Have you ever walked out to your car in the middle of winter and realized that it, and nearly every car parked around it, was covered in a chalky white residue? That unappealing filth takes away from the sleek look of your vehicle, but more importantly, it can slowly cause serious damage to your car. That chalky residue covering your car is a mixture of road salt and other chemicals that are slowly corroding the exterior and undercarriage of your car. The fastest and easiest way to stop that process is with a simple car wash, but if you don’t have the things you need to wash your car at home, it can get costly.
The question remains, how often should you get your car washed in winter? While that depends on weather patterns, snowfall and how recently the roads have been salted, getting your car washed once a week during winter is a good rule of thumb.
While it might seem expensive, frequent car washes and professional detailing are much more affordable that the future bodywork that will be required on an untreated vehicle. While Honda’s cars have shown they can better handle cold, ice and salt residue better than most automotive brands, even small chips in paint can easily spread, creating large rust spots that significantly drop the resale value of your vehicle.
If a once-per-week wash doesn’t sound feasible, we recommend getting your vehicle waxed and coated with a wax sealant to keep it protected longer.
Rust spots on your vehicle are not only unattractive, but they also diminish the value of your vehicle when it comes time to sell or trade it in. Take care of your car in winter and give it frequent washes and regular service it needs to help it last longer and retain its value.