Like Pulling Teeth

As I sat in the dentist’s office patiently nervously waiting, my mind began to wander to happier, less stressful times. Or at least for me.

Washing one’s car should be a thing of pride and joy. For those who truly love their vehicle, giving it a rub-down is one of the great joys in life. And when I owned my very own Subie, I relished in sunny Saturday mornings when I could whip out the old bucket and cleaning mitt and get the job done. But, such is not the case for many people on the road today.

On my way to hell the dentist I couldn’t help but notice the number of filthy or badly cleaned vehicles on the road. Now, granted it’s been raining for the past few days in Montreal, but that’s no excuse. A good wax job will keep the rain from causing too much damage, but it seems “wax” is a word reserved for West Island urbanite moms, not everyday drivers.

If you take a few minutes to search online for the proper care techniques and tricks to keep your car looking years younger than it is, you’ll notice that cleaning and caring for your car really isn’t all that hard at all! And forget “no touch” car washes at the gas station those are poo — that’s right poo. If you have an ounce of scratchy dirt or sand on your paint, the large “soft” mop-like mechanics of the car wash will just drag those particles across your paint minutely scratching the hell out of it — like fingernails on a chalk board that is.

So, take a few minutes and look out at your car right now. Just do it. Is it caked in dirt? Salt? Leftover winter grime? Cigarette ash on the driver’s door if you’re a smoker? Is it starting to rust (God forbid)? If so, you need to start taking care of your car mister. Would you let your home look that ragged and disgusting in front of all the neighbours? I don’t think so.

And don’t just run down to Canadian Tire or Home Hardware and buy the cheapest bottle of all-purpose soap and cleaner either. Take a few more minutes to look up companies like Auto Magic for swirl removal or products from Klasse. You might not recognize the names, but that’s usually a good thing — it means they’ll work.

Your car is an extension of yourself. I don’t see you going months without washing your hair (gross), so don’t go months without washing your vehicle either. Cleaning your car (inside and out) shouldn’t be like pulling teeth.

So suck it up and clean your car (oh and visit the dentist regularly too – if I have to, you do too).

Drive on,
– M.

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~ by drivingmsmiranda on April 9, 2010.

One Response to “Like Pulling Teeth”

  1. great experience, dude! thanks for this great post wow… it’s very wonderful report.

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