How to get your vehicle ready for summer

At OCTO, our expert technicians know what it takes to extend the life of your vehicle and keep it looking its best. As summer fast approaches, here are a few tips from your neighbourhood mechanic on how to keep your car’s body polished and protected.

Clean your car thoroughly

It’s a good idea to give your car a good clean to remove any road salt and sand that may have built up over the winter. If you decide to wash your vehicle by hand, be mindful about what kind of soap you use. Some products, such as dishwashing liquid, can do more harm than good. It’s best to purchase a soap that’s specifically made for cars. If you aren’t sure which product is right for you, ask one of our team members for advice.

For best results, you should avoid cleaning your car in hot weather and direct sunlight. Instead, find a shady spot or wait for a cloudy day. You should also refrain from using stiff brushes or aggressive tools such as steel wool to remove stubborn stains. Instead, use a microfibre towel to wash and dry your car to avoid scratching the paint.

Apply a protective wax

Once you’ve finished washing and drying your vehicle, you should apply a coat of protective wax. It’ll make your car shine and also protect the paint from bug guts, bird droppings, road debris and sun damage.

Schedule a rustproofing treatment

If you have an older vehicle that hasn’t been rustproofed in a while, it may be time to make an appointment at a specialized mechanic shop this spring. Check with your nearest OCTO to find out what your car needs and what options are available to you.

OCTO: your trusted mechanic for over 50 years

In 2021, OCTO is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Our customers feel like family, and we continue to be committed to taking care of their vehicles.

If you’re looking for a mechanic that offers competitive pricing, OCTO has you covered. Our comprehensive and affordable maintenance and repair services will keep your car running smoothly. If you want to make sure your vehicle is ready to hit the road this summer, make an appointment today at your nearest OCTO.

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