Tips To Protect A Car That Stays Outside All Year Round
Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a garage in which to park their car. However, cars that park permanently outside are damaged faster, both in terms of the bodywork and certain mechanical elements.
How do we protect a car that sleeps outside? Below, we will look into some of them.
- Seek Shade
Rubber seals, interior carpets and fabrics cannot withstand the heat of the sun. Likewise, UV rays attack the plexiglass of the headlights, which gradually turn yellow over time. This is why trying to find a suitable car shade (ร่มบังรถ, which is the term in Thai) is always preferable.
You can use a foldable sun visor to put behind the windshield as well as sun curtains on your windows for extended parking in summer to keep your interior a minimum.
- Do Not Park Under Trees
Extended parking under trees is also not recommended. Between the sap, bird droppings and other dirt that is corrosive to paints and dead leaves puts a severe strain on the bodies. This explains why it is important to clean your body quickly if it has been the target of bird droppings.
- Take Care Of The Bodywork
It is important to take care of its bodywork, especially if it is a car that sleeps outside all year round. In summer, acid rain loaded with sand lodges residues in every corner and hail puts it to the test. In winter, humidity promotes rust and cast-iron salts eat away the paint.
It is therefore advisable to regularly clean your bodywork and apply an anti-rust treatment as well as a protective wax, and more importantly, make use of a car umbrella (ร่มรถยน, which is the term in Thai).
- Watch Out For Rodents
Whether in the countryside or the city, one of the risks with a car that stays outside is to be attacked by rodents. These little beasts love electric wires, especially those of candles and sound and vibration protection.
This particularly sensitive problem for slightly older petrol and non-diesel cars is however easy to prevent with a specific repellant which helps protect your circuits.