6 Tips to Protect Your Car From Dust Storm Damage

Cars are driving through a dust storm on highway 215

Dust storms can occur at any time of the year, because of this not many people think of them when thinking about natural disasters. While tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes are usually the things that come to mind when thinking about property damage, a dust storm can be just as destructive. 

Such damage can result in thousands of dollars to repair your vehicle if you’re not properly prepared. Below are a few tips to help you protect your car from dust the next time an unexpected storm passes by.

Protecting Your Car from Dust Damage

Stay Up to Date On Local Weather

Dust storms can be unpredictable, coming at various times throughout the year. But, you can still prepare for them by staying up to date on your local weather forecast. Make sure you check the weather before you leave each morning or at least the night before. This can help you plan ahead, and if there is a chance of dust, try parking in covered areas at work, school, or wherever you may be going. If you plan on taking a trip you might want to wait until the storm passes by before heading out on the road. 

Staying in the know is the first step when it comes to protecting your car, which is why AccuWeather suggests signing up for severe or extreme weather alerts as this can potentially save you thousands of dollars in dust damage.

Covered Parking

Getting a spot under covered parking will be your best bet when it comes to protecting your car from a dust storm. Whether it is a garage or a carport, this type of structural cover will safeguard your car from any damages such as dents, chips, or cracked windshields. If you suspect a dust storm later in the day while you’re away from home, try parking in covered areas around you, either at work, school campuses, or shopping malls.

Find Temporary Shelter

If you find yourself in the middle of a dust storm while you’re driving, seek temporary shelter as soon as you are able. Temporary shelter can be in the form of public parking garages located in shopping malls or school campuses. Pulling over to gas stations, or underneath a freeway overpass can also be another form of immediate temporary shelter. Lastly, as a last resort, you can park next to big buildings opposite of the direction that the dust is coming from.

Get a Car Cover

If you do not have overhead coverage from a garage or carport at home, your best bet is to buy a car cover. This can prove to be a good investment in the long run. Car covers are specifically made to protect your car from damage and are available at most auto shops as well as online. Make sure you get a car cover that fits the specifications and measurements of your car providing you with complete coverage. While car covers do not necessarily mean you won’t suffer from any damage, having one can definitely reduce the impact to your vehicle.

Use Alternative Covers

Other alternative methods to provide cover to your car in case you do not have a car cover are blankets or tarps. Thick blankets or tarps can provide enough protection to your car to reduce dust damage. The thicker and the more layers you put on your car the better the protection will be. Make sure you use tape to secure these as the wind can blow them away if not properly secured. 

Another alternative is to use your car floor mats as a cover to your windshields to protect them from chipping or cracking. While these alternative covers will not fully protect your car they’re still a better option than having no protection at all.

Get Comprehensive Insurance Coverage

If damage is unavoidable, not all hope is lost. One thing you can do to prepare in the case of a dust storm is to make sure you have comprehensive coverage through your insurance provider. This kind of coverage can definitely save you when it comes to damage as you will be covered through your policy and minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Make sure you double-check your policy to see if comprehensive coverage is part of your policy.

Get Back On the Road With Ric’s Body & Paint

Whether you have minor or major dents from a dust storm, we can get your car back to its best and back on the road. Our experienced technicians will carefully repair and replace all damaged parts, bringing your vehicle back to the manufacturer’s specifications. With I-CAR Gold Class-certified repair technicians and state-of-the-art equipment, Ric’s Body & Paint can take care of your vehicle. Contact us today for a free estimate.

Keep Your Car’s Paint in Tip-Top Shape

hand washing car with yellow rag

Whether you just bought a car or are preserving an older one, maintaining its paint job is important to make it look sharp and to retain its value. Without proper care, the car’s paint will become dull over time until eventually it will become so badly oxidized that it will need extensive paint repairs to restore it to its former glory.

What Do You Do?

Wash the Car

A simple precaution that will help keep your vehicle from oxidizing is washing it. By washing the car, you are getting rid of all the debris that collects on the road, such as dirt, oil, bugs, and other particles that find their way to your car’s surface.

Repair the Paint

The more you take the car out for a spin the more likely there will be damage. Inspect your car’s paint for any signs of damage such as scratches or white patches caused by oxidation. If the scratch is only minor, then you can fix it with a simple rubbing compound you can buy from any big box or auto parts store.

Wax Your Car‘s Paint

While you can polish your car’s paint to remove tiny scratches and marks, waxing your car can do just that as well as add another coat to its finish. When you wax your vehicle, you are adding an extra layer of protection against the elements. It is important to keep in mind that over-waxing can occur and eventually compromise the look of the paint.

Apply Sealant

For the paint to stay clean and crisp as long as possible, we recommend applying a sealant to the car’s surface. Much like wax, it will act as a shield against damage taken from everyday use.

If you need a repair to your car’s paint, Ric’s Body & Paint are here to help. Our expert painters will match your car’s color precisely to its manufacturers’ specifications. We guarantee our water-based, environmentally friendly paint will have your car looking like it just rolled out of the showroom floor.
Contact us to let us know how we can help you with your repair needs or drop by the body shop anytime. We work with all insurance companies and our estimates are always free!

Top Tips To Know After a Collision

A truck is in a auto body shop for repair after a collision

Auto collisions can be a stressful and emotional experience. Many people prepare for the worst and drive defensively to prevent vehicle collisions, however, they still occur. 

As soon as a collision happens, many different thoughts and questions can flood into your mind. It’s important to remind yourself to stay calm in an accident. 
If you are involved in a car accident, follow these tips to minimize adverse outcomes and stay safe: 

  1. Make sure everyone is OK. Check with all parties involved to ensure that there are no injuries. If there are injuries, be sure to call 911 to seek medical attention. If everyone appears to be OK, move to the side of the road to stay safe. 
  2. Take photos of the accident scene. Assess damages and take photos for insurance purposes. 
  3. Exchange information with the other driver(s). Gather information such as Driver’s License number, name, address, telephone number, and swap insurance company information.  
  4. Tow the Vehicle.  If necessary, have the vehicle towed from the scene. 
  5. Call Ric’s Body & Paint. We are your collision experts when you need a body shop to come to. We bring quality auto body collision services since 1976.

Thinking about a certified collision repair center won’t be the first thing on your mind, we know. Stay safe and then remember Ric’s Body & Paint. As a family-owned shop, we want to make you feel like family. We understand your situation and want to get you back out on the road as quickly as possible. 

At Ric’s Body & Paint, we have been repairing cars in Scottsdale since 1976. We offer free estimates on all collisions and provide an itemized list of labor and parts that we will send to your insurance company with photos. All insurance claims require photos. We are your collision repair experts including I-CAR Gold Class-certified repair technicians. Our services include a lifetime warranty on repairs as long as your own the vehicle. We are able to perform computerized frame measurements and off-site alignment checks to manufacturer’s specs.

Have questions or want to schedule an estimate? Contact Us Today!