Most people spend as much time in their cars as they do almost anywhere else. Being able to travel wherever and however you want is great. However with that freedom comes the responsibilities of keeping the car gassed up, changing the oil, fixing any damage and keeping the car clean. That last one usually gets ignored but its just as important as an other aspect. Here’s why.
Damage to the Paint Job
Dirt being on the outside of the car will chip, push against and scratch your paint job and if you leave the dirt there the scratches get filled and everything gets worse. As things like rain and salt stay in these cracks it can oxidise and rust the paint as well. The excess dirt can also clog the wheels and any other part of the car that has gaps in it. If you don’t wash the car every so often the accumulated dirt can make the vehicle ugly or worse.
This is a more serious version of the paint job problem. Accumulated salt and dirt on the bonnet, the chassis and the hubcaps can actually compromise the structural integrity of the vehicle. It can make it less resistant to shock and more likely to break and crush in a crash scenario. In addition as the hubcaps rust and pit you will need to replace them. A full set of hubcaps is incredibly expensive and having them attached to the car can be even worse. Damage to the bonnet can even effect the engine.
If you leave the interior of your car with food, trash and drink containers things will inevitably leak rot and gather bacteria. As things get too far tainted there’s a danger of bacteria and even mould to grow on the cars interior. As you breathe in these things it does more than fill your nose with something awful. It can make you really sick, many diseases grow on mould and can infect human beings. All of this trouble just for picking up some AMC car cleaning supplies and getting the job done yourself.
Mental and Social Issues
Having an ugly filth filled and dirt coated car will get you judged. It will be seen as a basic inability to get yourself together. Prospective employers and partners will refuse to see you as an option and eventually this will begin to make you think badly of yourself as well. Its a physical indicator of how much care you’re willing to take of your posessions and in the world we live in that’s a status issue.
Having a clean car is not hard, its not particularly disgusting and all it takes is a little extra maintenance to get it done. For not doing this the punishment is a ruined car, illness and judgement. That’s not even a question.