Drivers spend an awful lot of money keeping their cars in good condition, especially when they graduate to newer models after a few years of driving second hand cars. There are loads of reasons why it makes sense to preserve the appearance of your car as well as maintaining the inner mechanics.
A sense of pride
For starters, it’s much easier to take pride in the car you drive if it looks great. As soon as the outward appearance of a car starts to deteriorate, their owners inevitably think of the car as older and less worthy of proper care, even if this happens on a subconscious level. As such, the overall quality deteriorates more rapidly once you become less proactive about the cosmetic aspect of things and you’re more likely to run into difficulties with breakdowns and so on.
Depreciation in value
Then there is the fact that new cars depreciate relatively quickly in the first couple of years after you’ve bought them and they do so much more rapidly if cosmetic damage occurs. Wear and tear shows on the paintwork of a car. Mistreatment shows on the paintwork too.
When you are looking to sell your car, potential buyers are much less keen to part with their money for something that looks worn, old, mistreated and so on if they can get something for around the same money that looks in perfectly good condition – this is regardless of how well-kept the interiors are and how perfectly tuned the mechanics are under the bonnet. A buyer will always want to take pride in a new purchase, so cosmetics matter.
The obvious question this raises is how exactly can you protect your car’s paintwork against the rigours of everyday life?
Even if you don’t drive tens of thousands of miles every year, there are all sorts of hazards that threaten to undermine your car’s appearance – environmental conditions, the behaviour of other drivers, vandalism, interference from pets and animals and so on. Scratches, chips, abrasive markings and fading are all likely to happen at some point and the brighter the colour of your vehicle, the more noticeable the wear.
In terms of proper care, you have a couple of options:
Cleaning and waxing products
The first is to really stay on top of your car care with some top quality cleaning and waxing products. This is a good way of keeping your paintwork bright and vibrant at the same time as tackling a build-up of dirt and grime that could eventually take its toll on your car. You can also protect your car from rust by carrying out this form of maintenance on a regular basis, say, weekly or at least fortnightly.
Paint protection film
Although a rigorous cleaning and waxing regime is good for your car, it does involve quite a lot of time and effort. Even if you take a huge amount of pride in your car, it’s tough to invest the sort of time necessary to keep it looking brand new for as long as possible. That’s why alternative solutions like paint protection film exist – they keep the paintwork in perfect condition and take much of the pressure off in terms of car care. They also prevent incidental damage from chips and scratches from occurring, because with the best will in the world these are things you can’t address through cleaning.