How to Protect Your Car From Sun Damage

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Along with its surplus of saguaros and mountain skylines, another defining characteristic of the Phoenix area is its acute summer heat. High UV days and blistering temperatures can be tough on cars, but luckily there are numerous ways to protect your vehicle’s paint job, while also safeguarding your dashboard and other car features.

  1. Park under cover as much as possible. During the summer, this is the No. 1 piece of advice we recommend. If you don’t have a garage or carport, try parking in shaded areas as much as possible.

  2. Wash your car more often to rid it of debris that could bake on. The sun will bake debris onto your car, which can weaken the clear coat that protects its paint. In particular, if bird droppings have been hardened onto the exterior, they may leave dull-looking etched out spots where the clear coat could eventually start to peel.

  3. Do not skip waxing your car. That extra layer of protection goes a long way toward protecting your car’s clear coat and paint from harmful ultraviolet rays. Additionally, it’s a good idea to get your car detailed, a service which includes a thorough waxing.

  4. Use a sun shade to protect your dashboard and block out heat. Sun shades provide a cheap and simple way to shield your dashboard. With long-term sun exposure, the dashboards on older vehicles can actually crack due to becoming extremely dried out.

  5. Consider using seat covers during summer months. They’ll not only keep your seats cooler, but will also protect both fabric and leather seats from premature wear.

  6. Consider a UV-blocking window film for your car. Along with protecting the interior of your vehicle from UV rays, a window film will also protect your skin from ultraviolet rays when driving.

To ensure that your car can brave it through the season, here are three of the most vital parts to check when summer hits:

Car battery – Crazy hot temps drain batteries faster. If you don’t want to get stranded, have your battery checked before summer hits and again in the midst of the season if your battery is close to expiring.

Tire pressure – When driving on super-hot asphalt, having under- or overinflated tires is very dangerous, so check your tire pressure often.

Engine oil, coolant and other fluids – Over the summer, it’s crucial to ensure that your engine doesn’t overheat, so make sure its vital fluids are working properly to keep it cool.

Categories: Car Maintenance Tips


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