Taking Care of your Car in Summer

Top Summer Car Care and Maintenance Tips

The summer in Colorado Springs comes with a variety of risks for your car. The unpredictable weather can bring extreme heat, hail, and even flash flooding. Here are nine tips for taking care of your car in summer:

  1. Keep your car under cover when you can.
  2. Check the tread on your tires and change out your snow tires.
  3. Keep your windshield clean and check/replace your wipers.
  4. Wash and wax your car regularly, or preferably apply a ceramic coating.
  5. Check for leaks in the rubber seals around your doors, windows, hood, trunk, and lights.
  6. Keep a close watch on your undercarriage. Driving through puddles can leave dirt deposits and corrosive chemicals on the underside of your car, which can affect your brakes and CV joints.
  7. Have an emergency kit handy.
  8. Get a hail blanket.
  9. Find a good hail damage repair shop so you know where to go after a significant storm.

Taking Care of Your Car in Summer Hail Storms

Colorado’s thunderstorm season has arrived, which means plenty of vehicle owners will be looking for hail damage repair shops in Colorado. As one of the proud car owners of the Centennial State, what can you do to keep your vehicle’s paintwork from getting damaged or to restore it to perfect condition after it has run afoul of a few hailstones? Pro Auto Spa offers a definitive guide to both preventing and repairing hail damage.

Caring for a car during the stormy season can be a challenge. Obviously, the best way to prevent damage is to park your car under cover before the heavens open, but that is not always possible. So you need a way to help your car’s exterior “shake off” the damaging effects of hailstones, and if you do sustain any damage – you need a reliable and cost-effective way to repair it.

excessive hail damage on a car

Pro Auto Spa, a fully equipped auto detailing and dent removal shop in Colorado Springs, can offer both to bring your car’s finish back to new condition. In those cases when you can’t prevent getting a dent, professional hail damage repair and paintless dent repair will remove the blemish, and you’ll forget it was ever there!

What to do when your car is damaged by a summer hail storm

If your car sustains damage from hailstones, the first thing you should do, assuming you are safely out of the storm, is to assess the damage, take photographs of any dents and scratches, and then contact your insurance company to report the incident. You can discuss the repair process with them, as a comprehensive policy should cover the damage. Your insurer may have a preferred service provider, and they generally give you the option of choosing a hail damage repair shop in Colorado Springs, like Pro Auto Spa.

Will insurance cover hail damage to my car?

Whether or not your insurer will cover the damage depends on your policy. It should be covered provided you have comprehensive coverage. This kind of coverage protects your vehicle from damage that occurred from events other than collision, be it weather or vandalism. Hail damage falls within this category. If you don’t have comprehensive coverage, you will probably have to bear the costs for repairs yourself. Comprehensive coverage has its own deductible options, and that will factor into your overall cost to repair hail damage. Comprehensive coverage is optional, but it is always recommended, especially if the car is worth more than $3,000 or less than ten years old.

Ceramic Coating to Protect your Car from Summer Weather

Professional Detailing and Ceramic Coating Red Car at Pro Auto Spa in Colorado Springs

Many people believe that ceramic coating is a great way of preserving your paintwork in bad weather. Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to a car’s exterior. It forms a chemical bond with the paint, creating a powerful layer of protection, as well as a beautiful, glossy finish.

It lasts for years and keeps your car looking like new with comparatively little maintenance. Your paintwork becomes more resilient and easier to clean by forming a hydrophobic layer on top of the original finish.

This  causes liquids to roll off the car’s surface without staining, and the dirt rinses off more easily. The main benefits of ceramic coating are:

  • Protection from UV damage
  • Protection from chemical stains
  • Easy cleaning
  • Enhanced reflectiveness of your paint and clear coat, adding a deep, glossy shine to your car

One thing ceramic coating is not suitable for, however, is preventing scratches and chips from rocks. Paint Protection Film, or Clear Bra, is a better solution for scratch and chip protection. Paint Protection Film is a urethane material that reduces the risk of multiple kinds of damage such as chips, scratches, swirl marks, chemical stains, and more. Both ceramic coating and clear bra are great for preventing damage to the paintwork, but they can’t prevent your car’s bodywork from getting dented when hit by heavy hailstones. When that happens, you are going to need dedicated hail damage repair or paintless dent repair (PDR).

