Undated (WXOW) - Getting your car washed and waxed on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to preserve its paint and keep it looking nice.
Removing other environmental contaminants such as road salt, sap, tar and bugs in a timely manner also goes a long way to making your car's paint and clear coat last longer.
"It's fairly important," said Consumer Bill Kortepeter. "The reason why was I was raised to take care of my stuff. Secondly, and probably more importantly, I think it helps in the resale value of the car when you go to sell it or trade it in."
Angie's List asked highly rated companies how frequently you should clean your car.
Most experts recommend getting your car washed every other week, waxed with the change of each season, and professionally detailed every six months to a year.
"When hiring an auto detailer, you want to make sure you've got someone who is trustworthy," said Angie Hicks, from Angie's List. "You want to know what kind of experience they have and also what king of products they are going to be using because you want to be sure they are using products that are good for your car."
Many auto detailing shops offer pick-up and drop-off services as well as mobile detailing so your car never has to leave the driveway.