car covered in ice

Is it safe to get my car washed when it’s cold?

Car washing tips in cold weather 

Winter can wreak havoc on our vehicles from the lower temperatures to the salt on the roads. To help counteract the potential damage, drivers should get their vehicles washed every few weeks. Keep reading to learn about somethings you need to know about going through the car wash in the wintertime. 

car being cleaned with power washer

How cold is too cold? 

If you are needing a car wash, always try to have it cleaned when the temperature is above freezing. When the temperature is below freezing, there are a few things that could happen. When the water hits your vehicle, the cold air could lead to your door handles and locks freezing shut. To help your vehicle as you wait for the temperature to rise, you can wipe it down with a clean towel to get some of the salt off your vehicle. 

Which type of car wash is best for colder temperatures? 

Full-service car washes are often recommended for the winter. These are typically done in a heated area and the service personnel will dry the vehicle off before it leaves. If you do decide to go through the regular car wash, use the soft touch. This option helps minimize freezing compared to the no-touch since that option will force the water into smaller crevices. Once the vehicle has been cleaned, use a towel to dry off the vehicle. You should also have your vehicle warmed for at least a half-hour before you have it cleaned. 


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