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Sometimes there's just not enough time to complete a full wash on your car. Find out how to get "close enough" in just 5 minutes.

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Follow these steps to keep your car feeling fresh and new

Just as the way you live can age your body, the way you drive can add years to your car.

Do some routine maintenance on your car and save time and money

Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip or visit friends and relatives who live far away. Your car is a gateway to visiting the big city, going on a fishing trip, taking a hike in the woods or just barbecuing at the lake. Before leaving for a trip, you should ensure that your vehicle is in proper working condition. After all, nothing ruins a warm sunny day like getting stranded on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. Follow these five easy steps to make sure your summer road trip

Washing the car could be a thing of the past

Nissan is testing a nano-paint coating that could make the car wash a very infrequent place to visit.

Car interiors are a haven for dust mites, mold and germs

Think a shiny car means a clean car? Think again. Drivers often neglect to clean their car's interior, and it could be making them sick. According to an expert, the cabin can be a haven for dust mites, mold and germs.


Extras like clear-coat protection aren't worth even a few extra bucks

A trip to the neighborhood car wash also presents car owners with choices: the basic wash; the better wash with "a special paint sealer" or some-such thing; and finally the pristine treatment with "rust inhibitor". Which do you choose? Do these extra offerings have any validity?


AOL talks to the kings of car detailing about the right way and the wrong way

Summer is upon us. The kids are off. If you have time on a sunny Saturday, one way to put a smile on everyone's face, and feel sunny yourself is to put a decent shine on the family car. Most of us go to a local car-wash and pay our $6.00 for a regular wash. Others get the bucket and suds out. But before you do either one, consider there is a right way and wrong way to wash a car. This promises to be the last article you ever need to read about how to properly wash and polish up your favorite se


These car wash tips can help your wallet, and your ride

Automatic/drive-thru car washes are more popular than ever because they save time and hassle. But are automatic car washes safe for your car? In many instances they are the safest course of action for car owners who want to keep their car clean. In fact, automatic car washes can be safer for your car's finish than washing your car yourself.

Taking care or your car's appearance doesn't qualify as vanity, it's smart vehicle ownership. You can hire a professional auto detailer to care for your car for $100 to $500 -- or you can swipe their secrets, do it yourself and save some dough. There are a few professional organizations for detailers, like the National Association for Professional Detailing & Reconditioning (NAPDR) and the Pro