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Why You Should Wash Your Car in Winter

The winter season tends to make us want to do a little less, but you should at least be washing your car a little more often. If you live in an area that gets a few feet of snow every few days, keeping your car washed can extend your cars look. Do you wash your car during the winter? If so, do you keep it dry afterwards? Here are a few things to think about if you don’t wash your car during the cold season.

Why Don’t People Wash Their Cars in Winter?

The most common response people have when they are asked why they don’t wash their cars is that they are concerned their locks, doors, trunks or gas caps could freeze shut. If you’re thinking the same way, you can prevent this from happening by keeping your car well-lubricated with a little WD-40. The WD-40 acts as a barrier, so the water can’t penetrate the seals and freeze them shut.

Rust and Salt

The biggest reason you should wash your car is to get rid of the salt that accumulates on the body and the undercarriage throughout the season. Your undercarriage is especially prone since it’s routinely battered with salt every time you drive through the streets. The result won’t only affect the look of your car. The damage that’s caused to the undercarriage can affect the performance.

How to Wash Your Car

Make sure that your car is dry after you wash it. If you go through an automatic car wash, the automatic dryers will do a good job getting everything dry enough. Of course, if you prefer to wash the car yourself, you’ll have to ensure you do a good enough job of drying it yourself. The benefit of washing your car yourself is you can take your time and get every nook and cranny.

How Much is Enough?

So, how often should you wash your car? It’s up to you, but most people wash their cars at least once a month. In the winter, it should more often. To keep your car looking great, wash your car at least two or three times a month. This will keep it looking and performing its best.

The salt during the winter can do a good deal of damage to your car. The damage is completely preventable if you wash your car a few times a month, get all the important spots and keep everything dry afterwards.

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