There’s nothing quite like the feeling of rolling your car right off the showroom floor when it’s still got that new car smell. We all love our cars, and we want to keep them looking just as good as the day we pick them up over the years. But the sad truth is that can be easier said than done. That’s why it’s not uncommon for new car owners to do everything they can to avoid parking near anyone else or under a tree. No one looks forward to that first little ding in your paint job.


At Suburban Auto Body, our professional auto technicians love working with Twin Cities drivers to help restore their vehicles to their original beauty. In this post, we’ll talk about our best tips for keeping your car in great shape after many miles on the open road.


1.      Give Other Drivers Plenty of Room.

The truth is that you can never really predict what’s going to happen around your vehicle, especially when you’re driving in Twin Cities traffic. Make sure to give yourself plenty of room behind the car in front of you, and avoid pacing other vehicles. This is not just to avoid fender benders but also rocks and debris kicked up by other cars. And always remember to drive defensively. Just because you’re a good driver doesn’t mean everyone else is.


2.      Wash Your Car Regularly.

Keeping your car clean is essential to keeping its paint looking great over the years. Grime and grit can damage your paint job, so never leave your car too long between cleaning. You should also wax your car once every quarter to protect it.


3.      Park Further Away in Parking Lots.

There are plenty of great reasons to park further away when you’re out shopping this holiday season. It opens up much-needed spaces for others who may struggle with mobility issues, and it’s great exercise. But it’s also an important step when it comes to protecting your car from door dings and shopping carts. And yes, you should also avoid parking under trees.


4.      Rinse Your Car Before a Wash.

If there is any dirt, sand, or grit on your vehicle, washing it can agitate it and damage your paint job. That’s why it’s a good idea to give your car a rinse before you start washing.


5.      Don’t Forget to Rinse Your Wheel Wells.

You may not realize it, but mud, dirt, and other gunk can end up underneath your wheel wells, causing moisture that can damage your car. Be sure to rinse your wheel wells whenever you’re cleaning your vehicle.


Restoring Your Twin Cities Automobile

The best way to protect your car is never to drive it. But you can’t leave your vehicle in the protection of the garage all the time. That’s why it’s important to do everything you can to avoid a collision or door ding. If you do end up with a damaged bumper or in need of OEM manufacturer’s parts, we’ll work fast to get your car back to its original splendor. Connect with a member of our Suburban Auto advanced collision repair team at 651.633.8900, or contact us to get your free estimate.