Easy Ways to Protect Your Vehicle's Exterior

Easy Ways to Protect Your Vehicle's Exterior


By taking some basic precautions, you can help to ensure that your vehicle's exterior continues to look sleek and stylish. Here are six simple tips for keeping your car's exterior in great condition.

Correct Washing Materials

When you use any random rag to wash your car, there's a chance that it will be abrasive and cause scratching. It's definitely better to use synthetic microfiber washing mitts that are designed for this task. You should also use automotive-industry soap rather than regular household soap.

Skip the Automatic Car Wash

It's safer for your vehicle's exterior if you choose hand-washing instead of the automatic car wash. This is because the brushes in automatic car washes sometimes accumulate debris that doesn't rinse off between customers. Then, the next car that goes through could get its paint scratched by the debris as the brushes do their work.

Wax Cautiously

When waxing, it's very important that there is no debris on your vehicle's surface. Otherwise, that debris could get dragged around and cause scratches.

Keep a Spot-Cleaning Kit in Your Car

With an on-the-go cleaning kit, you'll be able to clean up messes as soon as they happen. In particular, bird droppings should be cleaned up quickly because they're corrosive.

Park in a Garage

Whether you're at home or out and about, it'll be safer for your vehicle's exterior if you can park in a sheltered location. This will protect your auto paint from UV rays that can cause fading. A garage will also keep your vehicle safely guarded against sudden extreme weather, like hail.

Park Away from Other Vehicles

It's worth bearing in mind that the closer you park to the store's entrance, the more likely it is that you'll be squeezed in by vehicles on either side of you. This increases the chances of someone else opening their door directly into your paneling, which could cause denting and/or scratching. While it's understandably tempting to grab that spot at the front of the lot, you'll reduce the risk of body damage if you park further toward the back.

If your vehicle's exterior has become damaged and you need auto body repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable shop. For auto body repair in Mount Joy, Elizabethtown, Manheim, and Lititz, PA contact the experts at Barton's Body Shop at (385) 367-2232. Barton's Body Shop also specializes in auto glass repair in Mount Joy, PA. Feel free to give Barton's Body Shop a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your auto body needs!


Barton's Body Shop Blog
Posted: February 27, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