CLEVELAND — Winter means snow, rain and slush. If there was any time to wash your car, it's during the winter season. With short and chilly winter days, many owners go days or even weeks without a wash, but is that a good idea?
Auto body shops say there are four reasons you should give your car a good wash.
1. Washing improves visibility, by keeping the mirrors and windows clean to see other cars
2. A clean car keeps your hands and clothing clean.
3. It keeps the paint shiny and prevents rust: Dust and minerals in road dirt will damage the paint over time (especially if you live in an area with road salt).
4. Washing improves your car's value: A clean car outside tends to be cleaner inside, which gets better trade-in.