If you live in the central or southern Arizona area you know just how unbearably hot summers in Arizona can be. With temperatures reaching up to 130 degrees at its highest and averaging just under 100 degrees for the whole summer, you certainly have to take into consideration protecting anything you decide to leave outside. Your automobile is left outside in the elements more than anything else. In order to protect it you can employ a multitude of protective measures, most of them simple and cheap, to make sure that not only your car’s interior stays cool but also the exterior and that it saves the paint and materials of your car.
Protect Your Vehicle Against the Heat
- Garage/ Shade
Many people end up using their garage to store excess household items, recreational equipment, and tools to name a few. This leaves little to no space to park their vehicle in the shaded space your garage provides. Declutter that garage and make some space because parking your vehicle in the confines of your garage will actually help to protect your car from UV rays and the intense Arizona heat. This in turns helps to prevent fading of the paint as well as protects the fluids and hoses under the hood from the wear and tear of the extreme Arizona summer heat.
- Window Sunshield
These are cheap and are available at almost any store with an automotive section. These things look like a thick sheet of aluminum foil and are designed to only go on the inside of the front and rear windows of your vehicle. The simple purpose of these is to reflect the heat and UV radiation away from the interior of your car so your car isn’t outrageously hot and save the life of your seats. The only con we can find of using these is that every time you want to get out of the car you have to take this car cover out and attach it to your windows, taking an extra or minute before exiting your vehicle. Another con is that these sunshields are usually designed for a universal fit. This means that if you have a weirdly shaped windshield or want a perfect fit you won’t be satisfied with the protection it will provide.
- Car Cover
This is good for when you need to park your car outside for a long time. However, due to the time it takes to put on and take off the car cover it will be way too impractical for daily or even often use. However, this does provide greater protection than a window sunshield and is transportable unlike a garage.
- Window Tint
This is normally used to give the car’s interior more privacy by darkening the windows when looking from the outside of the car. But actually, window tint also gives you UV protection and prevents your car from roasting. It is not as effective as any of the products mentioned above, but this is the only option that can be driven while protecting. Obviously, window tint can’t be used on bodywork so your paint is still at risk. And finally, this is the most expensive option so if you’re goal is just protecting your car in the sun you’re better off parking in the shade or buying a cheaper alternative as mentioned above.
Whether you are dealing with the Arizona heat or the harsh winters found in Utah, weather elements should be taken into consideration when it comes to your vehicle. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way to helping keep your car or truck in tip top shape.