Springtime in Colorado is a notoriously wet time of the year, bringing huge snowstorms, drizzle, rain, and sleet. While this moisture is great for the dry ground, it can be a risk to your vehicle, especially if your car is parked outside most of the time. There’s certainly nothing you can do to predict or control the weather, but there are things you can do to protect your car. Moisture of any kind can wear down your auto parts, your trim, and the body/paint of your vehicle. If you want to keep your rig running for as long as you can, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Find covered parking when you can
It’s not always possible to find covered or garage parking, but if you are driving a vehicle that has expensive custom parts, new paint, or other valuable investments, it’s worth doing your best to find these premium spots. If you really love your car, consider upgrading to carport or garage parking at your apartment or office, or purchasing a waterproof car cover.
- Dry it down
If you are lucky enough to have a covered resting spot for your rig, keep it stocked with fresh, dry towels. After coming out of the snow and rain, take 5 minutes to dry off your vehicle, paying extra attention to the body seams, bumpers, and wheel wells.
- Wax well, and often
Wax is your friend during the wet season, so don’t skimp on this vital part of car maintenance. Every time you wash your car, add a layer or two of professional wax. This will protect your paint job and vehicle body from rust and other damage. Not sure which wax is best for your car? Ask a qualified 4×4 mechanic for their recommendations.
- Don’t forget the interior
While the exterior certainly sees more moisture than the interior, don’t neglect to care for your vehicle’s cabin too. Invest in easily-washable rubber floor mats, removable seat covers, and a dedicated gear storage area if you love winter sports or any other activity involving snow or water. On nice days, roll down the windows and allow your interior to dry completely. This will help keep mold and funky smells at bay too.
When it comes to preserving the longevity of your vehicle, moisture is not your friend. Take a few simple precautions, and you can prevent moisture-related damage, rust, and deterioration. Want more tips on car maintenance? Get in touch with 4×4 Offroad Network today!