1. Avoid scratches as much as possible:
Why start with scratches you ask yourself? Because they make your vehicles finish look bad. Avoiding scratches will keep your car looking good for years to come. One way to stop this from happening is to stop going to automatic car washes that use brushes.  They can cause so much damage over time and drop the overall value of your car.  Choose to have your vehicle professionally detailed by hand with all new chemicals that have not been recycled from previous washes on other vehicles.  
 
2. As much as possible, protect your cars finish from the elements:
Especially in the Winter, SALT is our worst enemy. Keep your vehicle washed on a regular basis and keep it covered or in a garage.
 
3. Always keep a good coat of wax or paint sealant on the car:
In addition to keeping your car covered or in a garage, keeping it waxed will also protect your car from the elements, including sunlight and many other circumstances that you will encounter, from bug carcasses to bird droppings.
4. Be aware of your car's finish:
Make regular quick inspections of your cars surface a habit. Look it over and note its condition, keeping in mind its recent history and what you anticipate will happen in the future.
5. Make a habit of detailing your car:
In most cases, getting your vehicle detailed once a month is adequate. Your vehicle should be maintained with a thorough wash and clean as often as every two weeks especially if your vehicle is subject to harsh conditions.
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