Many local car washes have discounted days, like Crazy Tuesday, or offer a discounted pass for multiple washes. Check with your local shop to see what they offer and find out what deals work for you.
The touchless wash is ideal in the winter. The brushes and sponges in a traditional wash can be harsh and abrasive on your paint; if your paint is already salty or sandy, it can cause small scratches or swirls in your topcoat. A service with a wash bay and a power nozzle is also a great option. The nozzle allows you to spray water under your car as well as into the nooks and crannies on your undercarriage where salt and sand tend to hide.
If you do go to the car wash, leave some extra time to drive your car after, ideally on a main road where you can accelerate. This will help your car to air dry and remove extra water before you park it; in freezing temps, any leftover water will freeze to your paint and leave nasty watermarks, or sneak into seals and freeze your doors shut.
If you’re washing your car yourself, these tips will help you keep your car clean:
Keeping your interior clean during the winter is a neverending battle, especially with kids or pets in the car. Stepping in and out of your car tracks in endless snow, grime, and salt that can damage your floors and seats. One easy way you can keep your interior from getting trashed is to tap off your boots. Before you step into the car, hit them together to shake any excess dirt and snow off. You can also switch out cloth floor mats for rubber ones that you can easily, shake out, vacuum, or wipe down once a week.
At V&F, we strive to provide our customers with a well-rounded knowledge of all things automotive. Since 1988, our family-owned and operated service center has been providing top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. If your car needs maintenance or repair before this winter season, call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.