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How to Protect the Paint on Your Car

Best Ways to Keep the Exterior of a Vehicle Looking New

Vehicles are major investments. Not only do you drop a large chunk of your earnings into a car, but you likely expect to hang onto it for years. Then, when the time comes, you will want to get as much of that money back as you possibly can. To help maximize the resale value of your car, you will need to know how to protect your car’s paint. Here are a few easy ways to do so.

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Get a Car Wash Regularly

You likely already knew this, but getting your car washed regularly will help preserve its look. Car washes will help get any dirt and bugs off your vehicle, helping it look nice. Also, if you notice any bird droppings or tree sap on your car, you should wash it off immediately. Bird droppings are acidic and can eat away at your paint while tree sap can leave stains and become hard to clean the longer it sits.

Consider Waxing Your Vehicle

Modern cars come with a protective layer of coating meant to protect the paint from various environmental factors. However, this layer is thin and won’t protect against everything. For an extra layer of protection, consider waxing your vehicle. It is inexpensive, doesn’t require a professional to apply, and can make your car look shinier than before.

Use a Car Cover or Shelter Your Vehicle

Mechanic waxing a black car

Just leaving your car parked outdoors can bring some harm to your vehicle’s exterior. This is due to the fact that your vehicle is exposed to many environmental elements, such as the sun’s UV rays. To help protect your vehicle, consider sheltering it in a garage. If you don’t have a garage or don’t have room for your car to fit inside one, consider investing in a car cover. Car covers are relatively cheap and will do a lot to protect the aesthetic of your vehicle.

Looking to trade-in your vehicle? Ready to shop for a different one? Contact the team at U.S. Auto Sales and we will help you every step along the way. If you are interested to learn more tips about taking care of your car, explore the U.S. Auto Sales blog here.