Sometimes irrespective of how clean your car is, it simply doesn't matter. This was painfully obvious in the recent collision in Japan, estimated to be the world's most expensive car crash, involving eight Ferraris, three Mercedes Benz cars, a Lamborghini Diablo and last but not least a Toyota Prius. The cars looked beautifully maintained but car cleanliness came second to obeying the traffic rules especially with regards to speeding, which in this case certainly didn't pay.
If you're fortunate enough to be the proud owner of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini in all likelihood there is someone who regularly cleans your car for you. However if you don't own a sports car it certainly does not mean that you do not want to be pleased with your vehicle's appearance, even if you have to take care of the valeting yourself. To replicate the work of a professional valeting service and get your cars bodywork and interior to gleam and shine you need good quality valeting products.
Valeting supplies range from the usual car shampoos and wash and wax products to heavy duty degreasers and tar and glue remover. You can find a suitable valeting product for all your car cleaning needs. I was taught to always use the top-down and inside out approach to car valeting. The reason for the top down approach is that most of the dirt and grime is located closer to the ground and inside out means that any cleaning on the interior of the car is done before working on the bodywork.
Sparkling windows also make a huge difference to your cars appearance and also the visibility when you are driving. There are funky products with names like 'Bugz Off' that help to take off dirt caused by beetles, moths, flies and other insects that connect with your windows. For my little car I would have liked some 'Spiderz Off' as I have a few making nests behind my side mirrors that I would like to stop from coming back. Windscreen cleaning products that also have de-icing and anti-freezing properties are very useful and you simply add them to your windscreen wash reservoir and let it do the work.
Wheel cleaning and tyre dressing products also add that special touch to a well valeted car. They tend to be not so much fun to clean but once the job is done the outcome is truly one to admire. For a beautiful gloss without too much fuss you can try a foam tyre dressing product. Keeping the interior and exterior of your car clean and well maintained not only prolongs its lifespan but also adds to the resale value when you are in the market for a new set of wheels.