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One of the items you own that experiences more than its fair share of wild weather is your vehicle. After all, even if you keep your vehicle in a garage when you’re home, it’s still being exposed to extreme conditions every time you take it for a spin. Whether it’s hot sunshine in the summer, ice, snow, and salt in the winter, or polluted acid rain just about any time, your car sees a lot of abuse from nature. Taking the necessary steps to mitigate the damage these elements can cause is crucial to ensuring the longevity or your vehicle.
If you live in a cold climate, you probably dread that time of year when everything turns that bleak winter gray. Even cars of different colors take on a gray haze as they are covered in a fine layer of road salt. This salt, unlike some of the other grays you see this time of year, can wreak havoc on your car’s paint and metal. That’s why it’s important to ensure it only stays on the surface of your vehicle as long as it has to.
As soon as it turns warm enough for public car washes to open, take the opportunity to give your vehicle a quick rinse-off. It doesn’t have to be perfect, since you’ll start to accumulate more almost immediately, but ensuring you get as much as possible off the paint, as well as under the body of your vehicle will help prevent the rust that could necessitate early replacement.
The sun’s hot rays can really do a number on your vehicle’s interior and exterior. If you don’t have access to a garage where you park, you need to do all you can to prevent your car from being exposed to these damaging rays for long periods of time. For your interior, a simple sun shade will work wonders to keep your dashboard and seats from fading over time. For your exterior, the use of a car cover when you’re parked at home will keep your car looking factory fresh for many years to come.
If you really want your vehicle to be able to stand up to the forces of all weather conditions, powder coating through a company like Rattray Blasting & Coating is a great option. Both the materials in the powder coat and the process through which it is applied create a strong and durable finish that stands up better to environmental contaminants and extreme temperatures. On top of that, powder coatings are generally more environmentally friendly than other types of finishes, so your car can look great and you can feel great that it does.
The amount of damage your car receives over time from various environmental conditions ultimately depends on the small decisions you make every day about how you will take care of your vehicle. For example, if you’re on the highway and there’s recently been salt applied, following another car too closely will ensure your car receives much more exposure to the salt than it would if you dropped back further.
Or, if it’s sunny and you’re in a parking lot instead of a parking garage, you can still protect your vehicle by choosing to park a little further away under the shade of a tree. These daily decisions, though they seem insignificant at the time, ultimately determine the long-term health of your vehicle’s finishes.
Unless you have a show car that you can baby and only drive when the weather is perfect, your car is going to be exposed to conditions which could result in wear-and-tear. While it’s important to take care of your car since it’s such a major investment, don’t be afraid to take your car out in the elements, either.
If you’re so paranoid about your car that you’re afraid to drive it, it will totally defeat the purpose of you having a car in the first place. Just be careful to follow the tips listed above as often as possible, and you’ll be able to keep your car looking great while still using it for what it’s designed for: to get you from point a to point B.