Quiz: how much do you know about washing and cleaning cars?

Quiz: how much do you know about cleaning cars?

Is your car your pride and joy? Do you spend hours on end pampering its paintwork, polishing panels and giving the glass a glossy finish?

If that sounds like your idea of a day well spent, this quiz is for you. Put your car cleaning knowledge to the test and see if you drive for perfection or still have some way to go to get your motor looking spick and span.

We’ve got expert tips, one or two handy hacks and the odd cheeky trick question to see whether you can be a master car cleaner. Wax on, wax off!


You’re a polished perfectionist!

Practice makes perfect – try again!

#1. The best way to dry a car after washing it is to…

That won’t do it much good! Try again.

#2. What does polish do?

Don’t use it for that! You need to use polish for something else…

#3. True or false? A grit guard goes in a bucket

No way! It’s true. You place it at the bottom of the bucket to prevent grit rising in the water and getting into the wash mitt.

#4. When and where is it best to wash a car?

Try again! You don’t want to be cleaning a car in those conditions…

#5. Why would you use a stiff nylon brush?

Uh oh! You don’t want to do that with the brush; try again.

#6. Silicone cupcake cases are good for…

Nice try but wrong! Have another guess.

#7. What’s a good way to restore the appearance of faded black plastic trim?

Hang on a moment, we thought you knew your stuff! Try again.

#8. True or false? A clay bar coats paintwork in a protective layer of clay

It’s not true! A clay bar is used to lift fine particles of dirt from paintwork, after it has been washed and rinsed clean.

#9. Before washing your car you should…

Seriously? You need to look after your car a bit better! Try again.

#10. When washing a car, what’s the best sort of soap to mix with water?

Oh dear! You’d better not wash your car with that sort of soap. Try again.


11 comments on “Quiz: how much do you know about washing and cleaning cars?

  1. Eric Hayman 09/03/2018 7:22 AM

    More childish choices. When should you display a green flag? When there is danger? To stop a train? To indicate that you pay a company in greenbacks?

    • Suzanne Munks 11/05/2018 8:50 PM

      To indicate that you feel sick!!!!!!!!!

    • Kath 14/05/2018 9:14 PM

      To prove that you have breakdown cover

  2. Suzanne Munks 11/05/2018 8:45 PM

    Clearly you get someone else to wash your car

  3. Brian 13/05/2018 12:09 PM

    Where can I find the correct answers

  4. Ed Wilson 17/05/2018 1:23 PM

    Washing a car regularly is a waste of time and effort and probably money. Wash it only when it’s dirty. Waxing a car only holds the vehicles value marginally – you won’t get back what you spend on it.

  5. Lorraine 17/05/2018 7:16 PM

    Warm linseed oil is the thing to use on faded black external plastics. Absolutely amazing and cheap as the bottle lasts forever.

  6. Brian Holdford 18/05/2018 6:50 AM

    Because I prefer when possible to clean my car myself as none of the car washing services take the time to do it thoroughly.

  7. Michael Held 18/05/2018 4:27 PM

    Surely a pressure washer would blast any little bits of grit across the paintwork like sandpaper and leave scratches!! I prefer to rinse over with a hosepipe spray to loosen any dirt before washing with a soft brush and car shampoo in warmish water.

  8. joe bennett 21/05/2018 11:08 AM

    I believe waxing a car helps protect the paint work

  9. Barry Noon 21/05/2018 5:42 PM

    I use a waterless wash & wax system so I don’t need to bother with the hassle of conventional washing!

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