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Car-wash extras worth paying for
Undercarriage wash: Do it at least once a season. It’s the best way to remove hidden mud and road-salt residue, which can corrode the frame, coil springs, muffler, exhaust, and other important components.
Hand-washing and detailing: These are for car owners who care about every detail, but they’re not crucial. A machine wash, once or twice a month, “can keep cars looking good.”
Wheel cleaner: The cleaning agent itself is formulated to remove brake dust—the black powder that accumulates on rims and won’t come off with regular soap. Most wheels aren’t damaged by brake dust, but the more it builds up, the harder cleanup will be.
Spray-on wax: Today’s finishes last for years without waxings, but wax guards against contaminants such as bird droppings and tree sap. Though a hand waxing every couple of months is better, a spray wax helps protect hard-to-reach areas such as the rain gutters.
Source: Consumer Reports