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Just a few things that I have noticed over the past few years:
1) All cars today have sheet metal just thick enough to hold their shape, and NO MORE. (Never throw large buckets of water onto the roof of your car, NO KIDDING!)
2) All cars today, except for some very premium models, have very thin paints. Even the owners manual of your car says not to rub the paint too hard. They are NOT KIDDING either!
3) White and red colored paints tend to chalk up more, and should be very gently polished and waxed at least once every three months. (Polishing compound, very gentle, non-abrasive after washing to further clean and prepare the paint before waxing.)
4) Slapping some not-too-well-matched touch up paint on a small blemish is infinitely preferable to doing nothing to protect the metal.
5) Mechanical car washes are LIVING DEATH to the finish of ANY car.
6) Don't wash your car with dishwashing detergent; it removes the wax. Use car washing "shampoo".
7) Get the dirt on your car good and wet with water to soften the dirt before washing. Keep the sponge or cloth wet and clean while washing. Always wash very gently to remove the dirt. This is easy to do if the car's paint is well-protected by being covered with a good wax job.
8) The roof, hood and trunklid take the hardest beating in most climates. If you don't have time to properly polish and wax the whole car as often as it might be done, try to polish and wax those areas at least every three months.
9) If you have invested in a nose protector (bra) for the front part of the hood and the bumper area of your car, bear in mind that it should be removed and washed when you wash your car, or even more often, depending on the useage situation.
10) If taking care of your car seems like a big set of chores, remember that your car is, among other things, a big pile of YOUR MONEY once you have paid it off.