Washing your car at RIO Car Wash is more than about making it look clean. It's also about keeping all the contaminants like dust, pollen, tree sap, bugs, salt, and other airborne pollutants from damaging the finish on your car, which can drive down your car's resale value. While many people think that washing your car is a luxury that you can only afford once in a while, the cost is actually quite low when you consider the potential damage done to your vehicle. Furthermore, RIO Car Wash offers a subscription plan where you can wash as much as you want for one low monthly fee.

But is it possible to wash your car too often? And if so, how do you know when enough is enough? The answer is different for everyone, but there are generally four things you need to consider:

1. How Long is Your Commute?

A person who only drives their car five minutes down the street accumulates a lot less debris on their car than someone who commutes two hours through rush hour traffic. Not only do you have the exposure to the elements, such as rain, sun rays, and bird poop, but you also have the smoke and exhaust that can corrode your car's paint color over time. For that reason, ask your attendant to use a wax that matches the color of your car rather than a clear coat.

While you may be able to scrape the occasional stain off your car from time to time, you run the risk of chipping the paint off as well, and any bird poop or bug corpses left too long will become one with your exterior, so take some time every week and stop by Rio to get it washed. If your commute really isn't that long, then you can get away with once or twice a month.

2. How Do You Store Your Car?

Ask yourself, where do I park my car? In most households, the man's car stays in the driveway while the wife's car sleeps comfortably in the garage if you have one (sorry guys, that's just the way it goes). Since it's left outside, you have to think of it in the same terms that you would with your commute: is it left near to a tree where birds can sit? How much has it rained this week? Is there a lot of dust that blows regularly through your neighborhood? If so, consider taking your car to the wash more regularly to attend to some regular upkeep. Your wife will appreciate it the next time she has to take your car, for whatever reason.

3. What's the Weather Like In Your Neighborhood?

You may not know it, but the sun can be your car's worst enemy. The UV rays that beat down on your car can fade the paint color and the heat that the sun generates can coat bird droppings and other contaminants into the exterior like an oven. Furthermore, if you live in an area where it rains a lot, the moisture in the air can seal those contaminants also and speed up the rusting process. If there's a lot of moisture in the air where you live, spring for the weekly wash.

4. Where Does Your Car Spend Most of Its Time?

Whether on the road or in the barn, every area has its own contaminants that can destroy your car's shine. If you live in a wooded area, you have to be aware of bird droppings; if you live in the city, you struggle with air pollution; if you live near an open field, there's always pollen to contend with. No matter what, your car will be exposed to high levels of pollutants on a regular basis.

The easiest thing to do is to keep a close eye on your car and notice the subtle changes that happen to it, such as fading or spotting. The best thing to do, especially once you notice these changes happening, is to set up a regular wash schedule, that way you know you're doing your part to keep your car safe.

In short: if you drive a medium-long amount of distance to work through sometimes inclement weather in an area with a lot of air-borne pollutants then come home and park your car outside, then you should definitely opt for a weekly wash at Rio Car Wash. If you park your car inside, however, drive it to work barely long enough to listen to one song through weather that can best be described as "pleasant," then you could safely stay to one or two times a month.

Ultimately, your car is an investment and the more you take care of it at any convenient Rio Car Wash location in Virginia, the more it'll take care of you. When in doubt, get it washed.