Protecting Your Car in the Winter

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- With more snow on the way and more treatment on the roads, is there a reason to wash the salt off your car?

Roger Michael at Michael's Auto Body Shop said salt won't damage the car's paint job, but can affect anything metal.

He said the most important thing to keep clean is underneath the car as well as the wheel wells and shocks, which can rust.

Michael said salt has chemical properties that can cause serious damage.

"Eventually it will rust a hole straight through the metal. If it gets anywhere close to that, even if it's surface rust, it's very expensive to repair that and very hard to get to some of those places to repair. Sometimes a car goes to the junk yard just because it's rusted out beyond repairs," said Michael.

Michael said to wash under your car with soap and water as often as possible especially in the winter.

It may not be easy and it's definitely hard to reach, but he said it's worth it in the long run. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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