Winter on the retreat, long lines expected
After two weeks of snow and ice in large parts of Europe, winter is suddenly retreating. Long lines in front of the local car wash will be common this week. Car owners should hurry, since road salt is one of the biggest enemies.
Older cars in particular suffer greatly from the aggressive substance, which eats into just about every part of the car. With Christmas around the corner, car owners do best to take the detour to their local car wash before Saturday. This will probably be the busiest day this month.
The longer car owners wait, the more they allow salt to further ingrain itself into the paintwork and rubber parts. The tires, rubber strips and engine parts all suffer from the salt. This is because salt dries out rubber.
In addition, road salt can eat into alloy rims, especially in places where the rim has minor damage. Road salt can get between the protective layer and the metal, making spots on the rims bigger. The same goes for the brand logos in the center of the wheels, which often get affected first.
The paintwork is also very vulnerable where damage has already occurred, such as from scratches or stone chips. Sensors also suffer from salt. They can become disrupted. Therefore, car owners should clean them with lots of clean water.
Better still, they should visit a car wash. Where clients can choose a program that tackles the bottom of the car and add a ceramic protective layer before they leave the car wash.
Because winter will be back.