Cars that are parked indoors or under a shade tend to last longer. Exposing your vehicle outside can cause damage due to factors like UV rays, natural waste, smog, and other harsh weather conditions. If you don’t have an indoor garage and are worried about your car’s condition, there are several ways to protect your vehicle against damage. You can save on the beautiful paint job by building an outdoor shelter, putting a car cover, and using paint protection products.

Here are seven ways that will protect your car’s paint, plastic trim, and other exposed car parts without a garage:

1. Outdoor Shade Structures

The cost of building a garage can be ridiculously high. That’s why shaded parking lots are best, especially if you are a tenant and need a customized outdoor sunshade structure. Outdoor shade structures extend the life of your vehicle by preventing deterioration of the exterior when exposed to extreme weather conditions. You need a customized vehicle shade structure to ensure your car cools when left under the sun.

Heavy exposure to the sun can cause corrosion on the auto’s body. There are different types of car shade structures to choose from. Vehicle shade structures come in different colors, shapes, sizes, and shades. The kind of shade you select will depend on the number of vehicles you want to cover and if you want a private or commercial shade. Commercial shades are usually more oversized, while private shades are designed to cover smaller spaces. Quality vehicle shade structures can sustain a hail load and prevent hailstones from hitting the windscreen. The structures are premium, weatherproof, and designed for strength and durability.


2. Waxing

Outdoor factors can affect the paint, causing chips, dings, whorls, and scratches. Waxing can protect your car’s paint job and keep the color intact for a very long time. In addition to protecting the paint job, waxing maintains the car’s shine and improves general appearance. A layer of wax repels snow, water accumulation, and other debris that might damage your vehicle’s exterior. You can decide to wax your car or have it done by professionals. Professional waxing can be costly, but it is highly recommended, especially if you don’t know how to do it.


3. Applying Paint Protection Sealants

Polymer or synthetic paint protection sealants are considered hybrid car wax layers. The products may come in liquid, paste, or spray form. The sealants form a thin layer of protection against UV rays, debris, dirt, droppings, and smog. The paint protection sealants can stay intact for up to one year, depending on the brand. The protection sealants can be applied at home or by professionals in auto spa shops. If you are doing it yourself, you will need a microfiber cloth, protective gloves, and a mask.


4. Drop-Cloth Cover

Drop cloth car covers are a less expensive protection method for your vehicle. Many car drop covers are usually made using plastic material. You can get the cover customized no matter the kind of cover you drive. The plastic backing is absorbent, keeping liquids from reaching the car’s surface. The car drop cover serves as full-shield protection that prevents weather-based damage as well as heat-based interior damage. Car drop covers come in different designs and styles. You can choose plain cloth or make your vehicle look like a race car or turtle. Drop cloths have a soft fabric that can be washed and reused over and over. It is essential to buy a cover that will protect your car in all seasons.


5. Paint Protection Film

The paint protection film is a thin thermoplastic layer made of self-adhesive glue that shields the paint against outdoor elements. The hardcore covers offer full-proof protection for your car in all seasons. You can avoid paint fade by using paint film protection. The film’s unique chemical can withstand harsh UV rays during summer. It also shields the car against hazardous chemicals found in car cleaning agents. You will need professional help to install a paint protection film which might be expensive but worth it in the long run. The protection film will save you the money you would have used on painting and waxing. Removing a paint protection film is easy and does not cause a chemical bond with the vehicle’s paint.


7. Windshield Cover

During winter, the windshield will likely get frozen, which can easily cause cracking. Windshield covers protect the interior of the vehicle when it gets hot inside or outside the car. Most windshield covers use polyester material to help absorb heat during high temperatures. Different covers serve different needs. It would be best to talk to your car expert to get a proper recommendation. Ensure that you get the perfect size for your car and fix it firmly for maximum protection.


8. Trim Parking Foliage

You must keep the environment safe when parking your car outside, whether in an outdoor sunshade structure or an open space. If there are trees and bushes along the driveway, they have to be trimmed occasionally. Trees have debris, such as seeds and branches, that can easily damage your car. Trim any overgrown foliage that hangs above the parking area. Birds live on trees, and their droppings can damage a vehicle’s paint. Consider using a ladder or calling a professional landscaping team if the trees are too tall to safely trim the trees without crushing your vehicle or tearing the shade structure.


Final Thoughts

You don’t need an indoor garage to protect your vehicle. It is possible to protect your car in all seasons while parked outside. There are proven techniques that your vehicle can get. Vehicle shade structures are one of the recommended and affordable car-protective techniques.

ShadePro provides expert-based commercial and residential vehicle shade structures. We deliver any shade based on your needs. If you are unsure what shade to use, book an appointment with us, and we will send an expert to evaluate your space and give you all the information you need about different shade structures.