4 September 2008

Proper Car Show Etiquette

The #1 rule to keep in mind at collector car events is “LOOK, BUT DON’T TOUCH!” (without permission, that is). No collector wants a well intentioned, but overly enthusiastic, show-goer smudging or scratching their beautiful paint job.

Try to avoid wearing a lot of jewelry on your arms and hands. Rings, watches, and bracelets can easily scratch a car. It’s also possible to accidentally scratch a car with belt buckles, zippers, and buttons.

We all know that clean hands prevent illness, but they also lessen the chance of greasy, unattractive fingerprints being left on a vehicle.

Try not to eat or drink around the cars on display. No one wants to worry about sticky sodas or greasy, ketchup-laden burgers landing on or around their precious car.

No Smoking! Cigarette smoke is a stubborn, difficult odor to remove from car upholstery. Aside from the odor, a stray hot ash could do serious damage to upholstery.

Keep an eye on your children. By all means, bring them with you and share the hobby with them, but teach them to be careful as they enjoy the thrill and atmosphere of attending a show. By following your example, they’ll soon grow to be conscientious enthusiasts themselves.

Feel free to ask questions! People love to talk about their cars and you might catch an interesting story or tip.

Relax and enjoy yourself!

Fun Fact: At major car shows, whether it is the unveiling of the newest, most technologically advanced models, or an auction of classics, some companies employ professional detailers whose sole job is to stand by and wipe fingerprints off of the cars they are assigned to watch. They can wipe down a car up to 700 times in one day!

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