The Sun Is Your Vehicle’s Enemy
How to Prevent Sun Damage to Your Vehicle
Few things will wear on your vehicle like prolonged exposure to the sun. It’s relentless, the UV rays are damaging, and it affects both the inside and outside of the car. Fortunately, just like taking care of the other aspects of your vehicle, you can slow the damage that the sun does to your rig.
Here are a few tips that you can put into action today in order to reduce the damage that the sun can have on your interior and exterior. Bonus: you will have a more comfortable ride too!
Keep it Under Cover
In a perfect world you would be able to park in the garage at night and in a covered garage during the day. But we know that’s not always possible. Instead, plan ahead so that your vehicle will be parked under cover, or at least in the shade, for part of the day.
If possible, park on the east side of the building. Then, when the sun’s rays are the hottest in the afternoon, they will be blocked by the building. You may want to think twice about parking under a tree though, as sap and bird droppings can do severe damage to the paint if they’re not removed quickly and properly.
Tint the Windows
Many new cars come with the windows already tinted. If you’re looking at one that doesn’t, you can use this as negotiation! Work out the price and then say, “I’ll buy today if the windows are tinted before I take possession.” But if you’re not buying a new car, and your vehicle doesn’t have tinted windows, you’re not out of luck yet. Aftermarket tinting is surprisingly affordable (you can do it on your own, but it’s advisable to let the pros do it).
Don’t want to sacrifice visibility? There are products available that provide UV protection, but are completely see-through.
Use a Windshield Sun Shade
You can’t (legally) tint the windshield. But you can reduce the sun that comes through. Sun shades fold up nicely and are easy to put into the window of your vehicle. They reflect the sun back out and keep it off the dashboard and the upholstery. Reduced sunlight means that your vehicle’s interior lasts longer, and you get into a cooler car later.
There are over-the-counter versions that fit most vehicles, and there are customized shades designed for your vehicle. It all depends on your budget.
Wrap the Vehicle
If you have a commercial vehicle you can wrap it with graphics, your logo, and your phone number in order to advertise and protect the paint. These vinyl wraps are like big stickers that go on, and come off, easily. They stop the sun from hitting actual paint, and they help prevent scratches.
But we don’t all drive commercial vehicles. You can still protect your car with a wrap. A clear wrap will help block harmful rays, and won’t be noticeable.
Bring Your Vehicle to A & D Auto Body for Auto Body Repair
Ready to have those dings and dents fixed? Call us at 406-586-7791 to make an appointment.