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Should You Wash Your Car in Winter?

Winter Car Washing Tips

AAMCO Overland Park, KS  | 01/23/2015  | Seasonal Vehicle Maint

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Should You Wash Your Car in Winter?

Should You Wash Your Car in Winter? 

The cold, harsh winter weather is already upon us. With several major snowstorms recently, road salt is already an issue on the roads. Winter weather  can wreck havoc on your car with the dirt and road salt can damage to your vehiche's exterior.

Winteriziation services for your car can help to keep it in better condition,and washing your vehicle regularly should be a part of regular winter maintenance for your vehicle.  

Winter Car Washes:

If temperatures are frigid, it’s understandable why you may shy away from the car wash. Washing a vehicle when the temps are close to or below freezing can pose it's own challenges. Door locks and trunks can often freeze shut or incur damaged. 

Car washes generally pose a few risks, it's wise to keep your car clean during the winter season. However, to avoid some of those risk make sure you don’t wash your car right before sunset and if your car can be parked in the sun right after you finish washing it, the sun will dry it off quicker avoiding some of those possible freezing issues.

The winter months usually include dirty vehicles. Your car’s surface and undercarriage can become gritty from road salt, ice and debris. When this grime covers your car, it becomes more prone to damage, such as pitting and rust.

A car wash once or twice per month is ideal for your car in winter, depending of course on how much snow and precipitation you’ve received.

Winter Car Washing Tips

Have extra windshield wiper fluid with you. You’ll need this all winter on the road.

Get a heavy duty scraper / brush combo (or two). Keep one in the car and one at home. These make it easy to scrape your windshield off and brush off the snow from your car’s entire surface.

Don’t forget to keep your car’s interior clean. You’ve probably tracked in snow, salt and leaves as fall changed to winter. Vacuum the floors and seats regularly. Weatherproof floor mats can protect your carpet from the elements.

If you are in need of any winterization services, please give the expert techs at AAMCO Overland Park a call for an easy apt. today. Our goal is to keep you and your family safe on the road.

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