Three Common Causes Of Car Dents

Dents to your car's body can be an unappealing aesthetic alteration, but can also increase the risk of rust and corrosion developing, which can cause more serious structural and performance issues if allowed to progress. Dents can happen in a variety of different ways beyond simple traffic collisions, though the damage itself is no less serious. Understanding what some of the most common sources of car dents are can help you take steps to prevent them from occurring.

Door Dents

One of the most common reasons why you may experience a car dent in your vehicle, and usually caused by someone who won't stick around to take responsibility for it, is because of other people opening car doors too close to the side of your vehicle. This is common in parking lots and parking garages. To reduce the risk of this happening, you should make sure that you park with ample amounts of space on either side of your vehicle, or even choose a parking spot where one side is blocked off by a wall or another barrier instead of between two vehicles.

Hail Damage

Hail can cause significant damage to the body of your car, largely because a severe hail storm will cover the entire exposed surface of your vehicle with dents of varying size. In fact, hail damage can even shatter your windows and headlights, and if the temperature goes up immediately afterwards, cause water to soak into the interior of your vehicle. In order to minimize the amount of damage that a hail storm could cause your vehicle, be sure to park within a garage or underneath some other sort of covered area that will act as a barrier against any falling hail.

Shopping Carts

Finally, runaway shopping carts are one of the leading causes of minor dents and scratches on your car's body, largely because of the amount of time that the average car will spend sitting idle in parking lots throughout the week. Shopping cart impacts are extremely likely to break the paint on your car, even if they won't actually dent the metal underneath, which provides a pathway for rust to set in. In order to prevent such collisions from occurring, you should avoid parking in parking lots that have outdoor shopping cart areas where possible, and if not, make sure that you park between other vehicles and a fair distance away from shopping cart collection areas to reduce your potential exposure.

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