How to care for your EV’s bodywork and keep it looking brand new

Caring for an EV's bodywork

Owning an electric car is an investment, an investment secondary only perhaps to owning a house. For many, it’s also a major source of pride.

We all want to keep our cars looking factory fresh as long as possible, of course, and the good news is that with a little care and attention, it’s not going to cost you a fortune in time or money.

This article reveals some top tips to care for your EV properly.

Let’s jump in!

Maintaining the body

The first step in preserving your EV’s bodywork is to adopt a regular cleaning routine, only cleaning it under suitable conditions.

For example, avoid washing in direct sunlight or during extremely hot weather. High temperatures can also cause water and cleaning products to dry rapidly, leaving unsightly streaks and spots on the paintwork.

Instead, choose a shaded area or wash your car early in the morning.

Use car shampoo that provides adequate lubrication for a smooth glide with your wash mitt. We are big fans of Turtle Wax Zip Wax.

Another aspect to consider is the removal of bird poo and tree sap as soon as possible. These unsightly substances are not only ugly but can damage the paintwork.

Use a soft cloth soaked in warm water or a dedicated poo remover to gently wipe away the residue. For tougher stains, allow a wet cloth to sit on the affected area for a few minutes before wiping it clean.

Before going any further, it’s important to mention that it may be worth investing in smart repair insurance to provide coverage for any unforeseen damage.

Dints and scratches are not usually repairable at home and smart insurance can save you a lot of money versus going to a body shop.

After washing your car, waxing it another essential step in maintaining its shine and protecting the paintwork from the elements. Regular application of car wax creates a protective layer that shields against UV rays, dirt, and pollutants.

If waxing isn’t your thing, check out ceramic coatings which you can usually apply wet, rinse off, and buff to a wonderful shine

Finally, it’s crucial to address small dents and chips promptly. Touch-up paint kits are readily available and can be used to conceal minor imperfections in the bodywork.

By attending to these small issues, you prevent them from becoming more significant problems that may require professional repairs.

Maintaining the interior

While caring for the exterior of your car is important, the interior should not be overlooked. A clean and well-maintained interior not only enhances your driving experience but also preserves the value of your EV.

Start by removing all the extraneous rubbish from your car. Regularly check the floor mats, door pockets, and storage compartments for any trash or debris.

Keeping the interior clutter-free not only creates a pleasant environment but also prevents damage to the upholstery.

Next, thoroughly vacuum the seats, carpets, and floor mats to remove dust, dirt, and crumbs. Use an appropriate attachment for reaching into crevices and corners.

Regular vacuuming helps maintain the cleanliness and longevity of the fabrics, ensuring they remain in top condition.

Cleaning the dashboard and other touchpoints is essential for both hygiene and aesthetics. Use a soft microfiber cloth and a mild interior cleaner to wipe down the surfaces, removing dust, fingerprints, and smudges.

Be cautious not to use cleaners that contain harsh chemicals, as they can cause damage or discolouration.

Finally, don’t forget about the inside windows! Cleaning them with a quality glass cleaner not only improves visibility but also enhances the overall cleanliness of your car’s interior. Ensure that you use a lint-free cloth to avoid leaving streaks or fibres behind.

Jakk is the founder and chief editor of Top Charger. He drives a Volkswagen ID.3 Family Pro Performance, and despite having a lead right foot, he consistently gets over 200-miles of range.