The deserts of Texas can be beautiful, with their clear weather and sunny days, but these conditions can still pose threats to your car that are just as hazardous as bad weather. Let’s take a look at how to protect your car in the desert to ensure your car endures the desert with as much style and grace as possible.
Wash and Wax
Between the dust, sand, and bugs splattering against your car, regularly washing your vehicle is a must to keep the exterior clear of such debris and to prevent the dust and sand from clogging up your car’s airways and intakes. This will also prevent the debris from scratching or corroding your car’s paint while making it easy for you to spot any damages or abnormalities. After you clean your car, you should also apply a coating of wax to the paint. This not only keeps the appearance shiny and glossy but also shields your paint from the UV rays of the beating sun, which can dull and fade the paint.
Replace the Air Filter
One of the best ways to protect your car in the desert is to regularly change out the air filter attached to the engine. This filter prevents sand, dirt, dust, and debris from getting into your engine and clogging it up. Naturally, there’s no shortage of any of that in the desert, so they may quickly cake your air filter. Air filters are cheap and easy to replace, so don’t feel the need to take your car to a mechanic when devoting 15 minutes will get the job done.
Waxing your car is a good start, but it may be worth investing in a more professional car detailing that you can’t do yourself. A nano-ceramic coating is typically considered the ideal detailing for enduring the desert. This will shield your car from UV rays and the acidic nature of splattered bugs and bird droppings as well as prevent scratching from sand and debris. This coating is tough and durable, so you can be certain it will be a long-term investment.