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Road salt can wreak havoc on your vehicle

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Road salt left behind by snow plows is bad on cars.  Several hundred people will file through a single car wash today just to get the corrosive mineral off their vehicles. 

A local shop owner makes a living working with rust and recommends a trip to the car wash twice a week in the winter.  He says, "That's about the best tip to make your car last longer." 

Salt will slowly but surely eat away at the metal in your car. 

In the cold, salt won't do much to your car, it has to warm up, that's right heat is the activating agent for the corrosive powers of this mineral.

Rust forms when moisture and oxygen meet on metal and salt speeds up that process. 

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