heat damage to carWhen you think of the mountains of western North Carolina, it’s easy to think about beautiful fall leaves and crisp, white winter snowfalls. What some people don’t realize is that mountain summers in Asheville can get wildly hot. 

If summer sun rays can permanently damage your skin, just think about what they could do to your vehicle. 

Car Damage Associated with Sun Exposure

It’s commonly known that long exposure to the sun can cause the paint to fade on your vehicle, but there are other less popularly known damages that can come from the sun. Interior damage is a large factor when considering sun damage to vehicles, and unfortunately, it can devalue your vehicle and incur repair expenses. 

The following defects can devalue your car and/or require repair:

  • Dashboard cracking
  • Seat cracking
  • Interior fading
  • Airbag damage
  • Broken belts and hoses
  • Low fluid levels
  • Inefficient antifreeze
  • Lowered tire pressure
  • Foggy headlights

Preventing Your Vehicle from Heat Damage

When temperatures are high, it’s easy to jump out of your car and forget to protect your vehicle, but with a little planning, you can save yourself in the long run. Start by having your vehicle evaluated before temperatures begin to rise. 

Get your mechanic to check out your airbags, belts, hoses, and fluid levels. Also, be sure to keep the required air pressure in your tires at all times. 

To protect your car in the long run, try to find a carport, parking garage, or shady tree whenever you can. Also, invest in a good sunshade to put in your window when you can’t find shaded parking. These sunshades can keep your car nearly 50 degrees cooler, and they can help prevent damaging rays from cracking your steering wheel, dashboard, and seats.

Repairing Heat Damage to Your Vehicle

If your car has acquired heat damage, or if you have recently purchased a vehicle with heat damage, you might be wondering if your damage is able to be fixed, and you’ll want to find an auto body repair shop that you can trust. 

First Aid Collision is an I-CAR Gold certified shop conveniently located off of I-26. Our shop is poised to serve anyone in western North Carolina with high-quality materials, extensive experience, and top-notch customer service that will get you back on the road in no time. 

We stand by our work and offer a lifetime warranty on paint and a manufacturer's warranty on parts. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and receive a complimentary estimate.