How to Detail Your Car from Pat McGrath Cadillac

Do You Know How To Detail Your Car?


2012 Cadillac CTS

2012 Cadillac CTS

Here at Pat McGrath Buick GMC, your local Cadillac dealer in Cedar Rapids, we’re willing to bet your care about the way your car looks. We know we do; that’s why we put so much work into detailing them. You may be wondering at this point, “What exactly does it mean to do detailing?” To put it simply, it’s the difference between your everyday wash and wax, and a gorgeous, showroom-ready car. Believe it or not, it’s not that difficult or expensive to do home auto detailing; all you need is a few hours and a few simple tools to get your car back into pristine shape. Here are the most basic tips that will make a huge and immediate difference in the appearance of your vehicle.

Assess The Situation

The first thing you need to do is determine what the condition of your car really is. Are the wheels covered with mud and caked-on gunk? Are you going to need to get in there and scrub? Are there things that will likely prove difficult to remove like bugs, tar, or avian waste? Go for those problem areas first; you don’t want to wash and apply wax only to realize that there’s stuff that didn’t come off and be forced start all over again. The same is true for the interior; depending on how much work your cabin will need it may be worth starting there so that whatever dust and dirt you kick out won’t end up sullying your polished exterior.

Get The Right Products

You don’t want to use a product that might potentially damage rubber on the wheels, or an ammonia-based window or surface cleaner that can damage tinted window coatings or plastic surfaces inside the cab. Modern clear coat paint doesn’t usually respond well to abrasive polishes, so try a clay tool or a wax to rub out light scratches or scuffs. Microfiber towels also work extremely well for getting your outer coat to really shine. To be sure you’re getting the right cleaning products that are still safe, visit your local dealership or auto parts store.

When you’re caring for your car don’t forget to perform regularly scheduled maintenance. At McGrath Buick GMC Chrysler we’re happy to perform any repair or tune up you might need. Come visit our dealership for more pointers on detailing your car. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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