How to Protect Your New Car from Harsh Weather

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Protection from the elements should be among the first things you think about when bringing your new car home from the dealership, especially if you live in an area prone to especially harsh weather. Temperature extremes, inclement weather and storms can all pose a serious threat to your expensive new vehicle – inside and out – and so steps must be taken to ensure its safety and protection. Luckily, these steps are really straightforward.

Shelter

A car with shelter from the elements is one that has less to fear from harsh weather. Most houses have garages attached to them these days but for those that don’t, finding somewhere to safely put the car can be a challenge. A great alternative to a garage, should you not have one, is a simple carport area. These are cheaper to build than a garage and offer a similar amount of protection from sun, rain, bird droppings and hail. Speak to a professional carport construction company like AdaptIt to work out a design, budget and build time that works for you.

Wax

Wax is one of those things that seems like it’s a whole lot of time invested in something that doesn’t provide much in the way of results. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A proper wax of your vehicle will provide strong protection in a number of different kinds of weather. Rain, frost and condensation build-up will be a thing of the past and your car and its nice paint will be far better protected if you have to park it in direct sunlight for any length of time. There are different kinds of wax for different kinds of protection, however, so make sure you do a bit of research on the sort you need beforehand. You should also make sure that the vehicle exterior has been thoroughly cleaned before beginning the application. Any spots of dirt or grime will mean that the wax won’t adhere as cleanly.

Cold Weather

In colder climates, particularly in areas where frost is common during winter, certain steps must be taken to ensure your car is protected further against the elements. Driving your car every day will keep components like the battery and engine oil from thickening or freezing up and doing damage. Your tires will lose an estimated pound of pressure with every 12°C/10°F drop in temperature, so make sure they’re always properly inflated. Wipers may freeze and crack in freezing weather, scratching your windshield or not clearing rain away.

Hot Weather

Hot climates present problems of their own. You should always be making sure that coolant is topped off because even new vehicles can overheat if the mercury starts to soar and overheated components are expensive to fix or replace. Hot temperatures have the opposite effect on your tires that cold weather has, so keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t expanding too much when hot.

These are just four ways you can better protect your new car, inside and out, from harsh weather. What are your go-to steps for keeping your car safe from the elements? Sound off in the comments below.

  

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