BMW cars are well-known for their superior levels of comfort and luxury, their finely-tuned and well-performing engines, and their seemingly low levels of depreciation. The vast majority of BMW owners ensure that their cars are well-maintained, often with no expense spared.
But whilst these qualities are admirable, there are certain things that BMW owners neglect to do in order to maintain their vehicles – one of which is protecting their car’s paintwork!
Although it is virtually impossible to have a car that will always have immaculate paintwork (well, not unless the car is never driven and is merely stored in a garage all its life), there are some things that BMW owners can do to ensure the paintwork on their pride and joy looks good for as long as reasonably possible.
If you are one of those lucky BMW owners, here’s what you need to know to give your Beemer’s body panels the care and attention they deserve.
When you go to a public car park, the chances of someone accidentally smacking their car door into your BMW’s bodywork are rather high when you park in an area that is often populated with other vehicles.
For example, when you go to your local supermarket to do your weekly shop, most people will park their cars near the entrance to the supermarket for convenience reasons. Instead of doing the same thing, park further away – preferably near the exit of the car park.
Not only do you minimise the chances of your BMW’s bodywork getting damaged, but you will be able to leave the car park quicker whereas others will have to queue whilst waiting for other motorists to drive into or out of parking spaces!
According to the Hilton Garage reviews website (a good resource of information on all things BMW), one of the things that can be pretty harmful to the paintwork of your BMW is extreme temperature.
Basically, changes in temperature can expand or contract and causing cracking. Eventually, these cracks will let moisture into the paint, and then rust will ensue! If you have a garage at home, I would recommend keeping your BMW in it when you’re not driving it, otherwise consider putting a car cover over it to protect it from extreme temperatures.
Another thing that will attack the paintwork on your car will be bird droppings and the effects of acid rain. Therefore, it is important that you have your car washed once a week and any paint protection such as polish and wax coats topped up.
These coats add an extra layer of protection and will work to block the harmful effects of the environment around your BMW. I would not advise taking your car to an automatic car wash, because they do more harm than good for cars (i.e. swirl marks and scratches).
Rather than spending the money on expensive pressure washers and cleaning equipment, it is more cost-effective to simply hire a valeter to perform regular washes and maintenance valets on your BMW.