Avoiding dents and damages by using a car cover
Sadly for all car owners, it is virtually impossible to keep your vehicle from getting scratched, dented or damaged. Some call it an act of god, others simply accidents. The fact is, that our cars are continuously exposed to an endless list of possible situations where it can get dented or damaged, even parked in your driveway.
After decades of providing the best PDR services to Colorado citizens, at Auto Rehab, we have heard all sorts of stories where our customers’ cars got dented, without driving it. Therefore, today we would like to share some handy tips to avoid dents simply by using a good car cover.
Cover your car
It really doesn’t matter if you park your car inside a garage or outdoors. Using a good car cover will protect it from a wide range of incidents that can leave a nasty mark on the bodywork of your car. It is important to keep in mind that experts recommend using a waterproof, breathable car cover. Nonetheless, it is better to do your homework and explore the options. Look for suggestions according to your needs.
Weather conditions are one of the main reasons cars get damage. The prolonged exposure of your car to water and sun promotes the development of rust. If it is ignored it could develop into bigger issues, literally eating your car away.
It works the same way when leaving a car dent behind. Sometimes car owners underestimate a small dent, thinking it is just a minor aesthetic issue. Nonetheless, behind the dent, medal might have been bent, which might develop rust.
Strong winds are definitely big car enemies. A strong wind can easily blow objects against your car, creating big dents and scratches. A strong wind can also break tree branches, slamming them against your car roof, hood or windshield.
More severe weather conditions can lead to more serious dent issues. Hailstorms represent an average of $15 billion annually in insurance claims. A single 2 inch-hailstone falls at an average speed of 60 mph, literally becoming an icy bullet. This frozen projectile can cause serious damages to the bodywork and windshield of your car. On humans, it can cause severe injuries from bruises to broken bones.
A car cover can work as a protective shield from hailstones and other falling objects. There are specially designed car covers for hailstorms that could be a more efficient option. You can also put large blankets inside the cover to add extra protection. Place your car floor mats on top of the roof and hood in order to minimize any possible damages.
In case you had no time to prepare against a hailstorm, try using large blankets to cover your car. Try using duct tape to affix them to the bottom of the car where it won’t cause paint damage.
Animals and clumsy accidents
I had the experience of walking beside my car while carrying a plastic garden chair and slipping. In the blink of an eye, I caused a large deep scratch on the cars passenger door. While parked outdoors, your car is exposed to endless risks. Kids playing ball or an out of control bicycle, crashing against your car. Even parked inside your garage, your car could suffer bumps, scratches, and dents. Maybe, someone would spill oil or paint on it. A good car cover could protect against these unfortunate incidents.
Last, but not least, we have pets and animals who also love our cars, either the warmth of the engine, the cars smell or any other element. They find them extremely cozy. Sleeping cats, rodents, birds, dogs and many more, can cause serious damages to your car. A good car cover could protect it from cats sharpening their claws against your car paint job, or against nasty bird droppings.
These easy tips can help to add an extra layer of protection against dents, scratches and other car damages. Remember, that as soon as you notice any damage to your car, it is best to take it for professional PDR services. Contact, Auto Rehab today and learn everything you need to know about paintless dent removal services.