If you own a car, you want to keep it clean and dapper. Having a clean car is a way of living a dapper life because as a man you want to have a sense of pride in your ride. Whether it’s a hoopty or a luxury sports car, your wheels represent who you are. Treat your car like you would your home and always keep it nice and clean.
Everyone wants a clean car and nobody admires a dirty car. Why would you allow yourself to have a dirty car? I myself hate having my car dirty. I don’t even want to look at it or touch it when it’s dirty and I go out of my way on a regular basis to maintain it spick-and-span.
So, what are some ways to keep your car consistently clean without breaking the bank with expensive car washes? Let us here at John Dapper teach you how.
The first thing you should do is set a regular schedule on when to wash your car. Either once a week or once every two weeks is good. Do not let weeks or months pass without washing your car. By doing this you are letting dirt permanently damage your paint and you are allowing yourself to not be dapper. Also, if you have a date, or are going out with the guys, it is recommended to get your car washed that day.
Washing you car can be accomplished in several different ways. You can do it yourself, go to a drive-thru, or take it to a professional car washer. What I recommend is that you do all three. If you’re able to wash your car yourself every two weeks, you can take it to the drive-thru for those occasions when you’re in a rush, like a dinner date or a party. Save the professional washes for those times you need it most, like after a rainstorm or a road trip. By utilizing this method, you will be spending, on average, $20.00 a month on car washes. Not bad when you consider how much your car is actually worth!
Now that you know how to keep the outside clean, it’s time to figure out how to keep the inside from looking like a teenager’s messy bedroom.
Being men, we tend to not pay much attention to the junk our cars collect on a daily basis. Coffee mugs, soda cups, chewing gum wrappers, and old receipts are constantly being chucked around the inside of our car. If you want to be dapper, however, you need to keep a close eye on this. Keep a plastic grocery bag in your car and throw everything that is trash inside of it. When you get home at night, throw the bag out and replace it with a new one in the morning. There is nothing worse than letting your car collect trash because this really shows people you don’t care about wallowing in your own filth.
You must also remember that your car is not your closet. Sweaters, jackets, shoes, and hats shouldn’t be thrown in your backseat as if it were a hamper. If you must carry clothes with you, invest in a dapper bag and keep your car and clothes looking fresh. There is no excuse for having your backseat too full to carry a passenger. Keep your clothes nice and folded and do it in style with your bag. This way, when you scoop up your friends, you won’t have to spend 10 minutes cleaning out the backseat.
Too much junk in the trunk is always a bad thing. Not only does this cause you to waste gas, it’s also annoying when you actually need to use your trunk for something useful. The trunk must always be organized for those situations you’ll need it most. My suggestion is that you keep a couple of milk crates back there and throw everything you need in there. This includes: sports gear, tools, extra dog food, etc. It doesn’t mean you can throw your trash and clothes in there because nobody will see it. Keep your trunk clean.
Perhaps the best tip I can give you in keeping your car clean is to avoid eating in there unless you absolutely have to. Food and drink stains are a pain to remove and it will cause your car to have a foul smell even after your remove them. Eat outside of your car whenever possible and keep an air freshener in there at all times. The only exception to this rule is if you go to In-N-Out because they actually provide you with a mat for your car!
These are all very simple tips to help you keep your car clean. Once you get in the habit of keeping your car looking fresh, you’ve taken a huge step in becoming a dapper man and living a dapper life.
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