Most Interesting Automotive Innovations at CES 2016

car showroomCES 2016 kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday morning and some of the most exciting innovations in the showroom can be found in the automotive area. Here at PermaPlate, we are always interested in up-and-coming automotive technology, and there were plenty of unique showcases that have caught our attention at CES.

BMW

This year, BMW unveiled the i8 Mirrorless Concept at CES, a vehicle that uses cameras and LCD displays in place of side and rearview mirrors. This vehicle boasts wing-like cameras where side mirrors are typically located, detecting movement and sending blind spot alerts to the driver. Images picked up by the vehicle’s cameras will be displayed on the LCD screen that serves as the rearview mirror.

Mercedes Benz

With a glowing, customizable dashboard, the Mercedes Benz Concept IAA allows the driver to adjust their screen with touch pads located on the steering wheel. The left-hand screen can display traditional gauges as well as a road map, while the right-hand screen is geared toward the vehicle’s passenger. These screens aren’t just a glimpse into the future; drivers can look forward to using them in the newly revamped E-Class sedan later this year.

Ford

Self-driving cars have been making headlines for a while, and Ford showed off a Ford Fusion Hybrid with spinning Lidar sensors at CES. Along with this display came the announcement that the company will be testing 30 autonomous cars on actual roads throughout the year 2016. A leader in the development of self-driving vehicles, Ford will be performing their tests in Arizona, California and Michigan.

PermaPlate looks forward to seeing these innovations progress and become available in new vehicles in upcoming years. From paintless dent repair to paint protection film, we are proud to offer our own innovations to keep your vehicle looking its best.

Keep Your Kids Safe and Your Vehicle Clean This Winter

kids in winter gear in vehicleKids and cars don’t mix well, especially during the cold and snowy winter months. From slippery parking lots to slushy footprints on the rugs and mittens dropped under the seats, there are plenty of problems that parents face when transporting their young children when it’s snowing. While the safety of your kids is your number one concern, you are probably a little worried about what they are doing to the interior of your vehicle this season. Luckily, PermaPlate has some answers to keep your family safe and your vehicle clean in the chilly months ahead.

Staying Warm

The most important part of driving during the winter months is keeping your family warm. To prevent your little ones from catching a cold this season, we recommend heading outside ahead of time and warming your vehicle up. Another important winter safety tip is to put together a winter safety kit. Kept in your back seat or trunk, this kit should include blankets, hats and gloves for the whole family, as well as the items listed in our previous blog post. With a winter safety kit you and your kids will stay warm and safe regardless of what weather you encounter out on the road.

Bundling Babies

For families with babies, it is important to keep your littlest ones warm and safe while traveling. Although a thick winter coat may seem like the warmest way for infants to travel, they are actually a safety hazard. The padding in a bulky winter coat will prevent you from being able to strap your child into their car seat as securely as possible, which could lead to injuries during an accident. Instead of bundling your baby up to get in the car, dress them in a thin fleece jacket, a hat and glove. Warm up your vehicle before heading outside, strapping your child into their car sea following proper safety instructions once it is. To ensure your baby is nice and toasty in his or her seat, place a blanket over their seat, tucking it around the sides. Now that everyone is warm and safe, it’s time to head out.

Avoiding Icy Falls

The only thing worse than slipping and falling in an icy parking lot is seeing your child slip and fall. To keep your young ones safe throughout the winter months, we recommend getting out of your vehicle first and helping the kids out one at a time. This way, you’ll be right there to catch anyone who may slip. Also talk to your kids about walking carefully through icy parking lots and look for winter boots with good traction on the bottoms.

Keeping Your Vehicle Clean

Now that we’ve run through some important safety tips for you and your children to follow while driving during the winter, we have a few words of advice for protecting your vehicle. Not only are salt stains unsightly, but the slushy water that caused them can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle. The salty water can soak through carpets quickly, causing the floor of your car to rust. The easiest solution to this problem: rubber mats.  Placed at the driver’s feet and across the floor of the beat seats, these mats will keep the interior of your vehicle in top shape throughout the winter season.

Looking to ensure that both the interior and exterior of your vehicle make it through the winter unscathed? Consider PermaPlate protection products. From appearance protection to tire and wheel protection and so much more we can keep your entire car looking like new and ensure that any damage that may occur will be remedied by professionals using the latest reconditioning techniques.

Stay Safe on Icy and Snowy Roads this Winter

driving on winter roadsRegardless of whether you are a new or experienced driver, winter weather can make the roads dangerous to navigate. Between the years 2004 and 2013, 22 percent of vehicle crashes were attributed to weather-related problems like wet pavement, snow and slush. To keep yourself and your family safe as you are traveling this winter, PermaPlate has a few words of advice:

Take Your Time

Even the trip around the corner to the grocery store can be extended by winter weather conditions. Heavy snowfall combined with icy roads make it important to drive with care, which is why we recommend giving yourself some extra time to get where you are going. Leave for work a few minutes early to avoid feeling like you have to rush. It takes a lot more time to stop when the roads are icy, so give the car in front of you some extra space and start slowing down earlier than you usually would for stop signs and red lights.

Prepare for Worst Case Scenarios

While no one likes to think about the possibility of getting stuck out in the cold, it is important to prepare for every possibility during the winter months. Remember to keep your gas tank full and put together a winter safety kit for your vehicle. This way, you will be warm and safe no matter what scenario you are facing. Check out our recent blog post, “Preparing a Winter Safety Kit for Your Vehicle” to get your car ready for the rest of the winter season.

