Maintain your vehicle inside out before Winter
Each season brings with it different weather conditions. These conditions affect our vehicles in many different ways and winter is no exception. Many vehicle owners are still, unfortunately, unaware of the damage that comes with snow season. Here are some reasons why you should have your car detailed before winter.
Protect the Paint
The number one reason to have your vehicle professionally detailed before the first snow is because you want to add some paint protection. Your vehicle’s paint is what protects the underlying metal from the elements. Keeping the paint in shape helps ensure that the body of your car is not exposed to the corrosive properties that we encounter on the roads each day.
Protect Against Salt
When you drive on Canadian roads during the winter, you are bound to expose your vehicle to that wonderful road salt. Sure, it plays an important role in road safety but it can do a real number on your paint and the undercarriage too. When having your car detailed before winter, you are taking care of the paint protection. However, when it comes to the underside of your car, you should definitely have it cleaned before and after the winter season. It’s even a good idea to have your car clean during winter to get rid of any road salt that has stuck to your car so far. It will make your spring detailing that much easier and more effective.
Keep UV Rays at Bay
When you think of winter, sun exposure is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. Unfortunately, this is the exact reason why so many people and their cars suffer from UV exposure. These harmful rays can be particularly devastating to your upholstery. It can cause fading and general degradation of the material. It can also affect the paint on your vehicle causing it to crack, blister or chip. With the right protective layer, you will keep your car safe from the winter sun.
Taking Care of Your Wheels
While your tires are made from tough materials but this does not mean that they are immune to the elements. The weather and impurities can severely affect your tires. By having them cleaned and dressed, you are adding a layer of protection to one of the most important parts of your car.
Safer on the Roads
The number one priority or any driver is road safety. You might wonder how pre-winter detailing can help improve your safety behind the wheel. Well, if you are driving on your own or if you transport passengers on a regular basis, it is important to make sure that everyone feels safe. One aspect of detailing focuses on the lights of your vehicle. Clean lights make it easier for you to see and be seen. When you have gunk on your windows, this also makes it difficult to see. Detailing not only gives you the joy of driving with perfectly clean windows, but also windows that repel water for clearer vision during rainy days. As for your interior, regular cleaning is essential for hygiene reasons. Get rid of nasty germs and allergens that could make you or your loved ones really sick this winter.
Maintain Your Investment
Your vehicle is not just for getting from A to B. It is a real asset and investment. All cars lose value with every year and every mile. However, this does not mean that you can’t take steps to hold on to as much of that value as possible. A beautifully maintained vehicle will be worth so much more than one that has not been detailed in years. While the working parts also need to be maintained, it’s important that you keep up appearances too. Should you wish to sell your car one day, you want prospective buyers to be enthusiastic about a test drive when they first see your vehicle. This means that you need to have your car detailed regularly – especially just before winter.
During the warmer months of summer, it’s almost easier to take care of your car’s interior and exterior with regular washes. However, in the winter, the weather can often prevent you from having your car cleaned. This is why it is so important to prepare your car for winter before the first few inches of snow begin to fall.
Just as winter can take its toll on your skin, so too can this season cause additional wear to the body of your vehicle. If you want to keep your car’s paint in the best possible shape, you need to take the necessary measures in advance. This means giving your car a thorough clean before polishing and sealing the paint with a top quality wax. Sealing your paint is much like applying sunscreen before venturing out in the summer or protective lotion in the winter. It’s that added layer of defense against the elements and the harsh effects of road salt.
Preparing your vehicle for winter is not just about the exterior. The interior can also take a great deal of punishment within these few months. The way in which you prepare the interior of your car will depend on the materials. For example, leather needs to be treated while temperatures are still mild. Once temperatures drop too low, the leather won’t be able to absorb the treatment solution which means that it won’t have much of an effect. In addition, if you don’t treat the leather at all, it could dry out and become brittle. Vinyl, wood, and other types of trim also need to be treated with the appropriate substances for best results. Like leather, if you neglect the trim of your car’s interior, it could result in dry, brittle, or even cracked surfaces.
Other areas of your car that will need detailing prior to the onset of winter include the tires, rims, and convertible top if you have one. It’s also important to remember to clean your vehicle regularly throughout the winter months. Cleaning the exterior of your car in winter will mean that the road salt and other potentially harmful substances will be removed rather than left to penetrate and damage your paintwork.
Cleaning the interior of your vehicle during winter will help prevent the carpets from becoming matted, and your vehicle will look newer for longer. Not to mention the amount of dust that can build up on the dashboard, in the seats, and in all those tiny grooves. Just imagine turning on your heater only to get blasted by a dusty vent.
At Wash Me Now, we understand just how harsh Toronto winters can be as well as how to provide one of your most valuable assets with the best protection. Our fully stocked mobile service will come to you for added convenience.
For details on our fantastic professional and 100% mobile car detailing services, contact Wash Me Now at (647) 607-5199. Let us help you get your car ready for the winter roads ahead.