Avoid Damaging Your Vehicle in the Garage
The Garage is to Protect; Not Damage
If you’re able to park your vehicle in a garage, that’s awesome! It will last a whole lot longer that way, plus you don’t have to worry about scraping ice off the window in the morning. But as vehicles get bigger, garages are often not quite big enough to accommodate them. Many people damage their rigs simply pulling in, or out, of the garage.
Here are a few tips to help make sure that the part of your house designed to protect your car doesn’t inadvertently hurt it.
One of the leading causes of damage to a vehicle in the garage is due to the fact that we often use our garages for more than just holding cars. It’s convenient, they make great workshops, and we need to keep those garden tools and kids’ toys somewhere safe.
The key is to keep it all organized. Make sure there is plenty of room on either side of the vehicle so you’re not “scrunching” to one side to avoid hitting any clutter. This may require that you invest in some shelves.
Light it Up
Those little automatic lights that go on when the garage door opens are rarely enough. The bulbs are often too dim, they burn out, they’re blocked by the door and other “things” that may get in the way. It makes it rather difficult to see when pulling in. There’s an easier, and better, way to do it.
Most of our garages have a light switch that turns on a variety of overhead lights. These lights may not be incredibly bright, but they’re certainly brighter that what the garage door opener provides. Instead of a traditional light switch, install one that is motion activated. Once that garage door starts to open, the lights come on. After a few minutes of no movement, the lights go back off.
Know When to Stop
How many times have you bumped into items in front of the car because you pulled in just a little too far? How many times have you gotten out checking to make sure that you’re in far enough? There are a couple of ways to know when to stop.
The most common is to simply get the car into exactly the right place, and then hang a string from the ceiling. At the end of the string is a tennis ball or a ping-pong ball. Next time you pull in, just slide forward until the ball touches the windshield. Of course if you don’t want something hanging, you can put a mark on the wall and pull in until your shoulder lines up with that mark.
Pull Straight In
Bumping into something in front may put a knick in the paint or a small dent in the bumper. But backing out, when you’re not completely straight, can cause a serious scrape down the side of your vehicle. There are no special tips here, no automatic switches or items hanging from the ceiling. You just have to be careful and pull straight in.
Bring Your Dents, Dings, or Scrapes to Big Sky Collision Center
If you have been in an accident, whether you hit a wild animal, another vehicle, an object, or scraped the side of the garage, we are here to restore your vehicle! As we strive to be the best auto body shop in the state of Montana, we offer you the best customer service with uncompromising integrity. Every vehicle we work on is restored to full factory safety specifications.
Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at 406-259-6328.