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What is made of you, car cover?

Every summer I remember a scene that was the terror of my vacation. You, young malta, are not from that time, but many born in the 70s / 80s should know what I’m talking about. The tragedy that fell on me was   called “car cover” and it consumed me YEARS of life. Times have changed and having a car is no longer the same as it was 30 years ago. Now it’s an absolutely normal thing, the car is used for everything and even the model is changed relatively often, but in my time the thing was thinner. The car was to be used at the weekend, it was almost a luxury. On normal days, each one did his or her life on foot or in transportation. I always went to schools close to home, my parents always worked close to home, so the car was parked at the door of the house (we had no garage) and was joining strategically once or twice a week, just to ensure that the engine would not scream.And of course, to “protect the paint” (my father’s argument) the car had to be covered with its hood. True, the car had a gray cloak that completely covered it and protected it from the sun, the rain, the shivers of birds, alien invasions, all kinds of inclement weather. It was all right when the car was only used at the weekend, so it was not so hard to put on and take off the cape, but during the holidays it was terror. We came to the Algarve and the process was more or less this:

This today the days, for ONE MONTH. It did not matter if we only went to the beach for half an hour, the cap was sacred, were it not for any sandstorm to break up the painting. And do not think it was just to put it on and take it off, because there was a whole set up strategy. The cape had to be taken in a certain way, meticulously folded and stuffed into the boot. To put it back was the same, and despite all the care many times the cover was put upside down and the process had to be repeated. Not forgetting a rope that was fastened to one end of the cape, which was thrown under the car and that was caught at the other end, so as not to fly. Everyone knows that the Algarve is often ravaged by typhoons that take everything in the air, so it’s better to play it safe.And this was our life, put on a cloak, put on a cloak, put on a cloak, put on a cloak. I spent the year dreaming about vacations in the Algarve, with the trips to the beach, but I lost hours of life in this game. I have not seen a cape in a car for years. I do not know if people are no longer neurotic about worrying, I do not know if the car paintings have improved substantially, but I know that this phenomenon has died. Good. Do not miss it.With the arrival of autumn, rain, cold and wind return, phenomena that do not help protect your car. The weather, aggravated in the winter, damages the painting and the exterior materials of its vehicle, being therefore advisable to park in covered and protected places. Here are four basic precautions to have in this and the next season:

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Rain, wind and hail will spoil the paint and plate of automobiles, as well as all materials and accessories that are exposed to the outdoors. Using a protective cover or parking in a covered park are the best solutions in these cases.

Tire damage

In autumn / winter tires tend to lose pressure more easily, a situation that requires some attention. A tire with little air increases fuel consumption and has less soil adhesion, resulting in an increased risk in terms of safety. Choose sheltered places and avoid accidents.

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At this time of year, some materials and components tend to deteriorate more easily, so keep in mind, among other things, the state of the battery, lights and wiper blades. Preventing is the best medicine.Do not neglect these advice. In addition to saving time, since it is simpler and faster to park, you can save money and avoid unnecessary expenses.

For those who are traveling and leaving the car stationary for many days, the automotive cover is the best choice to conserve the vehicle. Strong sun, acid rain, bird droppings, wind, hail are enemies of the painting and can cause great havoc. The heat also damages the interior of the vehicle, causing damages to the seats, plastic parts, carpets and also in bumpers, handles and panel.The cars in the colors black, blue, green and red are the ones that retain more heat. To protect the automobile, it is recommended to use a quality automotive cover that reflects the sunlight for protection against ultraviolet rays, with ventilation device, security against theft, of the correct size and, preferably, it is impermeable. The driver can also choose the type of fabric (lycra, vinyl, neoprene, synthetic leather or TNT), whether or not it will have lining and padlock. You should avoid buying very cheap covers made of PVC or polypropylene, as they have no resistance to the sun and will crumble with time. The price range of a quality cover can range from $ 40.00 to $ 230.00, depending on the model and size.Some care should be taken when putting the all weather car cover on the car. She can become a villain if she has a wet inside. Waterproof covers will not let water in, but will also not let it out, which can cause stains that only come out with polish. Therefore, the bodywork must be totally dry, clean and cool before receiving protection. Another recommendation is not to place the item in freshly painted vehicles as it becomes a greenhouse on very hot days, causing loss of brightness and stains.Every driver twists his nose when he opens the car door after letting him parked in the sun because that “hot breath” is inevitable. The vehicle turns a pan on high heat under these conditions and the interior gets at least 10 ° C warmer than the outside temperature. “Melts” the driver who almost burns his hand by touching the steering wheel and ends with internal parts of plastic, not to mention the painting. Serious problems can be avoided if some of the cautions taught here are followed.And caring will mean much more than just aesthetic feedback. Damage in the interior and exterior due to exposure to the sun can represent a large depreciation in the value of the vehicle, from 15% to 25%. And good maintenance ensures less costs in the owner’s pocket in the long run.

