Between the seasons changing, news of Harvey and a looming Irma, and fires in the west, it has us asking about how to protect our vehicles and what to do if they get damaged from the weather? We interviewed the General Manager, Steve Kohut, from CARSTAR in Doylestown and their Office Manager, Anna Reif. They’ve seen it all when it comes to weather related vehicle claims so we asked them to break down what we can do if our cars get damaged and how we can prevent it. This is Part One that is going to break down ways to protect our cars.
So what can we do to prepare for the upcoming fall and winter weather:
- If you have a garage, use it! Instead of spring cleaning, use this end of summer, beginning of fall to clean out your garage so you can park your car in it. If your car isn’t outside, the weather cannot damage it!
- Get a car cover! Prevent hail damage, scratches and fading by using a car cover. They are relatively inexpensive and can be at your door in 2 days (insert Amazon plug here). Or if you don’t use a cover and inclement weather is coming, then take a thick blanket and some bungees and make it work!
- Don’t park near a tree! Ok, this might sound obvious, but if you are used to parking at at the same place everyday you might not pay attention and haven’t looked up in a while. When you’re at your parking lot at work, at home or anywhere you park, when there’s a storm, just give a look around. We don’t always notice the trees, but you don’t want to wish you had after a branch destroys your windshield.
- Close your windows and don’t forget the sunroof! This one was stressed to me as something these pro’s want to reinforce to our readers! They see the damage from this very simple and preventative mistake everyday! With the weather being perfect for turning off the A/C and opening the windows, just don’t forget to roll them back up!
- Keep your fluids topped up! Keep your gas tank and washer fluid full. The last thing you want in the middle of a snow, hail or ice storm is to be stranded on the side of the road or unable to clean your windshield. You need to have as much visibility as possible. Which brings us to our last point
- Make sure your windshield wipers are in working order! Piggy backing on the visibility of #5, they can’t stress enough to make sure you can always see. Storms, fog, ice, they all make for difficult driving conditions, so invest the $30 and protect yourself. Make it a Fall tradition to get new wiper blades for your car!
Check out our next blog, Part Two, for What to Do If You Have Weather Damage