The sun and heat can be brutal on your car. The sun and heat can both cause your car’s paint to fade, chip, crack or bubble, cause the interior fabric in your car to fade, damage the steering wheel or even cause the dashboard to peel or crack. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help protect both the interior and exterior of your car from the sun and heat.
Try to Park In the Shade or Under a Cover When Possible
Most cars are sitting longer than they are actually being driven. One of the best ways to protect your automobile from the hot summer sun is to try to park your car in the shade or under a cover when possible. The shade or cover helps to shield your car from sunlight and protects it from the damage that the sun does. If this is not an option, consider using a car cover that blocks the sun’s UV light, or a windshield sun protection cover to protect the interior of your vehicle.
Use Products to Protect the Interior of Your Car From Sun Damage
Another way to protect the interior of your car from sun damage is to use products that protect the interior of your vehicle. You can use a steering wheel cover, a dashboard cover and car seat covers. This adds a new layer of protection between the sun and these fixtures in your car. Best of all, if the sun does cause a cover to crack or fade, you can simply remove it and replace it easily.
Wax or Coat the Exterior of Your Car to Protect the Paint
The final tip for protecting the exterior of your automobile is to either wax or coat the exterior of your car to help protect the paint against fading, cracking, chipping or bubbling. Coating your car involves having it coated in a clear coat of paint that helps to protect your car. This option can be pricey, but it offers the best protection against many types of exterior damage, including sun damage and scratches. Waxing your car is a process that is done after washing your car. A thin layer of wax is placed on your car every two to six weeks, which helps to protect the paint on your car against sun damage. Wax must be reapplied routinely or it will not fully protect your vehicle.
Trying to park in the shade or in a covered spot when possible, using products to help protect the interior of your car and waxing or coating the exterior of your car are some of the best ways to protect your vehicle from sun and heat damage. However, if the damage is already done, you will want to bring your vehicle to an autobody repair shop to have it repaired before the issue worsens. At Certified Collision Center Auto Body Repair, we can help to repair both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Bring your car to one of our convenient central California locations to begin the process of fixing your car.