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The average person gets professional car detailing twice up to thrice a year. Understandably, car maintenance is in between professional “help.” Thankfully, car maintenance doesn’t have to be tough or complicated.

Washing the Car: How Often Should It Actually Be Done?

Sometimes people just don’t have the time, or the energy, or the motivation to clean their cars as often as needed. A good rule of thumb is to do it weekly if the car consistently ends up with the likes of:

  • Bird droppings
  • Bug splatter
  • Dirt
  • Grime
  • Heat stains
  • Salt
  • Tree sap

On the other hand, if the area that the person lives in has mild weather and the car doesn’t come in contact with nature (trees, birds, bugs) that often, bi-weekly washes will go a long way. This also applies if the car is just in the garage more often than not.

Washing a car on a monthly basis is only acceptable if it hardly sees road time, rarely leaves the garage or doesn’t really get exposed to the elements.

All told, however, it’s ideal to get a car cleansed with a garden hose or bring it through a car wash at least once a week. That way, deterioration and grime can be delayed.

Buffing the Car: When Should It Be Done?

When a car is buffed, a layer of its clear coat and/or paint is removed. That layer that protects the surface beneath it. When a person does this, the first thought that may enter their mind is: “Why would I want to remove a layer of my car’s clear coat and/or paint?”

Done right, waxing or sealing your car can be a great way to get the most out of a paint job by increasing the shine, removing minor scratches, and prolonging the life of an automobile. It should be done twice a year, at least.

Polishing the Car: Is There Such a Thing Is Too Often?

Polishing or waxing a car should be done every three months. Waxing helps to stay protected from the elements and minor daily irritants. That can cause major issues down the line which can heavily impact resale value as well.

A key benefit of polishing is that car washes will go by much easier. That’s because when a car is waxed, irritants like grime and dust will wash off much quicker.

Figuring out when a car needs waxing can be tricky for some people. The ideal way to figure out whether a car needs polishing is the bead test. Basically, it’s a matter of throwing water on the car to see if the water beads up. If the answer is yes, then a polishing session isn’t in order just yet. However, water that slides and streaks down the car entirely signifies a need for wax.


Car maintenance involves quite a number of things including washing a car, polishing it and buffing it. Washing is best done either on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Polishing makes washing easier and should be done every three months.

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