Winter weather in Minnesota is notoriously harsh and can quickly damage your vehicle—but only if you let it. Since winter is officially here, now is the time to be diligent about protecting and maintaining your vehicle’s exterior. At Minnetonka Collision, we know winter vehicle maintenance can be a pain, but we also know that neglecting it can result in expensive damage and repairs. To help you better protect your car or truck throughout the season, make sure you implement the following protective measures:


Park in Covered Areas

If you have a garage, park your vehicle in it—don’t use it to store your extra junk! Winter weather and storms can be very damaging to your vehicle’s exterior, and your garage provides the necessary protection to prevent this damage from occurring. If you’d rather store your unused household junk in your garage, be ready to deal with hail damage, rust formation, and ice accumulation.


If you don’t have a garage, consider parking in a carport or under a portable vehicle canopy. While these structures may not provide protection against rust, they will protect your vehicle from icy hail and sleet. Just make sure you never park under trees with snow-laden branches. You never know when a loaded branch may snap off of a frozen tree, so don’t put your vehicle at risk.


Remove Salt Promptly

Salty roadways are an inevitable occurrence during winter, but you don’t have to allow them to damage your vehicle. Most people neglect regular car washes during winter because they don’t see the point of cleaning a vehicle just to get it dirty again immediately. While there’s some merit to that thought process, it can be detrimental to your vehicle.


Regular car washes remove dirt, sludge, and salt from the undercarriage and body panels of your vehicle. If you allow this buildup to accumulate, the corrosion process can quickly set in. Your vehicle may not develop rust right away, but over time, you’ll certainly notice the exterior begins looking lackluster. To protect your paint, body panels, and undercarriage from damage, visit a car detailing service or hit up the car wash once a week.


Protect the Paint

Regularly applying wax to the exterior of your vehicle can work wonders for protecting its paint. You can wait for a warm day and pull your vehicle into the garage to wax it, or you can opt for a professional car detailing service to get the job done for you. Whichever you choose, a layer of wax will help prevent road salt from wreaking havoc on your paint.


Speaking of road salt, in the Twin Cities metro, contractors dump over 350,000 tons of the stuff on our roadways each year. With this much salt on the road, corrosion sets in quickly. If you notice small dents or scratches, take your vehicle an auto body repair shop promptly. Repairing minor body damage immediately reduces your chance of developing rust that can damage your vehicle’s paint.


Minnetonka Collision: Your Auto Body Repair Experts

At Minnetonka Collision, we know winter can be especially hard on your vehicle. We’re here to help you keep it running in top condition with expert auto body repair and maintenance services. Whether you need rust remediation, winter storm damage repair, or dent removal, our knowledgeable and experienced technicians are here to serve you. To learn more about our services or to schedule your appointment, give us a call at 763-230-7805 or feel free to message us on our contact page. If you’re ready to get started, go ahead and request your free estimate!