For example, spending around $ 140 on a sun slap and a seat protector is far better than having sun-damaged panel and upholstery and devaluing the car.In a hypothetical situation, if the car is stationary with the windows closed and exposed for 20 minutes in the sun at an ambient temperature of 35ºC, the average in the interior reaches 65ºC. If the exposure time is 5 minutes, it will be at least 10 ° C higher than in the external environment. If the car’s paint is dark in color, the tendency is to increase the temperature even more. And with that, panel, steering wheel, handles tend to get dried out and can crack.On the outside, the painting and fixing rubbers of the glasses are the most afected. The car ends up getting spots or burned parts and the rubbers dry out, generating holes and cracks and allowing water to enter in case of rain. There is also the precaution with the car’s cooling system, with routine check on the engine temperature gauge and radiator water level. For those who have air-conditioning, there are also tips to follow.The best deal is to guard yourself, so watch out for the prime care below!

1 – Protect the windshield

The sun slap is one of the cheapest solutions to prevent your car from turning a kiln. Made with material that blocks the sun’s rays (double-face, one of PET-Aluminum and the other in polyethylene with air bubbles), it can reduce the internal temperature of the car up to 40ºC. There are two different sizes and it costs less than $ 50. ( Click here  and see which size is in your car: 120 cm x 60 cm or 130 cm x 70 cm)!The durability of a sun tapa is 10 years and nowadays there are not only the basic models. You can diversify and choose custom designs on the equipment. There are more than 10 types and with different prints.

2 – Protect the car

It is not always possible to stop the car in a shade, and if there is no covered garage where the car usually passes a good part of the day, the exposure is greater than sun and rain. In this case, the protective cover is necessary, both to avoid UV rays and to ensure that scratches are not caused on the bodywork. There is cover for  extra large, medium, and small cars .

3 – Protect the banks

The upholstery suffers greatly from the high temperatures and the sun’s rays. In the case of a leather seat, the damage is even greater and there is even risk of passenger burns. The market has evolved a great deal and suppliers produce covers that perfectly fit the banks and still protect the original seats from UV rays. Options are varied and prices too, ranging from $ 90 to $ 335.

4 – Internal air exchange

Even with the car’s protective cover or sun cap it is advised that when opening the car doors   after sun exposure, let the outside air circulate inside and keep at least one door open for 1 to 2 minutes. After that enter the vehicle.

5 – Attention with air conditioning

Be careful not to turn on the power immediately, open the windows, and allow the air to move with the car moving at least two blocks. If the interior is very hot, walk with the windows open and turn on the air. Remember that the temperature does not decrease instantly and if you are walking a short distance, keep the windows open instead of turning on the air conditioning. To avoid thermal shock it is recommended to turn off the air just before you reach the destination and balance the internal and external temperature. Keep this item up-to-date.

6 – Care when washing the car

On a hot, sunny day, do not wash your car in the sun. The rays cause wear on the paint and with the use of chemicals this process accelerates and blemishes can arise. Also, expect the body and / or engine to be cold to pour water. The use of polishing wax creates a protective film and is always indicated, in addition to giving shine. Some products have particles that help darker colors. The list of cleaning waxes and shampoos is varied and you can  click here  to find suggestions and usage tips to get instant result in gloss.