Maintaining Your Car Like the Pros

If you drive a BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, or any other high-end luxury car, you probably want it to look just as good, if not better, than when you first drove it off the lot. The good news is that its very easy to keep you car looking great and even better than it did that day. The bad news is that keeping your car looking great isn’t cheap. Professionals can charge hundreds and even thousands of dollars for a high-end detailing job. This, combined with the fact that cars should be detailed ever 2 or 3 months, adds up to quite an expense.

There are many economy detailers out there that can very easily get your car washed and waxed for under $100.00. These detailers usually do a rush job and use inferior products. This raises the question of why do high-end luxury car detailers charge so much more than the economy detailers. The answer en-lies in the products that they use. There are a vast array of car care products on the market with varying price points. A typical 8 oz jar of “economy” car wax can be purchased for around $12.00. On the other side of the spectrum, a 8 oz jar of “premium” car wax could cost well over $1,000.00. Such car waxes that fall in this range are usually reserved for today’s Super-Cars which cost over $200,000.00; with paint-jobs running over $10,000 alone. For the moderate class of luxury cars, there is a more appropriate range around $100.00 per jar.

Now, the real question is who makes this wax! The answer is Zymol. Zymol is regarded to be the top manufacturer of automotive car care products in the detailing industry. A very basic and entry level wax is their Carbon Wax. This wax is listed at $49.00 and provides many applications. For an increased glossy shine, one might choose the Zymol Concours Wax. This wax is listed at $175.00 and is perfect for someone trying to take car detailing to the next level.

One might ask, why spend so much on car wax and what is the different in the waxes that vary in price. The one word answer is carnauba. Carnauba is a wax derived from the leaves of the carnauba palm, a plant native to and grown only in northeastern Brazil. The more carnauba a wax contains will increase the reflective shine and protection when applied to the finish of an automobile.

Aside from wax, there are a few “secret” products detailers use to achieve professional results. One product is called HD-Cleanse. This product is applied to a car’s finish after it has been washed and before the wax is applied. The purpose of this product is to remove any dead, oxidized paint, moderate scratches, accumulated road film, tar, and acid rain deposits that were left on after washing. To take it one step further, professionals use a Clay Bar to get the rest of the small dirt particles unseen by the naked eye.

So whats the point? The point of this article is to inform all you car enthusiasts out there that you no longer have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars on paying someone to detail you car. You now have all the information on how to achieve professional results for a fraction of the cost simply by buying the same products the professionals use.

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