Waxing your car after a wash has always been touted as essential for keeping your car shiny and staving off rust buildup. But is it really a necessary part of car care? Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of waxing your vehicle, as well as one thing you shouldn’t neglect when it comes to cleaning your car.
Benefits of Waxing
On a modern vehicle with a strong clear coat applied, the biggest benefit of waxing is cosmetic. It keeps your vehicle looking shiny and like it just rolled off the assembly line. A flawless, shiny paint job can even increase resale value.
Waxing can also extend the time between washes because it keeps away debris. The protective clear coat also does this, but it’s not invincible, so waxing can also help protect the clear coat.
Drawbacks of Waxing
On the other hand, waxing is a time-consuming task that can also get expensive, without much benefit. You might want to wax once or twice a year just for an added layer of protection against the elements and to keep that shiny look. But waxing after a wash is not necessary to keep your car healthy.
Protect the Undercarriage
The one part of your car that’s still made of metal and exposed to the elements — and doesn’t have the benefit of a clear coat — is the undercarriage. This is the main place you’ll see rust buildup, so focus your cleaning efforts here even if you skip the car wax. Make sure you thoroughly clean the underside on a regular basis and apply an underbody sealant.
Contact us at Atzenhoffer for more helpful strategies to keep your car healthy and clean as we head into a new season of driving. And remember to schedule your car’s seasonal service appointment to ensure your safe travels this fall and winter.