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Common Causes Of Automobile Dents Vehicle Owners Don't Notice At First

For someone who loves his/her car, few things are more frustrating than gazing at that beautiful vehicle only to notice a new scratch or dent. A dent or scratch on your automobile is a lot like a blemish on your face. Once you notice it, it sticks out like a sore thumb. It becomes the first thing you see every time you look at the vehicle and you are positive everyone who looks at your vehicle sees it too. The question is – how did that blemish get there in the first place?

As a vehicle owner, you are never going to be able to protect your vehicle from every little blemish. You may, however, be able to cut back on those blemishes by being aware of common ways your vehicle gets dented and dinged without you realizing it at first.

Shopping Carts

The unfortunate truth is there will always be shoppers who are too lazy or distracted to put their shopping carts away after they finish using them. You also have single parents with small children who are unable to put the cart away because they do not want to leave their children alone in the car. All it takes is a strong gust of wind to send one of those shopping carts flying across the parking lot and into the side of your vehicle.

Car Doors

Parking lots are not exactly known for being spacious. All it takes is one vehicle to park too close to the line or at a strange angle, and every other vehicle must follow suit to fit into the parking spaces. If you have a larger vehicle and you park next to a larger vehicle, or you are forced to park crooked because that's how everyone else parked, there is an increased risk that your vehicle is going to be smacked by someone else's car door.

Mother Nature

Not only is driving in a hail or sleet storm dangerous, it isn't doing the body of your vehicle any favors either. If the hail or sleet bounces off of your vehicle just right, it can cause all sorts of dents and dings.

What Can You Do?

Obviously, you are not going to be able to avoid every parking lot and storm just for the sake of protecting your vehicle. You can, however, do things to prevent your vehicle from getting beat up. In a parking lot, for example, consider parking towards the back of the parking lot. You are going to have to walk a little farther, but people are less likely to park beside your vehicle which means the chances of cart and/or car door damage is less likely. When possible, park your vehicle inside a covered area such as a parking garage to prevent hail damage.

If your vehicle has suffered from dents, dings, and scratches, consider taking it to an auto body shop. That small blemish is only going to get worse over time. It can also make the body of your vehicle weaker, which could be dangerous if you were to get in an auto accident.