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Car Health,  Seasonal,  Tips & Tricks,  Winter

Tips to Protect Your Car from Road Salt

Road salt is great for thawing out icy roads, but bad for your car—and not just aesthetically. Here are a few tips to help protect your car from road salt, so you can prevent rusting and corrosion.

Wash Regularly

If road salt is left on your car’s surface or undercarriage, it can cause rusting, corrode the finish, and even the damage the vehicle’s mechanics. The best way to prevent this problem is by washing your car regularly during winter months. Try to give your car a good scrub every other week on days where the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.

To avoid freezing temperatures, wash during the daytime, and when drying your car, take the time to open and close the doors and trunk to prevent water from freezing inside the locks. Be sure to clean the undercarriage, where unseen salt and grime can build up and cause damage.

Wax Twice a Year

Waxing your vehicle will give it a shiny, protective coat that shields it from road salt and debris. Wax your car every six months, and time it so that your vehicle gets a fresh wax just before the winter months.

If your car needs some care and maintenance, bring it to Rentschler Chevrolet for service.

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