What Rain Really Does to Your Car

What Rain Really Does to Your Car

Rain may look like clean water but it is hiding chemicals that are harmful to your vehicle

Most people are busy.  I get it, but what we don’t realize is what our busy lifestyles are costing us.  We something as simple as a rainy day as a “free car wash” and afterwards all the dirt and mud will be gone revealing the original color of the vehicle again.  While the vehicle may look clean on the outside, there are many dangers that we don’t see that could be costing us more than a simple car wash would.

Rain = Chemicals

To skip over most of the technical science, rain isn’t clean water like you would get from your home faucet or used at a car wash.  It comes from lakes, rivers, and moisture that has been evaporated, and often includes dangerous chemicals from the air.  While it isn’t toxic like battery acid, it can be harmful to the finish on your vehicle and can even cause rust to develop, especially under the vehicle.

Similar to Coffee or Tomato Juice

Pure water has a pH value of 7 and battery acid is 0.  In between is what rainwater has been measure at ranging between 4 and 5 which is similar to black coffee or tomato juice.  While these aren’t dangerous to people, not many people would ever think to wash their vehicle with them and if so, they would likely want to wash it off with soap and clean water.

Costing You Money

Car washes aren’t free (generally) but they are far less expensive than the alternatives that happen.  When dirt or grim is on your vehicle, it scratches the clear coat and eventually the paint, exposing metal to become rusted.  Once this happens, it becomes a problem because rust is like ants in a home; once you have them, they are hard to get rid of.  It’ll be costly to sand and repaint or even if you have to have more involved bodywork, but ultimately, if rust is left unattended it will damage the frame making your vehicle unsafe and less reliable.

Next time it rains; don’t think of it as a car wash but instead a reason to get your car washed.  You are hurting your vehicle and wallet in the long run when you skip past the car wash so instead, make it a routine to clean your car every two weeks or sooner based on your driving habits, location and if there is a lot of rain or salt on the roads.  Fred Martin has opened their Speedy Wash & Lube location right across the street where you can get oil changes in less than 15 minutes, but also state-of-the-art car washes starting as low as $6! Plus, after your vehicle is clean and shiny again, feel free to use our free vacuums to clean the inside of the car as well.


Find out What Others Think of Fred Martin Superstore

Fred Martin Superstore is Ohio’s #1 Used Car Dealer 5 years running and is one of the best dealerships you can find! Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what others are saying about us


by Brooke Price from Akron, OH | January 15, 2014

This is my first real car. I’ve had a 94 Taurus Station Wagon for years. It did me well until got my job in Cleveland and needed a vehicle that could handle that daily commute. I don’t have spectacular credit due to my school loans. However Mike at Fred Martin helped me out wonderfully. My fiancée told him what I needed and he found me a 01 Buick Lasaber. I am so happy with my car it’s crazy. Not only did he help find a car that fits me but he helped get me set up to finance it with affordable payments! And the cherry on top is I have two rambunctious toddlers that where with us at the dealership and everyone was so nice to them. The place is just so welcoming and understanding. I am so glad I went to Fred Martin.


by Candy from Akron OH | March 19, 2014

I was trading my leased car in for a 2014 Chrysler 200. My salesman was Tom Schmidtt. I felt in very capable hands with Tom. He was knowledgeable and very personable. I felt like I was speaking with someone who’s genuine concern was for me getting what I was looking for. There was no pressure to buy which I appreciated. Once I had purchased the vehicle he was very helpful in ensuring I had a good understanding of the workings of the car. I will send my friends and family to Tom and in 3 years I will be back to purchase my next car from him. Too bad more salesmen don’t understand that high pressure approach is not what most customers are looking for. Thanks again Tom!


by Bob Greene from Macedoia ohio | March 11, 2014

I purchased a 2012 Jeep Wrangler from Fred Martin on 3/1/14, Daylor Neal was the salesperson. This was the best car purchase I have ever experienced. Daylor was professional, courteous and delivered the deal exactly as described over the phone. I cannot say enough positive comments about Daylor and the Fred Martin dealership. They have a customer for life.


Spring Break For Your Car

Get your car ready for spring break with these tips from Fred Martin Superstore

Spring Break is one of the best times of the year because it means that Spring is upon us and that means warmer weather is heading our way!  It might not be time to pack the Winter coats yet but we can see the end coming and that’s exciting in itself.  Spring brings about a fresh new feeling that usually radiates throughout your life from cleaning, getting outside to enjoy nature once again, or time to clean up and take care of things you put off during Winter.  Here’s a list of things you can do for your vehicle to get in the mode of Spring Break.  

Clean Your Car – A dirty car makes any trip less enjoyable and is usually one of the cheapest things you can do to improve your current vehicle.  A trip to the car wash, throwing out trash, sweeping the inside and wiping down the dash and windows will take a few hours and maybe $20 but it will make your vehicle look instantly better and make you feel better about your ride. Our Speedy Wash & Lube site offers state-of-the-art car washes at an amazing price and free vacuums so check it out.  If you really want to get into the Spring spirit, you can also go ahead and put on a layer of wax to protect the paint finish.  

