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Frequently Asked Questions
We, as well as you, want your vehicle to stay looking its best for a long time and we stand behind the famous quote "Knowledge is Power!" We live in a city that's near the shore and that means our vehicles are exposed to elements that can speed up the process of oxidation. Knowing how to take care of your veicle's finish is the first step to keeping it looking like the day it rolled out of the showroom floor. Our experienced staff has put together a list of frequently asked questions that can help you become more aware of how the smallest things can make a big difference.
Is car washing safe?
YES!!! Using a professional car wash is the best way to preserve the environment. We use less water than washing in your driveway. Our wash water is treated and properly disposed of. Washing your car in the driveway causes the water to go directly into storm drains (or worse yet, it goes into the ground and pollutes drinking wells). These drains are only meant for rain water. The soapy wash water and cleaning chemicals end up in our rivers and lakes killing fish and polluting the environment. At our professional car wash, the dirt that comes off your vehicle ends up as cover at landfills and is recycled at asphalt plants.
How often should I wash my car?
We recommend washing your car at least once a week under normal driving conditions. Bugs should be removed as soon as possible before they start to eat through the clear coat damaging your vehicle's finish. Washing your car not only keeps your car looking new, but it also makes you feel good driving a clean car and eliminates the safety hazards caused by dirt covering your windows and obstructing your view!
Why should I wax my car?
Wax is necessary to protect your vehicle's finish all year round. Wax is used to clean and penetrates the surface. A sealant is then applied to add shine and protection. This wax prevents salt and grime from ruining your vehicles finish. Dirt and bugs are also alot easier to clean off when a car has been waxed.
Does washing your vehicle often actually help a vehicle's finish and actually keep it looking new?
YES!!! Appearnce is the first thing buyers look for into buying a used car. If the finish turns buyers off, it is virtually impossible to get a good price, no matter how well the vehicle runs. A vehicle which is noticeably rusted, dull, or spotty will sell for significantly less than the same vehicle with a high gloss finish. Proper care of your vehicle's appearance will definitely pay off at trade-in time!
I have protective coating on my undercarriage, so why do i need to have the undercarriage treatment?
Althought the protective coating applied by the manufacturer or another aftermarket source does provide protection, the underside is susceptible to pollutants as well. Everytime you drive through a puddle of water, you are splashing up contaminants. The undercarriage protection is not only important in the winter to remove sand and salt, as you would think, road contaminants are present all year round. The undercarriage of your car takes a tremendous punishment from small stones that are kicked back by your tires. These stones bombard your undercarriage and nick your undercarriage's armor exposing bare metal. Once rust gets a hold, it will spread regardless of the protection. The undercarriage treatment will rinse and flush the undercarriage and then apply a rust inhibitor to your undercarriage, which will help prevent the harmful effects of rust.
What is the major cause of rust?
Rust is simply the oxidation of untreated metal surfaces when they come in contact with the elements. Since dirt attracts and traps moisture, a dirty car is the instigator of almost all car rust, especially in those areas behind the chrome and trim. Only a professional car wash operator has the equipment and the know-how to effectively reach places and remove corrosion-producing grime before damage is done.
How can I keep my whitewall tires looking their whitest?
DON'T use scouring pads to clean whitewalls, they deterriorate the whitewall surface. A full service car wash, like Texas Pride, provides special cleaners and uses water, and high pressure nozzles to clean your whitewalls without having to scour them.
Why should I not use dishwashing soap to wash my car?
Simple. We buy dishwashing liquid to cut the grease off our dishes and pans. Well, the wax on your car is a grease. When you wash your car with dishwashing liquid, you are stripping the wax off your finish leaving it unprotected to the exposed elements.
What if I dont have the time or money to wash and wax my car regularly?
You CAN NOT NOT afford to! In order to protect your investment, you MUST wash and wax your car regularly. A professional car wash like Texas Pride Car Wash offers safe, fast, high-quality washes at affordable prices.