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Car Washes vs Hand Washing

car washes vs hand washing

Though it is time consuming, sometimes it is a good idea to hand wash your car.

Dads in movies from the 80s make it seem like a personal insult if you don’t wash shine your own car to a perfect, meticulous finish, but is there really that much of a difference? When it comes to automatic car washes vs hand washing, which one is better depends entirely on you.

For one, not everyone can or wants to wash and wax their car at home. It’s time-consuming, and it’s not fun to do if you don’t have a garage and you want to clean muddy slush off your car in the middle of winter.

Another thing that isn’t great about hand washing: runoff. When you clean your car at home, you send chemicals into grass and sewers. But automatic car washes aren’t perfect either.

The only real way to remove contaminants from your car’s surface is through hand washing, using clays and polish to restore the car’s shine. You don’t get the same experience with an automatic wash, which is a great reason to at least take care of your car at home every once and a while, even if most of the time you hit the car wash instead. Visit Randall Mitsubishi for more great car cleaning tips and to check out our full selection of Mitsubishi vehicles!

Dog-Proofing Tips to Keep Your Car Clean in Honor of National Puppy Day

Dog-Proofing Tips

April is Car Care Month so follow these tips for dog-proofing your car!

Considering the nearly unanimous love for dogs and all-things-puppy in the United States, it’s no surprise that we observed a “National Puppy Day” on March 23. But for those of us who love our cars just as much as our pups, their pesky fur presents a problem.

National Puppy Day has passed, but keep your car clean and fur-free all year with these car dog-proofing tips:

  • Prevent dog mess ahead of time by laying down a blanket over the seats, and consider putting plastic wrap over your window if you have a particularly slobbery pooch.
  • For a quick upholstery touch-up, a lint roller will quickly pick up dog hair, but if you’ve let the hair accumulate, a vacuum hose might be in order.
  • Consider placing hefty, plastic mats at the feet of the back row seats, which are not only easy to clean but also may contain some potential dog … spills.
  • Keep an enormous supply of car fresheners handy, just in case.

Do you have any other tips to keep your car clean despite canine passengers? Let us know in the comments.

If car maintenance is your problem visit Randall Mitsubishi for your next Tune-Up!

Mind Your Nooks And Crannies: Tips For Detailing Your Vehicle

Tips for Detailing your Vehicle
Tips for Detailing your Vehicle

It’s not always fun to clean your car but not everyone likes a messy car so keep these tips in mind when detailing your car.

Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to detailing your vehicle. If you are going to go through the trouble of wheeling your vacuum cleaner all the way out to the driveway, give your interior a run for its money! Here are some tips for detailing your vehicle thoroughly and successfully!

Consumer Reports brilliantly suggests working from the top down. This means starting with your top of your dash, using a housecleaner and a rag, being sure to spray the rag and not the dash (just for risk you’ll get it all over the windshield and windows, although you should be cleaning those as well). Once the dash-area is completely free of debris, you can use a moisturizer/polish.

When it comes to vacuuming, make sure you have some handy attachments. If you don’t, or they’ve been lost, it’s worth getting replacements. Remove floor mats and clean under them. If you are not going to go full bore and steam clean your cloth upholstery, they do make spray-on upholstery cleaner.

The most important thing to remember when cleaning your interior is to clean all of the nooks and crannies and other easily overlooked spots. That means, clean behind door handles and under the seats. Wipe down seat-belt buckles. Use a q-tip to get the really tight spots, like where your stereo or infotainment is.

It’s awfully difficult to impress a date when you’ve got a moldy slice of tomato (from that one time they put tomato on your burger even though you expressly told them not to) in between your gear shifter and your seat. Mind your nooks and crannies!

While you’re cleaning up your Mitsubishi, think about bringing it on over to Randall Mitsubishi for a spring service tune-up afterwards!