Salt shortage hurting your car

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – When the weather changes, so do area car washes.

“Winter time that’s our bill paying months,” says Randy Watts with Sugarcreek Auto Bath.

The Sugarcreek Auto Bath off State Route 725 has been cleaning up in more ways than one as many try to wash away the salt before it damages their cars.

“We hit a warm spell during the winter like we did a day or two ago and we’re slammed,” Watts says.

But on top of the salt residue you’ll find on your car, many communities are now mixing in sand and gravel.

We wanted to know what impact that’s having on your vehicle.

“In my personal opinion that’s a bad thing to be putting on the roads,” says Alan Krista with D and T Body Shop.

Krista says the sand and gravel can chip away at your paint.

“It would be like it being in a sandstorm,” Krista says. “If you’re behind vehicles it’s kicking that stuff up on the front of your vehicles. It’s like tons of rock chips hitting you at the same time.”

The salt can then eat away where that paint chips.

“It’s well worth the money spent to get that salt off your car as soon as you can,” Krista says.

That’s why the Sugarcreek Auto Bath will continue to see customers on the cold days as well.

“You’d be surprised on the evenings of negative 35 wind chills we are still busy,” Watts says.

Those are times when the bay doors come in handy or everybody’s favorite, the automatic wash.

“That’s where we get really busy because you don’t have to get out of your car,” Watts says.

Krista says the body shop has also been busy because of the many crashes caused by the ice and snow. 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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