Does my car need to be detailed during winter?


benefits of auto detailing during winter

If you think that auto detailing is only for spring and summer months when the weather is nice and sunny, your not alone. Most people think “It will just get dirty a few days after I pay for a detail” or “It is way too cold outside to wash my car” and both statements are normal thoughts. What most people don’t think about is the daily beating the interior of your vehicle takes or the large amounts of oil and road grime that builds up on the exterior. A detail or two over the winter months will greatly improve the life span of your vehicle and more importantly the resale value.


Every time you get into your vehicle your carpets are being hit with water, mud, snow and whatever else is stuck on the bottom of your shoes. If ignored the mud, dirt and debris will permanently stain the carpets to the point where the best machines and cleaning products won’t do anything. I always recommend my customers buy heavy duty rubber floor mats because living here in the PNW they are absolutely necessary to protect the original carpets and floor mats.

Another area of your vehicle's interior that really benefits but is often overlooked is the leather and vinyl surfaces. The drastic changes in temperature cause the leather and vinyl to expand and shrink and if not properly conditioned/protected you will start to see premature cracking. When I say properly conditioned, I do not mean cheap, greasy and dirt-attracting products like armor-all. I use products specifically formulated to leave a non-greasy feel and look while protecting the surface from UV rays and making easier cleanup of accidental spills or other debris.


A few thorough exterior details during winter can drastically reduce the chances of any damage caused by the cold months. Things like road treatments, oil and road grime, and the excessive moisture can all give you problems if not addressed.

The Jeep below is covered in the most commonly used road/ice treatment, road salt. Now, whether the city or town you live in uses road salt is up to you to pay attention to because if ignored the damage that road salt can cause is irreversible. If left to sit on the vehicle, the road salt eats away at the exterior of your car and causes rust to form which over time causes holes in body panels. The red car pictured to the right is a victim of road salt damage, and as you can see the damage is serious. Road salts are typically used in colder climates where snow is a common occurrence, areas like the northeast united states.

mobile auto detailing important during winter
Example of what will happen if road salt is ignored

Another cause of exterior damage during winter is the constant rain and moisture. It might not seem important but preparing for the wet winter months is a crucial part of living in the PNW. When it rains, all the road grime, oils, and debris that are on our roads get carried onto our cars. Have you ever noticed how the back of your car or truck gets incredibly filthy during rainy weather? What your seeing is the road grime and oils from all the other cars on the road and environmental factors winding up on your vehicle.


Keeping your car or truck detailed during winter is an important part of vehicle ownership that often gets overlooked. Protecting your vehicle from the harsh winter conditions by hiring a professional detailing service like Moyer’s Mobile Detailing is a smart move for both you and the future of your vehicle. When you schedule any detailing service with Moyer’s Mobile Detailing you can rest easy by your fireplace knowing your vehicle is being serviced by Vancouver’s best mobile auto detailing company.

If you drive it, coat it. It's a no brainer!

The ins and outs of ceramic coatings.

You want your vehicle to look as good as it did the day you bought it. So you carefully wash it on a regular basis and you apply a new coat of wax every few months. But despite your efforts, swirl marks, chips, and stains start to populate on your vehicle’s exterior. Not only that, water spots, dirt, and grime start clinging to your car the day after you give it a thorough wash.

What if there was a product that could change this narrative; a product that would provide protection from environmental hazards and make your car easier to wash, while not requiring repeated application. 

Good news! There is. It’s called a Ceramic Coating (or Nano-Ceramic Coating), and it could add substantial value to your vehicle.

But before you make a buying decision, it’s important to get the facts straight. If you have read anything online about Ceramic Coatings, you may have come across some competing claims. On the one hand, manufacturers and detailers have made outstanding promises about the performance of their Ceramic Coatings. On the other hand, some auto care commentators have offered critiques.

Let’s spend some time clearing up the issue. What’s the truth about automotive Ceramic Coatings? What are their benefits? What are their limitations? What will be best for your vehicle?

A Ceramic Coating is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection.

A Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for Paint Protection Film, which provides a more comprehensive for of defensive. Rather, it is a premium wax alternative. A Ceramic Coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months.

In short, a Ceramic Coating adds additional protection to your car’s exterior and helps keep it looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicle more resilient and easier to clean. Here are the main benefits:


If a vehicle is often exposed to the sun, its paint will begin to oxidize, resulting in dulled and faded paint. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization.


Another danger for your car is chemical staining from naturally acidic contaminants. By creating a chemically resistant surface, a Ceramic Coating can keep some contaminants from bonding to your vehicle’s paint. The result is that your vehicle will be more resistant to staining and etching, provided the contaminant is removed in a timely manner.


One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic Coating, water will bead on the surface and slide off more easily. This means that mud and grime will have a more difficult time bonding to your vehicle’s paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with less effort.


If you want your paint to pop with gloss, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint.

Moyer's Mobile Detailing is an accredited installer for System X ceramic protection, one of the leading ceramic coating companies in America. System X has been tested and proven to work, and is approved and used by Boeing to protect their planes.

How can hiring Moyer's Mobile Detailing benefit you?

How can hiring Moyer's Mobile Detailing benefit you?

There are so many different things that can go wrong if somebody with little to no experience services your auto, boat,RV or motorcycle. Don’t take that gamble, when you hire Moyer’s Mobile Detailing you can rest easy knowing that from start to finish no shortcuts are taken and the job is done safely with you and your vehicle as priority number one.

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