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Need to get rid of all the mud and bugs? Here's the best car shampoo available

Need help with finding some great car shampoo? This guide should come in handy!

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We all need to wash our cars at some point and when you get down to getting all the muck, grease, bugs and all sorts of other nasties off your paint, you're going to need some good car shampoo. There's a huge choice out there in the car shampoo world however and that can make choosing the best one for you a bit confusing. With that in mind, I've put together a guide to the best car shampoos on the market right now!

The trusted brand

Turtle Wax Zip Wax Super Concentrated Car Wash Shampoo

Turtle Wax Zip Wax doesn't just clean your car it waxes it too, and it's well-priced

When it comes to the business of car shampoo, car wax, snow foam or any other kind of automotive cleaning products, one of the kings of that world is Turtle Wax. It's built a solid reputation over the years for delivering great products. This Zip Wax combined wash & wax is a fantastic and easy way to get your car clean. Because it's a combined wash & wax it only takes one step to get your entire car looking clean and shiny and it's guaranteed to dry spot free too! It comes in a variety of sizes from 500 ml to 5 litres. A super easy clean from a brand renowned for good quality cleaning? This is definitely a good place to get started!

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The premium product

Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo

Good enough for the Queen? Then it's probably good enough for us

Autoglym is renowned the world over for making brilliant, high-quality car shampoo. The Hertfordshire-based company has two royal warrants in the UK (so clearly the Queen uses it) and its products are recommended by professional detailers and high-end car manufacturers. This car shampoo claims to have "special additional ingredients which form a glossy water-repellent barrier" and it

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The best value for money?

Pro-Kleen Wash & Wax Shampoo

Pro-Kleen shampoo is the thrifty choice for washing and waxing your car

The best value for money?

Need the most bang for your buck when it comes to car shampoo? This offering from Pro-kleen might be the best option. Not much dollar gets you 5 litres of this combined wash & wax, making it ridiculously good value for money! Whilst Pro-kleen don't have anywhere near the prestige and brand value of Autoglym or Turtle Wax, let's be honest a lot of people will be more concerned about how much you can get for the smallest amount of money possible – this ticks that box very nicely.

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The very yellow (and very expensive!) one

Megiuar's Ultimate Wash & Wax

Megiuar's Ultimate Wash & Wax is pricy but should speed up the time it takes to wash your car

Megiuar's Ultimate Wash & Wax is a very striking car shampoo, to say the least. It's yellow. Very, very yellow. It's so yellow that it almost looks radioactive, to be honest. It's also very expensive in car shampoo terms. It's a wash & wax though like Turtle Wax's offering so cleaning your car with this should be an absolute breeze. Plus, you can't deny that incredibly yellow colour is quite fun!

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The very pink one

Simoniz Professional Car Wash Shampoo & Wax

Five litres of pure pink cleaning power at a knockdown price

The very pink one

Like Megiuar's, Simoniz also seem to like very strong, vibrant colours when it comes to their car shampoo. Whilst Megiuar's was a lurid yellow, Simoniz have gone for a fetching pink! What's probably a bit more important than that though is that this is one of the best value for money choices on this list! It's a combined wash & wax so washing should be super easy and, according to what Simoniz claims, you should be able to get through 300 washes with that single 5 litre container of wonderful pinkness.

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serious armour!

Heavy Duty Car wash

The howitzer of car shampoos, this stuff specialises in removing tar and bugs

ArmorAll is another very well-known brand in the world of car shampoo and other kinds of car cleaning. This heavy duty car wash includes a special tar and bug remover to help get the toughest of grime off your car and it'll work on any kind of paint finishes including clear coats. It's not the greatest value for money ever, but the tar and bug remover probably makes that extra bit of cost incredibly worthwhile if you clock up big miles.

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This is Gold, Mr. Bond...

Self-drying shampoo

Triplewax's Liquid Gold shampoo cuts through dirt and also claims to dry your car for you

It's not often that you see a car shampoo brand itself as "liquid gold". Well, this one from Triplewax does! It claims to be a super quick drying shampoo that doesn't require any manual drying at all. It's fairly expensive for a 1 litre bottle, but if you want a quick and easy car shampoo, this could be one of the best options avaliable.

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How to wash my car?

Washing your car isn’t rocket science, but a few hard and fast rules can make life easier and get your car looking cleaner. Before you even think about putting sponge to bodywork if you have a hose – or better still a pressure washer – hose your car down. Getting it wet loosens up any dirt meaning it’ll be easier to get off when you start cleaning.

Next, fill two buckets of lukewarm water and add the recommended amount of shampoo (that'll be on the label on the back of the bottle) to one of them. The other bucket will be used to rinse your sponge or cloth of dirt.

Dip your sponge in the soapy bucket and start applying the shampoo to your car from the roof down to avoid dirt dripping onto parts you have already cleaned. Tackling one panel at a time means you’re less likely to miss a bit and you can follow this process until the car has been completely covered.

After each application, always squeeze out your sponge into your second bucket of freshwater to remove any grit that could damage your car’s paintwork. If your car’s really dirty, refresh your buckets and repeat the process, start to finish – any ingrained dirt should be easier to shift the second time around

Cleaning completed, it’s time to rinse the car working from top to bottom. If you’re lucky you’ll have a hose or pressure washer but a sponge/cloth and bucket of water will do the job.

Finally, dry using either a traditional shamy or a more efficient synthetic shammy or microfiber towel, to get the last remaining droplets of water off in preparation for waxing.

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Comments (2)

  • Powermaxed vehicle soaps are also good and are really good in value.

      4 months ago
  • Sadly, I am not sure if you have some experience from testing these products or just rephrase their advertisment slogan enhanced with the price tag

      4 months ago