So I have my first ever nice vehicle, and it's one I really care about. I have never loved a car like I love this Mustang. It's intense. So now I am on a mission to learn how to properly care for the exterior of my pony because she's a car I want to have for well over a decade. I've never cared about cleaning my past junky cars - they've always collected trash, and only got washed when it rained.
I've read a lot of varying opinions about how to care for your Mustang, such as: wash it after every rain, clean the front of dead bugs every day and polish it, clean by hand only, don't clean by hand it will scratch it, use touchless automatic only... etc.
What should I REALLY do?? I live in an apartment, plus I am an extremely busy person. I want to care for my Mustang, definitely, but hand washing on a frequent basis isn't really an option. Even then, how would I hand wash it in the winter?? I washed it for the first time at one of the car washes you pull into and use the sprays, and somehow it ended up looking marginally worse than before!
Why would I have to wash it after the rain? That's like a free car wash! And living in the South, I run into a lot of bugs... Do I really need to clean them off on such a regular basis? Would just a weekly touchless car wash take care of my exterior maintenance needs?
Additionally, how often do I need to get an interior/exterior detailing? There's a great place locally with stellar reviews called KnoxDetails.com I plan on checking out. I was thinking of getting a detail twice a year, with my first one being around October once I get the stripes and new wheels on my Mustang.
Basically, any suggestions on how to keep my new-to-me Mustang looking sharp over the years are greatly appreciated. Thanks!