When you’re spending your hard earned money on a vehicle, you want to maintain it and keep it in tip top shape with regular maintenance and oil changes. Nothing worse than putting money into something that is just slowly deteriorating. The mechanics are not the only thing to worry about though.
Often times during the bad weather seasons, we think to ourselves, “I’ll wait till the weather clears up before I wash the car.” We feel like it’s a waste of money when it’s just going to get dirty so quickly. You’re spending anywhere between $12-$20 per wash just to catch the road grime as soon as you pull out of the car wash. Yes, it’s a vicious cycle and seems never ending but you don’t stop to think about the effects it has on your car’s paint, chrome, undercarriage and tires with all of that gunk resting on your investment.
The effects can be so damaging! The saying “A little dirt won’t hurt!” is absolutely not the case when it comes to your vehicle! Dirt build up can act like sandpaper, wearing down and weakening the paint. The dirt can also mix with rain and other pollutants, etching paint right off. Road salt, snow, and moisture can cause rust on a car, and once rust starts it’s hard to stop. Rust can show up anywhere – under the paint, under the car where there is bare metal, and in nooks and crannies that you didn’t even know existed. The undercarriage of the car is equally important if not more
than the main exterior because the snow and salt gets kicked up underneath and tends to stick and that’s where the corrosion starts. This rotting or corrosion can harm the car’s exhaust and muffler systems, coil springs and the frame of the car. Make sure that you visit a car wash that offers the undercarriage wash!
Don’t forget to keep your headlights clean as well. Using a rubbing compound to take away the foggy coating and make them clear again works wonders. It definitely makes them brighter while driving in the dark. Vehicles can also be taken to a collision shop prior to the winter season to have their vehicles pre-treated with an oil solution under-spray to help fight winter road salt damage. Also consider using a wax to help bead off the rain and snow.
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