Securing a place where your car could be protected should be a priority even before you purchase the vehicle. But in many urban areas, not everyone can afford to pay for a place in a parking area or lot. In suburban areas, many homeowners prefer properties with a built-in garage long before they buy the actual vehicles. But there are also vehicle owners who are still in the process of having their garages built, often prefer to have a garage door in their Farmington, Utah home.
If you’re one of these homeowners who are still in the process of building their garage and still parking the car on the curb or in the vacant lot beside your home, here are a few tips you do to protect your vehicle as you wait to complete your garage building project.
1. Invest in a paint-friendly, all-weather car cover.
Car cover comes in all shapes and sizes. So if you decide to buy a car cover, it should be one made for your car’s make and model. You could also consider a durable cover that can handle the weather, whether it’s the hottest day in summer or the coldest day in winter. This should also be paint-safe, so your car’s exterior stays gleaming after you remove the cover.
2. Wash your car.
If you often leave your car outdoors, you may need to wash it at least once a week. This will help lift debris and dirt that may settle in if you leave it unprotected. Use specific car wash cleaning solutions and make sure to wax and buff the surface. The wax can make your vehicle waterproof and prevent rust for a long time. Make sure you dry it off with a clean microfiber towel to prevent dust and debris from clinging onto the surface.
3. Use wax on your car.
Waxing your car should be done at least once in one month, and washing your car should be done once a week. Wax acts like armor for your car’s exterior. It hinders dust, dirt and other small particles from latching onto your car’s paint and staying there. After washing your car, apply a layer of wax to keep liquid and debris from damaging your car’s paint. There are also car waxes available out there that guarantee protection from the sun’s harmful rays. You may need this if you’re planning to store your car outdoors for an extended period.
If you think that a monthly waxing regimen eats into your spare time too much (it shouldn’t), there is always another option. You can take advantage of a ceramic coating. These coats can last from one up to five years, depending on the weather conditions. If you opt for this, however, have it done by a professional detailer.
4. Use vinyl wraps and paint films.
These two options can provide you with increased protection from scratches and other physical damage. Paint films could also provide shade from the glare and heat of the sun.
A car is still an investment, and like any investment, you need to protect it so you could enjoy using it for the longest time. If you are still in the process of building your garage, make sure to do the following to protect your automobile.