When I was young, I used to look forward to washing the family cars; a little elbow grease got me a spin around the neighborhood as I was driving without a license. Back then, I would start off by pulling out our Hoover house vacuum and tackling the interior. If I was feeling lazy, or if the interior was still somewhat clean, I would use a small mini broom to sweep out the dirt and trash instead. Once the interior was done, I would break out the Westley's White Wall Cleaner and raid my Mom's cleaning supplies to find some S.O.S pads, so that I could get those white wall tires looking brand new. In those days there was nothing to scrub down the brake dust on the wheels, or in my case, the hub caps, but I managed by using a rag and a brush to clean in between the hubcap spokes. By this time, I had already taken my Mom's dish soap to wash the car, and grabbed the Windex and the roll of kitchen paper towels to clean the windows. I neared the home stretch as I started drying off the car using my Dad's chamois and that old bathroom towel that nobody ever wanted to use. At this point, I had two final things to do. First, I needed to take an old shirt and apply some Turtle Wax on the paint job. Then, I needed to finalize the cleaning by soaking the tires with Armor All. After all of these steps were complete, it was time to go for that spin around the block to get all of the water out from the crevices of the car.

Oh, how things have changed today! The car care companies have spent millions in R&D to bring you the best products for your needs. Today's waxes are not like the old waxes that you had to strip off after building up several coats. With those old waxes, often times you were left with no choice but to start over due to the wax build-up. Believe it or not, there are now a few waxes on the market that are designed to work without having to use two coats! Finally, no more unwanted swirl marks and light scratches caused by improper care, or even normal wear and tear.

Keeping a car clean is sometimes easier than you think, and in theory, the steps have not really changed much over the years. The first step in cleaning or detailing a car properly is to make sure that you vacuum it thoroughly. Use a vacuum with a flexible extension and a crevice tool; it'll help to reach difficult areas like the dash and console. The first step in washing your vehicle's exterior is to clean the tires and wheels. This will prevent splashing on your car's freshly cleaned and waxed paint. This is an extremely important step, since brake dust can permanently bond with the wheel and etch into the wheels surfaces. When you're ready to wash and wax your vehicle's exterior, make sure that the paint surface is cool to the touch. It is also a good idea to start washing your car from the top and work your way down. Be honest, how many of these steps do you do when cleaning your ride?

Everybody has their own techniques and methods, and while some work better than others, at the end of the day it's all about getting the best results. We hope our 2010 Car Care Guide will help you clean up your act, as we're going to show you how to clean and wax your ride the Lowrider way. Now, check out some of the latest car care items that you should not be without!