Tips for a Clean Car in Winter

Clean Car in Winter

Winter has struck hard in the northeast, but keeping your car clean isn’t an impossible task. All you need to do is think smart and take the proper precautions. At Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, we know of a few ways to maintain a clean car in winter.

Wash your car

Washing your car in winter can be a tricky thing, especially when the temperatures aren’t too forgiving. When the weather steps above 40 degrees, however, there’s no excuse not to head to the car wash. Cleaning off the road salt, dirt, and other debris as often as possible will help preserve your vehicle’s paint for years to come.

Watch where you park

Ideally, you’ll want to park your car in a garage or another enclosure to protect it from the elements. That isn’t always an option though, which makes it important to watch where you park during winter. If it’s possible, avoid parking in places where water, ice, and snow can accumulate. Keeping your car out of the elements can extend the life of your car’s clear coat as well as help keep rust away.

Rubber floor mats

Keeping your car’s interior clean is just as important as making sure you get all the salt, dirt, and other road debris off the exterior. Rubber floor mats are the perfect way to protect your carpet. Ridges help keep melting snow contained and off the floor of your vehicle. Best of all, a set of rubber floor mats is fairly cheap when compared to detailing your car after winter.

Need a special part or accessory for your car to help you this winter or all year round? Visit us today or complete our Parts & Accessories Order Form, and we’ll take care of the rest!

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The Making of ICE!®

Making of ICE!®

It’s not often master artisans capable of creating a city of ice travel to the D.C. area, but this year, they’re doing just that! The making of ICE!® is bound for the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for the Christmas season. This year, the signature holiday attraction will feature a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme.

Ice artisans from Harbin, China put their skills to transform two million pounds of ice into a winter wonderland. ICE!® is more than just a unique attraction that draws in thousands upon thousands of visitors every year. To the artisans, it’s an art that dates back more than 500 years ago.

Ice Lantern Festivals date back to the Chinese province of Heilongjiang, where a population of hunters used ice blocks and candles to navigate through the dark forests. The ice that surrounded the candle magnified the light, effectively creating an ice lantern.

In 1963, the Mayor of Harbin created a competition that challenges entrants to create spectacular ice displays. The competition has since seen some massive ice creations placed in public parks every year since.

This year’s ICE!® attraction features a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme. 35 artisans took to two million pounds of ice in nine-degree weather to create four ice slides, the Nativity scene, and the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The attraction is open until January 1st. Tickets are $24 per child and $32 per adult.

We here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi hope you and your family will find the time to experience the making of ICE!® This unique winter attraction is an amazing display the entire family will enjoy!

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Preparing Your Car for Winter

Preparing Your Car for Winter

Winter is approaching quickly, but there’s still time to make sure your car is ready for anything this coming season. Here are a few tips on preparing your car for winter from us here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

Emergency Winter Supplies

In the event that you end up sliding off the road or have a mechanical problem, you’ll want a stock of emergency winter supplies to fall back on. Create a supply box that includes simple items, like nonperishable food, a flashlight with batteries, and a bag of sand. It can make all the difference while you wait for help to arrive.


Your vehicle’s coolant, also known as antifreeze, prevents the engine from freezing during winter. Without it, your car could end up inoperable, or worse, mechanically damaged. While you can check the coolant yourself, it’s well worth the money to have a technician perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle to spot any problems before cold weather sets in.


Your vehicle’s tires are one of the most vital safety features that your car has to offer, and that goes double during winter. Balding or under-inflated tires may lack a good amount of traction on the road, effectively increasing the chance of an accident.

Take the time to check your tire pressure each week and inflate tires to the manufacturer-suggested pressure. If your tire tread is nearly worn down, make sure to get a new set before winter arrives.

Preparing your car for winter is important for your car and your safety; and it’s easy to do! If you have any questions at all, feel free to stop into Tom Hodges Mitsubishi and we’ll lend you a helping hand.

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