Avoid car dents from worsening during winter

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Winter is a complicated season for car owners. It is the time of the year when Colorado car owners have to be extra careful with their vehicles, as winter is well known for having the highest traffic accident statistics in comparison to the rest of the year. On the other hand, the weather conditions connect a wide number of different ingredients that mix perfectly in a recipe for potential hazards. All these factors combined, makes winter a car dent and bodywork damage time bomb. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, even parked under a carport at your driveway; a kid could lose balance over the slippery pavement and hit your car door, leaving a nice deep dent.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 5,891,000 car crashes per year, and 21% of them are weather related. This means that at least 1,235,000 of the car crashes occurred in adverse weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds, blowing snow, sand, debris or slick pavement. In addition, during winter, more animals are looking for warmer areas and mates, so is common to see wildlife on the side roads and crossing. Colorado wildlife officials stated that every 39 minutes, there is a collision with a wild animal. Even if it is a minor fender bender or just a dent as a result, being involved in a wildlife accident is quite shocking.

Winter conditions make dents worse

Protect your car from winter dents

Fix dents during winter, as conditions make them worse.

The problem of weather related, animal related, traffic or any other sort of accident that generates a bodywork damage on your car during winter, is that low temperature all by itself can boost the damage on the car dent, as metal tends to contract in low temperatures. Also, during winter your car will regularly be facing snow, ice, rain, and hail. All of these factors can easily damage and speed up the car’s deterioration. Letting a car dent sit for too long in snow, ice or other elements can help rust on the metal components to grow. After decades of providing the best paintless dent removal services to Colorado car owners, at Auto Rehab, we have noticed how common it is for drivers to underestimate a minor dent, ignoring that underneath it, rust is growing and wearing the rest of metal components. In addition, during winter, state authorities have used salt to melt snow on roads. If layers of salty snow get stuck on your mudguards, things can get even nastier.

Keep your car bodywork damage from getting worse

Of course preventive maintenance will always be the rule of thumb when it comes to keeping your car in great shape and avoiding damages and dents. Nonetheless, we all face minor accidents and fender benders. Therefore, it is vital to fix any dent or bodywork damage as soon as you detect it. It doesn’t matter if it happens as a door slams against your car in a parking lot or if a frozen tree branch lands on your hood, if your vehicle faces a hailstorm or if you were involved in a low speed traffic accident, all damages should be taken seriously, fixed as soon as possible. Leaving dents unattended will only make things worse, more expensive, and could even put at risk your car and passengers safety.

Your best option is to take your car to PDR experts so they can take charge of the situation. PDR or paintless dent removal is the safest, most reliable, fastest and most affordable technique to get rid of dents and bodywork damages without affecting the original paint. This way your car will be dent-free in no time and protected from harsh winter conditions. Contact Auto Rehab today, and learn everything you need about your dent removal needs.