Visiting John Johnson Select Used Cars for your first car? Whether it's your first, or tenth car, we could all use some pointers on how to keep your vehicle looking and smelling clean.

Ford put out some videos recently, starring Unbox Therapy's Lewis Hilsenteger, with some basic tips on how to do just that.

The key to hand-washing a car is to avoid scratching the finish with the very dirt you are washing off.

First, minimize the larger, loose debris your sponge has to deal with by rinsing the car thoroughly first. Then, use a soapy sponge to clean part of the car, and rinse the dirty sponge in a separate bucket of clean water. This minimizes contamination of the sponge with paint-ruining dirt particles.

You also want to be sure to use a pH balanced automotive-specific soap, and never a detergent.

Now that you know the basics of cleaning your car, visit our showroom and test drive a used vehicle to take home.

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