Car Care in the Meadows

Because we are not in a place where we pass a car wash every day, it is wise to keep our cars clean during what may be long periods between car washes. I have been dedicated to keeping my cars looking good for many decades, and I have usually had black or maroon luxury cars, which are very hard to keep clean.  My cars are used in Real Estate and must sparkle!

Here is a good method to avoid car washes for as long as possible. You can get five to six weeks easily between car washes with these suggestions. And in my case I have not seen the inside of a car wash for more than two years!

If you have a dusty car, or one with a few water spots or handprints, a Kozak Cloth has worked for me for fifty years. It is near magic, and can be bought in some car stores and easily by mail order. (6 South Lyon Street, Batavia, NY 14020.)

Buy a good supply of small terry towels at COSTCO.

For a slightly dirtier car, or one that is water spotted, I use a spray called Maguire’s Spray Detailer or EagleOne’s Wet Wipe and Shine or Final Finish. For black cars, Maguire’s makes and “Extreme” extra-cost product that is superb.  Any of these will do something to put a smile on your face in 10 minutes without you getting wet. (During the summer months, it is not unusual to get caught by one of the golf course sprinklers as you come home late at night. You would not like to get your car washed each time this happens!)

The best product for glass is “Invisible Glass” by Stoner. You can get it at any car store like Pep Boys. The best product for leather is Lexol – the choice for saddles in horse competition.

Finally, if you want to wax your car, you can buy Mothers or Meguiar’s Carnauba (which lasts longer) – each works beautifully. Counter to intuition, Consumers Reports says that liquid wax products last longer than paste wax but if you have your cars waxed every two or three months as I do either will do the job well.

If you use these products, you will need far fewer, or no car washes. It is not the cost of the car washes that kills you, it is the time. It takes an hour and a half to drive to the Texaco or the Auto Park Car Wash, get the wash and come home. You can do a good job in 1/5 the time, get your needed exercise, and feel virtuous about saving time and money.

Or call Tony at 760-877-3990 who does GREAT (and very inexpensive) car detailing using theses exact products (I trained him!) & he does fine yard work as well!


Filed Under: Not That You Don’t Already Intuitively Know this…

“Sales of previously owned U.S. homes dropped more steeply than expected in July to their lowest pace in 15 years, an industry group said Tuesday, implying further loss of momentum in the economic recovery.

The National Association of Realtors said sales dropped a record 27.2 percent from June to an annual rate of 3.83 million units, the lowest level since May 1995. June’s sales pace was revised down to a 5.26 million-unit pace. “

Comment: This is not going to improve until the jobs improve, and that will not improve until business’s know what kind of business climate they will have to operate in for taxes and regulation.

Businesses have already determine that many of them can stay barely profitable without more employees, because their current employees can be made to work harder – since there is no competing job for them to go to.

Economies do not “turn around” in the expected sense…they bootstrap a little here and a little there, until there is no longer a competition for jobs, but rather a competition for employees.

Housing is the first to fall and the last to recover because it is such a high ticket item that it requires both a good income AND confidence that the income stream will continue.

That is not currently the case.