When you think of vehicle maintenance, do you consider washing your car part of it? At Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM of Bowie, the one-stop shop for Dodge cars near Crofton, MD, we’d like to stress the importance of keeping your car clean.

If you don’t regularly wash your car, you may be doing more damage than you realize. Dirt and grime carry chemicals that can damage your car’s finish. Additional environmental stimuli like salt can even cause rust and decay.

How much your car will be affected by these things depends on several different factors. Thus, the number of times you should wash your car can vary dramatically from person to person. The biggest factor is where you are located. If you find yourself in a city that sees substantial snowfall, necessitating salt for slick roads, you may want to wash your car as often as once a week during those winter months. Whereas in the summer, you’d probably be covered by a wash every other week.

The amount of exposure your car has to the elements is a big factor as well. If you park on the street, your car is going to come into much more contact with dirt and chemicals than a car that spends most of its time in a garage. One will need more cleanings than the other respectively.

When you do wash your car, don’t forget about the interior. It may not feel the full brunt of the environment like the exterior, but salt and dirt and mud can still be tracked in from shoes and boats. You should also get your car waxed twice a year to sure up its defenses.

Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Bowie is here with any automotive help you may need. We hope when you acquire a great car like the 2018 Dodge Durango or a pre-owned Jeep SUV, it keeps its shine for years to come.