Winter is here and, whether you despise or enjoy the cold, it is here to stay. You might as well make peace with the snowy season. Better yet, why not take the time to inform yourself of the most common winter repairs? Rather than emerge from hibernation with a rusty car, take preventative measures so you can drive into spring without a care in the world. Your car will appreciate the attention because preemptive care for your vehicle will prolong its durability and eliminate the chances you’ll need major repairs in the future. We have compiled a brief list of common auto body repairs during the winter in order for you to take the proper precautions and keep your car safe.
The various winter conditions will cause body paint on your car to suffer. Winter weather is extreme. With possible freezing rain, sleet, snow, or ice storms on the horizon, it is no surprise that the paint on our vehicles will pay the price if exposed for too long. As ice and snow accumulate on your car, they begin to collect added debris such as dust and dirt. When they melt and begin to fall off, the rubble – along with the snow and ice itself – will rub against the car and scratch the paint. During these winter months, if you have to use street parking, it is wise to cover your car with a tarp or another material that is capable of withstanding the harsh conditions. Additionally, some individuals can damage the paint by scraping ice and snow off too forcefully. When removing ice or snow from the body of your car, try to lift the materials off rather than scraping.
Along with snow and ice scratching the paint on your car, the moisture itself will cause rust. To make things more complicated, the salt that accrues on your car can act as a catalyst which will quicken the pace of rust formation. The best way to prevent rust is taking the time to wash your vehicle. A car wash can thoroughly clean the salt acquired from driving your car, but to be safe, you should also hose the underside and wheel wells of your car. Once your car is clean, make sure it is completely dry as well. As an added measure, similar to our advice for preventing repainting, covering your car is never a bad move.
Body Repair and Replacement
The winter is harsh on roads, and by extension, our cars. Winter-related repairs due to accidents on the road are some of the most prevalent. From complete fender replacement to major body repair, the winter is an unpredictable time for our vehicles, but there are many ways to prevent repair and replacement. Whenever venturing out, regardless if you are traveling in a snow storm or fair weather, always be cautious. Drive carefully and respect the speed limit. Or, drive slower if it makes you more comfortable. It does not matter if there is a row of cars behind you, arriving at your destination safely is the number one priority. Even in clear conditions, there could be an icy patch anywhere, especially at night when the weather drops and black ice comes into play. Also, make sure your car is fully operational. A faulty car part can prove hazardous in winter weather.
The winter may be tough, but you are stronger. If your car is in need of auto body repair in the Washington DC or Arlington, VA areas, do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website to learn more.