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Everyone likes to talk about the new car smell, but more important than that is the new car look. After all, you see a car well before you smell the interior. While you may think it’s impossible to keep your vehicle looking as good as it did the day it rolled off the lot, it’s much easier than you might imagine. In addition to a few cleaning products and materials, all it takes to keep your car looking great is patience, dedication, and a keen eye:

Regular Washing and Waxing

The easiest way to keep your car looking its best is by washing and waxing it on a regular basis. Besides being unsightly, dirt and dust can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s paint job. But remember Only use dedicated car wash products. Detergents, dish soap, and other household cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to your vehicle’s paint job and finish.

Remove Corrosive Material ASAP

Bird droppings are an extremely familiar sight for the urban driver. Unfortunately, bird droppings are also extremely damaging to your vehicle’s paint job. To keep your car looking like new, remove any bird droppings as soon as you see them. Other corrosive materials and substances include soft drinks, motor oils, and eggs.

Fix Dents and Scratches

Depending on the size and severity of the damage, you may be able to avoid professional auto body repair and fix the damage yourself. For instance, if a mark appears to be from rubber or plastic, then it may come off easily with an aerosol tar or adhesive remover. More stubborn marks can often be removed with acetone or lacquer thinner on a soft, microfiber cloth. For larger dents and scratches, stop by your local body shop.

To keep your car looking its best, stop by Michael J’s Body Shop. We have been providing the highest quality customer service to San Jose automobile owners for more than 20 years. Thanks to our state-of-the-art collision and auto body repair shop, we are capable of handling even the most difficult of auto body repairs. To learn more, please call 408-279-2070.