Keeping your vehicle clean, serviced, and maintained is the best way of extending its lifespan. While most vehicle, truck, and SUV owners focus on engine, transmission, and suspension maintenance, your car’s exterior protection is also vital. To accomplish this, washing and waxing the vehicle’s exterior is a smart idea. Beyond keeping your car looking shiny and clean, there are other reasons why taking time to wax or detail the vehicle’s paint is beneficial to vehicle owners.
Noted below are 5 benefits of waxing your vehicle or having your car waxed by a professional automotive detailer.
1. Car Wax offers Protection against Scratches
Automotive or vehicle wax is a combined blend of carnauba wax mixed with natural oils, beeswax, and other petroleum distillates. These ingredients allow vehicle wax to be used as wax-hardeners and shine enhancers. When vehicle wax is applied, it offers a thin layer of protection to the clear coat of paint on top of the body. As you wash the car, whether by hand or through a vehicle wash, the scrubbing motion will grind small dirt particles into the body and can leave scratches. Layers of wax applied on the vehicle permit dirt to slide off the body instead of grinding into the paint.
2. Also Protects the Paint from Exposure
Each day, the body of a vehicle, truck, or SUV is exposed to weather elements. Individual parts like tree sap, road salt, ultraviolet rays, rain, hail, snow, sun, wind, and bird droppings can damage the paint on your vehicle. The damage is typically due to oxidation — which slowly eats the chemicals found in paint until it starts to separate from the body. This is why paint fades or chips first. By applying a coat of wax on a regular basis, it assist to protect the body from exposure to these harmful elements so it will hold up against time.
3. Saves You Money
It can cost lots of money to have a paint job carried out on your car. This is why most automotive manufacturers recommend having your vehicle waxed on a regular basis and typically include waxing in their regularly scheduled maintenance. When you take time to have the vehicle waxed, it can extend the paint’s lifespan greatly — lowering the need to have the car repainted to avoid rust damage.
4. Improves Resale Value
When you take your vehicle to a dealership to be traded in or sell it to a private owner, assigning a resale value is often the first step. Professional automotive estimators consider several factors such as mileage, the condition of the interior, service records, and the body and paint condition. If the paint is chipped, faded, or showing indications of age, it can lower the resale value. Since most trade-ins are valued near the bottom of the ‘blue book’ scale, making sure the vehicle is in good shape on the inside and outside can improve the resale value. Including a layer of wax regularly maintains the new-vehicle look by keeping damages caused by road debris and small scratches.
5. Makes your vehicle Look Shiny
Arguably the best reason to have your vehicle waxed on a regular basis is to simply make it sparkle. Today’s automotive waxes are easier to apply than in years past. In fact, many companies make spray-on waxes where you only spray it on the car, wipe it off with a microfiber towel, and finish a final ‘polish’ with a clean microfiber cloth. This can greatly improve the luster of your paint, making the car look shiny, clean, and brand new as you drive down the road.
Being proactive about routine service and maintenance is a significant way to extend the lifespan of any car. This includes waxing the exterior. However, it’s also vital to remember that interior parts, like dashboards and leather seating, also need routine cleaning and protective polishes. Most paint and body experts suggest having the car professionally waxed every three months is a good baseline, but you should often verify this with your car manufacturer.