Can Snow Damage Your Car?

snow car damage, snow damageThe Bellevue area doesn’t always see snow, though snowfall does occasionally occur in winter. This can actually be hazardous for your vehicle. How so? We explain how snow damages cars and increases the likelihood of a collision.

How Does Snow Damage Cars?

During winter, city workers cover the road in salt to de-ice the surface. While beneficial for minimizing accidents, the salt mixes with the ice. When the snow melts, the salt and water create a chemical reaction that corrodes the exposed metal of your vehicle. It also destroys the auto paint. Even worse, it can cause functional damage if the snow gets into the undercarriage. Eventually, it slowly makes its way to exposed parts, such as the brakes and engine block.

Snow Increases Chances of Collisions

Snow, of course, makes roads more slippery, though the road salt does restore some of the traction. Snow can also freeze the windshield wipers, rendering them inoperable. Most motorists are unaware of this until they try to operate the wipers on the road. When the rain/snow obscures the windshield and the wipers don’t budge, you quickly lose visibility, increasing the odds of a collision. Always check the wipers before pulling out of the driveway.


How can you minimize the impact of snow coming into contact with your car? Park indoors if possible. You can also remove road salt by using an oil-based under-spray. We also recommend giving the vehicle a coat of wax if you anticipate snowfall. This acts as a barrier that shields the metal parts from corrosive damage.

We Restore Auto Damage from Snow

We see an uptick in business during winter. This includes dent damage from hail or the aftereffects of road salt. Bring your vehicle to Doug’s Auto Collision Center to check on the parts. Car damage from snow is commonplace in this region.

Winter Collision and Dent Repair

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