If your car, like most cars, has fallen victim to winter’s wrath, you’re probably beginning to identify the paint job of your car as a nice, salty “white and gray” shade—regardless of what color it actually is.
Sure, the salt makes it easier and safer for us to get to where we need to go, but it can also cause some serious problems for your vehicle if it remains on the exterior for too long. Some common issues include:
- Rusted parts
- Damage to the finish
- Problems with the mechanics of the vehicle
The experts recommend clearing snow and ice off your car properly and washing your car within 10 days of traveling on roads treated with salt. These simple steps will help you avoid serious problems and the costly mechanic bill that comes with them.
“But wait,” you say to yourself. “It’s supposed to rain this weekend and all my problems will be washed away.”
WRONG. (Yes, this is bolded and capitalized for a reason.)
Rain may wash away some of the salt, but the residue it leaves behind is just as damaging. When it rains, it’s also warmer outside, and salt will eat away at your car’s exterior faster in warmer temperatures.
“Well, I’ll just take a trip to the carwash,” you reassure yourself again.
It is a good idea to wash your car after rain or snow, but after a snowstorm is not the best time to visit a carwash. The water used there will be extra salty thanks to all the other people that had the same idea as you.
Luckily, Rick’s has the answer! Avoid rusting your car and causing bigger problems by opting for an auto detail. We can also add a protective finish to your car to shield it from the next snowstorm’s salty roads.