WASHINGTON – Cleaning up the snow and ice from local roadways over the past week has left cars and streets covered in salt and sand.
“Get it off as soon as possible,” advises Mike Dege, CEO of Detailz Fine Auto Cleaning.
Road salt can cause body damage, as well as damage to brake and fuel lines.
Dege recommends getting an undercarriage pressure wash to remove salt from those areas of your vehicle. Salt causes corrosion, which destroys paint and expedites rusting.
If left untreated these things can be very expensive to repair.
In addition, a paint protectant, such as wax or a “paint sealer” can help guard against future damage to the body of the car.
AAA Mid-Atlantic has several recommendations when dealing with salt-encrusted cars in the winter weather. They say car owners should wash the remnants of the last snow or ice storm from their cars as soon as possible. The chemicals used in treating the area roads can take their toll on cars.
Some tips provided by AAA Mid-Atlantic are: