Preventing Road Salt Damage to Your Car

When salt is on the road, washing your car is a major factor in battling corrosion and maintaining the value of your car. Salt that remains on a vehicle surface and undercarriage for any length of time can:

  • damage your car’s clear finish
  • promote rust
  • affect the mechanics of your vehicle

Follow these winter wash tips in order to keep your car at its best:

  1. Wash your vehicle every 10 days or less.
  2. Wash your vehicle before the temperature reaches 35 degrees F. or higher. At freezing temperatures, road salt can’t do much to hurt your car; it has to warm up to start contributing to rust.
  3. Avoid driving through deep snow. Deep snow can become packed into the undercarriage and contribute to corrosion and even cause drivability problems (reduced braking action, vibrations, inhibit airflow, etc).
  4. Avoid driving through large puddles of standing water where road salt collects.
  5. Repair paint chips that are larger than the tip of a pen to avoid corrosion.
  6. Wax your vehicle at least every three months to give your vehicle a strong protective coating.
  7. Wax your vehicle before winter to protect your paint from corrosive salt.