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To prevent winter damage, it is recommended that you wash your vehicle every 10 days. Wash your vehicle whenever temperature is 40 degrees F. and above. Do it during day so that it dries completely before freezing evening temperatures begin.
Immediately after washing vehicle, open and close all doors, trunk, and other parts of car with locks several times before parking it to prevent locks from freezing.
Always wash your car right after a snow or rain shower. Rain and snow collect pollutants in air and drop them as acid rain which can damage cars protective finish. Snow and sleet also include corrosive road salt.
Wash underside of your car often during winter months in car washes that do not use recycled water.
Avoid driving through large puddles of standing water which is saturated with road salt.
Any paint chips that are larger than tip of a pen should be taken care of immediately.
Wax your car at least every six months. Put a good heavy coat of wax on your car before winter storms hit. This heavy coat will protect your paint from corrosive salt and cold temperatures.
More frequent waxes are needed if your car is red, black or white because these colors are more susceptible to acid rain and UV rays.
When spring time rolls around, treat your car to a good wax job again. Be sure to remove all road grime and salt off of car before you begin waxing.
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