As we wrote in an earlier post, “there’s nothing in the world that can compare to the look, feel, and smell of a brand new car,” and getting your car detailed can provide some of the same addictive thrill. Detailing your car, however old it is, can give it new life. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your car in great shape after getting it detailed. You might have a hundred different things you want to do to your little Mazda Miata, but at some point we all need to take a break. Without any further ado, let’s take a peek at some quick things you can do to keep your car in great shape – without spending hundreds of dollars. Tidying Up: Many people, especially those with long commutes, are in their cars so much that it’s nearly a second home or office. But some people who have spotless homes and offices find themselves unmotivated to keep their cars clean in the same way. One of the great things about getting your car detailed is that it can remind you how much nicer it feels to drive a clean, tidy car. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways to make sure your car’s interior stays in pristine shape. Taking a few minutes to tidy up when you’re in the gas station goes a long way. Make time to dispose of all your cardboard coffee cups and fast-food bags, so you can prevent spills and leaks that lead to stains and sticky spots. If you have time (and a quarter or two), most gas stations have a vacuum cleaner that can get troublesome dirt out of a car’s nooks and crannies. Washing: Chase Detailing uses waterless car washing, which is a great way to make sure your car stays pristine and clean. The waterless car washing method is environmentally friendly, great for freezing winters, and gentler on cars’ exteriors, since it doesn’t involve high velocity power-washers. We believe waterless car washing is the best way to wash your car. However, if you are looking for a quick wash between detailing appointments, there are some steps you can take to make sure you treat your car’s exterior right. This Consumer Reports article on the “Do’s and don’ts of washing your car” outlines a number of helpful tips, including making sure you have products specifically designed for washing cars, techniques for rinsing, washing, and drying, and more. More Detailing! The term “detailing” actually refers to quite a few different cleaning and repair procedures. As we lay out on the Chase Detailing Build Your Own Package page, the Basic Detail package includes a waterless hand car wash, tire work, windows, interiors, and more. However, we offer a number of “extra” services, including leather cleaning, engine bay detailing, steam cleaning, paint sealant…the list goes on. If you can’t get that “new car feeling” out of your head, we can help!