Even though it’s mid-March, we’re still somehow getting snowstorms throughout Virginia. As much as we’d like to ignore this harsh weather and pine for spring, it’s crucial to still take care of your vehicle.

One of the reasons snowstorms can be so bad for your car is because of all the salt that gets dumped on the roads to clear them.

According to the DMV, “a salt and sand mixture is frequently spread over roads before or after a snow or ice storm. Salt lowers water’s freezing point, causing any ice already formed to melt even though the air temperature remains well below freezing.”

This mixture most negatively affects the body and undercarriage of a car unless it’s properly prepped and cleaned. Because the undercarriage is exposed, it’s most vulnerable to being damaged, including parts like the brake system, coil springs, muffler, and exhaust system.

The chemicals that cause film and eventually rust are usually sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium acetate, magnesium chloride, and calcium magnesium acetate, according to JBS Industries.

Prevention methods to avoid rust can be beneficial, but once that storm hits, there’s no dodging salt buildup, so take your vehicle to a car wash as soon as possible. Make sure they can clean the undercarriage or use a hand spray yourself.

Clean car after snowstorm, richmond va

Getting the rust off your car will not only keep your vehicle looking fresh, it will also increase its lifespan. Selling a car with rust can be difficult because it lowers its value.

Also, it’s important to remember that rust damage to critical parts like the brake systems can put you and others at risk. Cleaning your car after a storm isn’t just about projecting your car — it’s about protecting yourself.


If you see a brake warning light when you turn on your car, don’t drive it and immediately have a professional look at it.

In general, it’s a good principle to always winterize your vehicle before snow comes, but if your area suddenly gets slammed by an unexpected snowstorm, visit any of our locations in the Greater Richmond Area to prevent rust from affecting your car.


From full service car washes, express washes, self-service bays, and wash clubs to professional detailing and pet washes, we’d love to help you with any of your car wash needs!

It was great to have NUTasha and the Richmond Flying Squirrels crew stop by our Iron Bridge Road Full Service location to clean the Nutzy Van!

We’re proud to announce that we have partnered up with the Richmond Flying Squirrels to be the official sponsor of the Party Deck at The Diamond. The Flagstop Party Deck includes 24 seats and can be rented out by parties throughout the upcoming 2018 season. The season will begin for the Squirrels on April 5th, and the first home game at The Diamond will be Friday, April 13th at 7:00 PM.

Here’s to a great partnership with the Flying Squirrels and Flagstop Car Wash! Have Fun and Go Nuts!

For more information, please visit their site.

Flagstop partnering with the Richmond Flying Squirrels

Flagstop partnering with the Richmond Flying Squirrels

We are NOW HIRING at our Iron Bridge Road Full Service Location! If you’re interested in applying, here’s some information.

We’re hiring high-energy individuals with excellent customer service for our renovated Flagstop Car Wash location to provide high-quality detailing & wash services! Applicants must be able to hustle, handle a high volume of work, and take direction very well. We’re looking for people with good work ethic, timely habits, and dedication. Opportunities for leadership, management, learning new skills, and growth within the company will help you become successful now and in the future!

Positions include many benefits including Health & Dental Insurance, paid time off after 1 year of full-time employment, discounted car washes & services on your personal vehicle, extensive training on products & services, opportunity for advancement based on work ethic and not seniority, and more, including…

Our College Tuition Assistance Scholarship Program starting in May 2018. This program is built to enable education for all of our employees, both incoming and current. There will be more details in regards to applying for this scholarship soon!


Job Type: Full-time/Part-time

(preferably mornings)

Salary: $7.25 to $15.00 per hour (Plus tips!)
*Salary varies on Full-time/Part time*
11031 Iron Bridge Rd
Chester, VA 23831-1440

You must have a valid driver’s license and include references with your application. Previous work experience, volunteer work, coaches, teachers, and mentors are preferred. Family/friends are not valid.

The job includes flexible hours and great pay. We’re open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 804-768-0090. You can apply on our Careers page or our Facebook page — we look forward to hearing from you!