Florida car damage is common due to the extreme heat and lack of cloud cover. Sun exposure causes more damage for vehicles than most people realize. While it is uncomfortable to get into a car that was parked in direct sunlight all day, the level of sun exposure in Florida is doing more than just making it uncomfortable to sit in the car.
The sun can damage your vehicle inside and out. Damage can include engine problems, faded paint, damaged upholstery, and significant discomfort for drivers and passengers.
Your vehicle’s dashboard will receive the greatest amount of sun exposure. The windshield intensifies the effect of the direct sun, which can lead to fading and cracking and cause the interior to lose its luster and fade over time.
Upholstery also suffers under the harsh Florida sun. Cloth upholstery stands up better than leather over time, but the cloth’s color will still fade where the sun hits it most.
Florida drivers with leather seats are likely well aware of how hot it can get after sun exposure, but the sunlight will also cause the leather to crack and fade. Sunlight evaporates the natural oils in leather, causing it to lose flexibility, dry out, and eventually crack.
The Florida sun can also cause problems for your vehicle’s exterior as well. Sun damage to car paint can affect any car, but is especially prominent for darker colors like blue, red, and especially black. Sun exposure can also be a problem for the unpainted parts of a vehicle’s exterior elements such as fenders, bumpers and mirror covers.
When it comes to preventing sun damage in Florida, car care is more involved than in more moderate climates. There are several options for protecting your vehicle’s dashboard and upholstery, and you can improve the comfort level inside the vehicle as well.
If ever your vehicle is showing signs of sun or heat damage, we recommend bringing it in to a mechanic to help prevent further damage. If you are near Sarasota, at Jesses’ Garage we specialize in European models, including the repair of Land Rover, Porsche, or Mercedes, and we would be happy to take a look to make sure your vehicle.