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A Clean Car is Money in the Bank

A Clean Car is Money in the Bank


Purchasing a new car is a major financial investment. Keeping it clean is an easy and inexpensive way to protect its resale and trade-in value, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

"Many motorists procrastinate when it comes to cleaning their vehicles," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Whether you do it yourself or have it cleaned professionally, proactively keeping your car clean on the outside, and tidy on the inside, will pay big dividends when it comes to maintaining your vehicle's value over time."

The Car Care Council suggests five simple steps to keep a vehicle clean, helping protect it from the elements and preserve its value.

  1. Declutter - Start the cleaning process by removing excess clutter from inside the car as it can be distracting and hazardous, especially when debris finds its way near the gas and brake pedals. Don't forget to clear out items that have accumulated in the trunk as they can add extra weight and reduce fuel efficiency.
  2. Clean the Interior - The next step is to thoroughly clean the interior, wash the windows, and clean and install floor mats. Be sure to vacuum on a regular basis. A clean and orderly interior allows you spot issues in the cabin so you can get them repaired before they get worse.
  3. Wash the Exterior - Give your car a good wash from top to bottom using products specifically made for automobiles. Always clean the tires and wheels before washing the body, and don't use the same washing mitt or cloth for both.
  4. Wax Twice a Year - Waxing not only protects a vehicle's finish, but it also makes subsequent washing easier. Before proceeding, make sure there are no foreign particles on the paint. It is important to note that waxing should be done in the shade, not direct sunlight.
  5. Fix Chips - If you find minor paint damage, cover the paint chips as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. For a quick fix until you can get paint touchup supplies, dab a little clear nail polish on the scratch.

Source: Car Care Council


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First time using this shop. very impressed. Professional, knowledgeable. Diagnosed my problem quickly, repaired it at a very reasonable cost. This is my new repair shop. No more dealership service for me.

, 11/12/2020

My car has been leaking for several years, I took it to several different auto repair shops including the dealership and no one could find or fix the leak. A friend recommended that I try Gatti Automotive, and I glad I did. They fix the leak in a few hours. I was highly impressed with their professionalism and how quick they repaired my car. I pleasantly surprise how clean and nice the waiting room was. I will be calling them back for future repairs and recommending them to others.

, 06/29/2020

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Not the cheapest in town, but the best! I have purchased 3 cars from George Gatti, and have all three serviced here, as well!

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