take your car on a long commute daily, then your car will naturally be exposed to more contaminants such as dirt, bugs, and bird droppings that can at away at your car’s paint surface. Shorter commutes don’t get as dirty.
  • Where are you located? Are you in a city with larger amounts of pollution? Are you in the country at the end of a long dirt road? Are you near the ocean where your car is exposed to sand? These and other factors come into play.
  • Where do you park your car? If you use a garage at home and a parking deck at work, you may not need to wash as often as you would if your vehicle was constantly exposed to the elements.
  • How hot is it? Contaminants will dry up in the heat quicker, making them harder to remove and accelerate their ability to damage the paint. Heat can also cause wax to melt, leaving the body more exposed to the element.
  • How often does it rain? While it may seem like rain washes your car, it actually can make your car dirtier. As the rain falls, it brings pollution, pollen, etc., down with it onto your car.
  • How often does it snow? Ice and snow are harder on your vehicle than heat because of the sand and salt that is applied to the roads, which wreak havoc and cause rust.
  • How polluted is your area? Pollution brings microscopic impurities onto you car that can scratch the surface.

With all these factors in mind, most people should wash their car at least once a month. Some may want to wash it twice a month, and others weekly. However, some contaminants -- like tree sap, bird droppings, and bug splatters -- should be removed quickly to avoid causing additional damage that can eat away at your paint.

When it's time to wash your car, we recommend using a touchless system with a quality soap, plus deionized water for a spot-free rinse.