How to Avoid Scratches and Dents on Your Car

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 5:03 pm
Single car in otherwise empty parking lot in the rain

5 Tips to prevent dents and scratches

A vehicle is a big investment for most drivers, and as such many prefer to keep their vehicle looking its best as long as possible. Of course, part of the car-owning experience is dealing with the potential risk of your vehicle getting dents or scratches at any time. That said, there are a few practices that car owners can utilize to reduce the chances of having their car’s exterior damaged.

1. Be careful in parking lots

It’s safe to say that a majority of scratches and dents occur in parking lots. We all know of the types of people who open car doors recklessly without caring about hitting the vehicle next to them. The best way to avoid getting dinged up in a parking lot is by parking in an emptier part of the lot. Sure, it may cause you to have to walk a little further to your destination, but your car’s pain job will thank you.

2. Practice parallel parking

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Although many drivers view the parallel park as one of the more difficult driving maneuvers, it’s a great way to avoid having other cars parked next to you. While parallel parking may be an intimidating maneuver at first, practice makes perfect!

3. Keep your car in the garage

Of course, the more time your car spends in a garage or carport, the more protected it is from the elements and other people. If possible, park your car in a garage as much as possible.

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4. Avoid extreme weather exposure

Avoid driving or leaving your vehicle outside during extreme weather, which can cause damage to your vehicle’s exterior. Hail storms tend to wreak the most havoc on vehicles, however, windstorms can do their fair share of damage as well, kicking up dirt, dust, rocks, branches, etc. that can scratch up your vehicle.

5. Keep things off of the car

Another common source of scratches and dents on a vehicle is its own owner. Small damages can be made to your car’s exterior just from you setting items on your car’s roof or hood. Anything hard or sharp like your keys, tools, etc. have the potential to damage the finish on your car.

Have scratches or dents on your car that could use buffing? Contact our service staff here at Godwin Motors to set up an appointment today, and we’ll have your car looking great in no time.

7 Responses to “How to Avoid Scratches and Dents on Your Car”

  1. Thanks for the tip that one should avoid keeping one’s car outside during a hailstorm to prevent it from getting damaged and scratched from the debris in the process. Aside from that, one should send it to a repair shop right after the storm passes as soon as possible. Doing this will help restore its original look too.

  2. Mindy Jollie says:

    I like what you said about trying parallel parking as an alternative to avoid having cars parking next to you, even if they are parking near you. I imagine that this works well in the Western US especially since there are more parking lots in that region. My husband has been considering getting a new Tesla, but I think he’s concerned about maintaining the paint job and body. I’ll have to make sure he knows how to avoid the worst of the situations that cause dents and scratches.

  3. Jarvis Bush says:

    You are driving a car means you will definitely experience dents and scratches now and then. You can stay careful, but you can’t control tight manoeuvres. Thus, if a dent happens, then you would fix it straight away. A dent or a scratch will necessitate more work, if it becomes big. So, it is imperative to put a bit of elbow grease every time you experience it. Different techniques are there using which you can fix scratches and repairs. But no technique can match the accuracy level of a skilled car technician. So, if you have dents on your intermediary, then fix an appointment straight away- .

  4. Loris Hamilton says:

    One of the best ways to avoid such kind of damages to the car is to become attentive while driving a car…
    Some people use different types of distractible devices like cell phones, music systems and so on which might eventually end up with an accident.
    Besides, a person should follow the traffic rules to avoid a fatal collision. Damages done to the vehicle due to any minor collisions should be repaired immediately by skilled and experienced professionals.

  5. Francis Louie Sevilla says:

    I just also want to know how could I stop people from intentionally scratching my car? Is installing cameras that would cover the whole car a wise idea? Thank you for your suggestions.

  6. I like how you said to stay in the emptier part of the lot. It’ll keep your car safe and give you exercise. I’ll make sure to try that and see if my car gets dinged up less.

  7. Anna says:

    Dents and scratches is acceptable in the car. Follow tips and avoid the dents and scratches. thank you for sharing this tips.

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