5 Ways to Prevent Dings on Your Vehicle
Don’t Get Dinged, Follow these Steps
Most of us will go years, perhaps decades, without getting into a wreck. If you’re a safe driver, you’re not likely to be involved in a crash. But many of us won’t make it through one year without our vehicle getting dented or dinged.
Sure dents and dings are frustrating. And they’re not really going to cause problems (unless they break the paint). But they’re unsightly, lower the value of the car, and take away from the aesthetic appeal. To ensure that you don’t have to come see us anytime soon, here are 5 ways you can prevent unwanted dents and dings on your rig.
Find an End Spot to Park
There are three types of people in this world. Those who drive around looking for the closest spot, those that pull into the first one available, and those that deliberately seek out the far-away spots. No, they’re not fitness buffs that want the exercise an additional 100 feet through the lot will give them. They are likely avoiding other vehicles that could let their door swing wide open and smack into their rig. The best way to prevent dings is to minimize exposure; that means parking far away.
Pay Attention to the Vehicle You Park Next To
If you have to park next to a vehicle, there are some that are going to be choices. If you park next to a vehicle that’s in great shape, they will be more careful when opening the door. If you park next to a smaller vehicle, the door will be smaller and cause less damage if it does hit your vehicle. If you park next to a vehicle that carries kids (a quick glance for booster seats indicates this), there’s more of a risk that you could be dinged.
Parallel Park When Available
Most people are terrible at parallel parking. But if you master the skill, then you can avoid dings. No cars next to you means little chance of anything smacking into the side of your car.
Prevent Hail Damage
The biggest cause of dents and dings is hail damage. Here in Billings, we get a lot of hail storms that can wreck up your vehicle quickly. The number one way to prevent hail damage is to get your car into shelter. Park in a parking garage downtown, or in your own garage at home. If you don’t have access to a garage, then follow these tips we mentioned in an earlier blog post.
Consider a Clear Bra
The Car Bra, often called LeBra, has largely gone away. They provided quite a bit of protection, but they ended up damaging the paint as dirt and debri got underneath and rubbed until the paint was scratched up. Something new has taken their place. A clear bra is a thin sheet of polymer that protects the paint, but doesn’t require a bulky cover strapped to your vehicle. It’s like a sticker that deflects rocks and other debris intent on dinging, chipping, and denting the front of your rig.
Bring Damaged Vehicles to Big Sky Collision Center
Here at Big Sky Collision Center our goal is to ensure that you’re driving home in a safe vehicle that looks amazing. Whether you have hail damage that can be fixed with Paintless Dent Repair, or if you have a door ding because some ne’er do weller swung their door open too fast and hard, we can get you repaired to factory safety standards.
Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time to bring your vehicle in.