Auto Detailing Tips for Protecting Cars in Winter

Winter is soon approaching, and here in West Chester, PA and the northeastern United States in general, that means wet, snowy, and icy driving conditions are in store. At this time of year, a vehicle’s auto detailing means much more than just keeping cars looking their best, it’s about protecting vehicle owners from the safety risks that come from winter wear and tear.Working with an auto detailing pro can help protect your investment and also keep you safe.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your car this winter:

Get Regular Professional Car Washes

It’s best to remove salt from your vehicle as soon as possible. Salt is notorious for prematurely degrading and damaging waxes and sealants.
As professional auto detailer’s, it is our job to inform our clients of their best car washing options for winter. We do not recommend clients wash their cars on their own at home, especially in freezing temperatures. This can increase risk of car door jambs and locks freezing. You may also create damaging hard water surface spots that end up more difficult to remove than snow or ice ever would be. Instead, a professional auto detailer can provide a touchless wash or a wand wash, which thoroughly cleans salt and grit out from around wheel wells, jambs, and other crevices.

Use A Good Wax to Better Protect Your Vehicle

Professional wax jobs are a mainstay of any reputable auto detailing service, and for good reason. Car wax is formulated to protect a vehicle’s finish from the damaging salt and road grime that mixes with snow and splashes up onto your car every time the car moves. Auto detailing pros use spray waxes or sealants after they wash salt and snow off vehicles to help refortify the wax or sealant previously applied. This guards the surface of the vehicle against the corrosion and permanent damage that can be caused throughout the winter season.

Windshield Care Is Essential for Winter Safety

We cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining strong, clean windshield glass. In winter, when windshields are most vulnerable to harsh conditions, we turn to water and ice repellants that act similar to sealants by keeping grime off the surface of the glass. Safety benefits of a good windshield repellant include:

  • beads water so it rolls off the windshield glass
  • helps push snow, grit and grime off the glass
  • improves visibility in night or daytime driving

While ice scrapers are made for safely removing ice and snow from windows, a professionally applied repellant will provide a clearer view of the road.

Take Care of Your Wheels

During the winter months it is important to treat wheels for road salt, brine solutions and whatever winter conditions may bring.  Just as there are waxes and ceramic coatings for car paint and windows, professional car detailers use specialized waxes and ceramic coatings on your wheels as well. Protective waxes and ceramic coatings prevent brake dust adhesion year-round and prevent brine solutions and salt from adhering to the wheel faces.

Stay safe and protect your car this winter with these auto detailing strategies.

The staff at In Great Detail would like to wish our clients a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.  And don’t forget to get a GIFT CARD, which can be redeemed for any service.

How to Choose A Car Detailing Service

Getting your car detailed means a top-to-bottom thorough cleaning of your vehicle, using specialized tools and products as well as the latest technologies. In most cases, a detailer will also perform some light cosmetic touch-ups, but the process does not include paintwork or body repairs.

Car detailing involves cleaning and reconditioning the interior and exterior of the car. The aim is to restore the paintwork by eliminating scratches or swirl marks to make the car look almost brand new. When shopping for a car detailer service, consider these six tips:

Be wary of a detailer without a professional location. Those that work out of their home garages are often detailers who have not taken the time to learn correct detailing techniques or invest in professional detailing tools and product or professionally trained technicians. You should be able to easily identify their business, and they shouldn’t hesitate if you want to see the products and tools they use. A pro should be able to answer questions and provide examples of their previous work.

Time Commitment
If there is only one technician working on your vehicle performing even a basic detail that includes interior and exterior it can take 6 to 7 hours. You’re simply not getting the same quality from a shop that says they can do the job in just a few hours.

A detailer should always stand by their work and be willing to ensure your satisfaction, but there are some processes that simply cannot be guaranteed. And no professional will guarantee that they can fix imperfections without first seeing your vehicle.  Scratches can sometimes be corrected, but other times they cannot, depending on the depth of the scratch. There are also some particular problem areas, like bad odors, that may initially require work before it is known whether the problem can be corrected.

Services Offered
Start by looking for a detailer that offers exactly the kind of services you’re looking for. If you’re looking to get rid of all that dog hair in your car but the company doesn’t offer pet hair removal then you’re not going to get the best results.

Price shopping is normal, but a price that is significantly lower than other detailers in the area is often a reflection of the quality of work you will get. Lower than average cost comes with inexperience, low-quality products and tools, and not enough time spent to complete the job well. You should expect a professional detailer to request to see your vehicle before finalizing their quote and not expect a final price over the phone.

These days it’s a god idea to read reviews before making a decision, and it’s always a good idea to search on Yelp or Google to see what other customers have had to say about their experiences. At In Great Detail, we take pride in our customer satisfaction and work hard to maintain our five-star rating on Google. There will be times when things don’t go right, but our responsiveness in fixing any mistakes goes a long way to proving our commitment to the highest quality service and customer satisfaction.