It may be hard to find the motivation to get our cars washed during the winter, but mechanics say to avoid having your car end up in the shop thanks to damage caused by road salt and brine, a $5 car wash pays off in the long run.
Brine and road salt are two solutions crews rely on to keep cars from losing control on the roadways. However, if left untreated on our cars, mechanics say it could cause other problems down the road.
"It's automotive cancer. Once it's there, it has to be cut out or replaced or else it just keeps coming back and coming back," said Guy Olson, service manager at Butitta Brothers Automotive.
Brine is stronger than rock salt. Its powerful solution, often combined with calcium chloride, means its strength also takes a harsher toll on the wear and tear of your car. Once your car starts to rust, Olson said the only way to fix the car is to replace the metal, which could cost up to thousands of dollars depending on the make of your car.