Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle’s Exterior

August 30th, 2020 by

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Sun, rain, snow, high speeds, falling objects, and everything else you can think of can begin to do damage to your car’s exterior over time if not properly attended to. So, how do you protect your vehicle from harm? What can you do to minimize risk and damage? From Carl Black Hiram, here are our top 5 ways to protect your vehicle’s exterior!

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#1 – Regularly Wash, Dry, and Wax Your Car 

The first step is simple but requires you to pay close attention to your vehicle. Washing your car regularly helps to eliminate dirt, grime, and other substances that might be stuck on your car’s exterior paint. The longer you wait to clean them off, the longer they might be doing damage to your car. 

Additionally, when washing your car, don’t forget to dry it to prevent water spots. Meanwhile, waxing after a cleaning helps to preserve your vehicle’s polished paint for years to come. 

#2 – Store in Shade/Inside When Possible 

The best way to prevent car damage from the elements is to avoid the elements. That’s why keeping your car parked inside is the best solution to prevent car damage that can occur from outdoor parking.

If you don’t have a garage or the option to store your vehicle indoors, the next best thing to consider is a car cover. Depending on where you live and the types of weather you want to protect your car from, you can find a specialized car cover that fits your wants and needs to protect your vehicle from sunlight, rain, snow, or other unwelcome weather. 

#3 – Avoid Parking Under Trees/Behind Cargo Trucks 

Stray debris can scratch or dent your car’s paint and windshield unexpectedly. That’s why you should avoid parking under trees or driving behind cargo trucks when possible. Trees can drop branches, nuts, acorns, pinecones, and fruit, while debris like sand and gravel from cargo trucks can chip away at your vehicle’s exterior at high speeds. 

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#4 – Use High-Quality Cleaning/Protection Products 

If you want to keep your car in tip-top condition, then you should never skimp in terms of quality. When you’re searching for an accessory or cleaning solution, find something durable and longlasting.  Taking shortcuts in this regard can either waste your money (a car cover of low quality that deteriorates quickly) or damage your vehicle accidentally (using household detergents for cleaning that can strip your vehicle’s paint). 

#5 – Use a Detailing Clay Bar 

Dirt, grime, and other contaminants that have taken the time to embed themselves in your vehicle’s exterior can be extraordinarily difficult to remove. That’s where a clay bar comes in. A clay detailing bar can help remove these contaminants, smoothing the surface of your vehicle and allowing waxing to provide its maximum effect.

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There are plenty of other ways to protect your vehicle. If you have ideas and methods that work for you, let us know! For more vehicle tips and tricks to handle the automotive world, continue to read our blog and contact us. The Carl Black Hiram team can be reached over the phone, online, or with a visit to our store located in Hiram, Georgia within Paulding County. We’re here to assist with all of your automotive needs!