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While there are weather conditions like hail or strong wind that can damage your car, not many car owners know that even parking your vehicle in direct sunlight can damage both its exterior and interior.
Parking under a tree might seem like a good solution, but there is always a danger of falling limbs, as well as corrosive sap and bird droppings. A garage is, of course, the best way to protect your car from the elements but, unless you are lucky enough to own one, check out these alternative ways of protecting your ride.
Parking your car under a tree might seem like a smart way to protect it from the sun and make it more comfortable for the passengers. However, pay attention to what is above your parked car. Trees can damage your car in more ways than one. First, fruit and nuts may damage or dent your car. Then, there are bird droppings. These contain corrosive chemicals that can quickly damage the paint unless removed as soon as possible. Finally, many trees ‘cry’ drops of sap. If you notice that the concrete under a tree is sticky, you better park someplace else.
The damage caused by the elements can be best seen on your car’s paint. The best way to protect your car against its immediate environment is by waxing it. Once considered only a whim of car enthusiasts and classic car collectors, car wax has become widely adopted as an inexpensive way of protecting your car from insects, acid rain, scratches, dust and other corrosive particles. On top of it, the wax makes your car shinier and easier to clean. It also prevents paint from chipping. A monthly waxing won’t hurt your budget, and you’ll be doing your car a great service.
After driving on a hot sunny road, parking in the shade would be more than a logical step, but your personal comfort isn’t the only reason. Strong sun can damage your car paint, so always look for covered parking lots or spots by building walls. Also consider purchasing a sunscreen for your car. A car cover provides better protection than waxing. The sun can not only damage the paint, but also cause fading and cracking of the interior, so cover the roof, windscreen and the windows with the sunscreen.
Make a habit of washing your regularly to remove dust, debris and other dirt that can lead to scratching of the paint. This way you can preserve the vibrancy and quality of your paint for a long time. If you’re washing the car at home, use smooth materials to scrub the body, to avoid scratching it. However, the best way to wash your car is to go to a car wash and use the water gun to remove all the dirt, without any scrubbing.
If you are renting an apartment, try to find the housing that includes or has access to a steel carport. Although it doesn’t provide the same level of protection as a garage, it will protect your car from sun, rain, birds and falling objects. On the other hand, if you already live in a place that doesn’t have one, why not build one? Companies that offer carports in NZ provide a wide range of designs, including cantilever carports, which are pillared on one side only – ideal for narrow driveways.
Storms, sunlight and dirt can damage your car even if the damage isn’t always visible. Even without the luxury of having a private garage or an access to an underground parking lot, there are many other ways you can keep your car in excellent shape.