Tips & Advice
What is headlight restoration?
Headlight restoration is a process used to refinish headlight lenses (not the light). Over time, headlight lenses can become damaged by road debris like rocks, chemicals that kick up from the road, and Mother Nature’s elements. These can team up to wreak havoc on headlight lenses and the build-up, or damage, can reduce the effectiveness of the headlights to light the road in front of you. Obviously that isn’t good for night driving, especially for people with poor vision. Cracks can also allow moisture into the lens, creating a fog inside, which can also reduce headlight effectiveness. Foggy lenses can also be corrected by removing them and wiping them down. However, unless the crack or break is fixed, it is likely only a temporary solution, and you might need to replace the lens.
What is paint correction?
Paint correction is a technique used to reduce surface flaws, dings, chips, and imperfections in the top layer of a car’s exterior paint job. Using buffers or machine polishers, the surface is buffed to remove micro-scratches and abrasions in the paint to produce a refined, shiny, and polished look.
How often should a car be detailed?
There is no real rule of thumb for car detailing. Realistically, have your car detailed when you think it needs it, and when you can afford it. Not everyone needs or can afford that kind of upkeep. Detailing is purely for aesthetics--it’s not necessary for engine and drivetrain maintenance. But if you are selling a car, that’s a great time to invest in a detail to maximize the vehicle’s appearance.
What are the benefits of getting a car detailed?
The primary benefit of a car detail is getting a professional-level cleaning that restores your car to looking as close to new as possible--sometimes even better. Most detail services also wax and/or polish the exterior paint to eliminate imperfections, making it potentially even shinier than when you bought it. Detailing keeps your car’s interior and exterior in pristine condition, reduces fading and stains, preserves the fabrics and paint, and can even help reduce wear and tear.
How much does it cost to detail a car?
Car detail services vary and there are different packages available for cars, trucks, and SUVs. Expect to pay a minimum of $50-$75 for a basic detail service, but it can easily be more. If you want comprehensive paint detailing, like polishing or paint correction, the price will increase . Luckily, if you look around, you can almost always find deals and coupons for detail services.
Detailing is meant to maximize your car’s appearance and goes beyond a standard washing. Detailing will thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the car, clean and polish the tires, wheels and chrome, and polish and wax the paint. Detailing will also thoroughly clean (and possibly shampoo) the interior upholstery and carpeting for maximum effect. A good detail gets cars looking as close to new as possible.
Sealer wax is applied at a car wash after the vehicle has been cleaned and polished. It enhances the look of the car's paint, lending a rich glow that can shimmer as light conditions change. Sealer wax can protect car paint from sunlight, moisture, and oxidation. It also repels a wide range of contaminants.
A clear coat is paint that contains no pigments. It’s applied over a car's standard paint job. While a clear coat doesn't provide color, it works to deepen the hue and increase the shine of the car's color coat. A clear coat can protect car paint from fading caused by the sun, and can serve as a shield against contaminants like acid rain.
How much does a car wash usually cost?
Car washes cost anywhere from $6 to $20 or more. The cost depends on the extent of services provided. A basic wash will be the least expensive, and extra services, like getting the wheels cleaned, will increase the price. If you have a larger vehicle, like a truck or a minivan, you might pay a slightly higher price for your car wash.
How often should a car be washed?
Generally speaking, it's best to wash a car every two weeks or so. However, there are some situations that call for more frequent or less frequent washing. Bird droppings and tree sap can corrode your vehicle's paint. If your car is often parked outside, you’ll need to wash it more frequently. If your car is usually parked in a garage and/or rarely driven, you can go for longer stretches between washes.