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Car washing behaviour in different weather conditions

Most car owners only drive to the car wash when the sun is shining. This is not really the best thing to do. Read on to find out why you can advise your customers to wash their cars even when it's raining and what they should generally consider in different weather conditions.

Car washing in the rain

The raindrops constantly patter on the car's paintwork, while the customer drives comfortably towards the car wash. Once they arrive, part of the work has already been done. Stubborn dirt such as bird lime or pollen is already softened, so that the customer can skip pre-washing in most cases. But that's not the only benefit of car washing in the rain. Since most other vehicle owners prefer to stay at home in this weather, there is a good chance that the customer will not have to queue. Many drivers are afraid of water marks on their freshly cleaned car when they have to drive home through the rain after washing. They needn't worry about this. Thanks to the wax finish, the raindrops bead off the clean paintwork.

Warm, but dirty summer time

Long days of sunshine draw many people outside and onto the roads. The cars, however, have to endure a lot in the summer. The insect debris, bird lime and pollen from trees give the paintwork a really hard time. The unpleasant thing about this dirt is that it sticks hard, dries on quickly and is not easy to remove. If the vehicle owner does not have a garage, the car can start to look worse for wear in no time. During the hot months, you should regularly clean the dirt from your vehicle. Although it is natural dirt, in conjunction with the high UV radiation, it can however do the paintwork a lot of harm.

Washing is important particularly in winter

Many car owners still cling onto the belief that it is better not to wash their cars in the winter, as the wash water could freeze in the low temperatures and cause damage. They should pay regular visits to gantry car washes or conveyor tunnel systems if they use their cars a lot. Slush, caked with dirt, gets stuck to the underside of the car, and salt and alkali attack the paintwork when it is exposed to them for too long. Always recommend an underbody wash to your customers to prevent rust from forming due to the constant exposure to the cold and wet. Careful polishing and a wax finish can also help protect the paintwork from caustic road salt and grit. It is particularly important in winter that the car leaves the car wash completely dry.

Towards the end of winter, the usual road salts can sometimes start to run out, and the public utilities resort to using grit. If this happens, you should have touch-up pens in the most popular colours on offer and advise your customers to carefully examine their paintwork for small scratches. After washing, they should be clearly visible. Drivers who act quickly to seal them prevent rust and greater damage.

Summary: Cars need care regardless of the weather

If your customers ask you if they should wash their cars in all weather conditions, you can advise them to carry out regular cleaning, no matter what the weather. There are certain forms of dirt in all temperatures and weather conditions that can attack the paintwork, and regular washing is part of the essential care of the car.

Find out in our post why automatic car washing is far superior to washing by hand!

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