Here in Texas, the hot sun can be scorching during summer and cause damage to your car. Without proper protection, your car’s paint can fade when sitting in the sun day after day. With just a little work, you can help protect your paint from intense sun damage. Here’s what our service experts at Lewisville Volkswagen recommend doing.
Wash it seasonally
Washing your car every couple months can help remove dirt and bird poop that can damage the clear coat and paint underneath. Be sure you park your car in a shaded area while washing so the soap and dirty water do not dry before you can rinse it off. Normally, you only need to scrub it seasonally, unless it gets particularly dirty.
Add some wax
After washing it, apply a fresh coat of wax to provide another layer of protection against the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Park in the shade
Parking in the shade not only gives your car’s paint a break, but it can keep the interior a little bit cooler. Try to find a parking spot that will be in the shade when you return to your car.
Cover your car
At home, park in your garage or car port whenever possible. If you don’t have one, invest in a fitted car cover to protect your car from the elements.
Summer heat here in Lewisville, Texas, can be a bit extreme in the summer. If your car is sitting in the sun, it can suffer a lot of damage. Here are a few ways to keep your car protected from the Texas summer.
Park in the shade
If you can, park your car in the shade all the time. If it will be parked in one spot for most of the day, try to find a spot where the shade will fall on your car at the end of the day so it will be cooler when you come back. You can always leave the windows open a crack to lower the temperature, too, if you’re in a secure place and it won’t rain.
Wash and wax your car
Over time, the sun and heat can damage the finish on your car. Frequent washing and waxing can help remove the dirt and protect it from the sun by giving it an extra protective coat.
Use a windshield cover
When you park your car, use a windshield cover to reflect some of rays. This will help keep your car cooler and protect the interior.
Use a leather conditioner
If the car has a leather interior, you need to apply a conditioner to keep the leather protected. The sun and heat can dry and crack the leather if it is not maintained properly.
If your car’s air conditioning needs fixed or engine is overheating this summer, bring your Volkswagen to the Lewisville Volkswagen service center. We can help your car stay cool this season.
One of the best ways to bond with your children is by including them in the things you love. If you are a father and you love taking care of your car, consider asking your kids to help you with some basic maintenance. Not only will this help teach them valuable skills, but it can be a great way to spend valuable time with them. Here are some easy maintenance things that are safe for kids to do.
Checking the oil
Reading the dipstick is an essential task in checking your car’s health, and your kids can help. Show them how to safely remove the dipstick when the car is cool and let them find the line, telling you if it’s too low.
Checking the air filter
Pulling out the air filter and seeing if it is dirty is an easy task for kids. Show them how to hold it up to the light. If you can see through it, the filter is okay, but if you can see dirt and dust, it is time to replace it.
Checking the tires
An air pressure gauge is an easy tool to use. Show your kids how to press it quickly against the valve stem to read the tire pressure.
Involving your children in basic car maintenance is an important learning exercise for one day owning their own car. And if you have a teen that’s ready for their first car, we have lots of affordable used cars in stock at Lewisville Volkswagen.
Spring is almost upon us, and that means it’s the perfect time of year to give your vehicle a good once-over. If you’re aching to get outside and spring clean your car, consider these tips from your friends at Lewisville Volkswagen.
Clean out clutter
The first step is to throw away trash and remove anything you’ve been leaving in your car that doesn’t belong there. This gives you a good place to start cleaning the interior.
Scrub and vacuum
Vacuuming the floor of your car can only do so much if you have dirt and debris in the nooks and crannies. Take out the floor mats and give everything a good scrub before breaking out the vacuum.
Use the right soap
Did you know dish soap can wear away your car’s shine? Avoid wear-and-tear by using a soap formulated specifically to wash cars.
Window cleaner last
Because of dirty water running down the sides of the car, windows have a tendency to get dirty again during the cleaning process. Save them for last, and clean both inside and out with a window cleaner.
Catch up on maintenance
It’s not enough to keep your car clean. You have to keep it running, too. Don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle into Lewisville Volkswagen’s service department. Our skilled technicians can do any routine maintenance and a full mechanical inspection.