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Angie’s List: The Importance of Keeping Your Car Clean

(WGGB) — Driving around in a clean, shiny car feels good, especially on a warm summer day.

Cleaning your car regularly also helps remove dirt, bugs, and other elements that threaten the appearance of your car.

Getting your car washed and waxed on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to preserve its paint and keep it looking nice.

Removing road salt, sap, tar and bugs in a timely manner also goes a long way to making your car’s paint and clear coat last longer.

Angie’s List asked highly rated companies how frequently you should clean your car.

Most experts recommend getting your car washed every other week, waxed with the change of each season, and professionally detailed every six months to a year.

“If you’re looking for a deep clean, a lot of consumers consider hiring a detailer to help bring their car back to their original life. If you’re hiring a detailer, it could be $100 or more depending on the type of package you pick,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.

Roderick Darring, an automotive detailer, adds “We actually get into a lot of intricate areas that a basic car wash wouldn’t or maybe the average consumer wouldn’t. Down in in the wheels, door jambs. We also can clean leather, treat the leather, keep it supple from hardening which just a regular car wash wouldn’t do.”

When hiring an auto detailer, you want to make sure you’ve got someone who you trust.

You also want to know what kind of experience they have and also what kind of products they are going to be using because you want to be sure they are using products that are good for your car.