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Cleaning Hacks for Exotic Cars

Spotless exotic cars in a garage.

An exotic car is a highly valuable investment. Its value comes from its exclusivity, uniqueness, and sometimes, age. Appearance also has a lot to do with its prestigious status. When an exotic car’s appearance deteriorates, its value also depreciates. As such, every exotic car owner knows to take great care of their investment.

There’s no need to blow money on expensive cleaning services. A hands-on approach, especially when done regularly, can benefit your exotic car a great deal. Cleaning a unique vehicle model requires a special touch. If you are ready to get your hands dirty, then read these hacks to clean your exotic car.

Use the right products

One way a car is labeled exotic is when it is made with unusual or notably high-grade materials. Because of the special composition of exotic cars, you need to exercise great care when choosing the product for cleaning.

Don’t just pick products that are popular. Learn about the materials used on your car. Some chemicals in common cleaning products may cause more harm than good. When you have done enough research and read your manufacturer’s manual, you can build your supplies by getting the basics:

  • Car shampoo
  • Leather cleaner and conditioner
  • Microfiber towel
  • Protectant shine
  • Wash mitts

It is not just the right products you need. To clean an exotic car, you also have to use the right technique, so you don’t damage anything. For example, if you drive a Tesla Model S or a BMW i8, you need to learn how to care for their carbon fiber car parts.

Get into corners and crevices with Q-tips

Because of the way many exotic cars are designed, their interiors tend to have plenty of small corners and crevices. You can clean some of these small areas with a foam paint brush, but for truly tiny crannies, q-tips are the way to go. Dab q-tip in cleaning solution and wipe inaccessible areas, like the small logo on the car horn, the buttons on your radio, the rims of meters, etc. Use another q-tip when the dirt accumulates. Wipe the cleaned areas with dry q-tip to remove remaining moisture and other residues.

Prevent oxidation with wax, sealant, or coating

Exotic cars are valued for their appearance, as much as they’re priced for their rareness. Unfortunately, like most cars, they’re also vulnerable to dents, scratches, and oxidation. When heat and oxygen combine, they break down the paint of your car in a process called oxidation. Oxidation deteriorates the paint on your car until it completely dissolves, allowing for the development of rust.

To maintain its shiny paint job, an exotic car needs to get waxed, sealed, or coated. How often do you have to get this done? Wax or sealant is temporary, so it needs monthly reapplication. On the other hand, coating, which is more costly, can last from one to two years. Ultimately, it’s your decision as the car owner over which to choose.

Remove contaminants with a clay bar

Even when you’ve thoroughly washed and wiped your exotic car’s exterior, some microscopic contaminants may be left behind. Why does it matter if they won’t be noticed anyway? The answer is simple. Those teeny dirt particles can build up and result in tiny scratches on the car exterior, causing dullness on the paint job. Fortunately, a clay bar can help with that.

Before you use a clay bar, wash and dry your car first and remove obvious and visible grime. Next, cut a palm-sized piece and squeeze until it’s pliant. Flatten the clay and add some lubricant. Wipe car exterior with the clay as lightly as possible while removing the contaminants. When dirt accumulates, fold and knead the clay until you get a clean side. Remove any residue on the exterior with a microfiber cloth to finish.

Get regular maintenance

You want your exotic car to look good and feel good when you drive it. To get the best of both worlds, you have to regularly maintain your vehicle. There’s no need to visit a technician unless you’re doing a crucial or major change. Some maintenance tasks, like changing the air filter, replacing windshield wipers, and checking tire pressure, are things you can do yourself. Regular maintenance is extremely vital for exotic cars, especially vintage ones. It keeps your car running smoothly and prevents parts from breaking down, which may result in costly repairs.

Final Word

Exotic cars are all about beauty and performance. That’s why regular cleaning and maintenance is not an option but a necessity for these unique vehicles. As an exotic car owner, you can’t just rely on expensive car services (even if you have the extra cash). Read your manufacturer’s manual, do your research when buying cleaning products, and learn some techniques for maintaining your car. You have to do your part to maintain the value of your prized ride.

