Differences for climate


#1

Are autos manufactured differently for different parts of the country?

Will a Minnesota car be ok if left in Arizona heat all year or should I buy the car in Arizona?

I’ve heard rumors that there might be a difference.



Thanks!


#2

No, they’re all made the same. The climate affects the cars differently though. In MN cars will get eaten up by road salt.
In AZ oppressive heat in Phoenix is rough on a number of things including tires, interiors, cooling and A/C systems, etc.


#3

It used to be that northern cars would get a little bit different undercoating and rust protection package, usually applied by the dealer, so if you drove a car sold in Arizona to Minnesota it would probably rust out a bit faster than every other car did. Nowadays, the factory rust proofing is much better and the dealer-applied stuff is completely unnecessary, so all cars are equally suited.

Another issue is that until the mid-80’s, it could be hard to find an air-conditioned car being sold in a northern state unless it was a high-end model. Similarly, well into the 70’s at least some stripped-down models sold in southern California didn’t come with heaters.


#4

The car itself should be fine. Remember to change your vital fluids to match the warmer climate. It’s in your owner’s manual.