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Prevent Expensive Car Damage in the Heat with These Tips

Much of the United States is experiencing record temperatures this week, and since summer is just starting, it's a trend we could see all summer long. You can prevent expensive car damage in a heat wave with some special tips. In reality, hot temperatures can really take a toll on your vehicle, so following these guidelines from experts can save your car a lot of pain and save you money. I absolutely love my Chevy Malibu and will be employing these tips to prevent car damage in this massive heat wave we're having. Prevent Costly Car Damage in a Heat Wave Park in the shade. One very simple thing you can do to prevent car damage in a heat wave, according to experts, is to simply park your vehicle where the sun isn't beating down. By parking in the shade, your car will stay cooler than it would be in the sunlight. "If it's safe to do so, open the windows a crack to help lower the interior temperature and equalize the air pressure," suggests StateFarm.com. Get a sunshade. Some simple car accessories can help keep your car as cool as possible in the heat. AutoZone.com suggests getting a sunshade. "It folds up tidily when it's not in use, deploys in seconds, and you'll notice the difference the first time you use it," they note. They add that "there are universal sunshades as well as model-specific sunshades," and they're all pretty inexpensive. Wax your car. Want your car to stay looking good, even with all the sun exposure? The car experts at BigMobile.com say you have to wax your car at least twice a year in order to protect the exterior paint. "Wax acts as a protective layer, minimizing scratches and UV damage," they note. They also say that if you want a more permanent fix, get a ceramic coating to protect your vehicle from the damaging sun. "Being tough, durable, and heat-resistant, ceramic coatings can keep your vehicle bright and shiny for a long time," they note. Keep up with your scheduled maintenance. Summer is not the time to skip on your regular maintenance. According to the experts at AAA, keeping up with "oil changes, fluid level checks, battery tests and tire inspections go a long way toward reducing the chances of a breakdown." They also suggest to "get your electrical charging system tested at the same time as the battery." [select-listicle listicle_id="719312" syndication_name="7-severe-weather-safety-tips-that-may-save-your-life" description="no"]

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