Protecting Your Car from Sun Damage

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Did you know your vehicle’s interior can reach a temperature as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit on a hot, sunny summer day? It’s probably not a surprise that this amount of heat and the sun’s ultraviolet rays can do a number on your upholstery, dashboard and other components. Taking precautions to protect your car before the damage is done is the smartest way to keep the inside of your vehicle looking like new.

Quick Fixes

Setting up a Sunshade

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to protect your car while you’re not driving it is by setting up a sunshade in your windshield when the car is parked. These screens reflect the sun’s rays, which means you can come back to a much cooler car with an interior that hasn’t been baking while you’ve been gone.

Seat Protectors

Because a reflective screen isn’t useful while you’re driving, you will have to use other methods. Seat protectors are a great way to prevent bleaching, fading and cracking of leather of cloth upholstery. If your seats are made of leather, using a good-quality leather condition often will help protect against creasing cracking.

Regular Cleaning

Another simple way to minimize damage from the sun is to make sure that the surfaces in your car stay clean. Dust, dirt and other particles can result in scratches, or they can even get baked by the sun into a film that is extremely difficult to remove. Spending a few minutes with a duster or clean cloth will make a huge impact in the long run.

Window Tinting

One of the best ways you can protect your car interior is by having the windows tinted. The film that is applied to your windows can block as much as 99 percent of harmful UV rays. Not only is this good for your health, it is great for the interior of your car, too. You’ll also receive additional benefits such as reduced glare and less fuel consumption (since you car will be cooler and you won’t have to run the air condition as much).

When you take you vehicle to have the windows tinted, you will be able to select from several different options of tint film. Some are very dark, while others (like the newer crystalline film) are only slightly tinted, so you won’t even be able to tell the film is there while it is protecting the interior of your car.

Window tinting can be especially helpful in regions such as Texas that get a lot of heat and sunny days, but even people who live in fairly gloomy climates can benefit. Be sure to check the state regulations that apply to window tinting in your area to ensure you are staying on the right side of the law.


These are just a few ways you can protect your car from sun damage. Contact Autoworks with the link below for more information!

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