Keep Your Car Clean To Prevent Salt Erosion

March 20th, 2017 by

As the winter comes to an inevitable close, ask yourself when the last time you got your car washed was? If it has snowed any time in between the last time you got a wash and now, then you need to get your car cleaned immediately. Why is that? Chances are, you’ve been driving on roads that are treated with salt and road de-icing products to keep them safer for you. These products get kicked up into your vehicle from your tires and cause salt corrosion to your vehicle.


There is a new AAA Automotive Engineering study that states that salt chemicals used to treat roads during and after winter storms cause up to $3 billion in vehicle rust damage every year. It also adds that in the last five years, 22 million U.S. drivers have had rust damage to their cars because of salt and liquid de-icers. To repair these issues, costs can climb up to $500 per occurrence.


“Many state and municipal transportation departments have shifted from using traditional rock salt to liquid de-icers because they have lower freezing points and melt faster” Fran Makyo says. Makyo is a spokesman for AAA Northeast and adds, “Unfortunately, these same chemical characteristics can damage vehicles because they remain liquefied longer and are likely to coat a car’s underside components.”


This underlines how important it is to keep your car cleaned during the winter. The biggest issue that arises from these chemicals are the corrosion of brake lines and bottom frames of vehicles. Replacing brake lines can range from $200-$700 depending on how many lines need replacing.


Having your vehicle cleaned will loosen, dissolve and neutralize road salts that are on your vehicle. The main reason your city made the switch from road salts to de-icing mixture is for cost and efficiency purposes.


As the winter comes to a close in the upcoming months, you must ensure that your vehicle is clean and to check for rust and corrosion under your vehicle. If you are one of the unlucky ones to find damage, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle into our #MercedesBenzBrampton dealership to be tended to. Our trained technicians have all of the Mercedes-Benz parts available to to repair your vehicle no matter what issue may arise. As the premier Brampton Ontario dealership, we take pride in caring for our customers and their vehicles. For more information, visit our website at






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