Winter is always rough on your car, and getting it ready for spring and summer will take a little bit of elbow grease. It's not just cleaning off the salt and gunk from the colder months, but you also need to start prepping your vehicle for the hot sun, tree sap, bird poop, and bug guts from warm weather parking and driving. The task can be daunting, but the rewards are a beautiful car and protection from the nasties that will come in the next several months. It's time to get yourself a good car cleaning kit. Here are the five best kits on Amazon right now.
Chemical Guys HOL357 Clean & Shine Car Wash Starter Kit
If you've never used Chemical Guys stuff from your house, you don't know how good it is. They're just as good, if not better, when it comes to car care products. This kit is their ultimate assembly of their best stuff, a total of 14 pieces that are valued at over $145 if you buy all the stuff separately. You save $25 ($120 MSRP) when you buy them all together. The kit comes with all the necessities including Butter Wet Wax, Honeydew Snow Foam, Diablo Wheel Gel, Silk Shine Dressing, and Signature Glass Cleaner. They also included a ton of hardware to get the job done: a Detailing Bucket, Cyclone Dirt Trap, Torq Foam Blaster Foam Gun, Microfiber Wash Mitt, Short Handle Brush, 3 Microfiber Towels, and a dressing applicator. This is all you need to get your vehicle in showroom condition.
Ultimate Car Detailing Kit by Armor All
If you want the basics and don't want to plunk down over a hundred bucks for a solid car cleaning kit, this one from Armor All should more than do the trick. The 9-piece Armor All kit includes the brand's Extreme Shield line with Snow Foam Wash, Protectant, Wheel Cleaner, Glass Treatment Cleaner, and Tire Coating. It also provides what you need to apply all of them including a wash mitt and microfiber car wash towels. For a mere $58, you get a ton of stuff that will protect just about every exterior surface of your vehicle.
Meguiar's G55012 Classic Wash & Wax Kit
Another affordable cleaning kit comes from one of our favorite companies. Meguiar's 8-piece car wash kit handles both the exterior and interior of your precious steed. The kit includes Gold Class Car Wash, one-step Cleaner Wax, Quik Detailer, Quik Interior Detailer Cleaner, and Hot Rims All Wheel & Tire Cleaner. Each one of these products is specially formulated to clean and protect without damaging the surfaces of the vehicle. We would not recommend using household products to take care of your car. These are far better and specifically created for automotive applications. At $42, it's hard to go wrong.
AUTODECO 35Pcs Car Wash Cleaning Kit
If you have your cleaning and protective solutions already in hand, then what you might need is the gear to apply all of them. This big 35-piece kit has just about every tool you need to do the job, and then some. It comes with a low-pressure foam gun that cleans without damaging paint, a 5-gallon collapsible bucket for easy storage, detailing brushes, wire brushes, a large wash mitt, large microfiber towels, a tire brush, a hub brush, an air conditioner brush, glass washer cleaning pieces, a stone clearing hook, duster, wax applicator pads, a storage bag, and much more. All this gear for only $40 should have your car looking its best.
Adam's Arsenal Builder 21 Item Car Wash Kit
This is the priciest kit here, but it comes with a ton of great stuff for your car that's been specially formulated for optimal cleaning and protection. There are 21 items in all, and they include cleaning/protective products and hardware. The Adam's set includes Car Shampoo Wash Soap, Spray Wax, Tire Shine, Wheel Cleaner, Interior Detailer, Glass Cleaner, a set of microfiber towels, a car wash sponge, foam gun, wash bucket, grit guard, air freshener and more. For $121, you'll be set for the next few months.