Month: June 2016

The Basics of Car Waxing: How to Leave Your Car Shining

car washWaxing is a great way to make your car standout from the pack, and it can also add a protective layer to the exterior. It’s important to understand the basics of car waxing, from which products to buy to the right techniques.

The experts at Popular Mechanics say that cleaning and waxing are the most basic maintenance tasks you can do for your car. It all starts with a thorough washing—be sure to get in cracks, and remove any dirt or dust. Any bit of dirt can do serious damage to paint, scratching and pitting the exterior.

Select a high-quality wax. That doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars, but you should also avoid the cheapest products on the market. Typically, paste waxes work the best, and they should have large volumes of carnauba in them. Liquid wax lasts a long time, but it tends to be slightly dull.

Only use clean cloths and synthetic sponges (natural sponges have grit and dirt). Working in straight lines, coat your car in wax (circular motions tend to leave streaks). Rinse off, and dry your car as soon as possible. Water tends to be bad for waxing, so don’t do it when it is raining or if your car is still soaked from washing. Always work in thin layers, as less is more. Too much wax often leads to caked-on product.

Wax every two months or so. This leaves a spotless shine, as well as a protective layer. It’s great for preventing rust and scratches, and it may even increase the resale value of your car in the long run.




Mazda CX-5 Named the Pre-Owned Vehicle of the Year

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Mazda CX-5

In conjunction with the New England Motor Press Association, WheelsTV recently named the 2013-14 Mazda CX-5 the 2016 Pre-Owned Vehicle of the Year. This model was recognized for its unparalleled quality of design, impressive durability, and timeless styling. If you want to get the best used car around, check out the 2013-14 CX-5.

Used cars are becoming more and more popular as the cost of living in the US rises. That means the 2013-14 CX-5 may just be one of the best options for buyers on the market in general, offering a great ride for a great price. Mazda also notes that the CX-5 also received several awards when it first appeared on the market, including a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and a 2013 Green Car of the Year finalist award.

“The CX-5’s outstanding long-term reliability and exceptional consumer satisfaction made it a stand out in this year’s pre-owned vehicle of the year judging,” WheelsTV said in a statement. “This extraordinary crossover has proven its value through millions of trouble free miles on America’s roads and motorists’ hearts.”

This model comes with a bold exterior with sweeping contours and an iconic front fascia. Under the hood is a powerful 2.0-liter aluminum four cylinder, while a tuned suspension improves handling. This model has everything you could want in a car.