Local car wash manager warns of rusting under your car without a good clean after winter weather


LEXINGTON, Ky. (ABC 36) – Mary Davidson typically gets her car washed once a week

“But, lately with the pandemic I haven’t gone anywhere so I haven’t washed my car very often” Davidson said.

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She says when the snow and ice from the winter storm started to melt; it was time for her to go again.

“With the weather being like this it is really, really dirty and I needed to get it cleaned out.”

She is a regular at Mr. Sparkle Car Wash in Lexington where manager, Stephon Smoot says the winter time is the busiest season.

Especially when you consider the damage a winter storm can do to your car.

“The salt on the ground gets up under the vehicle so if you don’t get your undercarriage it’s going to leave a lot of salt up under there and it’s going to start rusting and that’s what needs to be cleaned…a lot of people forget about up under their vehicle” said Smoot.

Mr. Sparkle Car Wash was closed for a week due to the winter storm but saw 60 cars on Saturday when it reopened and around 40 cars Sunday.

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Kaitlyn Shive joined the ABC36 News Team in January 2021 as a Multimedia Journalist. Kaitlyn comes to us from Joplin, Missouri, where she worked as an MMJ and Fill in Anchor for KOAM News/Fox 14 for over a year and a half. She is a Kentucky girl at heart, growing up in Louisville for a good portion of her life before her family moved to Mason, OH in 2012. She graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism. She also graduated with specializations in Marketing and Media, and with a Social Media Certificate. She is thrilled to be back in the Bluegrass State and to be closer to friends and family in the Cincinnati and Louisville areas. She can not wait to get to know the Lexington, Kentucky area and its people. If you have a story idea or tip, she is just a DM or email away. You can contact her on Facebook: kaitlynshiveTV, on Twitter: KaitlynShiveTV or by email: kshive@wtvq.com. Kaitlyn Shive ABC 36 Reporter 859-333-3390 kshive@wtvq.com