Car Dealership Offers Advice on Clearing Ice and Snow from Vehicles


Sleet on Thursday evening mixed with dropping temperatures over night created frost on cars that looked like they had gotten freezer burn. Ice was caked on in layers and scraping off that ice can be frustrating, but imagine doing that for 250 cars.

Car dealerships have to keep their cars clear during this weather too, and they have a system down where they can clear a car in about 30 seconds.

Allen Ward, as salesman at Fred Mueller Automotive in Schofield said, "we get out here [at the dealership] at about 8:30 in the morning, start up all of the cars and let the defrosters start to warm up so that way we can get a little bit of moisture underneath the ice. We come through with a big snow broom, try to knock it off in sheets. At least that way you know we carry more cars than just white."

He and four other salesmen do this until the early evening, about four or five o'clock. The key to getting the snow and ice to slide off is time. They allow about 30 minutes for the cars to warm up and they use a foam-headed ice broom. They also have to move the cars to let their two snow plows, who are clearing the lot all day, clear the spots where the cars sit. Then, of course, they have to do the job they were hired to do - sell cars.

"Sales are going to be good this time of year no matter what because this is the time of year when you start to have a car that shows you a little couple of hiccups and it's a good time to replace them," said Ward.

For those not planning on replacing their car any time soon, Ward suggested winterizing your vehicle to keep it in good working order.

"You want to make sure your battery is thoroughly checked, you want to make sure your cooling system is up to par so that way your heating system is going to work appropriately," he said. "When you turn on your defrosters, it going to clear the windows so you get good visibility. Make sure you've got a good set of windshield wipers on there."

Ward said taking the extra time to thoroughly clear your car for visibility is important to safe driving.


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