Winter is tough on cars. Extreme cold reduces tire pressure and saps battery power. The oil thickens and the antifreeze can freeze. Then there is the snow, ice and slush, in addition to the sand and salt used to treat the roads. This is why some people drive winter threshers. But while most people’s winter car is a Subaru or SUV, one hero drives a 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S through the frozen landscape.
Tasked with cleaning it, the Detail Geek calls it “the most expensive winter beater in the world.” That might be overkill since we’re talking about a Mercedes-AMG GT S and not a $3,000 bucket of rust. But given that most owners hide their supercars under a blanket in an air-conditioned garage, there’s something admirable about someone who drives their supercar year-round.
The black exterior is covered in grime. Inside, the red leather interior is surprisingly clean except for some junk and what looks like dog hair. Puddles of black silt on the floor as the Detail Geek begins by rinsing the body. He blasts door jams before going to work on wheels, scrubbing rims and tires. Then he coats the entire car in soap and uses a detail brush on the exterior trim and hardware.
Then it’s inside, starting with the floor mats and then vacuuming the carpets. A soft detailing brush removes dirt and dust from trim and hard-to-reach areas. Finally, the Detail Geek cleans and conditions the leather upholstery before wiping everything down.
One of the features of this Mercedes-AMG GT is a ceramic coating that protects the paint and makes washing easier. However, it is still a good idea to apply a silica spray sealer every four to six weeks to maximize paint protection and extend the life of the ceramic coating.
The end result is a car that looks like it has never seen snow or bad weather. It’s not as dramatic of a transformation as the abandoned Pontiac G6 or a Hurricane Ian-inundated BMW M Roadster, but the difference is incredible.