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Should You Wash Your Car in the Winter?

Updated on November 2, 2023 | November 15, 2022

Car driving on the road in the winter snow

Have you ever stopped for gas during the cold winter months and wondered, “Should I wash my car in the winter?” It can be hard to know whether you should with the frigid temps that the Midwest sometimes brings.


Why to Wash Your Car in the Winter

Many people assume that when winter comes, there's no need to wash your car – but that couldn't be farther from the truth! If it's above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you should be washing your car during the winter!

Pro-tip: Take advantage of the mid-afternoon sunshine when you can!


A car going through a car wash


When it comes to stopping at the car wash in the winter, the benefits vastly outweigh the hassle. In fact, routine car washes in the winter are super important for your car. Not just for the appearance, but also for how your car performs over time and its long-term resale value.

Your car is dirtiest in the winter months – with snow and cold weather comes dirt, grime, road salt, and slush. If left on your car for too long, these elements can cause damage to your car’s paint, causing rust and corrosion.


How Often Should I Wash My Car in the Winter?

Experts recommend that you wash your car every 1-2 weeks throughout the year. During the winter, however, it is recommended that you wash your car once every 10 days.

If you're in an area where it snows more often, try to wash your car every week in the winter.


A car going through a car wash


Winter Car Cleaning Tips for Inside Your Car

Don’t forget about the inside of your car! The snow, ice, salt, and sand generally make their way inside when you step into your car.

The easiest way to keep the interior of your car clean is to replace your cloth floor mats with rubber ones or all-weather floor mats. We also recommend investing in floor mats or other protective devices for inside your car in order to prevent dirt and aid in the cleaning process.


Life Hack: Get a Car Wash Subscription!

The best way to ensure that you are keeping your car clean during the winter? Purchase a Casey’s Car Wash Subscription! It’s the best car wash near you.


Use code WASHME to get 50% off your first month's car wash subscription at Casey's


We offer 4 different subscription options to fit a variety of budgets and needs. In addition, there are no hidden costs, long-term commitments or cancellation fees. 

The Works

Casey’s Premium Car Wash! Includes superior protection with ceramic infused sealant for our in-bay washes, or the option for a ceramic add-on in tunnels, in addition to everything the Executive Car Wash offers. Get this option for the best clean your car has ever had.



Casey’s Executive Car Wash includes everything from the Deluxe car wash, along with an underbody wash, and rocker panel wash for a long-lasting detailed clean. 



Casey’s Deluxe Car Wash is everything from basic, along with an added lava foam bath, tire, and rim cleaner, as well as a tri-color foam protectant. This wash adds more protection to keep your car looking clean longer. 



Casey’s Basic Car Wash includes everything for a quick clean: wash and shine, foam bath, spot-free rinse, and a turbo dry. 


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Keep your car clean this winter

Find a Casey's location near you and we will see you soon! And while you’re here, stop in for a warm Casey’s hot chocolate or coffee!

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