Why should you bother waxing your car? After all, you’ve got a million projects on your “to do list.” Waxing may seem like little more than a vanity auto body project. The truth is that waxing can lead to a variety of benefits, some of which can positively impact your car’s performance and even your safety. Here are 5 reasons to get started:
1. Protect your car against scratches.
Whether you own or lease your vehicle, you must contend with scratches, dents, dings, and other types of wear and tear. Waxing can’t prevent this damage entirely. But it can do a better job than most primers and paints. A clear wax coat will seal in the paint and provide a shield against bird doo, exhaust, UV light, sand and grit.
2. Protect the paint.
When you wash an un-waxed car, the grit and grime can scrape against the paint (or primer) and further degrade the surface. Wax creates a barrier between the paint and the outside world.
3. Reduce the cost of repairs and refinishing.
If you lease, the dealership will want to inspect your vehicle at the end of the lease period. If there’s substantial damage – including discoloration, scratches, or paint issues – the costs will come out of your pocket.
4. Take better care of your car to become a better driver.
Some research suggests that owners who drive neater cars drive safer. The theory makes sense. If you’re excited to drive – that is, if you keep your car clean of debris and wash and vacuum regularly – you’ll be more likely to take other actions to keep your car running well. For instance, you might be more likely to change your fluids on time, per the manufacturer’s recommendations. You might keep your windshield cleaner… and thus be able to see the road more clearly, etc. By investing in good car care, you indirectly invest in your own safety.
Thanks to modern synthetic formulations, it’s easy to apply a good, even coat of wax.
Waxing your car is no longer a whole Sunday afternoon job. In fact, with modern technologies, you can apply a durable coat of wax rapidly. Depending on your car use, you may only need to wax 2-4 times a year.