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No excuse for being mucky

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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Mucky motorists who rarely clean their cars could be putting themselves at risk of a serious accident or falling foul of the law. At the very least they're failing to care for their car properly and could be inadvertently damaging its residual value. The message is that a quick wash and brush up makes all the difference and if you don't have the time, why not employ the professionals?

Ultimately, failing to clean you car can become a very serious business. While dirty windows can compromise road safety and constitute an offence when they become obscured, the legal implications of having mucky number plates have also become more significant as traffic enforcement cameras have become more common.

While motorists will usually be encouraged to clean their vehicle if stopped by the police they can, in the worst-case scenario, be issued with a fixed penalty notice if their vehicle is filthy. The maximum penalty for having a number plate that is not visible is £1,000.

The combination of dirty windows with low morning and evening sun in the autumn and winter can completely obscure a driver's view and frequently causes accidents. Moreover, in times of increasingly uncertain weather conditions, vehicles can become dirty and dusty very quickly. Keeping on top of the grime build-up can be crucial.

Even if we put the actual dangers and legal implications of driving a dirty car to one side, there's the risk of adversely affecting a vehicle's residual value by not caring for it properly.

Paintwork that's constantly covered by layers of dirt can become worn and damaged more quickly. There's also the obvious benefit of presenting a car in a clean and tidy state when the time comes to sell it. You'll invariably achieve a much better price for a vehicle that looks its best.

All this points to the importance of keeping your car clean and there are numerous companies out there who will do the job for you, often at very reasonable prices.

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