Keep Your Atlanta Cars Spotless, Guaranteed!

We are all guilty of letting our automobiles go without a significant wash at times. “Meh, what’s a little dirt gonna’ hurt?” The Southtowne General Motors Superstore want’s you to know that a little bit of dirt, grime or tree sap, can do quite a bit of damage to your clear coat and paint. Since I plan on washing my car next weekend, I did a little research and found these great car washing tips with the help of

Proper Washing

1. Wash the wheels and tires first. If you splash wheel cleaners or dirt onto your vehicle, you can simply wash it off as you wash your vehicle. Use a cleaner that is water-based and has no corrosive chemicals, which is safer for coated wheels and rubber. Agitate with a wheel brush to clean wheels without scratching. Wash each wheel and tire one at a time and rinse thoroughly before moving on to the next one.

2. Now you’re ready to wash. I always start from the top of the vehicle and use a car wash that is rich in lubricants. The purpose of the car wash is to remove contaminants and lubricate them so they do not scratch the paint as they slide off the vehicle. Dish detergents are not ideal because they remove protective coatings. (This was news to me.)

3. How do you prevent swirl marks? Use two buckets. Fill one bucket with soapy water and fill the other with clean water. Each time you’re ready to reload your sponge with soapy water, dip it in the clean water first, to rinse out the grit and contamination you’ve just removed from your vehicle. Then dip it in the soapy water and continue washing.

cleaning your car, Atlanta Buick Dealer, atlanta cars, atlanta dealers, atlanta gas, atlanta used cars, cabin air filter, car accidents, car service, cars of Atlanta, chevy dealer, dealer in Atlanta, distracted driving, eAssist, fuel efficinecy, gmc car dealer, kids car safety, men ignore gps, more miles per gallon, new chevy, new GM technology, newnan car dealerships, used cars in Atlanta4. Always rinse your vehicle thoroughly before you begin washing in order to remove loose debris. Then begin washing at the top of the vehicle, as I said before. Wash down the vehicle as opposed to front to back. Remember that the lower panels are dirtiest. You want to clean the windows and the upper panels before cleaning the lower half of the vehicle so that you don’t transfer grit to the top half of the vehicle. Rinse and reload your sponge often to prevent cross-contamination. Rinse your vehicle frequently as you work, especially in hot weather.

5. When rinsing, you don’t have to blast your car clean with the water hose. Free-flowing water (no nozzle) will allow the water to slide off of your vehicle for a more thorough rinsing.


Now that you have the wash completed, don’t skip drying! Drying your vehicle after washing is necessary to prevent water spots. Water spots are caused by mineral deposits that etch the outline of a drop of water into your vehicle’s paint. All water has minerals, whether it’s from the hose or the sky. Calcium, lime, even metals, so as the water evaporates, the minerals remain on the surface and they will eventually, invariably create water spots.

Now is when speed becomes important. Make sure you dry your car quickly. You’ll find that the sun will try to beat you to the punch, whereby leaving all of those pesky water spots. Try a microfiber towel, they absorb 7 times its own weight in moisture, and it’s completely nonabrasive. Microfiber is more absorbent than terry cloth or chamois, and it lasts longer.

I don’t recommend using a terrycloth towel because the fibers can become matted and hard after repeated uses. They shed lint and they increase the chance of swirls. Compared to microfiber, they are not as absorbent and they don’t last as long. That sounds easy enough, right?

Your new car does a lot for you…treat it right.

We see a lot of cars come through Southtowne whose owners have attempted to keep their vehicles clean, but it’s painfully obvious that they did the exact opposite of everything I recommended above. There are swirls in the paint. Tree sap that hasn’t been cleaned and has since baked into the finish of their new Buick, Cadillac or GMC.

The bottom line is that it’s easier to stay in love with a clean car than it is one that has seen better days, both on the exterior and interior. I suggest getting your car detailed thoroughly once ever 6 months or so. Not only is it a part of being a responsible car owner, but you’ll be even more proud of that car, truck or SUV from the Southtowne General Motors Superstore.

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