Whether you just purchased your car or you simply treasure it, the thought of wintertime snow and salt on your car's paint finish can be troubling. And if you’re like many other car owners, you hate brushing up against the dirty exterior and finding your clothes covered in muck. But is it too cold to take your car through the car wash? When is it safe to do so? And perhaps more importantly, if you do go through the car wash and your doors become frozen shut, will your car insurance help you fix it?
The problem with washing your car in cold weather is that the water can freeze before it dries, leading to frozen windows and locks. Various factors play a role in this, including the humidity level and the length of time the temperatures will be so low. Consider these tips:
- Avoid washing your car if temperatures are below freezing and are likely to stay that way for the next few hours.
- Don't apply waxes or polishes to vehicles when temperatures are near or below freezing.
- When temperatures are cooler, run your vehicle for 30 minutes to an hour prior to washing it and then for another 30 minutes after. This warms up the car and reduces the chances of it freezing.
- Instead of washing with the usual amount of water, try using a clean cloth to wipe off the exterior of the car instead.
- Wash the car in the middle of the day when it’s more likely to be sunnier and warmer.
What happens when you do wash your car and it is too cold outside? If you find yourself facing frozen locks or windows, don't try to open them. Don't pry the door open either. It is best to allow the doors and windows to dry out on their own. However, if you need repairs, call a professional to minimize risks. Your car insurance may or may not cover the cost of these repairs. Talk to your insurance agent to find out more.
Stay safe this season. Call Auto Insurance Discounters at (816) 252-2255 for more information on Kansas City auto insurance.