Massachusetts Residents! Located on the Atlantic coastline and
in the heart of the eastern Snow Belt region, Massachusetts offers
one of the most severe and corrosive environments for vehicles.
Vehicles in Massachusetts suffer a great deal of salt damage,
primarily from two sources: the nearby marine environment, and
road de-icing materials. Annual snowfall averages 57 inches -
and where there's snow, there's road salt. Road and marine salts
are estimated to cause more than $14 billion in damage each year
to American automobiles.
Car Cleaning Tip: If you see or feel
salt building up on your car during the winter, wash it within
a few days to avoid the beginnings of corrosion.
Additionally, environmental groups
such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the auto
industry alike concede that acid rain, a serious problem in urban
and industrial areas within the United States, also causes damage
to automotive coatings. When the moisture evaporates, the acid
remains - often forming a blemish that looks like a splattered
raindrop. Acid rain eats through a car's finish, permanently etching
it. In the warmer months, annual rainfall in Massachusetts averages
about 44 inches. Once damage is done, the only solution is to
repaint. Effects are most noticeable on vehicles with dark or
Car Cleaning Tip: It's important to
wash a car soon after a rainfall, especially if you have a vehicle
with a dark or metallic finish!
Other damaging elements such as
dirt, tree sap and even bird droppings—which you may be
surprised to learn is very acidic if not removed—will permanently
stain your car's finish.
Car Cleaning Tip: If you park
your car outside, drive long distances, or live in a heavily wooded
area, you should also wash your car more frequently.
Research shows that resale or trade-in values for cars can be
significantly increased (by more than $1,500) if the exterior
and interior of an automobile were well cared for.
Car Cleaning Tip: Massachusetts car
owners wishing to preserve their auto investment should wash their
car every week for protection against long-term damage from salt,
acid rain, and other harmful elements. A professional detail job
at least once a year - preferably twice - will keep the carpets
and upholstery looking like new.
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