Hot weather, according to drivers, may cost nearly £2,500 in automobile bodywork damage.
DRIVERS have been cautioned that the recent period of hot weather may cost them over £2,500 in vehicle damage.
Vehicles could be damaged by powerful UV rays, according to Leasing Options experts, forcing drivers to spend money on urgent repair work. They warn that rays can penetrate molecules in a car’s paint, causing the bodywork to become less shiny and dull.
This could mean that drivers will have to pay to have their vehicle resprayed to repair the damage.
According to Leasing Options, a full respray would cost drivers an average of £2,400.
Drivers should also be aware that their tyres and car battery may need to be replaced, according to Mike Thompson, Director of Leasing Options.
“When it comes to weather-related car damage, most motorists immediately think of snow and ice damage.
“However, the sun and heat can be hazardous to your vehicle.
“Motorists who neglect to cover their cars from the sun may find themselves in need of a lot of repairs. A respray, new tyres, and a battery replacement are all included.
“To avoid this, motorists should wash and hand dry their automobiles on a regular basis during the summer months, check their tyre pressure weekly, and get their car battery examined by a professional.”
When temperatures rise too high, experts at Holts Auto agree that tyres are at risk.
They warn that the excess heat causes the air within tyres to expand, potentially causing over-inflation and tyre wall bulging.
Many of the 300,000 tyre-related breakdowns that occur each year, according to the expert, occur during the summer months.
Holts Auto also issued a battery warning, stating that the weather can “take its toll” on the critical component.
Extremely hot conditions might harm the chemical reactions inside the battery, causing it to lose its charge.
As a result, certain batteries may struggle to keep up during periods of extreme heat.
Periods of hot weather may also impact the car’s air conditioning, cooling system, and engine oil, according to Holts Auto.
Leasing Options specialists have advised drivers to take a number of steps to avoid damage.
They advise motorists to park in the shadow to avoid direct sunlight hitting their vehicle.