Salt can lead to car damage

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN)- “It will cost you a lot of damage if you don’t get the salt off,” says Jeremy Riffle.

Cleaning cars is his business.

Riffle owns VEI Auto Detail on Kettering Boulevard in Moraine.

He says during he winter, you should wash your car once a week.

“It’s good for them to get the salt off their vehicle.  It’s good for them to get that off the wheels and the undercarriage because that will just eat up the paint and the frame of the car,” explains Riffle.

He has heaters in place to help fight the cold as they clean cars.

But, it becomes difficult when temps drop to single digits or subzero.

“The car will come in very cold and the soap will freeze on the vehicle.  It’s almost better to come get the car cleaned when it is in the mid 20s to 30s.  When it is a little bit warmer though, people do come in, in swarms,” comments Riffle.

The snow can also create a mess inside your car.

“Just salt gets tracked into the carpet.  People want to get that stuff out.  I’ve been doing a lot more interior detailing, just because it is so cold.  People don’t want to get out and vacuum their vehicle.  They want someone else to do it for them,” says Riffle. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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