Blog Archives

Spring Has Sprung: How to Get the Perfect Wash!

Spring is here, so do you know what that means? Time to wash that winter grime off your car and have it shining like new!

Unfortunately, washing a car isn’t always an easy thing and without knowing, you could be damaging your paint. Here are a few tips to keeping your car shining like new the proper way.

After months and months of driving through winter conditions, your car can accumulate a lot of dirt and grime. Without a regular wash, that dirt and grime can slowly start to eat away at your paint, primarily the clear coat. The clear coat is your car’s first line of defense for the paint.

Since it’s getting a bit warmer outside, it’s a perfect time to treat your car to a wash. Don’t worry, we won’t go into detail about waxes and clay bars, we’re only here to perform a basic wash.

First, untangle that hose that has been left untouched for several months and begin to spray down the car. Our objective here is to remove as much dirt as we can with just water. We DO NOT want to take a cloth and start wiping down the car, this will drive dirt into your car’s clear coat and this will result in what’s called a swirl mark. A swirl mark is a tiny scratch in your car’s clear coat that will leave the exterior paint looking cloudy.

So take your time spraying the car down, making sure to wash that dirt away. After that’s done, it’s time to get out the soap and car wash mitt. The best mitts on the market are made of sheepskin as they are known not to leave any marks in the paint, but any good quality carwash mitt will do. When preparing the carwash soap, remember to use a clean bucket. Use a preferred car wash solution for best results (i.e. Turtle, Meguiar’s, Mothers, etc). If on a budget, a car wash solution at your local auto parts store can work as well.

Use the outlined measurements on the bottle and mix the solution. Dip your (mitted) hand into the solution and start from the highest point of the car, working your way down. Section out each part of the car, and focus on that area. Wash the roof first, spraying the solution off when you are finished. Also be sure to wash out the mitt after each section as it may have collected dirt while washing the car.

Be sure to use a light waving technique as you massage the soap into your car’s paint. Take your time, and wash off each section. When it’s time to dry the car off, you’ve got two options. You can use either a microfiber towel or a chamois, both can be found at your local auto parts store. If you prefer the microfiber towel, it’s best to use one towel for each section (bumper, door, hood, roof, etc). This way you isolate the dirt to one cloth without spreading to other areas. If you use a chamois, just spray it down and wring it out after each section is dried. Technique is basically the same as washing, use a light waving motion to wipe down the exterior.

Voila! You now have a nice, happy, clean car.

If you don’t have the time or don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, our Detailing Specialists at any Koons dealership will be able to take care of it for you.

Happy Spring!

-KK

The 2013 Chevy Malibu Makes Its Debut in Tysons Corner!

The showroom of Koons Tysons GM Corner has been under renovation for quite some time, and we’re excited to announce that the construction is now complete! So come drop by and see our beautiful new showroom complete with various award-winning Chevrolet, GMC and Buick models.

Speaking of award-winning, we’ve got another surprise for you. Just a few days ago we received our very first 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in our showroom, and we’ve got to say, it’s quite the catch. The 2013 Malibu is a shorter, wider and roomier version compared to Malibu’s of the past. The 2.5l V6 delivers 190hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, which translates into below 8 seconds for a sprint from 0-60mph. In addition, the 2013 Malibu will utilize GM’s eAssist hybrid system that achieves an EPA estimated 26mpg city and 38mpg highway from their turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine. The interior has been fully redesigned and dressed in soft-touch materials with luxury in mind.

So what are you waiting for? Come on by!

Winter Driving Tips to Help You Out This Winter

The 2012 Winter season is upon us, and you know what that means: winter driving in sleet, snow and freezing rain!

What your Dad (or Grandfather) told you was right. Though we may or may not be seeing another blizzard quite like we did a few years ago, it’s a good idea to keep an emergency utility kit in your trunk as well as having some basic winter driving techniques in your back pocket. Just in case.

The items located in this emergency kit will be able to help you warn other drivers that you are stuck; or in the event of an accident, these items will also benefit you or help to assist a fellow driver.

These items should include:

  • Flares
  • Fluorescent Road Hazard Signs
  • Rock Salt
  • Kitty Litter
  • Collapsable/Compact shovel
  • Compact Plug-in Air Compressor (operated from cigarette lighter)
  • Tow Straps
  • Emergency Heat Blanket
  • Gloves, Hat
  • Water
Before setting out, be sure to remove frost/ice/snow from all windows and make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Improperly inflated tires won’t perform to their best ability, and  at some levels, can even be dangerous. When the temperatures drop and the snow falls, you also want to always maintain complete control of the car, which means dis-enabling cruise control.
When driving through snow or ice, avoid abrupt acceleration, braking, or turns, as this can quickly lead to an accident. Instead, gently accelerate and smoothly control the car. When turning and braking, try to anticipate the turn or traffic situation up ahead, and control the vehicle as needed. And always keep a safe distance between you and the car in front.

Have additional tips for braving the cold this winter? We’d love to hear them.

Stay Safe & Stay Warm!

-KK

2012 Toyota Camry Earns NHTSA 5-Star Crash Rating!!

We all know that when it comes to vehicles, safety is paramount. Earlier this month the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) awarded the 2012 Toyota Camry a 5-star. No wonder seeing as the 2012 Toyota Camry is one of the year’s safest vehicles with 10 standard airbags, stability control, and ABS.

In total, the 2012 Camry has earned four stars for frontal-impact protection, five stars for side-impact protection, and four stars for rollover protection from the NHTSA.

Be sure to see the entire Consumer Reports article here: NHTSA Awards 2012 Camry 5-Star Crash Rating

Safe travels this holiday season!

-Krystal Koons