Cosmetic Car Maintenance Schedule

Basic Cosmetic Car Maintenance Schedule

Keeping your car looking good, and making it last comes down to two things:

  • Proper Maintenance
  • Performed on consistent basis

Having been in the professional world of auto detailing now for over twenty years, I have put together my basic car maintenance checklist so you can keep your car looking great, and make it last!

Basic Tips

Let me start by giving you a few basic maintenance tips that will make your life easier, and start you in the right direction:

  • Outsource your car washing to the local car wash-There are many that think letting the car wash even touch your car is a sin; I say different. Save yourself an hour or two; let the local car wash do the grunt work. Then you come home and do the fun stuff like actual detailing, waxing, etc., that is actually going to produce lasting results.
  • The right products, for the right job-Because of major advances in chemical engineering, knowing which products to use for specific jobs will not only make your life easier, but also produce better results.

Cosmetic Car Maintenance Schedule

  • Have your car washed weekly, including vacuuming.
  • Wax your car every 4-12 weeks
  • Wipe the interior down Simple Green cleaner (dilute following instructions for light duty cleaning)

If you simply followed that list above, not only would you be ahead of 98% of the people out there, but your car would outlast your interest in your car. Trust me, you would be long bored of your car before it actually needed to be replaced by doing this simple cosmetic maintenance.

The Products

Product choice is a critical moment within your car detailing efforts. All it takes is a few simple products:

  1. Spray wax-see what I think is my pick for best rated car wax.
  2. Simple Green (mix according to light duty cleaning)

The Tools

It doesn't get an simpler than this; basic tools you already have around the house.

car cleaning tools
  • Terry cloth rag
  • Plastic, nylon scrub brush
  • Tooth brush
  • Make-up brush


By following these incredibly simple and basic steps of this car maintenance schedule, your car will:

  • Look better
  • Last longer

And you will feel better about driving it!





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