5 Common Causes of Vehicle Scratches

5 Common Causes of Vehicle Scratches

It can feel wildly frustrating to walk out to your car and see that something---or someone---has scratched it up. If your vehicle has been scratched, you'll want to be proactive about getting it repaired. Otherwise, rust could have the opportunity to take hold. By going to a reputable body shop, you can be confident that the scratched area will be flawlessly repaired at a reasonable rate. In some cases, the cause of the scratch is obvious. But other times, it's not so clear. Here's a look at five common sources of car scratches.

Improper Washing Materials

It's of great importance that you consistently use the correct materials to wash your car. If you use any random rag, it could be abrasive and scratch your paint. It's always best to instead use synthetic microfiber towels, which are designed to do such tasks without causing any damage. And when selecting a soap for washing your car, be sure to choose one that is automotive-specific, rather than standard household soap. Also, before waxing, be sure your vehicle's surface is free of debris that could be dragged across the paint and cause scratches.

Automatic Car Washes

The brushes that are used in automatic car washes are known to collect dirt and other debris. When that dirt doesn't completely rinise of before you take your car through the wash, it could end up scratching your paint.


When a big truck kicks up a rock in your direction, your windshield could get chipped or your paint could get scratched. To reduce the risk of this type of damage, you can try to avoid driving behind large trucks when it's safely possible to do so.


If you're wearing clothing with sharp edges and lean against your vehicle, you may unwittingly scratch your paint when you shift your weight.

Malicious Behavior

Most of the time, it's easy to determine that a scratch came from getting "keyed." Because of their length and depth, these scratches are usually more challenging to repair.

If you need auto body repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable body shop. For car scratch repair in Irvine, CA, contact the experts at O.C. Bumper & Body at (949) 288-2323. O.C. Bumper & Body also provides top-quality auto painting in Irvine, CA. Feel free to give O.C Bumper & Body a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's auto body needs!

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Posted: November 26, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