Now the worst of the winter is over and spring is on the way, it’s a good time to get outside and clean your car.
If you are one of those people who clean your car only once a year, then the run up to spring could be the best time to do it.
After months of winter neglect a good clean will help to maintain the cars value and reduce the risk of long term corrosion damage.
The inside of your car could have remained damp throughout the long winter months whilst the underneath is more than likely to be covered in salt laden mud which can cause deep corrosion and rust if left on the bodywork.
The inside of your car may also not have dried out properly all through the winter, wet clothes and shoes will have constantly bought in moisture to your car’s interior and possibly when there hasn’t been much heat to dry it out. Discoloured upholstery, rotted carpets and general shabbiness can damage the cars value significantly when you look to sell.
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When vacuuming your car’s interior make sure you remove and then wash all the mats inside your car first. If required, use shampoo but avoid using too much water, the mats can dry outside in the cool spring air whilst you vacuum the inside carpets.
Wet patches under the carpets can be a sign of rain water penetration. This can cause serious corrosion if not investigated.
Open all your car’s windows to get rid of that musty, damp, wintry odour that may still be lingering. Also remember to vacuum the seats top to bottom and in between to ensure you clean up any dust that may have accumulated.
Clean your cars dashboard so it looks shiny and new, clean out and dust and polish the glove and door compartments as well as the drinks holder and ashtray. Then get started on the steering wheel, handbrake, gearstick and foot pedals.
Interior glass and painted metal surfaces only need a wipe with clean water and a chamois leather.
For the outside, remove winter grime from paint work with warm water and a suitable car shampoo.
Start on the roof and work your way down and around the car, allowing stubborn dirt at the bottom to soak. Try and pay particular attention to the undersides of the car and the sills, make sure the shampoo is fully rinsed off before you dry your car.
Attend to minor areas of corrosion, stone chips etc. as they will only get worse if left. Areas of extensive corrosion are best left to the experts.
Check tyres for tread and general condition. The legal minimum tread is 1.6mm, most experts would recommend replacing them before they get down to 2mm. If you switched to winter tyres in the autumn then now’s the time to switch back to your ‘summer’ tyres.
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And finally, before the start of any long journey and ideally every week check the engine oil level, radiator coolant level, windscreen washer level and tyre pressures (including the spare).