I had the misfortune of driving a buddy to pick up his new/used heritage classic at the local HD superstore.I remember a few years ago Harley Davidson sales people referring the motorcycles they were selling as an investment.
You can't own a HD without also owning HD boots, jacket, shirts, belts, jeans, socks, sunglasses, toothbrush, christmas ornament, wall signs (neon, wood and metal), mailbox, door placard and dick tattoo.I had the misfortune of driving a buddy to pick up his new/used heritage classic at the local HD superstore.
Those guys called it an investment too as they tried to up sell him BS extras.
I'm sure most of you know, but it's not the paint, it's the clear coat that you're scratching at the automatic car washes. If anyone can name a manufacture who's clear coat won't scratch from the automatic car washes, let me know. You should be able to buff those out and start hand washing moving forward. Also, just because you get dirt on your vehicle, doesn't mean you will get scratches if you clean it properly. Sure, maybe you will get some 'pitting', but that will not show up.
Just to rant a little, for someone to say they don't have the time to wash their vehicles, maybe this is true, maybe there is some time wasting going on (watching TV, browsing the internet, etc..) that could be minimized. There was a time when I worked nights, and bought some flood lights to wash my car when I got home at 3am. It was a way to make sure my weekends were free.
Anyways, do some research on properly cleaning your vehicle, lots of good stuff on YouTube. I try and get at my truck once a week and spend about 2-3 hours each time. Usually I'll do something like the following
week 1 - wash + dress tires + vacuum
week 2 - wash + wax paint
week 3 - wash + detail interior plastics and leather + vacuum
week 4 - wash + clean windows inside/out + dress tires
week 5 - wash only
and repeat. I don't have a set schedule, but once you get your vehicle in good condition, then you can do more of wash + vacuum weeks, or even skip a week every once in awhile and people think you detail it all the time (I don't, but get comments like this).
One more thing, it was mentioned that paint only last 5 years. This is not true if you take care of it.
For people that wheel in forests, and those in the southwest — this is exactly why we use PPF. It really does help long term. But I do know many don’t care about pin striping etc. It’s personal preference tho.I'm not saying to trash it but to baby it with ceramic and PPF and hand detailing like it's a Ferrari is too much for a mass produced American truck that's meant to be used hard.