A regular part of car maintenance is something as simple as a car wash. While you are driving around, take a look at how many people have extremely dirty cars. It is very surprising that many people do not keep up with this simple maintenance technique. A car is an investment for many people, and yet some people will not even get their car washed. A car wash can be done either by hand, or by taking it to your local car wash. Having it done by someone else should not cost you more than $10. If you decide you want someone to hand wash it, you probably would be paying around $20, but that comes with higher quality work usually. Your car will get dirty over time, this is a guarantee. It is often even worse in the winter when rock salt and other materials are spread on the road for snow removal. It is important that when your car gets dirty or this debris, that you take it to be washed. The dirt, rocks, and other debris scratch and ruin the paint job on your car. Some people may think that rain will take off anything on your car, but that is nowhere near accurate. You should really have your car washed at least once a month. If you are looking to save a little bit, during the summer, wash it yourself. It is a nice family activity, and you can really make a day out of it.