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Cleaning off your car after the storm

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As soon as the weather was cleared of snow the lines at the local car wash started to grow. Folks are rushing out to get all the dried up salt and chemical mixture off of their cars. 

"Oh it was pretty bad. A lot of dirt and grime caught up underneath the bumpers," said driver Lisa Jordan. 

"The car was covered in white from all the salt and chemicals spread on the road so I wanted to get it clean," said Krin Kirijas who traveled back from D.C. 

Even our automotive expert agreed. This is a good time to get in line for a car wash. He believes salt does more damage to tires than potholes do. 

"Salt is corrosive to the body parts the suspension, the break lines, it gets into the ball joints it actually over a period of time in my estimation causes more damage," said automotive expert Emmerson Miles. 

You can try to avoid a pothole, but there's no way to avoid the mess of salt and chemicals left over on the roads and miles advises just a regular car wash won't do the job. 

"Yeah, it where you go through a car wash where it sprays underneath, pay the extra buck or two and get that done, I think that's one of the best things you can do," Miles stated. 

At one car wash on Midlothian Turnpike, the line wasn't so bad. 

"The line was moving pretty quickly," Jordan said. 

"It was pretty good," Kirijas added. "I lucked out. I was passing by a couple days ago and the line was really long." 

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