How to Protect Your Car During Winter

Protecting Your Paint During an Iowa Winter


Winter Weather ConditionsWinter is coming, so your Hiawatha-area Buick dealership at Pat McGrath GMC thought you might need some winter vehicle car tips for protecting your paint. The paint on your vehicle is just a thin layer that keeps your car looking good and not rusting out. Rust may not seem like a big deal, but if rust gets past the exterior and into the body and engine, then you might be looking at a new car much sooner than you anticipated.

How Winter Weather Hurts Your Vehicle

When a new Buick, GMC, Cadillac, or any other vehicle, drives around in winter, it gets subjected to a lot more than just snow and ice. All over Hiawatha and the rest of Iowa, people put salt on the roads. Salt gets rid of snow and ice very well, but its corrosive nature can also destroy the finish on your paint. Once that unprotected paint gets in contact with hot sun or dry winter air, the moisture seeps underneath into the steel and oxidation and rusting begin to occur.

How to Protect Paint Finish

Protecting the finish is really not very much work considering what could happen if you don’t. The first thing you want to do is wash the car. Bring the car into the shade and wash every inch with automotive soap, not dish washer soap; if you wax without washing, then you’re moving around dirt and grime that will scratch the paint. Once it’s clean, you’ll want to make sure the car is dried off.

Next, you’ll want to apply wax according to the instructions found in your vehicle’s manual. You’ll want to use a high-quality wax that will properly act as a sealant for the winter; one coat of good wax can last six months, which will get you through the winter no problem. The easiest way to apply the wax is to work in small sections so that you don’t miss a spot.

Bring Your Car into McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac For a Pre-Winter Checkup

The other thing you will want to do before winter hits is to bring your car into our service center near Hiawatha to make sure everything is running smoothly. We can check all the vehicle fluids and add snow tires or winter wiper blades if needed. Contact us to schedule your winter checkup today!

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