Five Steps to Care for a New Car

by Edwin Rosenthal

Buying a new car can be intense and many people think that there is no need to maintain it which making a misconception. If you want to keep your car new then you should protect your car by preventing it from exposing to harsh environmental elements. For keeping the new vehicles in superior condition one should learn what to do and what not do.

Five steps for car care: wash- clean- perfect- protect- maintain
Proper care for your car is necessary whether it is ten years old or a brand new one. Old cars take more time than that of new one’s as they require removal of defects like scratches, swirl and oxidation. Long term protection of your vehicle depends on how properly you prepare and protect for it. This article will help you understand the significance of the five steps used for proper car care.

  • Washing: Loose dirt and grime can be removed by thoroughly washing your car.


  • Cleaning or clay the new car: Even though being a new car it will be subjected to environmental affects and getting contaminated.
    • Hence the paint should be cleaned with detailing clay for removing surface bonded contamination did before polishing process that gets stuck up to the paint which is usually not removed by normal washing.


  • Polishing the exterior: Polishing enables to remove defects in your paint, staining and finally improve overall shine.
    • The paint surface of the new car can be protected from harsh environmental affects and prevent from other aging process by covering it with paint protectant or paint sealant and car wax.


  • Protecting the interior: The interior of the vehicle usually have the vinyl and plastic which needs special care.
    • Either apply a protective product over the surfaces or allow them to breathe either for a month or two.


  • Maintaining
    • Oil changes: Oil should be changed only after driving about 20 miles.
        • In new engines, it will release small pieces of metal due to the rubbing of surfaces inside it.
        • Hence the oil should be changed after the initial rubbing and ensure that particle do not move through the components of the engine.
        • The rubbing dissipates after the initial 20 miles and normal conditions occur after certain point.
    • The initial engine operation: Initial engine acceleration which is required for the cylinder walls and piston rings occur with the first drive from the production line to the parking lot.
      • This is necessary for creating the right seal between the cylinder bores and the piston rings for opening the choke all the way up.
      • To avoid breaking in new vehicles, one should be driven at constant speed for the first 1000 miles.
    • Brakes operation: After driving first few miles, the extra brake pad material wears down and enable steady braking whenever required.
      • Better to avoid complete stops from high speeds for initial 20 miles.

New vehicles are irresistible investments made, so its important to follow few steps for protecting them and make them last longer. The above information helps to understand the steps to be taken which makes a big difference thus extending the life of your car.



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