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There are still plenty of days left in the summer to spend washing the car in the driveway, and Penske Automotive Group has some handy tips for those people who are far from ready to leave their ride parked in the garage.

• Don’t use dishwasher detergent. Our team feels using this kind of soap could damage your paint over time. Try to use a soap that is designed specifically for automotive paint to prolong finish.  If you need a suggestion come in and talk to Penske’s Parts & Service department.

• Try to wash your car in a shady area. If you don’t rinse your car off quickly enough, soap could dry on your paint job and cause possible damage.

• Only wash your car with a nozzle attached to the hose. This will help you conserve water.  Plus, nozzles tend to produce better water pressure, which is useful to remove stubborn.

• Try not to use something abrasive to wash your car. Buy a sponge that is designed for washing painted surfaces.

• Have a second option for cleaning the wheels. Try to use a cloth-like item on my wheels, and a sponge-like item on the actual paint of the car. The brake dust found on wheels can be extremely hard to get off so sometimes something with a little bit of texture is helpful.

• Wash the wheels first. Sometimes wheels tend to be the dirtiest part of the car so start with them and then tackle the body.

• When doing the car body, always start at the top and work your way down. Start with hosing down the car and then soap up the roof and work your way down. Afterwards you can rinse.

• Dry the car with a chamois. Penske Automotive Group has some.  There are soft and don’t damage the paint.  Try not to let your car air dry this tends to leave spots.

Did we leave anything out? How do you wash your car?

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