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How Snow Chemicals Affect Your Car

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Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Sally Delta Goin

Lynchburg, VA - With all that snow expected Wednesday, you can expect Lynchburg Public Works and VDOT to be out treating the roads, which is great, but if you don't get that stuff off of your car, it could lead to problems.

Public Works suggests a good washing after we've gone through a snow storm, but there's more to it than that. Experts say it's what's underneath your car that can cause problems.

Gina Beck didn't just buy her car, she earned it. For three winters she's made sure her Mary Kay Cadillac stays pink all season.

"Well, because it is lighter, I just got it washed today. You can see the black and the white from all the salt, but it's still an eye-catcher though," said Beck.

The winter makes it hard for her Cadillac to keep its pearly pink glow, and salt is the culprit.

Dan Laslie from Laslie's Auto Body says keep the salt off the car's paint. But, chipping your car's paint shouldn't be your biggest worry because that rarely happens.

"The paint products on these vehicles today are such harder products, such more durable products that salt doesn't affect the outside of a car," said Laslie.

The real concern, he says, is what could happen when salt creeps inside your car.

"It gets up in nooks and crannies of the car like inside the door panel, along the welded seams. If it stays there a long time, it's going to corrode," said Laslie.

But Laslie says cars are made better than they use to be. He remembers what it use to be like.

"Oh my goodness, a 5-year-old car could have floor boards rot out to where your feet could go through the carpet if you weren't careful," said Laslie.

That won't happen to Beck's Caddy. She watches over it this winter so she can enjoy it come summer.

When we get freezing rain or ice, Lynchburg plows put down a sand material called Hot Mix. Public Works says that sand does less damage to your car than traditional salt.

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