Dirt, salt, and sediment can destroy your car's clear coat and paint over time. Once these layers are gone, your car’s metal components are prone to rust and erosion.
Experts say that washing your vehicle every few weeks can help to prevent dirt and sand from rubbing through the paint and eating away at the metal underneath. As the winter months come to a close, it's especially important to clean off the salt and sand that have accumulated on your car's undercarriage. In this article, we'll talk about why.
"I don't need a car wash—we have spring rain!"
Rain may wash away some of the salt but it leaves behind a damaging residue that will eat away at any layers of sealant, paint, and other metal. Plus, salt eats away at a car's exterior even faster in warmer temperatures. But, perhaps most importantly, the rain doesn't address the undercarriage of the vehicle.
Why It's So Important To Wash The Undercarriage Of Your Car
For your deep spring cleaning, it's important to pay special attention to the undercarriage of your vehicle. If you live in an area with lots of snow, like New England, road salt and chemical deposits that buildup on the underside of your vehicle will compromise its ability to protect against rust, especially if you let it sit through the spring. Frequent washing prevents these materials from sitting on your vehicle. Many automatic car washes offer undercarriage cleaning.
While washing your car can be difficult in the winter, it's important to wash your car frequently through the spring before the warm, wet weather causes rust to set in.
If signs of decay are starting to show, it’s best to have your car inspected by a professional technician right away. At V&F, our expert mechanics use the latest diagnostic equipment, and high-quality CARQUEST auto parts, to make sure we get the job done right. Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.
This article was originally published in 2021 and has been updated.