Why Should I Wash My Car in the Winter?

By Product Expert | Posted in Local News on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 12:29 pm
Old man washing his van

Everyone loves a clean car, right? There’s just something about pulling into your driveway or work and taking a moment to admire your bright and shiny car. The fresh smell and clean look are so indescribably satisfying to experience.

The problem is that it is winter and, if you didn’t know, it gets cold in winter and by cold we mean really cold. When it’s that cold out a lot of things get put on hold, especially washing your car. All that water could freeze the locks or cause some other unseen damage and so you accept that you’ll just have to live with a dirty car for a few months. It’s not like any real damage could be done, right?

Why Should I Wash My Car in the Winter?

Whether you do it yourself or run through a car wash, it is really important to keep your car clean during the winter months. One of the biggest things that can damage your car is the salt on the roads. While the salt is great for melting snow and ice, it’s actually corrosive to your car’s paint and underbody so letting it build up can do a number on your car.

Person hand washing a headlight

Car going through a professional car wash

All of that salt and grime can leach into your car and cause some rust and deterioration. Avoiding the buildup can feel like a hassle in the winter, but it’s important to your car’s health. The best thing to do is to take advantage of the warmer days, but if it is going to be cold for a couple weeks then drive your car around for a bit to heat it up before putting it through the wash to help keep it warm and reduce the risk of freezing.


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If you’re looking to get some maintenance done before the winter hits or maybe you want to switch to some rubber interior mats then stop by Kia of Mankato and talk with one of our service people. You can also call ahead with any questions and we’d be happy to help.

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