Your car has an enemy. That enemy is everywhere and at times invisible. The enemy is water.
While your car requires water to run properly and regulate the temperature, over time water can damage every part of a vehicle. Rain, snow, and even humid climates can cause water damage to a car.
Rust and corrosion
The metal in a car is highly susceptible to rust, which can form even under the cover in humid environments. Iron oxide is easily formed and can rust vehicles in almost any climate.
Over time, rust and corrosion can:
- Eat away at the car’s body, compromising safety
- Damage electronics housed near other metal parts of the car
- If engine drains are clogged, rust can weaken the exhaust and damage the trunk, causing leaks
- On the vulnerable underside of the car, rust can lead to oil and fuel leaks
Saltwater is highly corrosive and damaging to a car. Saltwater in the air can travel several miles inward from the coastline, and affect cars in morning dew and humidity. And in many cities salt is used to melt snow and ice on winter roads.
- Cause rust and corrosion faster than fresh water
- Cause leaking fuel or brake lines
- Corrode brake calipers, nuts, and bolts
Mold and mildew
Inside the car, mold and mildew can invisibly form. Mold and mildew thrive in damp, closed environments, and a damp car interior is an ideal breeding ground. Mold and mildew can be caused by incomplete drying after a car wash, flooding or water leaks, even transporting certain kinds of plants which carry mold spores.
Mold and mildew inside a car will:
- Cause an unpleasant smell
- Damage carpet, seats, fabrics, and upholstery
- Mold and mildew are common allergens and are harmful to breathe
Smells and stains
Even without mold and mildew, water and moisture can cause an unpleasant odor inside the car, and water can stain seats and upholstery. Eating in the car, particularly when there are children involved, will eventually cause spills and damage. Pets can also be a source of stains and water damage inside a car, and driving after a workout or physical exertion can leave damp stains and odor in car seats.
Left untreated, smells and stains:
- Might be an indicator of mold or mildew and carry a health risk
- Require extensive time or expense to clean
- Decrease the car’s value
To prevent spills and stains from damaging the car’s interior, consider using easy-to-clean, waterproof seat protectors like these:
AULLY PARK Universal Waterproof Car Seat Cover Protector This seat protector from Aully Park is designed to protect car seats from stains, sweat, dirt, and odor. It wicks away moisture and is perfect for athletes. Portable, easy to install, and machine washable, this seat protector is a great solution to protect car seats as-needed and then folded compactly out of the way. Made from polyester terry and EVA, it is waterproof and pet- friendly and comes with a 100% money-back lifetime guarantee.
CleanRide™: Bacteria-Resistant, 100% Waterproof Car Seat Cover The CleanRide seat protector is lightweight, easy to use, and easy to store. It wicks away sweat and moisture and is bacteria-resistant for extra odor protection. Waterproof and easy to clean, the CleanRide seat protector is made in the USA and perfect for protecting car seats from moisture and wear. Whether you are sweaty from a workout or caught in an unexpected rainstorm, you can protect the inside of your car from moisture, odor, and unwanted bacteria.
Infina Waterproof Car Seat Cover Infina car seat cover is made of neoprene, the same material used in scuba suits, so it’s completely waterproof. This car seat cover will not slip on the seat, so you can drive in comfort. Protecting your car seats from wetness and odor caused by workouts, preventing stains and damage from traveling with children or pets, and carrying a money-back guarantee, this seat cover is easy to install and remove.