Getting the most from your automobile investment starts with basic maintenance. As a task almost any car owner can do in an hour or less, keeping your vehicle's exterior clean is one of the simplest ways to maintain its value.

If you rarely drive your car, keep it garaged, don't live in an extreme climate and are far from the ocean, you probably won't need to clean your car more than once or twice a month. For drivers who live in areas of pollution, are subjected to harsh winters with salty, sandy roads and don't garage their car, washing once a week is a great idea.

Wash your car regularly, apply wax as needed and check it often for small chips in the paint that can be fixed with matching touch-up paint to allay rust. When it comes time to sell your car, you'll get a better price if the exterior shows it was well maintained.


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