The sun is ever-present no matter where in the world you are. Even in winter, the sun can cause harm to your car. Summer, however, is a tough time for all cars, as they are exposed to high temperatures that damages paint, chrome, interior leather, and other parts.
With that said, here are 8 ways you can protect your new car from summer damage.
Clean It Well
Summer brings out the dirt in every nook and cranny of your vehicle — dirt that poses a threat to both its appearance and functionality. Now is also the right time to make sure there’s nothing stuck underneath the seats or between crevices where it might cause problems later on. Make sure everything is clean so you won’t have to dig around during wintertime when snow hides everything under the car.
Wax It Well
Getting a nice coat of wax on your vehicle is another way to ensure that summer grime won’t damage the exterior finish. The sun will be blocked by a layer of clear, shiny goodness and your paint will look like it did when you first took delivery (just make sure to use the right kind of wax for your car’s exterior.) If you’re not interested in going down the DIY route, there are plenty of mobile-detail companies that can do an excellent job at maintaining your car’s fresh appearance while you enjoy your summer vacation.
Install a Window Tint
Cars benefit from having window tint film because it creates a barrier that deflects heat, deflecting heat from outside into the car’s interior. It also gives you an extra layer of protection against ultraviolet rays.
The sun is your car’s worst enemy, and a window tint minimizes the risk of permanent damage that may affect the interior components, including the leather of the seats, the dashboard, and the steering wheel.
Wash the Interior
Summer can get hot and sweaty, so make sure to wash your car’s interior every once in a while to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria that may affect the air quality inside your car. If you want to do it yourself, here is a good tutorial on how to remove vomit stains from fabric seats.
Keep Your Car in a Garage
This tip is for those lucky ones who have garages at their disposal. If you don’t already know this, keeping your car inside a garage will prolong its lifespan since it won’t be exposed to high temperatures or moisture from the outside. Of course, if there isn’t enough space for your vehicle indoors…
A cover over your car is another good way to protect it from summer damage. A tarp might not be as elegant as having an actual custom fit cover specifically designed for your car model but it’ll do just fine in keeping your car protected.
Parking under trees or putting up an umbrella or two will help shield your vehicle from sun damage. If there’s no shade available, use a window tint as a sunshade because these kinds of products block out about 60 percent of UV rays that could further harm the paint job. It doesn’t hurt to park in covered parking areas either because they protect vehicles from rain
Use a Sunscreen for Your Car
You probably already have sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or more to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so why not use it on your car too? You can purchase sunshades to block the sun from shining into your car.
Cool Down Your Engine Before Starting It
Startup that engine one more time especially if it has been sitting in the heat all day long. Take out the key and open the hood before turning over the ignition, then choose neutral gear before starting up your car. This will allow any residual heat to dissipate prior to moving your car from a standstill.
The extra few minutes it takes to let the engine cool down will make sure there’s no damage done, and you wouldn’t want to risk overheating your car right away. Always practice safety especially during summer.
Use Detailing Products on Vinyl and Rubber Surfaces
Summer is the best time to apply a vinyl dressing to your car’s dashboard, console, door sills, tires, or rubber floor mats because these parts are exposed directly to direct sunlight during this season while the rest of the car remains shaded beneath it. Applying dressings regularly will prevent them from fading due to ultraviolet damage — plus they’ll look shiny for more visibility when driving at night.
By following these simple tips, we hope that your summer days will be just as enjoyable for both you and your car.