Driving your Mercedes-Benz in winter can result in heavy salt buildup. If left unchecked, salt buildup can eat through a car's paint and do significant damage. That makes washing your Mercedes in winter an important task to keep your car looking as good as new. Check out these tips for keeping your Mercedes looking good all winter long!

Wash Often

Although the Indiana weather may beg to differ, it's best to wash your Mercedes every 10 days or so. Typically, you want to wait until a day when the temperature exceeds 40 degrees. You should also aim to wash your Mercedes during daylight so there's plenty of time for it to dry.

Attention to Detail

Paying close attention to detail is key to washing your Mercedes any time of year. Make sure to use fresh water and a high-pressure hose. Adding baking soda to the water can help dissolve any salt that's dried on your car's surface.

Make sure to get all the nooks, including under the door handles and behind the mud flaps. The undercarriage tends to see heavy salt buildup, so it's best to clean what you can reach as thoroughly as possible.

Park Smart

Once you're car is clean, pay close attention to where you park. A heated garage is a good idea, but don't forget about the salty slush that accumulates as you drive. If you park a car outside, it may face the elements, but the salty slush will remain frozen longer and have less of an impact on the paint. 

If you need any assistance dealing with winter's effect on your Mercedes-Benz model, visit Mercedes-Benz of Lafayette.


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