Fall is a beautiful time in much of the United States. And while it’s hard to believe, those gorgeous red, yellow, and orange leaves can also damage your car. Sap, pollen, and residue from leaves can cause stains and scratches on automotive paint. Excess leaf build-up can block the drains in your sunroof, causing leaks and other annoyances. Fortunately, avoiding leaf damage is easy and takes very little effort for the average car owner.
Avoid parking under trees. Yes, that shade is tempting, but if the tree can’t drop leaves on your car, they won’t cause damage. But what if there is nowhere else to park, or you want to take advantage of the sun protection a tree provides?
Invest in a car cover. Car covers are perhaps the easiest way to protect the paint on your vehicle. They not only protect from leaves, but also guard against scratches, dust, sun damage, and even snow.
If, in spite of your best efforts, your car attracts leaves, carefully remove them with a spray of water from a hose, and carefully wash your car with a quality automotive wash designed to remove debris and build-up. Make sure you carefully check behind moldings and seams to get even the smallest particles.
Remember, it may seem like a small issue, but keeping your car leaf-free could save you expenses in the long run.