Small Cosmetic Vehicle Updates That Make A Big Difference For Vehicle Appearance

Your car has a small dent. No big deal, right?


Small cosmetic issues commonly associated with vehicle appearance can cause significant problems down the road, whether that be next week, next year or five years from now.

Making small cosmetic auto repair updates now can pay big dividends later when it comes time to sell your vehicle. Aside from maintaining your vehicle’s resale value, a small cosmetic problem related to vehicle appearance can often become a bigger issue that needs costly repairs.

If your vehicle is more than a year old and gets out in the elements, chances are it has accumulated a scratch here or a dent there. As frustrating as this may be, it’s a fact of vehicle ownership. After all, dings and dents happen.

Here are a few things you can do now to keep the exterior of your vehicle in check, maintaining vehicle appearance and preventing further problems from occurring all the while preserving your vehicle’s value.

The Dangers of Rusting

Nobody likes to see rust start accumulating on a vehicle. This includes vehicle owners, potential buyers, shop employees and those who happen to park next to you at the supermarket.

Rust is detrimental to vehicle appearance. It can be a bi-product of road salt or your area’s climate, and is created by a process of oxidation that occurs when oxygen meets iron or steel.

When your car’s paint sealant is fractured, the exterior of your vehicle underneath the paint is exposed to the elements. When this is exposed, your car is susceptible to rust. 

Rust causes huge problems that go well beyond the aesthetics of your vehicle. Along with a loss of resale value, rust is like a bad rash for a vehicle that keeps spreading…and spreading…and spreading.

Rust on a widespread scale not only affects the body of your car, but it also can begin to compromise the integrity of your vehicle’s parts and figuratively turn your vehicle into dust. Rust eats away at the metal underneath your paint, and can gradually spread to other areas of the vehicle.

The more rust spreads, the more expensive body damage repairs can cost.

Don’t Ignore Windshield Chips

You’re driving down the highway, windows down, cruising at 65 without a care in the world. Then suddenly…whap. A small piece of rock flies out of a large truck and leaves a tiny chip in your windshield.

Sure, it doesn’t look great, but life goes on.

Windshield chips are another small issue that can become a much larger, and much more expensive problem if left untreated.

A windshield chip can crack at any time, without notice and while driving. Eventually, it can spread and compromise your vision while driving.

Many don’t think of the windshield as a vehicle safety feature. But if you happen to be involved in an accident that causes your airbag to deploy, the pressure from the airbag can cause a weakened windshield to come down, which can be very harmful.

Luckily, there are cosmetic auto repair services available to fix windshield chips. A small chip or crack doesn’t mean the end of your windshield. Windshields chips can be fixed, and if addressed properly, windshield chip repair can maintain the integrity of your windshield for years to come. Your local Dent Wizard location has certified technicians to perform SMART (small to medium area repair techniques) repairs on windshields with quick turn-around time.

Polish Your Headlights

Over time, headlights can develop a foggy or yellow tint to them.

Is it really that big of a deal? Yes.

When headlights begin to lose their luster, you, as a driver, begin to lose visibility, which can be critical if you constantly find yourself driving after dark. Foggy headlights may not only cause you to get in an accident, but can also be detrimental to other drivers sharing the road with you.

If your headlights are in need of a serious facelift, Dent Wizard has headlight restoration services which restore headlights to factory-equivalent brightness in just a matter of hours.

Small Updates; Big Differences

Regularly taking care of these small cosmetic imperfections and performing regular vehicle updates doesn't have to be a chore.

In many cases, maintaining the exterior appearance of your vehicle will result in a higher return-on-investment when it comes time to sell your vehicle, and there are plenty of safety benefits to performing these small vehicle updates from time-to-time.

Consider opting for a vehicle service plan, like Ding Shield from Dent Wizard, which offers vehicle owners unlimited PDR repairs, including service on all dings, dents and creases the size of a credit card. Ding Shield also comes with a hail benefit for up to $500, or the amount of your vehicle’s insurance deductible, whichever is less. Dent Wizard also offers premium Ding Shield packages, offering protection for Bumpers, Windshields and Alloy Wheel refinishing services. Check to review coverage availability in your state.

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