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What do you REALLY REALLY need to wash cars?

DS5_arsenalAccording to Citroën you need sponge ball boys to do a good car cleaning job – and after the evidence I’m tempted to agree with them.

As Official Car Supplier of Arsenal, Citroën hatched a cunning seasonal plan recently. Knowing the time is right for us to wash our cars in case summer puts in an unexpected appearance, they’ve carried out some research to see what is the best and most environmentally efficient way to clean our cars.

And by the looks of things, you need sponge ball boys to do this properly!

Gosh – this is ground breaking research that female car washers will welcome I feel sure…

Now that Arsenal players have some time on their hands before the Premiership and European Leagues kick into action again, Citroën asked first team players Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud to contribute towards this scientific study into the ultimate ‘premier’ car wash, allowing Club captain Thomas Vermaelen the final word.

The survey results proved that dirty and bigger cars used more water than less dirty smaller ones but the height of the washer proved inconclusive, leading me to assume the less tall washer(s) used a step to reach the centre of the roof like me.

More importantly and all part of the manufacturer’s quirky take on motoring, this all reminds us about Citroën’s stylish cars which is a much needed sideshow for a still-smarting Newcastle United fan after Sunday’s end of season game…

And I suppose those very same ball boys may well receive a call up for Wimbledon?

Oh yes, if you want to find out what Thomas Vermaelen thought about all this, you have to watch the video – to see how car cleaning should be done of course.


Car Care in a cold climate

Meteorologists are predicting a colder than average winter for Britain, following a wet summer, with temperatures expected to plunge as low as -10C in some areas. And whilst we all know to swap our clothes for warmer ones who of us has bothered to think about our car when the temperatures plummet?

According to Danielle Walton, Turtle Wax’ brand manager: “We’re looking at an extended cold period from mid-November to late January, with significant snow in the North of England and Scotland, so it’s important that car owners act sooner rather than later to prevent what can be the costly and hazardous effects of a seriously cold spell.”

So we asked Danielle what we should be doing, presumably during the milder weather and before the serious frosts and snow arrives. Here are her car care tips:

1 Use a proper car shampoo.

Wash vehicles with a car shampoo before winter sets in and as often as possible throughout the winter months to remove any surface salt and prevent any unnecessary corrosion. Always use a car shampoo as, unlike harsher cleaning products, it doesn’t strip wax protection from the bodywork. A generous application of durable wax or sealer not only provides a protective coat to car paintwork, warding off common winter rusting, it will also minimise the risk of damage caused by the ‘brine solution’ used by councils to grit and de-ice roads.

2 Use a simple glass cleaner.

Poor road visibility is another recurrent winter motoring problem for those facing grit and surface spray, which can cause a distracting glare when the sun is low. Impaired vision can be avoided with the use of a simple glass cleaner – it will remove engrained dirt, restore clarity and can be kept to hand inside a car door. Remember to clean interior glass and mirrors too, as using hands to clear condensation leaves grease marks and smears that can affect visibility.

3 Don’t neglect your alloys.

It’s important that wheel alloys aren’t neglected in winter. Clean any road salt and brake dust off the surface because both can cause alloys to become etched or blemished.

4 Don’t forget your tyres.

Tyres are arguably the most important part of any car and should be given as much pre-winter attention as possible. Check that they are in a good condition and roadworthy, meeting the legal minimum 1.6mm tread depth – remember to check pressure frequently because cold air causes it to drop. Use a tyre dressing to provide a barrier to the elements and stop the rubber deteriorating, as well as to keep them looking good.

5 Look after car trim and all external plastic.

Exterior plastic and trim are vulnerable to extreme temperatures and need to be protected to prevent fading, hardening or cracking

Summing all this up, Danielle reminds us that for the cost of the time it takes and the affordable products from Turtle Wax you can save hundreds of pounds in easily avoidable repair bills and of course you’ll be shoring up the value of your car when you come to sell it.

Sounds like foxy advice to me!


Mumsnet Cars share female feedback

Mumsnet and What Car? have joined forces to launch Mumsnet Cars, a car review section of the popular Mumsnet website.

The section includes typical reviews and questions like: “Will it fit three child car seats?” “Is it easy to maintain?” “How much should I be paying for this?” and “Can I fit in my entire family and still have legroom?” along with insight from What Car?.

In a survey of car owners, Mumsnet users were presented with a list of celebrities whose influence might persuade them to buy a car. Despite the list ranging from Kylie to Clarkson to Cameron, nearly half of respondents (48%) said that they would not trust any celebrity recommendation.

In contrast, over three quarters (77%) say that a recommendation from a friend or a relation would be influential.

The Mumsnet survey confirms that car dealerships could be more ethical, that car advertising doesn’t always hit the spot for motoring Mums and that recommendations from friends are more reliable than those of celebrities.

* Nearly half (46%) felt that car dealership sales people aren’t honest
* Only 25% felt they could trust the advice given at car dealerships
* Just over three quarters (77%) find car ads unmemorable, complaining that they all seem the same
* Two out of three (67%) would be influenced by reading a recommendation or a positive review in a car magazine or online from other users
* Half (53%) say that both they and their partner are equally responsible for the researching, planning and the car buying decision for the family car (FOXY note: US research suggests that women influence c90% of car sales)
* 89% of parents responding to the survey agreed that their choice of car has changed as their family needs and lifestyle has changed

Justine Roberts, CEO and Co-Founder of Mumsnet, said:

“When it comes to buying cars, we know that priorities change once people start a family and that parents are looking for safe, economical and practical cars without the hard sell. 80% of our users seek advice or read reviews on Mumsnet when they are planning to buy a child-related product, and judging from the number of car discussions on the site there’s a clear need for similar advice when it comes to cars.”

Hear, hear says FOXY.