Your car probably needs a car wash with all the snow, slush, and ice that it's picked up. However, is it good to wash your car in the winter?

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The answer is complicated because it's both yes and no. Yes, you should wash your car to eliminate all that grim and crud that your car picks up during the winter. Some experts say you should wash your car every time. According to Firestone,

Some experts suggest doing it every two weeks. If your vehicle continues to get particularly grimy, you might want to wash it even more often in the winter.

However, if you do decide to wash your car you want to make sure that the outside temp is at or above freezing.

Shoot for doing a car wash in cold temperatures when the thermometer shows a reading of at least 49 degrees. Ideally, though, the temperature should be between 50 and 89 degrees.

Going through the car wash is your best bet when cleaning your vehicle in the winter. You will want to make sure that you are washing the outside completely and experts say to wax the exterior. Like I said, just run your car through the car wash and let it do everything for you. Even just a quick run-through to get all that salt and ice melt off of the bottom of your car.

I have a funny feeling that next week when the temps are in the 40s the car wash is going to be the place to be for a lot of people.

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