With so many choices available, choosing the best car cleaning kit for a present or indeed yourself can sometimes be a bit of a minefield. Does the highest price kit really mean the best? Which is the best value for money? Which kit will help you get and keep a showroom shine?
These are just some of the questions you will be thinking about in your choice. Here we look at the essential items a good quality car cleaning kit should contain, comparing some of the best quality and most popular kits available on the market, from a range car care brands and making some recommendations for putting your own best car wash kit together.
So what are the essentials for ideal car cleaning kits?
Car Cleaning Kit Essentials
One of the first things you will need is to ensure it has a good quality car shampoo.
Most of the popular car cleaning kits from manufacturers such as Meguiars or Autoglym will contain a specially formulated car wash shampoo that cleans effectively but does not remove any of the protection from the cars paintwork.
Toyo is one of the most well established tire companies in Off-Road so it is relatively rare and always exciting to see an entirely new design launched. The Open Country R/T is particularly interesting because it occupies a whole new niche in the Toyo RT review lineup.
The R/T falls between the tried and true Off-Road standout Open Country M/T and the quieter and plusher Open Country ATII. Claiming to offer the best of both worlds in terms of Off-Road traction and daily drivability they appeal directly to those like me who want to have their cake and eat it too.
The tires found a home on my mostly-stock Ford Raptor, a perfect candidate. My truck sees a 70/30 ratio of pavement to dirt and it gets used to tow UTVs all over the place, take weekend trips to the desert and perform pit vehicle duties at races. When I can take the trailer hitch off, clear out the bed and really get out into the dirt and get after it the truck gets to stretch its (stubby, mid-travel) legs.
Let’s face it; Americans are biased against wagons. Whether it’s due to the associations that the Baby Boomer generation has with bloated, motion-sickness-inducing land yachts with names like Country Squire or Vista Cruiser, or to the idea that wagons represent parenting in some quaint way that’s more reprehensible than utility vehicles, crossovers, or even minivans, wagons get a bum rap.
Yet those of us who sample nearly every vehicle on the market can’t help but love them. Simply put, because the best used station wagons can pair the some of the best attributes of both worlds. When they’re really good, they combine rational, sensible utility-mindedness and versatility with the responsive driving manners of a sport sedan.
Besides, you can see it either way: Wagons, and their two-box design, are essentially lower, more rakish versions of crossovers; and likewise, crossovers are taller, often less fuel-efficient wagons that are also often less exciting to drive.