How do I protect my car from ice?

How can I protect my car in the winter? I live in northern Minnesota and I'm always worried about ice damaging my vehicle. What should I do?

Answer
“The most effective way to protect your car from ice in Minnesota is to keep your vehicle garaged or covered whenever possible.
If ice can’t be avoided, be sure to remove it correctly. Avoid the temptation to use warm water to melt the ice. Instead, turn your car on and let it warm up.
After the car has been running for a while, you should be able to scrape away the ice without damaging your vehicle. Be careful of areas near the paint—the cost to touch up or repaint your car gets expensive quickly.
Also, keep in mind that salt and other chemicals used to treat slippery roads in the winter can wreak havoc on your car’s paint and undercarriage. Wash your vehicle often to avoid corrosion. At automatic car washes, choose a package that includes an undercarriage wash. Once a year, have your car detailed and ask for the undercarriage to be pressure washed and treated with sealant.
Regular washing and garaging of your vehicle can help you avoid filing a claim under your comprehensive coverage, which is the only way to have winter weather-related damage covered.
Fortunately, comprehensive coverage doesn’t have to be costly. A licensed broker, the Jerry app can help you find the best car insurance rates in minutes for free.”
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 26, 2021
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