Author Bio

Tara is a freelance and contributing writer for Carbon Fiber Gears, leading seller of carbon fiber product for men and women. When she’s not engrossed in a good book, she’s out taking pictures of nature for her private collection.

Everyone knows that car oil must regularly be changed at reasonable intervals to ensure that the vehicle will run smoothly.

If the oil in the engine becomes dark, its additives can boil out, and the contaminants may form and eat the automobile’s metal parts. Over time, water collects inside and can build a sludge.

Also, the darker oil will tend to hold more abrasive metal particles that become suspended in it. Then, these particles can wear the engine parts that the oil is initially designed to protect.

A key component of car maintenance, you can get about twice the mileage if you change your engine oil regularly. But the question now is: How often should you change your oil? Let’s find out in this article.

 

Mechanic teaching a car owner basic car maintenance.

 

     1.     Change Oil Every 1,000 to 3,000 Miles For Older Car Models

When driving under extreme conditions, some recommend changing your engine oil every 1,000 to 3,000 miles, especially if you own an older car model.

Here are some of the extreme conditions that will make you think to change your oil every 1,000 to 3,000 miles:

  • When you drive most of the time in rush-hour traffic in the city, you need to change your oil every 1,000 to 3,000 miles. Another reason is when you spend most of your time driving in scorching weather, in areas with dirt, or while having heavy loads most of the time.
  • Having lots of short trips in a day that leaves the vehicle parked for long hours may enable the engine to cool down and fail to evaporate the water that builds in the crankcase and forms a sludge.

 

     2.     Change Oil Every 5,000 Miles Or Every Six Months

Indeed, newer car models can run longer miles using the same oil versus the older ones. Also, engine oil has become more efficient, and you can use it for a more extended period for new cars.

However, you might want to change your engine oil every six months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. Change your oil based on your car’s optimum operating conditions.

 

     3.     Change Oil Depending On The Manual’s Recommendations

For newer car models, experts recommend following the recommendation time in the manual for changing the engine oil.

Newer car models have pre-installed oil-life monitoring systems that help drivers determine when the engine oil needs changing. The technology reminds the owners of the oil that needs replacement due to an alert that shows in the instrument panel.

Older car models base the changing of oil on the mileage and the time. However, due to advanced automobile designs, you can analyze the condition of the car and when the oil will degrade.

Here are other reasons why it’s best to go by the manual to determine when your new car needs its oil changed:

  • The manuals for many of the newer car models eliminate the recommendations for ‘severe service.’ It is because the monitoring system of the life of the engine oil can shorten the interval for an oil change, especially in heavy-duty operation.
  • The majority of the engines will use less than ¼ of oil in between changes while others can use more than ¼ in every 600 to 700 miles. Thus, you can save on the costs.

 

Street Wise Driving car on a tree lined country road.

Technicians will usually reset the monitoring system. If you do the changing yourself, you can reboot the system with the aid of the manual provided. If you want to do manual changing yourself, it might be best to do it after receiving the right kind of training from driving institutions like Street Wise Driving or the ones in your local area.

Though newer cars require less frequent oil changes, still you must regularly check the level of the oil each month and top it up when needed.

Furthermore, this will prevent further damages to the engine since the car warranty will not cover the engine wear from low levels of oil.

Note as well that if you do not use your miles frequently and you don’t put many miles on your car, it is still advisable for you to change the engine oil every 12 months, even if the reminder date on the panel has not yet come.

 

Conclusion

In sum, there are many factors to consider in changing your engine oil such as the age of the engine, the frequency of the use of the car, and miles traveled regularly. The rate of changing the oil is indeed a case by case basis.

If you have an old car that you use frequently, then you’d be best to change your oil according to the 3,000 miles requirement. However, this requirement does not apply to car models from the year 2000 onwards.

