Maintenance Tip: Cosmetic No-Nos

With a little extra care, avoiding damaging situations is the best way to keep your car looking new.

In our very car-centric society, what you drive - and the condition of what you drive - no doubt affects the way you're seen by others. Drive a dirty car spotted with dents and scratches, and it's likely people will judge you to be a little irresponsible, or flighty at the least. But by paying just a little more attention to the proper cosmetic care of your car, you'll keep it looking new and presentable far longer without much more effort. You probably know what you should be doing, but to enforce the importance of proper car care, here are six easily avoidable bad practices in caring for your car's outward appearance:

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