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Tips to Keep Your Car Protected from Storm Damage

No matter where you live, there aren't many areas in the country which aren't subject to summertime storms. Hail, wind, and varying amounts of rainfall can wreak havoc on vehicles which are left to fend for themselves in less than desirable weather conditions. The east coast and Gulf coast states have hurricanes and tropical storms to worry about this time of year, and the possibility of tornadic activity over the midwest states increases from early springtime through the early fall. Considering that your vehicle is a piece of property which you not only pay for but also pay taxes on, it's certainly in your best interest to protect it as much as possible.

It's no secret that a car's value depreciates once it leaves the lot. Whether you have plans to hold onto your car for a long time or drive it for a few years and trade it or sell it, you want it to be in the best shape possible. Protecting your vehicle from storm damage can save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run.

Here are a few tips to keep your car protected from storm damage:

Keep it stored

Keeping your car out of harm's way is the easiest way to protect it. If you can park your car in a garage or under a carport, you'll have much better success keeping it protected from hail, water, and wind. A garage is your best bet for absolute safety from the elements, though you can't rule out the possibility of falling trees or heavy limbs, or damage which may occur due to extremely strong winds. A carport will help keep your car protected from debris which may fall and will keep your car protected from hail.

Keep it covered

Not everyone has the option of keeping their vehicle in a garage, leaving to street or outdoor parking in a driveway. You can do yourself a favor and purchase a heavy-duty car cover to help protect your car from wind damage, and hail. This is also helpful in protecting it from the sun's harsh UV rays, which can damage your car's paint.

Keep it washed and waxed

It may seem obvious that you should keep your car clean inside and out, but did you know that by doing so, you're actually helping to protect its exterior? Keeping your car washed and waxed can help its topcoat remain strong. The topcoat not only gives your car that beautiful sheen, it protects the car's paint color, as well. Coastal regions face acid damage from rainfall, not to mention damage from seawater and sand. Storms can kick up particles and send them through the air for many miles, and you'd be none the wiser, as you wouldn't notice any damage right away. This is damage which occurs over time and can be avoided if you take extra steps to protect your car's exterior.

Storms happen- it's just part of life and climate change. No matter where you live, you'll be facing having to deal with some type of weather elements which can cause damage to your car. Taking these simple precautions will help you protect your car from damage over time, and will help you keep your car looking almost as good as new!

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