Why Should I Get My Car Detailed? Can’t I just Wash it at Home?

Clean Getaway is a premier car detailing service on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. We have a fantastic workshop located just beside the Mooloolah River in Warana, but if you can’t make it there, we’ll come to you. Whether you’re located in Maroochydore, Coolum or Caloundra, we’ll arrive at your door, fully equipped to take care of your car, inside and out. We use products that are gentle on the environment and gentle on your car, and our detailers are professional and experienced, so you have peace of mind that your car is in the best hands.

All that aside, you might still be asking yourself –

Why Should I Get My Car Detailed?
Can’t I just Wash it at Home?

The answer is, of course you can wash your car at home. But should you? The amount of time and effort it takes to properly detail a car means that it can be extremely difficult to achieve the same level of detailing at home. Not only that, but you can also do damage that can be extremely costly to fix.

We’ve compiled a list of the top reasons that Clean Getaway believe it’s important to get a professional detailer to regularly work on your vehicle.

The Longevity of Your Car’s Paint Job

The paint on your vehicle is not bulletproof. Countless elements that your car faces on a daily basis can have a hand in corroding the paint. Trying to avoid bugs careening into your car while you’re driving is an impossibility, yet these little critters can cause untold damage to your paint work. Bugs, insects and critters have very acidic chemical makeups. The longer they sit on your bonnet, the more they eat away at your vehicle’s clear coat.

Oftentimes, what you think is stone chips on the front of your car is actually bug residue that has been left for too long, and has eaten away at your paint.

Oxidation

A chemical reaction between the atmosphere and the pigment in your paint can cause something called oxidation. When oxidation occurs, the finish on your car can become dull, cloudy, and can look like chalk. Most often this occurs when your vehicle is left out in the sun for too long or washed with unbalanced detergent, and, unfortunately, just washing your car is no match for the ugly effects of oxidation.

To repair a car that’s been affected by oxidation, one must implement a combination of certain cutting compounds and claying the vehicle with a clay bar, used together with professional grade dual action polishing/buffing machines. When used together, these can help to return your paint back to its former glory.

Health

While taking care of the outside of your car is necessary for aesthetic reasons, taking care of the inside of your car can actually help keep you and your family safe from harmful germs and bacteria that can dwell inside a messy car.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Top Gear is the most widely watched factual program in the world, so we’re sure some of you remember the episode where Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond take their cars to a Forensic Analyst who performs a microscopic examination on their cars for bacteria, germs and other nasties found inside it. Unfortunately, the scientist found saliva, skin cells, mucus, blood, and countless other unpleasantries inside the vehicles.

Having your car regularly detailed can significantly reduce the levels of bacteria and unwanted germs and gunk inside your car, giving you and your family a cleaner, safer vehicle. Detailing services don’t just take care of the outside of your car; at Clean Getaway we detail inside your car, too.

Safety

Without proper maintenance, your car is at risk of functioning at less than its best, and this can actually pose a safety hazard. For instance, if your headlights are caked in bugs, or covered in a film of dust, dirt or debris, you’re at risk of producing lower light. Lower light can mean less visibility, opening you up to more dangers on the road.

It’s a similar case with the care of your wheels. Throughout the course of a wheel’s life, it encounters oil, brake dust, chemical residues and debris that can cause damage and slowly tarnish your wheel. Without proper cleaning and detailing, the sidewalls can crack, or the wheel can even succumb to corrosion and fail.

When you’re on the road, you need to make sure you’re as safe as you can possibly be, and without proper maintenance, you could be putting yourself at risk.

Car Value

The resale value of a car is something that most people consider in detail. Countless different things can affect your car’s resale value, from smoking in the vehicle, to the paint colour, to the make and model. One thing that can significantly reduce the resale value on any vehicle is its maintenance.

Failing to have your car properly detailed, inside and out, can result in faded paint, issues with the interior and even physical damage. Everything from the leather seats to the carpet can need replacing if a car isn’t professionally detailed and suffers for it.

While many different things contribute to the resale value of the car, a regular schedule of professional detailing can add to the resale value.

Your Car Is a Reflection of You

Particularly in professional situations, your car is a reflection of you. If your car is clean, neat and taken care of, it can automatically instil someone’s confidence in you, and subliminally tell people that you are professional, trustworthy, and you’ll take care of them, too.

More personally, a car can make or break a date. Picture the moment that you collect your date. You’re going out to a movie and you said you’d be there at 6. You pull up, your date gets in your car… and then immediately wants to get back out again! No one wants to sit in a dirty car, with odours heavy in the air and mould growing on the floor mats.

Regular detailing can make sure you don’t have to face that problem.

Damage from Using the Wrong Cleaners

Every product is different and using the wrong one can cause significant damage to your vehicle. In an article about car washing and detailing, Popular Mechanics talks about how not only each product can vary, but each brand can vary, too.

The different chemical makeup of individual cleaning products can react differently with each element of your vehicle. Using an acidic cleaner on aluminium can destroy it. Cleaning leather with the wrong cleaner can ruin it.

Car detailing is much more involved than simply spraying your vehicle down with a hose and rubbing it down with microfibre. Taking your car to an expert can ensure that the right chemicals are used in the right circumstances, helping you to avoid costly repairs or replacements.

Okay, so I should have my car detailed.
Why should I choose Clean Getaway?

Clean Getaway are one of the most trusted car detailing companies on the Sunshine Coast. We believe that every car that we see is someone’s pride and joy. Between our detailers, we have over 15 years of professional experience, meaning your car is in the right hands.

We are your One-Stop Detailing Shop, offering more than 5 different kinds of services. From exceptional detailing, to ceramic paint protection, to tinting, we are the ones to trust with your vehicle. We are fully registered, with council and unity water approval. We’re fully ensured so that you can rest easy knowing that your car is getting professional, exceptional detailing. Whatever style of car you have, from American Muscle, to European Style or Asian Expertise, Clean Getaway will take care of your vehicle, using only the best products.

But I want to Take Care of my Car, too.
I like working on it.

We love to hear about how passionate our clients are about their cars. While we recommend a regular schedule of professional car detailing, we also live by this Top Gear adage:

Wash when truly necessary, detail daily,
and wax at least every two months.

Your car is your pride and joy, and we love it when people get involved. You can detail your car in small ways, every day to keep it in tip-top shape. How?

Follow these simple tricks:

  • Always remove rubbish from the car straight away
  • Clean up any spills as soon as possible
  • Wipe your feet before you get in the car
  • Always wash your car after you’ve been to the beach
  • Clear off bird droppings as soon as you can

Join Our Loyalty Club Regular Car Detail Service

Make it easy to keep your car in its best condition by signing up with our Loyalty Club Regular Car Detail Service, where you can take full advantage of our Mini-Detail package which includes:

  • Full Exterior Wash and Dry
  • Vacuum Carpets, Seats and Boot
  • Windows Cleaned Inside and Out
  • Trims, Dash and Console Cleaned
  • Empty Rubbish and Deodorise
  • Rejuvenate Tires

If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you, so sign up today.

 

 

Sources

https://www.carsdirect.com/car-maintenance/5-reasons-to-detail-a-car
http://www.autodetaildoctor.com/why-have-your-car-detailed/
https://www.washos.com/blog/car-detailing/#benefits
Top Gear Season 17 Episode 3
https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/g99/10-tips-to-clean-and-detail-your-car-like-a-pro/
https://www.topgear.com.ph/features/tip-sheet/car-wash-wax-and-detail-101-a1219-20170811
https://www.cobblestone.com/car_tips/everything-know-auto-detailing

2018-10-19T10:13:17+00:00October 19th, 2018|General|