A car can represent a significant investment that should be protected front dents and dings to keep it looking good. Many dents and dings can be fixed fairly easily with paintless dent repair techniques, and dent repairs should not be costly. To avoid the aggravation of finding and fixing dents, you can take some preventive measures.
Watch the Weather
Extreme weather conditions, especially hail and windstorms, can cause damage to your car. When possible, avoid driving or leaving your car outside during bad weather. It’s also a good idea to keep your car in a garage or under a carport to provide protection against the elements.
Watch the Road
Some roads are badly paved or not paved at all. Be careful when driving on them. Loose rocks, dust, dirt, and other objects can easily kick up and damage your car’s exterior. Trucks carrying heavy loads can also be a problem, especially on the freeway and when passing. Keep your distance and watch the vehicle for trailing debris before passing.
Watch the Parking Lot
Most dents and scratches happen in parking lots. Some people carelessly open car doors hitting the car parked next to them. The best way to avoid this is to park where few people park. Parking at the far end of the parking lot might mean walking a bit farther, but it could save your car from unnecessary dents. Parallel parking can also help. When you parallel park, you eliminate the chances of other cars parking next to you.
Watch the Car
People sometimes put objects on their car roof or hood without thinking about it. Any hard or sharp object, such as tools or keys, can damage your car’s exterior. If you must work with tools on your car hood or roof, place a blanket under them.
Keeping your car maintained and looking good can increase its resale value. By taking a few precautions, you can avoid the nuisance that dents create and take pride in your car.