Fighting the Elements: Best Products to Protect Your Vehicle

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If you’re like most people, your car is one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make. Naturally, you want to protect it from damage, maintain the resale value, and keep it looking great for years to come. But it can be challenging to find the best products and services that will protect your car from the elements. That’s why we put together this list of tried-and-true products that can help you keep your car protected and looking its best.

Car Cover

A car cover can help protect your car’s exterior paint, body, and trim from harsh sunlight, tree sap, acid rain, bird droppings, or any other kind of debris that could cause damage. If you have to park outside for even a short time, using a car cover is essential. makes a highly rated cover called the Platinum Shield Car Cover. It’s fully weatherproofed and will protect your vehicle from rain, dust, mildew, and pretty much anything else mother nature can throw at it.

Professional Detailing

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Most people think car detailing is just for aesthetics but investing in a professional service now and then can both lengthen and protect the life of your car’s exterior. Professional detailing generally includes applying new, washing the car, vacuuming the inside, cleaning door jambs to remove dirt and grime, shampooing your carpets or upholstery to remove embedded pet hair or debris, cleaning your windows, and scrubbing wheel rims. 
Car experts generally agree that you should take your car in for this service 2-3 times a year to keep it new and protected. However, if you aren’t able to take it in that often, you can also DIY your car care.

Car Wash

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Washing your vehicle regularly is critical to maintaining the paint and preventing rust, especially in snowy weather when your car routinely gets covered in road salt. 

There are several brands of car wash you can use, but we like Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash because it simultaneously cleans and conditions your vehicle – not unlike a two-in-one shampoo. It’s also great for cutting through tough grime without needing a ton of elbow grease.

Paint Sealant

Sealant does more than make your car shine. It also offers paint protection by blocking UV rays and reducing the impact of acid rain, bird droppings, and bug splattering. It also makes the car easy to clean, which we have already highlighted as a pretty important step in protecting your vehicle. We like Chemical Guys JetSeal Paint Protectant, which gives your car a high-gloss finish and includes an anti-corrosion component.

Tire Protectant

One way to combat harsh environmental conditions is by using tire protectants, which protect tires from cracking due to UV damage and dry rot. We think 303 Tire Balm and Protectant is the best product on the market for this purpose.

Windshield Protection Film

A windshield protection film is an excellent way to protect your windshield against chips or scratches that may result from falling tree branches, highway debris, or hail. 
Our favorite product for this purpose is Madico’s ClearPlex because it’s virtually invisible, promotes faster run-off for optimal visibility, and works on the side or back windows as well. It also includes high UV protection, which protects the interior of your car (and you when you’re inside it!)

Car Wax

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Regular car waxing should be the last step in your exterior care routine. It isn’t quite as effective as a sealant in preventing paint chips and scratched paint, but it can help protect your vehicle from environmental damage caused by road dust for up to three months after application. Our top pick for wax is Meguiar’s G18216 Ultimate Liquid Wax, which is often used by professional detailers.

Ceramic Coating

Most car owners aren’t familiar with this alternative to sealants and wax. Ceramic coating is made from a silica-based liquid polymer that dries to create a protective coat on your car. When properly applied, it can help protect your car for years. 

Mother nature is tough on cars, so protect your vehicle from the elements with these products. If you recently found your dream car through BestRide, following these steps will ensure that your ride stays beautiful for years to come.