Car cosmetics – should you fix the superficial?

If there is one thing in your life that’s going to be a big cost followed by several smaller costs, it’s your car! You pay out a big payment for the actual purchase of the car, and from there you are constantly paying for something. Petrol, insurance, oil, road tax, replacement parts, the list goes on and on.

It makes sense, then, that you’ll want to know whether you should bother fixing the cosmetic issues that pop up from time to time. You’re human: you aren’t going to be perfect driving all the time and neither is anyone else.

There is going to be moments you misjudge when you park and end up with a kerbed alloy; it happens. However, you need to consider whether the superficial scratches and dents are worth fixing, or you want your car to tell the world a story.

The thing is, in some cases, you shouldn’t question whether you should fix the cosmetic issues in the car: you need to! So, let’s look at some of the reasons to make those fixes happen.

Your safety

Firstly, it’s vital to know that some cosmetic issues can affect the safety of the vehicle itself. Anything that is mechanical that is damaged should be fixed immediately. Your engine, hoses, tyres and your belts all need attention right away. If any of these in any way are damaged, you could put your own life at risk, let alone the lives of others.

Cars aren’t just stuck together with random parts. Everything has a place and everything is supported by something else. You can ding your car and leave a scrape without an issue if it’s shallow, but anything more needs attention.

It’s rusty

Your car is made up of many layers, from the primer and paint to the clear coat on the top. There is more than one layer of each of these, and they protect the metal under the paintwork. If you’ve dinged your car and scratched it and it goes down to the metal, then you need to get it fixed. Rust can kill your car, and it’s not what you want!

It’s painful (emotionally)

Your car may well be your pride and joy, and if that’s the case, you’ll be looking to get scratches sorted. You have a reputation to uphold, right? Get your superficial marks and scratches sorted as quickly as possible to keep your car looking great.

You’re selling

One of the best reasons to get your car fixed up is because you’re selling it. You may not have worried much about the cosmetic damage before, but if you’re selling you need it to be in the best possible condition so that people will want to buy it. So, get it fixed up early and you’ll add some value to the vehicle.

Your car is on the road for the world to see. Fix the basics so that you don’t have a much bigger bill later on!

** This is a collaborative post

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