5 Tips to Avoid Scratches and Dents
Let's face it--we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people, which means if you own a car, you run the risk of getting scratches and dents on it. While there's no way to prevent this completely, you naturally want to protect that brand-new custom paint job, or at least to do all you can to keep your vehicle looking its best for as long as possible. The good news is that by practicing a few common-sense tips, you can at least reduce the risk of dents, scratches and dings to your vehicle and avoid a trip to the auto body shop for repairs. Here are 5 things you can start doing right now to help protect your vehicle.
1. Be smart about parking lots
Most scratches and dents occur in parking lots, particularly when the people parked next to you aren't being careful with their vehicle doors, or even when they rub up against your car trying to get into or out of theirs. The best way to reduce this risk is to park in an empty part of the lot and walk the few extra steps to get into the building. If that's not an option, parking in an end space will reduce your risk of scratches by about 50 percent. Avoid parking next to cars with baby seats, as careless parents sometimes swing the door wide to get their children in or out of the seat. Finally, never try to create more space by double parking. It only antagonizes other people trying to use the lot and increases the chance that they might intentionally damage your vehicle.
2. Practice parallel parking
Lots of people avoid parallel street parking like the plague because they hate trying to maneuver the car between other vehicles. However, it's a great way to reduce the risk of scratches because no one can park next to you!
3. Keep the car garaged
Obviously, the more time your car spends parked in a garage or covered carport, the less exposure it has to the elements and other humans, and the more protected it will be.
4. Avoid exposure to severe weather
We've all seen examples of the unfortunate vehicle whose body is pock-marked from sitting in a hailstorm. But hail isn't the only weather culprit that can cause damage. High winds can kick up dust, sand, dirt clods, small stones and twigs, all of which can wreak havoc on your car's paint job. If turbulent weather threatens, leave the car in the garage and go out another time.
5. Keep foreign objects off the car
This might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people cause scratches to their own vehicles by setting items on the roof or hood to open the door, or by sitting on the car themselves. Anything that makes contact with your vehicle, other than soft cloths or water, has the potential to damage the finish.
Obviously, you could practice all these tips and still experience damage to your vehicle; if this happens, you'll want an auto body repair shop that you can trust to do the job right. In Portland, the experts at ADESA's Auto & Truck Collision Repair have been providing excellent auto body, truck and RV collision repairs for over 60 years. For a free estimate on scratch and dent repair, they can be reached at 503-674-5463--and be sure to check their online special offers for extra savings!
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