The mention of automobile damage has many car owners thinking of road accidents. The need for defensive driving and being always alert when on the roads does play a vital role in minimizing the risk of damages and accidents. However, it is not possible to prevent every accident. But even then, you can, for the most part, avoid many of the non-collision related damages to your vehicle.
• Be mindful of how you park
Many people pay little to no attention as the amount of room they have between their vehicle and the other vehicles when parking. Some people may be cautious when opening the car doors, but a strong gust of wind can be all it takes for an accidental bang or scratch caused by the door to occur. Therefore, be your brother’s keeper by being mindful of how you park your car. Also, consider the rogue shopping carts and try to park your vehicle a significant distance from the cart corrals.
• Always hide your valuables
If you have valuable in your car, make sure that they are kept out of sight so that they do not attract thieves. Keep in mind that this is in no way a means to prevent break-ins, but it can help reduce the probability of such a thing from happening. In most cases, thieves will strike when they see something they want. Make use of the storage compartments such as the glove box, console, and the trunk to keep your valuables.
• Cover up your vehicle
If you have a garage, then let it be where you mostly park your car. If you do not have a garage (even the portable type), then invest in a cover that you can drape over the vehicle to protect it from the elements. For instance, the sun can scorch the paint, causing it to crack or fade. Therefore, a cover will be a wise, protective measure. Getting your car off the street and into the garage to protect it from hail and other adverse weather. You also will keep it safe from people that may scratch or dent it when walking by or playing.
• Avoid flood zones
If there are possible floods reported, take care, and avoid any zones that are prone to flooding. The amount of damage that the water can cause can have serious, long-term effects. And not forgetting the rain, it is wise to roll up the windows and close the sunroof when parking your car to prevent the water from getting in and damaging the interior.
• Clean your vehicle regularly
The amount of dirt, salt, and different grime and gunk that collects on your car is a lot. Such things can damage the paint or be the reason for small scratches. You can avoid such damages by washing your vehicle as often as possible, more so after long trips.
If you want to have your vehicle prepared to prevent damage get to your nearest auto body repair shop. Get in touch today, give us a call, so you can better be prepared for preventing damage to your vehicle