Change Your Wiper Blades – It’s likely that you are similar to most Americans in the fact that at one point or another, you used your wipers to remove snow from the windshield only to discover that there was ice involved.  Even if you were lucky enough not to do that, the cold weather and the moisture likely dulled your blades and it’s about time for a fresh set to prepare you for the rainy days of Spring.  

Check The Bulbs – It’s not fun to work on your vehicle when the weather is so cold, and not many people are checking the status of their vehicle either.  Since warm weather is coming, it’s a good idea to take a few trips around the vehicle to check if all your lights (brake, headlights, fog, turn-signals) are working properly.  This will help keep you safe also in case you’ve got some road trips coming up. 

Check Tire Pressure – Even if your vehicle has a monitor system for tire pressure, it is a good idea to check your tires to ensure that they are properly inflated.  This will keep you safe and get the best gas mileage so it’s well worth the little amount of time needed.  Also, you should check the treads on the tires to make sure you don’t need new tires yet.  

Trade In Your Ride – You might not be in a place where getting a new car is an option, but if you are, now is the time to do it.  Spring brings about changes and often people want to make changes with their life so go ahead and trade in your ride for a new one.  At Fred Martin Superstore, we have 1,500 vehicles to choose from and great financing options that could keep you at your current monthly payment or even less.  

Before you know it, Spring and warm weather will be here and we can’t wait! Get ready to roll those windows down and unleash the convertibles! 


Understanding Your Auto Insurance

A helpful guide to understanding car insurance

Almost every state requires bodily-injury liability insurance. This covers medical bills, and funeral expenses from passengers, other drivers and their passengers as well as pedestrians. Additionally, it can help cover legal costs incurred during an incident.

Property-damage liability covers the cost of damage done to other cars and personal property. Most State-minimum coverage amounts are around $15,000 but since the average cost of a vehicle on the road is $25,000, to be safe, increasing above the State-minimum covers you.

Uninsured-motorist and underinsured-motorist coverage covers medical bills, funeral, and legal costs for individuals in your vehicle when a hit-and-run or uninsured/underinsured motorist strikes you. Insurance companies recommend this be the same amount as your bodily-injury liability coverage. Personal-injury protection covers medical bills, funeral costs and expenses of household family members. Think of this as a supplement to your health or disability insurance.

Collision covers repairs or replacement of your vehicle. If you have a loan on your vehicle, you will be required to have this.

Comprehensive covers the items inside your vehicles from theft and the vehicle from non-driving damages such as water or fire. Most loans will require this just like Collision.

Both Collision and Comprehensive coverage will require a deductible, which is the amount you will have to pay whenever you use your insurance. The higher the deductible, the more you will save every month but if you have to use your insurance for an incident, you will have to pay more.

You can save money on your insurance by not just adjusting your coverage but also by combining coverage, keeping a clean driving record, and naming teens to your least-expensive car. Sure your kids might want to drive the sports car but if you put them on your expensive vehicle, your insurance will surely go up. Lastly, some cars cost more to insure based on cost of repairs and likelihood of traffic violations and theft. If you own a yellow sports car, you’ll likely be paying more than the black commuter car.


Fred Martin Superstore at the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show



It’s auto show time again and Fred Martin Superstore is celebrating with their Slash-A-Mania Sale but that’s not all.  We will also be posting pictures and highlights from the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show including 2014 Model Vehicles, Pre-Production and Concept Vehicles, Classic Cars, Test Tracks, Exotics, Alternative Fuel and Fuel Efficient Vehicles and even 2015 Model vehicles.  

You can follow all of the lasted auto show information or get details on our great deals on any of our social media platforms: 

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We look to provide our customers and followers with the most up-to-date news and information as well as entertaining pictures and videos.  Plus you can always check out our extensive inventory with over 1,500 vehicles to choose from at  We Know Cars! 


Falling in Love With Your Next Car is Easier with Fred Martin Superstore’s Platinum Advantages

      Almost everyone who purchases a vehicle, will take it for a test drive first.  Others will spend a little more time researching about it’s history.  They will lay on the ground and look under the vehicle, search in the smallest spots, and examine every inch of a vehicle before they will purchase it.  At Fred Martin Superstore, we understand this obsession, we do it with every new or used vehicle we bring into our 1,500+ vehicle inventory.  In fact, we understand how people want to fall in love with their next vehicle and so we have gone above and beyond by offering a 5-Day Money Back or Exchange Guarantee

      This means that if you have already signed the paperwork and taken your new vehicle home only to have cold feet and want to get something different, you aren’t stuck.  Fred Martin wants you to enjoy your new vehicle for many years to come and all of our Platinum Advantages speak to just that.  Take a look at all of our advantages below: 


*Applies to all vehicles with a selling price of $10,000 or more. Other restrictions may apply, please ask an associate to give you copies of the written documents for complete details prior to your purchase. These documents include facts that may be important to you.