Summer Maintenance

Top 4 Ways to Protect Your Car From Sun Damage

By | Car Maintenance, Summer Maintenance

Believe it or not, sun damage doesn’t happen exclusively to skin. When you leave your car in the sun for extended periods of time, the temperature inside can reach as high as 145 degrees Fahrenheit, while the surface of the car’s exterior can reach much higher – up to nearly 200 degrees Fahrenheit! Keep reading to see the top 4 ways to protect your car from sun damage.

1. Seek the Shade

The summer’s UVC, UVA and UVB rays can wreak havoc on your paint job. Parking in a shady spot is one of the best ways to reduce sun damage to the exterior of your vehicle. Besides protecting the paint from UV rays, this can also decrease interior heat, reduce heat damage to electronics, headlights, trim and interior.

2. Wash Your Vehicle Regularly

To prevent paint damage and oxidation, you should wash your vehicle often and thoroughly. That way, you won’t have to worry as much about the dirt and residue that usually collects on your vehicle’s exterior over the summer months.

Skip the hand-washing. Visit your local Valley Car Wash to ensure that you drive away dry, as water evaporation and surface heating are disastrous side effects of washing in the sun.

3. Wax It!

Keep your vehicle waxed during the summer to create a barrier against sun damage, bug residue and dirt. Since wax reflects UV rays (rather than absorb them), you can prevent paint oxidation from ever occurring! Waxing will also prevent dirt and grit from sticking to your vehicle, which can protect your paint from pit damage.

4. Utilize Window Shades or Window Tint

They aren’t just for looks! UVA rays penetrate glass, so when you use window shades or tint, you’re actually preventing the bleaching effect the sun has on your interior surfaces and upholstery.

Despite all the elements that can affect the beauty of your car paint, you can still maintain its value with regular washing, drying and waxing. Remember that even with your car, there is nothing that tender loving care could not prevent.

See YourMechanic’s blog post for 6 more ways to protect your car from sun damage.

Summer Car Care

By | Car Maintenance, Summer Maintenance

Summer Car Care | Valley Car Wash | VA, WVIt’s officially SUMMER and although summertime is synonymous with fun and relaxation, it also means scorching temperatures, afternoon thunderstorms and greater overall wear and tear on cars due to all that increased vacation mileage. Keep reading for our tips regarding summer car care and keep your car looking good all summer long.

Wash Your Vehicle Frequently

Giving the family chariot a thorough cleaning inside and out is not just a good way to protect your investment, but it’ll make the car a nicer place to be on those long drives to vacation spots. We recommend washing your car at least once a week; less frequently if it’s garage kept and rarely driven.

A proper wash shouldn’t take that long, and it will help protect the paint of your car making it look newer for longer. Plus, the more often you care for your car’s paint, the easier it is to care for down the road.

Pro Tip: Always make sure you wash your car when it has a low surface temperature – early in the morning or early evening.

Mind Your Parking Spot

The number one risk to your paint job is the sun. This is because over time, ultra-violet rays can fade the paint. The trick to preventing this is to limit your car’s exposure whenever possible. Park in a garage, shady spot or you could even consider a car cover.

Ok, so you’ve followed our recommendation and parked in a shady spot. Now, you’ve got a whole other issue: birds. If bird droppings or bug guts get on your paint, always spray it off as soon as possible. The longer contaminants sit on paint, the faster it can damage paint.

Finally, a seemingly innocuous threat lurks in the form of sprinklers. Think you’re killing two birds with one stone by watering your lawn and washing your car parked in the driveway at the same time? Think again. The water supplied to outdoor spigots contains minerals and impurities that can leave unsightly sunspots on your car when the water dries. But, once again, a visit to your local Valley Car Wash can serve to shield your car’s paint and mitigate the damaging effects of UV rays and sunspots.

Minor efforts like the care tips discussed above help to ensure a long (and beautiful) life for your car. Sure, looks aren’t everything, but when you care about cars as much as we do—every little bit helps.

Drive safe, stay cool, and travel clean this summer!

Read: Cleaning Your Vehicle After a Trip to the Beach

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Cleaning Your Vehicle After a Trip to the Beach

By | Summer Maintenance

Going to the beach can be a lot of fun, but the mess it makes in your car makes you dread returning home to clean it. And whether you parked on the asphalt and trekked all your stuff to the seaside by hand, or drove up to the beach and parked, it doesn’t seem to matter – it seems like you’ve got the same amount of sand inside and outside of your car. In this article, you’ll learn how to protect the interior of your vehicle and get your car back into good shape after the damage is done.

Prevent Sand From Getting Everywhere

If you have a beach trip coming up, it’s always best to try preventing the mess from happening. To protect the interior, cover your seats, floors and trunk with sheets or towels. That way, you can simply take the sheets/towels out of your car and wash them, rather than attempting to vacuum up all of the sand that works its way into your vehicle.

Another way to prevent getting sand inside your vehicle is to take a jug of water to keep in your car as a “rinse jug”. The jug can then be used to rinse your feet off before you get into your car.

Cleaning the Exterior

Regardless of how much you prepare for your beach trip, there’s not much that can be done about the sand and salt water getting on the exterior of your vehicle.

The bottom part of your vehicle suffers the most when you drive it on the sand or have it exposed for prolonged periods near saltwater, and all that grit can jump-start the rusting process.

Once you get back from your trip, you should start by getting your undercarriage rinsed out. Hose off the underneath and making sure the tires, wheels and mud flaps are free of caked-on sand and grit. Then, take your car to your local Valley Car Wash to avoid grinding the salt and sand into your paint job or windows with a home wash.