The majority of cars found on the road today are made with aluminum, plastic, and recycled materials, with the exception of some steelwork. The materials used to manufacture a vehicle are chosen to create a car that is reliable, durable, and light on its wheels. At Alaragarage.com, we know the importance of protecting your car against severe weather conditions as well as the best practices for optimum protection.

Erosion

During the winter, state highway crews will spread a salt-like ice-melt over county roads to prepare for freezing rain, sleet, or snow. This mixture is thrown into the undercarriage of your vehicle while you travel, especially at higher speeds. If the ice-melt is not rinsed off, it will erode the metal components under your vehicle, and this damage may lead to rust and expensive repairs if left untreated.

In addition to the undercarriage, snow and ice stuck to the sides of your vehicle can damage paint and seals around car doors and windows if not removed properly. To prevent paint damage, avoid removing snow and ice in a scrubbing or circular motion. Seals around the windows and doors of your vehicle are also affected by wintery mixes. Remember to open all doors and windows after traveling long distances and gently wipe down all seals and points of contact. This will help to prevent rust, pitting, peeling paint, and erosion of the protective rubber seals.

Sun Damage

Good paint jobs offer more than just visual appeal for your vehicle. Paint also protects the chassis against water damage and dents. Leaving your vehicle under direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time will prematurely fade the paint (and your interior), and this minimizes the effectiveness of the paint’s protective layer and triggers the oxidation or separation of paint layers. Oxidation causes the paint to peel away, leaving the body more prone to rust. To prevent this, park your vehicle under a carport or inside of a garage.

Wind Damage

The wind is never solely responsible for the damage. However, the sand and dirt debris that travel with the wind can harm your vehicle by scratching the surface and causing it to peel. Heavy winds also carry heavier objects that may dent or damage your car severely. If there is any current damage to your vehicle, leaving the compromised metal exposed could allow moisture to enter and rust or pit the frame of your vehicle.

Visit our website today at Alaragarage.com to see all of the ways our expert technicians can help you prevent irreversible damage to your vehicle and protect your car in the future.

Posted on: April 12, 2020 By Alara Garage