We live on a dirt/gravel road so our car pretty much stays dirty. We wash it really well when we get ready to go on a trip. We wait until we are actually on the way so that when we leave town the car looks nice. Our poor car. When I first got it, it was a beautiful bright red. When I lived in my last town I had a carport and garage (not at the same time--different houses). Here our poor car has no protection so it has become very dull.