When you plan an extended trip away from home, there are various preparations that must be considered. Will you have someone collect your mail or put it hold on at the post office? How will you secure your home? If you have pets, who will watch them? And if you care about your car, how will you protect it from heat and sun damage?
Why does the sun and heat damage your car?
When a car is parked in the sun for an extended amount of time, it can cause damage both internally and externally. Sun damage can cause:
- Paint to crack/chip
- Cracking in leather seating
- Car battery to die
- Expansion of tire pressure
At Canopy Airport Parking® , we offer a number of services and parking options to ensure your car is in good hands while you’re away.
Parking in the Shade
By parking in the shade or inside a parking facility, you limit the amount of sun and heat exposure to your car. This is the most viable option for you and the car since it will also keep the inside temperature of the car lower, so you don’t return to a heat box! You can also use a reflective car sun shade in your front and back windows to help block the heat.
Car Washing and Interior Cleaning
When dust is paired with heat, it can do serious damage to your car’s paint as well as the interior. Washing the exterior of your car and hand drying it will keep the paint fresh. Taking the extra step to get the interior cleaned will get rid of the unnecessary dust and debris in the air.
Getting a wax detail may seem like a hassle but this protective layer will do wonders at combating the sun from your car’s paint job. Waxing will not only help with car paint protection but it will also help to protect against scratches.
Condition Leather Seats
If your car has leather seating, it may be worth conditioning the leather while you are away. The sun and heat can make leather expand, leaving cracks in your interior. A simple conditioning treatment will help your leather immensely thus allowing it to expand and contract without causing permanent damage.
Tire Pressure Checks
Tire pressure can also change in extreme heat. The heat will cause the air in your tires to expand, leaving you tires vulnerable to a blow out. It is important to have tire pressure checked before driving your vehicle after sitting in the heat. At Canopy Airport Parking® , we care about our customers and their cars! We offer services that can be performed while you are away so you can come back to a refurbished car. Call us today or visit our website to plan your car’s stay with us while you travel.