If you don't drive your car often in the winter months, it is highly recommended that you at least shovel the snow from your car before it piles on. This is because heavy amounts of snow can strain your car and cause damage. Here are three different ways that snow build up can harm your car.

Cracks in the Windshield

Large amounts of snow can strain your windshield. In some cases, this can cause the adhesive holding the windshield in place to get weak, which can cause your windshield to become loose. If the snow is extremely heavy, stress cracks can also emerge in the windshield. If this happens, you have to replace your windshield, so shoveling away the snow is the easiest way to prevent this problem.

Dents in the Auto Body

Another way snow build up can harm your automobile is by leaving dents. If snow gets heavy, the body of your automobile can actually become dented. This commonly occurs on the roof of your car and the hood of your car. The weight of the snow causes the metal piece to push inward, leaving a giant dent behind. This giant dent can affect the value of your car and simply make your car look bad, so you will need to have it pulled out if this occurs.

Rust Can Develop

The last way that snow build up can affect your car is through rust. Water sitting on your car, including that from snow, can cause rust to form. Rust is extremely problematic to a car as it eats away at the metal in your car. If rust forms, you will need to have all of the rust removed or the problem can continue without you even realizing it. An auto body shop can help properly remove all of the rust from your car and fix any panels that were substantially damaged by rust.

If snow has built on your car and left indents in the hood or the top of your car, or has caused rust to form, you will need your body to be repaired in a timely manner. If you are in the greater St. Paul, MN area, contact Suburban Auto Body. We are an auto body repair shop who can repair any type of body damage, including that caused by accidents or snow. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.