Do you remember the time when you first bought your brand new car? Everyone can remember those times! When you first set eyes on your shiny new car, you will have noticed how immaculate the paintwork and bodywork was, but in the back of your mind you were also worried that your car won’t always look like that!

Even people that buy brand new cars and just store them soon see how tatty the car becomes, covered in dust and bird droppings, and generally looking sorry for itself. Of course, most people spend a lot of time driving their brand new cars and not keeping them stored for years on end, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that your car will have some body damage during its life on the road.

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But did you know that when your car is parked at home, there are a number of ways that you can protect it from the elements? It’s no secret that one thing that can really damage the paint and bodywork of a car isn’t down to accidental damage or vandalism; the main cause of such problems is simply down to the environment around us!

When a car is exposed to the elements, it can be “attacked” by a number of things such as:

  • Bird droppings – the acid in bird droppings, along with the clear coat (lacquer) layer on your paintwork contracting and expanding with the heat, can cause the lacquer to “mould” itself around the affected area;
  • Rain – a lot of the rain that falls down can be acidic, due to air pollution, and so when this rain falls and subsequently dries on the car, it too can damage the clear coat on your car’s paintwork.

After a car’s clear coat has been attacked by the elements, the underlying paint is also exposed to the elements. When the same culprits attack the paint just like they did with the clear coat layer, the metal underneath can start to corrode, causing rust.

The longer you leave such problems to occur, the worse the corrosion, resulting in expensive bodywork repairs being required.

So if you are about to buy a new Toyota from Jardine Motors, or a new car from any dealer, for example, here are some top tips to help you protect your car when you’re not on the road.

Garage

The best choice for protecting a car from the elements is to simply store it in a garage! Many houses will come with a garage, either attached to the house or located in a communal garage block nearby.

Some people can even park their cars in underground car parks (typically those that live in apartment blocks).

Car cover

If you aren’t going to be driving your car for a long time, you could always invest in a car cover for it. These are basically covers made out of strong materials that are designed to withstand rain or snow, although these need to be tightly covered around the car otherwise the wind may cause the cover to scratch it in certain places.

Car port

These are cheaper to build than garages, but the only problem with them is that they only protect the top of the car, not the sides as well.

Carports