Road Salt Causing Damage to Vehicles

As soon as we get a break from these cold temperatures, you may want to think about heading to the wash.
Not quite warm enough to wash your car today, although some car washes were open. As soon as we get a break from these cold temperatures, you may want to think about heading to the wash.

We didn't have to look hard to find cars with that dusty film on them. While the road salts keep the roads clear, they can cause tremendous damage to your vehicle.

Experts we spoke with say the chemicals can destroy more than your paint job.

"You'll notice when you look at older used cars the finish doesn't quite pop," said D-Patrick President Michael O'Daniel. "That's the paint, but actually the metals underneath and some of the rubbers and plastics underneath are also being corroded in that same way by the chemicals on the road and in the environment. So, you definitely want to wash your vehicle if you want it to last a long time."

Something to keep in mind for next Winter. Getting your vehicle waxed in the late Fall before it starts to snow can help prevent the road salts from damaging the paint.
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