Experts issue urgent warning as UK heatwave could cause more than £ 2,500 in damage to your car
Car experts have issued an urgent warning to drivers that the upcoming heat wave could cause around £ 2,400 in damage to your car.
While sunny days are welcome for the people of North Wales, after months of cold and wet weather your car won’t be so happy.
UV rays can penetrate molecules in automotive paints, making them less reflective and duller to the human eye.
Motorists therefore have to have the car fully painted to repair the damage, which could cost you up to £ 2,400.
It can also cause damage to the interior of your cars, such as sun bleaching of seats, dashboard and even steering wheel.
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Mike Thompson, Director of Rental options advises, “When it comes to weather damage to cars, most motorists immediately think of snow and ice damage. However, the sun and heat can also be a threat to your car.
“Motorists who do not protect their cars from the sun could risk needing a number of repairs to their car. Including paint, new tires and battery replacement.
“To prevent this from happening, motorists should make sure that during the summer months, they wash and dry their cars regularly, check the tire pressure every month, and have their car battery checked by a professional.”
Here are 10 tips for leasing options for drivers to protect their vehicles:
1. Wash your car and dry it by hand
The sun can crack and discolor your car’s paintwork, as dirt on cars can speed up the process of UV light penetrating. Hand washing and drying your car removes dirt and dust particles which can cause micro-scratches and dull your car’s finish. It is important to dry it by hand with a soft cloth, so that minerals and grime do not stick to the surface of the vehicle after a rinse.
2. Park in the shade
Keeping your car out of direct sunlight will help keep your car interior cooler for longer. This will also prevent damage to the dashboard.
3. Check your tire pressure once a month
If your tires are under-inflated and are resting on hot pavement, this can be a recipe for disaster. Under-inflated tires are more likely to explode at high temperatures, so you should check your tire pressure once a month to avoid this.
4. Get a windshield sunscreen
While it may seem like a lot of effort, windshield sunscreens are a great way to reduce the temperature inside your car. They also help prevent the dull effect of UV on the interior of your car.
5. Don’t forget to clean the interior of your car.
Dust combined with the heat from the sun can cause dirt to appear on your dashboard and other surfaces. However, cleaning the interior of your car twice a month can prevent this from happening. Always be sure to use cleaning products intended for automotive surfaces.
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6. Protect your car seats
Seat covers are great for helping keep leather and fabric seats cool. For those with leather seats, you should also use leather conditioner to prevent cracks and tears from sun damage.
7. Check your fluid levels
Fluid levels in cars run out faster than they usually would in the summer due to the heat. The risk of your car overheating increases if the fluid levels are lower than they should be. You should regularly check the engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid in your car and have them refilled.
8. Have the air filters checked.
In the summer, there is more dust and debris in the air, which can clog your car’s filters. This could lead to poor regulation of the air in your car and fluid levels.
9. Apply a layer of wax after washing
Waxing is an important step in preventing sun damage to car paint. It provides a protective layer between UV light and your car’s surface.
10. Have your battery tested by a professional
Heat can put a higher charge pressure on your car battery due to the operation of things like air conditioning. In the summer, you should have your battery tested by a professional to make sure it is working and to prevent your car from starting.
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