But if you have a new car model and you use it minimally, you can opt for the oil change as stated in the manual or as per the recommendation of the manufacturer, or at 5,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first.

 

John Turner

 

John is a driving instructor and has been teaching people how to drive for the last 20 years. When he’s not training people to drive, he’s working hard writing about his passion for Street Wise Driving. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family.
John Turner, driving instructor for Street Wise Driving.

 

 

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Don’t Forget About Your Car

By Kristi Kenyon, freelance writer for Executive Auto Shippers

Many people move in the spring and summertime. There are college students either moving back home or to work an internship, families relocating due to a job change, and even military families moving for their PCS orders. Every move has it’s challenges and list of to-do’s – it can be really hard to remember it all! One area that can be easy to forget is the updates you’ll need for your vehicle. Here’s a shortlist to help remember these 3 areas related to your car when you’re moving.

 

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  1. License, Registration, and Vehicle Insurance

This is listed first because it takes top priority. You need to get your license, registration/taxes, and insurance updated as soon as possible. There may be deadlines as to when you need to update your license before incurring a charge. In some states, you can apply for a state-specific ID card.

Make sure to check your registration – in some states, you can receive a partial refund if you won’t be a resident for the full year you’ve paid for. Do this AFTER you’ve registered in your new state and only if they would owe you at least $10. The amount of time needed to transfer your registration varies from state to state, so make sure to check this as soon as possible. It’s also required to be done in person. If you still have a loan on your vehicle, make sure to get a lien release letter, especially if you’re moving inland from Hawaii, and let your institution know that you’ll be moving.

Although your car may be properly insured where you live now, the coverage requirements may vary in another state. Make sure to contact your insurance company to update your information and check for proper coverage.

 

window tinting, state vehicle regulations

  1. State Laws and Regulations for Vehicles

What may have been fine in your previous state may be against the law in another. For instance, if you lived in a desert area like Arizona, you may have had dark window tint on your car to help keep the sun out. In states like Iowa, your front windows must allow more than 70% of light through the tint. Certain counties in California have specific vehicle emission inspection laws in place for smog regulation. Depending on your vehicle, you may be required to have emission checks done to receive biennial smog certification, done as part of your vehicle’s registration.

According to AAA, there are other states that have specific vehicle laws about what is allowed for modification or display. In Georgia, they don’t allow any non-transparent material on any of the windows that would obstruct the driver’s view. Maine gets more specific into the placement of certain stickers. If you’ve lowered or lifted your vehicle, it may not be allowed. If the gross weight is 10,000 lbs or less, the bumper can’t be less than 6 inches or more than 31 inches high.

 

antifreeze, car maintenance

  1. Maintenance for Your Vehicle

Different climates can require that you do different maintenance to your vehicle. If you’ll be moving from a colder, more northern area of the country to the warmer, drier south, you might want to check your tires and cooling system. If you’re tires or hoses a little weather-worn or not in proper working order, you could have problems in the south, especially the desert. Since it can be up to 60 degrees warmer, there is more pressure put on your vehicle, especially the rubber parts. If your hoses are cracked or worn, they could burst in the warmer temperatures. The same goes for your tires.

If you’ll be moving south to north, you’ll want to check your antifreeze levels. Since you weren’t as worried about your car engine locking up due to cold temperatures, you probably haven’t worried too much about it. Anti-freeze is essential to a well-running vehicle in the northern part of the country, especially in the late fall and winter months. This is even a good idea if your vehicle will be going through the mountains, either being transported or driven.

 

Moving can be hectic. Although these areas mentioned above can seem simple enough, they can be pretty easy to forget. Having a plan helps. As a quick recap, make sure to plan for a quick tune up and check before you move, check the new state’s regulations and laws to make sure your vehicle complies, and change your license and registration as soon as you can. And if you need help relocating your vehicle for whatever reason, Executive Auto Shippers will be glad to help. Contact one of our representatives and see how we can make shipping your car the easiest part of your move!