There’s nothing worse than closing your car door only to see an unmistakable scratch in the middle of your paint job. While some scratches are unavoidable, there’s a lot you can do to prevent them. Below, we’re covering the top ways to prevent auto paint scratches and keep your car in the best possible condition for your next adventure. 

1. Know where you are & what you’re wearing 

Items we are wearing or carrying, such as purses, suitcases, belts, rings, and other clothing items can easily scratch high-touch areas–such as the door, handles, windows, or trunk. By making yourself aware of your proximity to the car throughout your interaction and driving experience, you can protect your paint from accidental damage or scrapes caused by metal trinkets or jewelry that you’re wearing. If you want to go the extra mile, purchase driving gloves, or remove any jewelry or handbags before driving. 

2. Avoid parking in high-traffic areas 

If and when you can, it’s best to avoid parking in high-traffic areas. You can’t always control other drivers, but you can control where you park. Parking on side streets, back lots, and other less-trafficked areas can help you protect your car’s paint. 

3. Park strategically 

When possible, do your best to park strategically. Opt for the middle of spots, choose larger spots, and give extra clearance for drivers around you whenever possible. Careless drivers are one of the most significant risks to your car’s paint.

4. Use a car cover 

Bird droppings and smashed bugs can strip your paint over time, leaving your vehicle with discoloration and ragged edges or spots. Using a car cover when parked can help you reduce the risk of these types of damages and reduce the sun’s wear and tear on your paint. 

Got a scratch? Sometimes, auto paint scratches can’t be avoided. W & L Collision offers professional paint scratch repair services to bring your vehicle back to lot condition, boosting its value and curb appeal in a single session. For more information and to get started today, visit our website. We look forward to serving you!