Maybe someone side-swiped your car with a shopping cart at the grocery store, or maybe you had a run-in with an aggressive driver who raced up behind you and hit your bumper. Whatever happened, your car is left with a noticeable scratch.
Even a seemingly minor scratch in your car's paint can cause problems down the road. Thinking that you can let this scratch can stay on your car without fixing it is a mistake that you don't want to make.
Why do you need to take care of your car's scratches? Take a look at the downsides of not repairing scratches and small dents in your car are.
Loss of Value
While you might notice a small scratch or ding, someone else may see these blemishes as major aesthetic issues. Neglecting a repaint or repair job may lower your chances of getting the full value for your car should you decide to sell it someday.
Yes, you'll have to pay to repair your car's damaged paint. But the cost of the repaint or repair job might be lower than the reduced price you'd eventually get for your car later on. Even though you know that the cost of fixing the paint shouldn't be a burden to the new buyer, they aren't likely to see it that way. Few car buyers want to put work into their new purchase right away. Fix the issue before attempting to sell the car so that you can attract more buyers and get top-dollar for your used auto.
Paint doesn't just make your car look pretty. While a shiny color greatly enhances the visual aspect of your car, paint also serves a protective purpose. Cars aren't bare metal for a reason. Between the elements and everything else (such as road salt) that your car has to endure, it needs an outer barrier to keep it safe.
A small scratch won't immediately cause your car to rust through. Several factors, such as what your car is made from, where the scratch is, and what contaminants are present can impact rust formation.
Even though rust isn't instant in the presence of a scratch, any breakdown in the outer surface (in other words, the paint and any other coating) allows corrosion to start. Fix the scratch sooner rather than later to give your car the best chance to avoid rust completely.
Problems With Peeling
Peeling, also known as delamination, happens when one of the layers of a car’s paint starts to pull away from what's under it. Your car has more than just one layer or coating on it. Along with the paint, your car most likely also has a base coat and a top clear coat. When one or more of these layers loses its ability to adhere entirely to the surface, you'll see peeling spots.
Scratches, dents, and other paint damage aren't the only causes of delamination. A poorly done paint job or improper priming may also be at fault when it comes to peeling paint. But if this isn't the case, and your car has a scratch, a chip or damaged area that sits for too long can result in delamination.
When the top clear coat is broken by an object that scratches or chips it, the barrier stops working as it should. This makes the underlying layers vulnerable to rain, snow, and other types of moisture — causing the paint to peel.
Do you have a scratch, chip, or dent on your car? Dublin Auto Body can repair your paint, making it look like new. Contact us for more information about taking care of your car’s paint.