Should I avoid washing my car if temps are close to freezing?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 10:02 am
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Washing Your Car When It Might Freeze: Yes or No?

Hall Volkswagen is located near Milwaukee, WI, which is notorious for is cold, windy winters. Every in the early spring, temperatures regularly get below freezing at night. Many places have talked about the necessity of winter car care, including washing, but the major impediment to that is freezing temperatures. Washing a car when it’s freezing (literally) outside can make it impractical.

So then, is it still worth it to wash my vehicle if temperatures are going to go below freezing?

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Car Washing When It’s Close to Freezing Temps

It’s important to wash your car regularly to keep it from rusting, even when it’s below or close to freezing. If you want to avoid the hassle of hand-drying your vehicle, though, there are a few tips you can follow to wash your vehicle when it’s close to freezing. Here are three no-effort tricks to help you work around near freezing temps:

  • Pick a time of day when temps are higher and there’s lots of daylight left; around noon to 2pm is great
  • Similarly, avoid washing on mostly cloudy days; sunlight speeds up drying significantly
  • Go to a car wash before you run your errands, not after; continued driving and heat from the engine will help dry your vehicle naturally

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