Top reasons to get a ceramic coating for your car

Ceramic coating is a great way of taking care of your car in summer. It won’t protect your car against hail dents, but it will do almost everything else for your paintwork and finish. If your car’s surface has suffered some paint damage, you might consider paint correction prior to applying ceramic coating. Ceramic coating protects against sun damage and oxidation, can prevent light scratches and swirl marks, and makes your car easier to clean. The protective layer formed by the ceramic coating will preserve your clear coat and prevent the sun’s rays, minor scratches and harsh chemical liquids from reaching the car’s paint.   It also lasts a very long time, offering ongoing protection for many years. Your vehicle will stay cleaner for longer and maintain a gorgeous, deep, glossy appearance.

Paint Protection Film vs. Ceramic Coating

Both ceramic coating and paint protection films keep your car looking new for longer by protecting the paintwork. They also both prevent UV damage and marking from acidic contaminants. Where they differ is in their composition and primary functions. Paint Protection Film (PPF) is much thicker than ceramic coating and has the ability to self-heal. This makes it the better option to protect your car’s paint against rock chips and scratches. Ceramic coating will keep your clear coat and paint shiny and new, but it can’t protect them against physical damage from larger rocks and hailstones. The biggest strength of ceramic coatings, which many films lack, is their hydrophobic surface. For optimal protection and beauty, you might consider a combination of PPF on your car’s hood, bumper, and mirrors, and then ceramic coating to help maintain that new car appearance for years to come.

 Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)

PDR is a non-invasive method for repairing dents. Trained PDR technicians with proper tools repair the dent from the underside by massaging the metal back into its original shape. As the name suggests, this process is done entirely without bondo filling, color matching & repainting, etc. Instead, trained experts can bring the metal back to its original shape, without impacting the paintwork at all.

Scratches, creases, and minor dents can all be repaired by skilled PDR professionals. You will also avoid the annoyance, delays, and expense that often comes with traditional auto body repair methods. Technicians may remove the affected panels from your car and place them on stands before using a variety of specialized tools to massage the metal back to its original shape.

Paintless Dent Repair at Pro Auto Spa in Colorado Springs by Ryan Smith

A smaller dent, such as the size of a quarter or smaller, can often be fixed in minutes. Larger dents, particularly those with creases in the metal, may take hours for each dent repair. The total time to restore the car’s body depends on many factors, such as the number, size, and severity of dents in addition to the ability to access the panel’s back side.

PDR: Taking care of your car after a hail storm

Any marks that have been left by hailstones can be removed very effectively.  Paintless dent repair (PDR) is paint-free, chemical-free, and safer for your vehicle. Other repair methods do not fix the damage at its source in this way – they only hide it or cover it up. A typical dent caused by a hailstone can be repaired within a day. The time required will largely depend on how many dents and how difficult it is to get behind the panels. Colorado motorists bracing for the unpredictable storms of the summer months need only seek out a high-quality PDR service provider in Colorado Springs  to put their minds at ease about the risks of the stormy season. It’s usually more affordable than traditional auto body work, and most insurance policies will cover it. Car enthusiasts in  Colorado Springs should make Pro Auto Spa their first stop after a hail storm.

Beware of fly-by-night dent repair operations that spring up in tents around the state at this time of year. You may be familiar with the tents that go up in parking lots and on street corners, offering quick hail damage repair. Many of these operations are staffed by out-of-state crews trying to cash in on the effects of the stormy weather. Their only aim is to do the job as quickly as they can, even if it means lower quality work, and you will likely struggle if you need to follow up after you get your car back.

Paintless dent repair as a solution for hail damage

PDR can just as easily be used for hail damage as for door dings or dents caused by small rocks, shopping carts, or any other objects. There is one crucial criterion for PDR to be effective: the paintwork must be intact. Provided this is the case, PDR will work to repair hail damage, door dings, and other dents on both aluminum and steel panels. If there is a chip in the paintwork in addition to a dent, PDR can still be used to repair the panel and reshape it to its original form, but this would have to be followed by touching up the paint.

Wheel repair services for your car

It is not only your car’s bodywork that can be damaged during a storm. The hail season can play havoc with your wheels as well. Replacing wheels can be very expensive – it is a much cheaper option to go to auto detail experts and have them repair the surface of your wheels. Pro Auto Spa has state-of-the-art wheel repair equipment that will add value to your vehicle while saving you money. We have the equipment, training, and expertise to perform polishing, straightening, rim repair, powder coating, curb rash repair and hydro dipping, among others.

How we can help take care of your car this summer

Pro Auto Spa is a family-owned and operated local business in Colorado Springs, with over 7,000 square feet of state-of-the-art auto reconditioning equipment and so much more. Whether you need ceramic coating, paint protection film, expert PDR, or hail damage repair in Colorado, contact us or come and visit our shop on Tejon Street. We will be happy to offer a free estimate and work with your insurance provider to get your car in showroom shape.