How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

November 19, 2020

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, we can expect rain or average to below-average snowfall as the standard weather throughout most of the country this winter. A few areas of the U.S. though, including the Northeast, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, the High Plains and northern Alaska, will experience some heavier than usual snowfalls.

Winter Roads

Not only does winter bring colder temperatures and more precipitation, but also the use of de-icing agents that wreak havoc on both the inside and outside of your vehicle. Given our current economy, preparing your car or truck for the upcoming winter season is imperative, as people will likely be holding onto their vehicles for longer periods of time.

What parts of my vehicle are most vulnerable to damage during the winter season?

  • Undercarriage and Structure – salt, moisture and extreme temperatures speed up the rusting and corrosion process.
  • Paint – rock salt can cause chipping and scratching.
  • Interior – road salt and moisture can cause carpet and upholstery damage.

How do I protect these parts from the winter elements?

  • Undercarriage and Structure– undercoating will seal the bottom of your vehicle, while rust protection seals its upper body panels, protecting your vehicle against salt, moisture and rust.
  • Paint – paint coating and paint protection film can protect against destruction from rock salt and gravel that scratch and damage your vehicle’s clear coat.
  • Interior – a complete interior detailing will remove all contaminants from your vehicle to prevent damage to fabric and floor boards. This will also remove germs and bacteria from all surfaces, keeping you and your passengers safe.

There’s still time to prepare your car or truck for the unavoidable winter weather. Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact your local Ziebart today to see how they can protect your vehicle from the elements and keep it looking like new for as long as you own it.

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