Protect Your Car

How to protect the outside of your car

How to protect the outside of your car

When you own a used car, or have just bought your first brand new car, you might be very protective of the outside of it. It can be easy to get nicks and scratches when you are traveling on busy roads. Plus, you have all of the natural elements to worry about like pollen and dirt. With the winter weather often comes salt on the roads that can also do damage to your car. Here we'll explore a few tips that will help keep the outside of your car safe from the damages that can occur.

Use the right products to car for your car

If you want to protect your car from sun damage and other elements, use a synthetic sealant product or a wax that your car dealership recommends. Be sure you thoroughly wash your car ahead of time, and dry it before applying the wax. You should wash in all areas including under your car so it doesn't rust. You may have to wash your car more often in the winter when there is salt on the road. You can also invest in the proper car cover when you are going to be leaving your car outside for long periods of times.

Park further away from your destination

Not only will you get a little extra exercise, you will help protect your car from other drivers who aren't paying attention when you park towards to back of the lot. Often, people will swing their doors absent-mindedly and park quickly as they pull into the lots. Parking further away will help you avoid being in the line of fire. However, don't take up two spots because you don't want someone to park next to you. This can cause people to get angry and possibly harm your car on purpose. By parking further away, you avoid getting unnecessary nicks that people often drive away from with no note. Also, make sure that when you pull into a parking spot, you park in the center, even if there is a car on one side of you. Some people will naturally park a little further away from other cars, but the next person to pull in will do so based on your placement.

Have a plan

The more you plan ahead when thinking of the elements that can cause damage, the better you'll be able to take proactively take care of them. Talk to your local car dealership about the best practices when it comes to warding off rust, pollen and salt damage, and how to avoid dings from other cars. They can also help repair any damages that you may already have, and get your car looking new again. You'll also want to pay attention to your battery in extreme weather conditions, and in the summer you can always park you car in a shady spot. There are also sun shield that can be put in your windshield in the summer months. Focus on each season and the climates that you'll be facing, and have a plan in place for what you face whether it is sand, salt, heat, or pollen. When you do this, your car can maintain its fresh look for years to come.

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