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Home > Portable Garage Advice > 4 Ways Rain Damages Your Car

4 Ways Rain Damages Your Car

portable garageIt's a common assumption that, if you leave your car in the rain, the water just washes off the debris. While this "free car wash" might work here or there, long-term exposure can build up, resulting in damage to your vehicle.

As a result, when a storm's coming in, it's best to pull your car into a portable garage, where it'll stay dry. Consider the following reasons:

1. Water Marks

Especially in summer, your car might be left with a streaky appearance after the storm passes. These are known as "water marks," in which trails of dirt and minerals get left on top of your vehicle's coat. While they won't result in serious damage, car aficionados taking major pride in their vehicle's shiny coat might be taken aback when a dull look starts to develop over time.

2. Water Seeping Under the Hood

This isn't a particular concern from drizzling or even your average rainstorm. Yet, when something torrential hits, such as a tropical storm or even a hurricane, flooding isn't the only issue. With the amount of precipitation coming out of the sky, water may get under the hood, where it then:

  • Seeps into your car's transmission, brake, and power steering fluids, making them dirtier.
  • Get into the air filter and belts.
  • Damages electrical systems, including those for your airbags and windshield wipers.

3. Acid Rain

It's fairly known that acid rain can turn a metal surface green with time, but what kind of effect does it have on your car? The initial ramifications might not be noticeable, but long term, acid rain can cause paint defects, which then appear as scratches, a damaged finish, or an uneven surface. You'll then find yourself stopping by the detailer for a buffing and polishing job.

4. Mold Build Up

You might not think anything of getting a bit of water in your vehicle. "It'll dry," you'll think. While in most cases it does, the moisture may also stay inside and seep into your car's upholstery or carpets, where it then attracts mold. Should this be left unchecked, you might need to have your car's seats replaced down the line.

Rather than take these risks, storing your car inside a portable garage should be your first line of defense. These metal and polyethylene shelters keep out the elements, rain included, and ensure your car remains dry. Don't yet have one? Browse Portable Garage Depot by size and type today to find the right match for your car.


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