Give your car a bright and polished new beginning

As important as sticking to a mechanical maintenance schedule is, don't forget
that looks matter, too. Keeping current with your car's appearance maintenance
is just as valuable. Read on for a few Summer car maintenance tips.

Wash & Wax:

Before you reach for the hose and invest your time and elbow grease, consult The Advance Guide to Wash & Wax - to learn how to protect and enhance that just-out-of-the-showroom look.

You'll find valuable information on the following key steps:


Visit the Advance Guide to Wash & Wax here.

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Paint and Scratch Restoration:

Whether it's due to road rash, oxidation, a runaway shopping cart or vandalism, at some point, you'll want to remedy your car's unsightly exterior. That's where paint chip and scratch repair products come to the rescue.

To determine what kind of repair is needed, start by diagnosing exactly what kind of damage has been done:

  • If it's a mark that appears to be from rubber, plastic or even other paint, it may come off easily with an aerosol tar or adhesive remover. More stubborn marks often can be removed with acetone or lacquer thinner on a soft cloth.

  • If the mark is still there after using one of these solvents, try a polishing compound.

  • If the defect is a scratch, see if it extends below the surface of the paint and into the primer. This will help determine which products and tools are needed for the repair.

For the right restoration tools, check out our Paint and Body Repair collection.

Headlight Restoration:

Have your headlights seemingly lost their luster? Over time, the plastic lens casing around your headlight can get cloudy and diminish your visibility. Why go to the dealer when you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost?

We proudly feature Headlight Restoration kits by 3M, Meguiar's and others.

Head to your local Advance Auto Parts store for these FREEservices:

  • Free battery check, installation with purchase and recycling

  • Free engine diagnostics

  • Free wiper installation with purchase

  • Free oil recycling