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July 26th, 2017

8 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle in the Arizona Heat

Arizona summers get hot enough to bake cookies on the dash of your car.

If breakfast is more your speed, you can fry an egg on the sidewalk.

It’s no surprise, then, that heat like that can do a number on your vehicle –  inside and out.

Taking measures to protect your car, truck, SUV or motorcycle from the damaging rays can save you money on future repairs and it’ll ensure your ride stays looking sharp.

Here’s what you can do to protect your vehicle from the Arizona heat, starting with the exterior.

1.Be mindful of the battery

car cars battery

That same cookie-baking-egg-frying heat can suck the life out of your battery faster than you can shout, “Help me! I’m living on the surface of the sun!”

You can head off an issue by regularly testing your vehicle’s battery.

It’s also vital that you keep the top of the battery clean and clear of any of the dirt, grime, and dust that can accumulate.

2. Don’t neglect the car wash

car wash

The same crud that can affect your battery can also wreak havoc on your car’s finish.

If left too long without a good cleaning, it can actually scratch your topcoat.

A damaged topcoat can leave the actual paint job vulnerable to damage from the hot sun.

Keep your motorcycle or car looking it’s shiny best by giving it regular washes.

3. Add some wax

car wax

Living in Arizona, you’re probably well-versed on protecting your skin with sunscreen when you’re outdoors.

Wax works like sunscreen for your vehicle’s paint job.

It also helps to repel the debris that your car’s assaulted with on a daily basis.

4. Seek out the shade

car shade

Whenever it’s possible, find a shady spot to park your vehicle.

For a car, truck, van or SUV, this will keep the interior temperature down.

Shaded parking will also keep leather and vinyl car and motorcycle seats from burning your skin.

5. Purchase a cover

car cover

It’s wise to invest in a car cover for those times when you can’t find a covered or shaded spot in which to park your vehicle.

It has the added benefit of keeping that pesky dust and debris off your car’s exterior, while also protecting your paint job from those damaging rays and other elements.

Let’s shift gears and talk about what you can do to protect your car’s interior.

6. Buy a sun shield

car sun shield

A sunshade for your windshield will keep the direct sunlight from damaging your car’s dashboard.

It’ll protect your steering wheel and your center console, too.

Of course, it also keeps the temperature inside your car from getting as insanely hot as it would without a barrier.

7. Get some tint

car tint windows

You can get extra tint added to your vehicle after you purchase it, but be sure that it conforms to Arizona’s state laws concerning such applications.

Tinted windows offer an extra blockade from the heat, UV exposure, and glares.

8. Crack the windows

car windows

Provided you’re not baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies, keeping your windows open a crack is a great idea.

Slightly opened windows will provide natural ventilation for the stuffy air.

Since extremely hot air can also cause your interior surfaces to deteriorate, cracking the windows preserves the look of the inside of your car, too.

Protect your investment

Vehicles aren’t cheap.

You’ll want to do all that you can to keep yours in the best shape possible.

A well-maintained car or motorcycle will not only last much longer, it will also better hold its value.

Taking good care of your vehicle should always be a priority, but especially in the heat of an Arizona summer.

Which of these ideas will use to protect your vehicle from the heat?

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