Residents spend warm days cleaning cars after winter storms

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 04:00 PM.

A layer of white covered Derick Lane’s car, and for the first time in a couple of weeks, it wasn’t snow.

Lane, like many others, used the opportunity of a bright, sunny day to wash his car, covering it with white, soapy suds at the Emerald Oasis Car Wash in Havelock.

“I love my car,” he said of his Nissan Maxima. “I take care of it like I take care of myself.”

And that’s important, especially after winter storms in which roads are treated with salt in an attempt to break up the snow and ice, said Mitchell Whitney, owner of Platinum Mobile Detailing in Havelock.

“A car is the second biggest investment you will ever make, next to your house,” Whitney said. “You’ve got a $20,000 investment. Why would you not take care of it? Our main focus is to make sure your vehicle looks good and it stays in the proper condition.”

Whitney said all the salt and dirt trapped by snow that ends up on vehicles during and after a storm can harm the exterior clear coat, possibly leading to scratches on the paint, or in the worst-case scenario, corrosion of the vehicle.

“The longer that salt stays on that clear coat, the more it damages that clear coat and it causes spots and things of that nature, so you definitely want to get that salt off of there as soon as possible,” he said. “Not only do you have salt on your vehicle, but you also have all this muddy dirt that can cause scratches because of all the rock particles, so you have to get your car clean as quickly as possible to minimize those scratches.”

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