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503-246-9781 | 6600 SW Scholls Ferry Road Portland, OR 97223

Wash Me, Please

Wash Me, Please

It's definitely time to clean your car if someone writes "wash me" on your vehicle. Even if your car hasn't reached that point, a good cleaning of the inside and outside prevents the buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, reduces the potential for rust from road salt and helps ensure proper visibility needed for safe driving, according to the non-profit Car Care Council.

To get started, remove any clutter from inside the car, including items that have accumulated in the trunk that can add extra weight and reduce fuel efficiency. The next step is to thoroughly clean and vacuum the interior and wash the windows.

When washing the outside, include the tires, wheels, underside and fenders to eliminate any road salt or grime. Wheels and tires should be cleaned with a mitt other than the one used to wash the body. This will avoid contaminating the vehicle's paint with debris from the wheels and tires.

The vehicle should be washed in the shade and with a product sold specifically for cars. The council recommends washing one section at a time, thoroughly rinsing away the soap as you go. Work your way down toward the front, sides and rear of the vehicle. Clean the fenders and bumpers last since they will have the most dirt and grime that can contaminate the wash mitt.

The car should get a final rinse by removing the spray nozzle from the hose and letting the water cascade down the surfaces of the vehicle. To avoid water spots, dry the vehicle with a chamois or other product made for drying.

The last step is to wax the car according to the manufacturer's instructions for application. Waxing should be done out of direct sunlight and every six months. It goes a long way toward protecting the vehicle's finish and makes subsequent washes easier.

If you identified any stone chips, rust or other problem spots while washing your vehicle, the council suggests having these taken care of immediately to prevent further damage.

Source: Car Care Council


What Our Customers Are Saying

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They did a pre-purchase inspection on a used vehicle I was considering purchasing, and saved me THOUSANDS in repairs!!! I passed on the vehicle, it's still listed for sale even with all the issues it has, buyers beware!

, 05/25/2021

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Finally a mechanic I can trust. I've been through a lot with my car lately and ultimately found out that it had multiple issues. Chris and the rest of the team were great the whole way through. They communicated with me clearly about pricing, timing, and the work they were doing. I won't bother with any of the other mechanics ever again.

, 04/12/2021

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These guys have always been very upfront with every car we've taken to them. Very honest about things and just all around good guys that do great work.

, 03/31/2021

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I can't even begin to tell you what a great job these guys did for me. They allowed me to buy a used part and when the first one didn't work they let me keep my vehicle at the shop for weeks while we waited for the replacement, moving it into a bay at night so nothing would get stolen. They didn't even charge me for the fluid the second time around! Honestly, 5 stars isn't enough. Did great work, and gave me really good advice. These guys are all about honesty and integrity!!! Highly recommend them.

, 02/27/2021

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I went to Scholls Ferry Automotive because I felt that my front brakes needed to be replaced I asked for worst case estimate. I let them take a look at my brakes and told them what I was looking at spending. They examined my truck and made the repair for what I felt was an honest amount for the work that was done. They made very appropriate suggestions to improve the safety of my vehicle. I appreciate the fact the I was treated honestly and with respect. The next time I need something done I will be coming back.

, 02/06/2021

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Only automotive shop I have truly ever trusted with my vehicles. Honest, fair, extremely knowledgeable, fast service, reasonable prices, and friendly. We will continue you use Scholls Ferry and recommend them to friends and family.

, 02/01/2021

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