Wash your car:

Discover how to wash a car the proper way with this guide.

Discover why you should regularly wash your car -- and how to wash a car the right way.
Your vehicle's finish doesn’t just look good; it also prevents corrosion. Proper care and treatment will allow your paint job to last a lifetime and protect your vehicle from costly repairs.

Never use common cleaners or detergents on automotive paint as they can cause expensive damage. Advance Auto Parts carries a comprehensive line of both traditional and state-of-the-art car wash supplies so you can keep your vehicle looking great for years to come.

Why you should wash your car weekly:

The paint on your car is a lot more fragile than it looks.

While automakers make every effort to coat your car in the most durable paint possible, it's up to you to make it last and keep it looking good. It is important to remove road salt, grime and dirt from your vehicle's finish as soon as possible. Improperly cared for paint not only looks bad, but can seriously reduce the resale value of your vehicle.

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What you will need to wash your car:

How to wash a car difficulty guide:

Estimated time required - 45 Minutes

See how to wash a car the proper way. Save money by doing it yourself.

Consult your owner's manual for your particular paint and finish requirements. If possible, park your car in the shade and allow for cooling before initial washing.

  1. Wash your vehicle only with liquid car wash products. Dishwashing detergents are too harsh and will harm your vehicle’s finish.
  2. Thoroughly rinse your vehicle with a hose to remove loose dirt and grit on the surface of your paint. You don’t want to scratch your paint during the washing process.
  3. The best way to wash your car is with a soft car wash mitt. Start from the top and work down. Don’t let the soap dry on the surface.
  4. Rinse off the soap suds with a steady stream of water. Work from the top down. Be sure to rinse out all of the crevices well.

Completely dry off the vehicle as water spots will harm the finish. You can use terry cloth towels but a chamois or absorbent wipe work best.

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