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How Often Should You Wash Your Car?

Maybe you don’t think about washing your car very often, but chances are taking more time to wash your car will help it last a few more years and stay cleaner longer. Whether you take your car to a car wash, get a regular wash and detail at the Toyota of Corvallis dealership, or prefer to do it all by hand, any way you can get your car washed helps. Read on to learn more about how often you should wash your car. 


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Is it Worth it to Wash my Car Monthly? 

Every month may seem a bit frequent for a car wash, but your car would thank you if it could. Any season of the year brings its own hazards, so keeping your vehicle clean year-round will absolutely help. That doesn’t mean you need to pay for a professional car wash twelve times a year, you can still wash by hand most of the time, and only get a professional wash quarterly. 

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Why Should I Wash My Car Monthly? 

Whether its winter, spring, summer, or fall, the hazards of the outdoors are just waiting to damage your vehicle. Bird droppings in the spring and summer can damage paint if it doesn’t get removed too quickly. Fall brings with it leaves, tree seeds, and all kinds of dust and mud, which can clog up your interior air filter, engine air filter, and get caught under your car and encourage dangerous rust. Sun damage in the summer can be prevented by a generously waxed vehicle.  


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Is it Better to Wash your Car by Hand? 

Besides being cheaper, washing your car by hand can be safer and more comprehensive than taking it through a car wash machine like one you might find at a gas station or as a standalone business. If you consider yourself thorough and have a sprayer, rags, car wax, and a car-safe soap, you should wash and wax your car on your own. Nobody knows your car like you, and nobody can get it as clean as you.