Dirt, salt, and sediment can destroy your clear coat and paint over time; once these layers are gone your car’s metal components are reducing your vehicle’s protection against rust.
Experts say that washing your vehicle every few weeks can prevent dirt and sand from rubbing through the paint and eating away at the metal underneath.
“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 the layers of sealant, paint, and other metal. Plus, salt actually eats away at a car’s exterior 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
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.