6 Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle's Exterior in Great Condition

6 Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle's Exterior in Great Condition


To keep your vehicle looking stylish, you'll want to take some basic precautions to protect it from dents and scratches. But if any auto body damage does occur, it's important to repair it quickly so that rust doesn't get a chance to take hold. Here's a look at six ways to protect your vehicle's exterior.

Use Proper Washing Materials

When you use any random rag to wash your car, there's a chance that the rag is abrasive and could actually cause scratching. Instead, it's smart to use synthetic microfiber towels that are meant for this sort of task and won't cause any damage. And it's always best to wash your car with automotive-specific soap instead of standard household soap.

Don't Use the Automatic Car Wash

Automatic car wash brushes are known to accumulate dirt and debris. In some instances, this debris doesn't fully rinse off between cars, which could lead to scratching as the brushes rub against the paneling.

Wax Carefully

The first step in your waxing process should be to make completely sure that there's no debris on the vehicle's surface that could cause scratching as you wax.

Spot Cleaning Kit

It's a good idea to keep an on-the-go cleaning kit in your car. This will allow you to quickly take care of messes as they arise, such as from bird droppings, which are corrosive and should be cleaned up right away.

Park in Garage

Whether at home or out on the town, it's always best for your vehicle's exterior if you can park under cover. This will protect your paint from UV rays, which cause fading. Also, in the event of extreme weather like hail, your vehicle will be protected from any damage.

Park Away from Other Cars

When you take a parking spot near the entrance to the building, there's a good chance you're going to to end up squeezed in between two other cars. This makes it more likely that someone else will swing their door directly into your paneling, causing a dent or scratching. By parking toward the back of the lot, you can reduce the chances of this occurring.

If you need auto body repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable body shop. For auto body repair in Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, and Costa Mesa, CA, contact the experts at O.C. Bumper & Body at (949) 288-2323. O.C. Bumper & Body also specializes in 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!


OC Bumper & Body Blog
Posted: December 23, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