You don’t have a Covered Parking Space

Investing in a vehicle is no laughing matter and preparing a secured, sheltered space for your four-wheeler beforehand should be a priority. Take a drive around the city and you’ll realize that a lot of car owners don’t really keep this in mind.

A garage isn’t the curbside of the road fronting your home, or under the shade of a lush tree. Unfortunately, a lot of us don’t have the luxury nor convenience of a sheltered space, and the unnecessary exposure takes a huge toll on your vehicle’s aesthetics and value. You’d have to shell out some serious dough to build a proper garage or suck up the cost of renting a parking garage slot.

For the typical, nine-to-five working “Juan” motorist, what can you do from a practical standpoint to preserve your homeless car without breaking your bank?

Though weekly washing may be needed, thorough detailing and waxing, given the circumstances, is more important. Build layers of protection by using a quality wax.

Nowadays, nanotechnology and sealant waxes are available and—despite the popularity of carnauba waxes—they provide the toughest protection against the elements including acid rain, pollutants and highly damaging UV rays. Think of it as an SPF-100 sunscreen shielding and nourishing your vehicle’s skin. Use a detailer spray in between to preserve the protective properties and shine.

If you’re too busy (or lazy) and have some cash to spare, a ceramic coating (lasts anywhere from one to five years) done by a professional detailer should greatly reduce paint maintenance.

If you want increased confidence and protection from passerby scratches and scuffs aside from shielding your car from the environment, paint film and vinyl wraps are great options.

Liberally coat bits that are most prone to sun damage. Don’t forget the moldings on your roofline, inside door panels and under the hood/trunk/hatch. Use a silicone lubricant in conjunction with protectants on such moldings to prevent sticking caused by extreme heat. Do apply rubber lotion to the walls of your tires to prevent cracking and premature expiration.

While parked under the blistering sun, your windshield could heat up to temperatures which make your wipers’ rubber blades deteriorate faster.

Never leave volatile/flammable liquids in your storage bins and glove compartment as they could react violently when heat-soaked. These include aerosol products and colognes/perfumes. The last thing you’d want to see is your vehicle engulfed in flames!

Establish a harmonious relationship with your “ka-barangays.” An angry neighbor can cause more harm than bird poop. On a lighter note, they could be the heroes to deter punks from using your panels as a canvass for graffiti.

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