Winter is very hard on your vehicle. If you live in an area where they put salt on the roads to keep them from being too icy, your vehicle is more likely to corrode and rust. There may also be dirt in the ice and snow that gets caked on your vehicle which can scratch the paint and dull the patina. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help protect your vehicle from the damage that it can cause.
Salt is by far the worst thing for your car. Salt will literally eat away at your vehicle until there is nothing left unless you take care of it. The best thing that you can do is to keep your car clean, and that includes the undercarriage. Wash it as often as you can and reduce the amount of time that salt can sit on your vehicle.
You should also keep your car waxed and sealed to protect it further. Many car washes have wax options that you can choose from. They can be more money, but it will help to protect your car against damage. If you normally use carnauba wax, you may want to switch to a synthetic wax or sealant because they will hold up better in the harsh winter conditions.
When you are not driving your vehicle, you will want to keep it parked in a garage or under a carport. If that is not an option, you should at least cover your car with a car cover to keep ice and snow off of it. You will reduce the number of times that you have to scratch the ice and snow off of your windows and you will minimize the snow and dirt mix that can potentially scratch the finish of your vehicle.
Your tires also need to be protected and the finish on your rims will also get damaged and scratched if you do not take care of them. You can use a special wheel glaze that will prevent brake dust adhesion as well. You will need to keep reapplying it to your wheels, but you will have a high level of protection against the elements.
You should also utilize de-ice spray around your wipers as it will penetrate snow and ice and will make it easier for your windshield wipers to work. It will make them hold up better and last longer as well.
If you take the extra time to care for your vehicle, you will keep it in pristine condition. Protect your investment. You will also avoid the giant headache of having to deal with a rusting body or damaged paint, which can be very costly to replace.