Inside and out, the upkeep of your vehicle is central to maintaining its value and appeal as well as enhancing your pride of ownership. Choosing an arsenal can be complicated by long aisles in auto part stores or online web pages full of car care supplies.
The following listÂ contains theÂ car care essentials no car owner should live without:
Exterior Car Care
Sponge (Cost: $1-5) - An inexpensive car care item. Having smaller sponges will allow you to scrub within tight spaces such as between wheel spokes and areas in the vehicle's front fascia.
Chamois (Cost $9-55) - Possessing ultra-absorbent properties, chamois clothsÂ are an important itemÂ for exterior detailing. While genuine leather chamois cloths are the preference of car detailing purists for their softness, synthetic chamois cloths have gained a fan-following for their low price and easy use.
Car Wash Soap ($4-50) - Vanguard to preserving a vehicle's outer beauty is a quality car wash solution. While traditionally car wash soap has been a water-based cleaner, the runoff of driveway car washingÂ going into storm drains has led to environmental concerns in numerous jurisdictions. Fortunately, waterless car wash solutions also exist.
Car Wax (Cost: $5-100) - With natural and synthetic types of car wax sold in great numbers, each product has a loyal following (some detailers have even used both products in combination).
Tire and Wheel Care (Cost: $4-15) - Brake dust does a number on wheels, particularly on aluminum and alloy wheels.
Tire Pressure Gauge (Cost: $3-20) - Inexpensive even for high-end models, a tire pressure gauge is a requirement to any car care kit (and particularly theÂ glove box).
Interior Car Care
Microfiber Polishing Cloth ($3-125) - With as little as nothing but plain water, this lint-free cloth offers superior absorption to a myriad of filth associated on interior surfaces.
Interior Protectant (Cost: $6-20) - Differing from interior cleaners, protectant spray or wipes shield the interior plastics and vinyl againstÂ damaging UV rays.
Upholstery Shampoo and Brush (Cost: $5-30) - Many new vehicle interior's implement stain resistant properties against oil, grease and spills.Â An automotive shampoo agent will help remove messes.
Glass Cleaner (Cost: $4-20) - Though cleaners exist for exterior glass surfaces, the chore of using the cleaner is rather redundant during regular car washes. On the other hand, glass cleaner is well-suited for interior sides of the windshield and other windows. If using on tinted windows, make sure that the product is specified as safe.