Written by Rachel Naugler on December 05, 2017
Baby, it’s cold outside. And if you live in a snowy area like Edmonton, chances are your car is looking a little ragged these days. Frigid temperatures and roads covered with salt, brine and dirty snow can make your car unrecognizable. Washing your vehicle in the dead of winter might seem counter-productive since it’s just going to get dirty again the second you hit the road.
So, why invest time and energy getting your car ready for winter when you can’t stop the accumulation of salt and muck? The answer is actually quite simple: economics. Taking care of your car now means that it will last longer and hold its trade-in value. That being said, here are a few reasons why you should be cleaning your car in the winter time.
1 – Salted, Treated Roads Cause Damage.
Too often, people underestimate the power that salt has to cause significant damage to their vehicles. While treating roads with salt is beneficial for traction and safety, salt is extremely corrosive to a vehicle. If you allow salt to remain on your car, truck, or SUV for a period of time, it can actually eat away at your vehicle, causing rust and other damage.
Rust can show up anywhere – under the paint, under the car where there is bare metal, and in nooks and crannies that you didn’t even know existed. At Computerized we make sure to pay special attention to those areas.
2 – Protect Your Investment; Increase Your Vehicle’s Resale Value.
Did you know that nearly $24 billion is spent each year battling vehicle corrosion damage? Hiring a professional detailing service, like Computerized Autopro helps you maintain your vehicle by preventing corrosion-related damage. Additionally, if you do ever decide to sell your vehicle, having it clean will definitely help you sell it. People will see that you maintained your car and that will add value for the potential buyer.
3 – Avoid Washing Your Car in the Cold Weather, Leave It To Us.
When you hire our team of professional auto detailers, you never have to worry about washing your car in the cold weather. We’ll take care of it for you!
You should avoid washing when the temperature is below freezing because the water will immediately freeze and you’ll be driving around in a popsicle. It will be especially hard to de-ice your windows if you wash your car when it’s below 32 degrees. When we detail your vehicle we keep your vehicle inside so there is no chance of it freezing and you can drive away in a warm car.
4 – Vehicle Safety.
You probably know that it’s illegal to skip cleaning the snow off the top of your car because it can cause issues for other drivers. But cleaning the snow off other areas is important, too. Snow and ice can get caught in your wheel wells and interfere with handling. Water can freeze on your windshield wipers and reduce your visibility making riding in the car particularly dangerous for you and your passengers. Keeping your windows and headlights clean and clear is even more important during the winter months than it is the rest of the year. So, make sure your car is fully cleaned of snow before you set out.