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The Importance of Washing Under a Vehicle

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

When a car goes through a car wash, the last thing that a car owner usually thinks of to clean in the part of the car they can’t see. Out of sight out of mind, could cause damage to a vehicle in the long run. The undercarriage of a vehicle is just as important to clean and maintain as the visible exterior of the car.

Dirt and grime can build up under a vehicle over time from the road, and other places a driver may go. An undercarriage has drainage holes that can get clogged or restricted due to build-up left behind from the road. A car wash can reach the places a car owner doesn’t think about in order to keep the car clean in all the nooks and crannies.

Cleaning the undercarriage also helps to prevent rust. Rocks and other particles can chip an undercarriage when driving on rough road or gravel, leaving bare metal exposed. This metal is vulnerable to rust when it is exposed to moisture. When a car goes through a professional car wash, the technicians can make sure that the car is properly dried off to prevent rust and other problems that come from too much moisture. Rust can cause a vehicle to break down at a faster rate, and can have an impact on resale value.

A professional car wash is one of the best ways to clean the parts of a vehicle that a car owner can and can’t see. A complete clean from top to bottom can give peace of mind and increase longevity. The Signature Shine wash at Mr. Clean Car Wash cleans and protects with an underbody rust inhibitor with a performance level wash. Right now get $5 off any Signature Shine wash to keep the top and the bottom of a vehicle clean and protected.

Car Wash efficiency Starts with Two

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Believe it or not, a car wash can be a difficult thing. Especially when considering all the components of a professional car wash. Taking note of the details can make all the difference in a superior clean and shine. One way to ensure careful consideration is in accountability and a second eye, which is why two finishers are better than one.

First of all, time is a huge consideration to both the finisher and to the customer. Everyone has busy schedules and places they need to be at a certain time. Having each finisher dry their own side of the car allows for efficiency and time management. The car will be done in half the time and helps to “Clean Cars FAST!”

In fact, one of the selling points of a full-service car wash is that it takes the same amount of time to go through the tunnel no matter what level of wash selected. No need to sacrifice time for quality.

Then two finishers begin drying the car after it exits the tunnel giving an all around clean in half the time. The process is mirrored on both sides, getting the car finished faster than if only one person was doing the job. Having a finisher man each side not only gets the process finished faster, but also lets the finisher pay attention to detail on their designated side. The system helps the finishers to work as a team that gets the customer in and out faster, respecting their time and money. Also, having a designated side encourages team effort because both finishers know where to focus in order to get the job done in the most efficient way. Only having one person on each side really helps maximize clean and quality.

When it comes to getting a car clean fast, Mr. Clean Car Wash is the place to go. Find out more about Mr. Clean Car Wash’s processes and procedures, and understand how a car can be cleaner simply with an extra hand.

Top Winterization Services Your Car

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Everyone has heard the old cliché that, if March comes in like a lamb, it leaves like a lion. This year, that cliché could apply to winter in general. The season may have started out mild, but Old Man Winter has finally settled in, wreaking havoc all across the map. For those who put off winterizing their cars because it didn’t seem necessary, it’s not too late to do it now. Here are the most important winterization steps in making sure a car is ready for the elements.

Get a checkup.

During frigid weather, it’s more important than ever for a car to be in good condition. For one thing, winter weather can exacerbate existing problems. And, even if winter weather isn’t the cause of a breakdown, no one wants to be stuck by the side of the road in dangerously cold temperatures. At a minimum, a winter checkup should include the following:

  • Coolant: Make sure the car’s coolant is the proper mixture for cold weather and is at the optimum level.
  • Battery: Extreme temperatures can kill a battery. Check the battery for cracks, leaks, loose terminals, and corrosion. If the car has been slow to start, take it somewhere that can check the battery’s charge.
  • Oil: Cold weather affects oil’s viscosity, which is a measure of how thick it is and how easily it flows. When the weather is cold, many cars need thinner oil (like 5W-30 instead of 10W-30). Check the owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Fuel Delivery: Clean fuel injectors, throttle plate and a new fuel filter will help prevent drivability issues in the winter weather.
  • Safety: Check all exterior light bulbs to be sure they are working; replace your wiper blades and ensure you have plenty of washer fluid that is for freezing conditions.
  • Tires: Inspect the car’s tires. Most people don’t think about tires until they have a flat. That’s a dangerous habit, especially during the winter. The tread is all that’s protecting the car from sliding on slick surfaces. If the tread is worn down too low, the tires should be replaced. If the tires are worn unevenly, alignment and rotation can even things out. Even if the tread is fine, it’s important to check the pressure in tires. Tires lose one to two pounds of pressure for every 10-degree temperature drop. If the tires are below the manufacturer’s recommendations, it’s time to top them off.

 

Treat the car to a spa day.

It may seem counterintuitive to worry about things like exterior details when winter is still causing mischief, but that’s exactly what cars need. Important treatments include:

  • Wash and wax: A good, fresh coat of wax will protect the car’s finish from things like salt, corrosion and the contaminants found in snow and rain. And a dirty car is a very poor surface for wax, so a professional wash is an important first step.
  • Headlights: Consider headlight restoration. It’s a quick process that can remove all of the nicks and scratches that build up in headlight covers. Those imperfections can make headlights seem dim, and restoration can bring back full visibility. In addition, make sure that all bulbs are working, including brake lights and turn signals.
  • Winterize the Engine: Be sure to get all services that will keep your car running in the cold such as a coolant exchange, transmission fluid exchange, fuel filters, fuel injector cleaning etc.

Be prepared.

Being stranded is never fun, but, in the winter, it can be dangerous. Severe winter storms, for example, can make it impossible for searchers to look for stranded motorists. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared to spend a couple of days in the car if disaster strikes. An emergency kit should include the following items at a minimum:

  • Flares
  • Blankets
  • Snow boots
  • A radio
  • Heavy outerwear
  • Gloves and a hat for all passengers
  • A flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Drinkable water
  • High-energy snacks like protein bars
  • A flag or some other bright item to alert searchers to your presence
  • A shovel
  • A window scraper
  • A cell phone charger or external battery
  • Booster cables
  • A basic tool kit
  • Emergency repair items like water, antifreeze, oil, and tire repair
  • Waterproof matches
  • First aid kit

This winter, protect both your investment in your car and your own health and safety by being ready for whatever winter throws your way. Mr. Clean Car Wash is ready to take care of everything except that emergency kit (that one is on you). Visit today to get 50% off a full-service wash with a V.I.P. Club membership, or look online for other great promotions.

Vehicle Maintenance: “New-to-You” Car Edition

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The used car market is booming. In 2014, sales of certified pre-owned cars topped all previous records. There are a lot of reasons for that—not the least of which is Millennials’ entering the job market’s need for transportation. The best-known reason for buying a used car is depreciation. The value of a new car drops by about 20% as soon as it’s driven off the lot. It drops another 10% during the first year. Buying pre-owned vehicles, especially newer vehicles turned in from leases, is a great way to avoid taking that hit. It’s also a smart way to get a better car for an affordable price.

Buying a “new” car is always exciting, whether it’s a one-year-old BMW or a 10-year-old Honda. Here are vehicle maintenance tricks new owners can employ to keep their purchases in like-new condition:

Oil Change

Unless the previous owner provided service records, it’s a good idea to get the oil changed. Some owners delay vehicle maintenance if they know they’re about to sell their car. Others put it off because they can’t find the time, unaware of the damage they’re causing. Starting out fresh with an oil change is the best way to avoid driving around with low or dirty oil. Mr. Clean Car Wash offers five different levels of oil changes to meet any vehicle need.

Routine Vehicle Maintenance

Oil changes aren’t the only kind of maintenance that should be performed at regular intervals. Air and fuel filters have to be changed, wipers and belts have to be replaced, transmission, power steering and differential fluids need replacing, etc. Without documentation of recent services, starting off with routine recommended services is a smart way to extend the life of the vehicle.

Interior Cleaning

Some people put the interior of their cars through a lot of abuse: muddy dogs, sticky hands, spilled drinks, smoke, etc. Even if the car looks clean, there could be dirt and allergens deep in the carpet or upholstery, caked into the rims of cup holders, or hidden in other nooks and crannies. A professional interior detailing is the best way to remove all remnants of a car’s previous life.

Exterior cleaning

While routine vehicle maintenance is what keeps a car running, the exterior is the first thing people see. A professional wash that includes cleaning the vehicle interior and applying a tire shine will improve the appearance of any vehicle, but a thorough detailing can enhance a used cars appearance.

A previously-owned car can be a smart investment, especially if you take good care of it. Mr. Clean Car Wash can help you with all aspects of vehicle maintenance and upkeep. Visit us today to learn more.

image: flickr via JD Hancock, 2009