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.