Uncovering & Preventing Mysterious Scratches

Car Covers

Abrasions and scratches can seem to appear mysteriously on your car’s exterior, even when you use a car cover for protection.  Preventing many of those mysterious marks can be done easily once you know some possible reasons for their existence.

  • Is your car clean?  Even if you use a car cover to protect your vehicle, you still need to keep the surface of the car clean.  Dirt, leaves, or other debris left sitting on your car when you put the car cover on can actually damage the finish.  When the car cover rubs against the dirt or debris sitting on the car’s exterior, the dirt acts as an abrasive that causes scratches and other surface damage.
  • Is your car cover clean?  Keeping your car cover clean is just as important as keeping your car’s exterior clean.  When you take the cover off of the car, avoid the impulse to wad it up and toss it in the trunk.  Any dirt or debris that’s in your trunk can be easily picked up by the cover and then transferred to your car’s surface when the cover is replaced.  When your car cover is not in use, store it neatly in a bag.
  • Do you slide your cover on and off?  When putting the car cover on your car, and when removing it, do you slide the cover across the surface of your car?  Any dirt or debris on the car’s exterior or on the car cover itself can cause surface abrasions as the cover slides across the finish.  Instead, roll the car cover or fold it as you go rather than sliding the cover.  By doing so, you can prevent scratches or other abrasive damage to your car’s finish.