Put on Snow Tires

It’s never too late to put on a set of snow tires, which will help to prevent your vehicle from slipping and sliding on icy roads. Refer to this article when choosing a set of snow tires this winter and remember to drive with caution even after your snow tires are on. While these tires will provide you with better traction and a smoother drive, it is still just as important to watch the road carefully when traveling during the winter months.

Winter weather can not only lead to hazardous conditions on the road, but it can also cause problems for your vehicle. Avoid salt stains, rust and muddy floors with PermaPlate protection products. From appearance protection to tire and wheel protection, there are many options to keep your vehicle looking like new after a long, cold winter.

Turn Off Your Engine Instead Of Letting It Idle

car engine idling in parking lotWhether you stopped to drop your bills in the mailbox at the end of your street or waited to pick your kids up from basketball practice, you have probably left your engine idling for more than ten seconds at least once this week. But did you know that in this short period of time, you are wasting more gas than it would have taken to turn off and restart the engine? Not only does this mean you are filling up your tank more than you need to, but you are also causing unnecessary pollution and increasing engine wear. Idling your engine can have negative effects on your vehicle, wallet and the environment. Here are just a few of the reasons we recommend shutting off your car whenever you put it in park.

Improve Air Quality

Instead of letting your car idle while you take cash out of the ATM or wait to pick someone up, turn off your car and help the environment. While spending ten minutes a day idling may not seem like much, every ten minutes your engine is on you release one pound of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This may not seem like much, but when you add up how many cars are idling around town each day, the numbers really add up.

Reduce Engine Wear

While restarting a vehicle used to put strain on the engine, newer cars no longer have that problem. This means that you can actually reduce engine wear by turning your vehicle off while waiting in parking lots and listening to the radio in the driveway.

Save Some Money

Between the daily commute to work and the running of regular errands, you probably spend a lot of time in your vehicle – and a lot of money filling it up. Cut back on the amount of gas you use every day by limiting the amount of time you idle your engine. According to the Environmental Defense Fund you can save anywhere between $70 and $650 a year by turning off your engine every time you would normally idle.

Reducing the amount of time you idle is just one way to keep your vehicle in top shape. For pre-paid maintenance, tire protection, appearance protection and more, PermaPlate has you covered. Our automotive vehicle protection programs are designed to keep your investment looking like new for years to come. To learn more about our products, visit us online!

What Does My Warranty Cover?

Bimage1uying a new or used car can be a very stressful experience for anyone. Not only do you need to make sure you are purchasing the right car for your lifestyle, but you also need to make sure that your car is covered from the potential of costly repairs in the future.

Basic manufacturer warranties only cover specific repairs such as air conditioning, electrical parts, fuel systems and stock radios, and are also known as bumper to bumper warranties. Typically, this type of warranty only lasts up to three years or 36,000 miles. Any issues pertaining to your vehicle’s tires, exhaust system, windshields, interior surfaces, exterior surfaces and batteries are likely not covered under a basic warranty, which means it is likely that you will face out-of-pocket costs in the upcoming years.

Check What’s Covered

When purchasing a new or used vehicle, remember to check your manual and talk with the salesperson to ensure you know exactly what is and is not covered under your warranty. Other protection programs are available for purchase when you buy a vehicle to help cover costly repairs you may face from any unforeseen issues. Keep in mind that the ever increasing cost of vehicle repairs makes warranties and protection programs worthwhile.

For more information pertaining to warranties and protection programs, visit PermaPlate today. Our Automotive Protection Programs ensure that covered damages will be remedied by professionals that implement the latest reconditioning techniques, meaning your vehicle will look its best for years to come.

The Right Tint For Your Vehicle

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Today, you will observe that many drivers have added tint to their vehicle. Whether it is for aesthetically reasons or simply to block harsh sun rays, tint is a great addition.

Health

Sunlight doesn’t just cause cracking and fading to the interior of your vehicle. Associated with sunlight are Harmful UV rays that damage your skin and accelerate ageing. A high quality window tint can block up to 99% of these damaging UV rays.

Safety and Privacy

Threats from people, forces of nature and accidents can turn your windows into dangerous fragments when shattered. Some tints can double as a protective layer in case of breakage and also help hide your valuable possessions from thieves.

Stay Cool

High performance window tints can reject 50% of heat entering your vehicle. By controlling unwanted heat from the sun, drivers benefit from a more comfortable driving experience.

Glare

Blinding sunlight, headlights or the reflection of light from a variety of sources can make driving dangerous. By blocking excess light, tint enhances your ability to travel safely.

For a better driving experience, consider PermaPlate Automotive Protection Programs. From window tint to Pre-Paid Maintenance, Paintless Dent Repair to Tire and Wheel Protection and so much more, we’ve got you covered. Better yet, all of our products are backed by comprehensive warranties from an A-rated insurance company.

 

Common Causes of Windshield Damage

10799761_SA small chip or crack in your windshield may be easy to ignore, but it has the potential to spread, ultimately leading to a driving hazard and expensive repair. In many cases damage to your windshield is unavoidable. But as your automotive care experts we look for ways to prevent damage to your vehicle. Here is a list of common causes of windshield damage and tips on how to keep your windshield chip and crack free.

Unpaved Roads

Driving on unpaved roads can cause damage to not just your windshield, but your entire vehicle. Remember to leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. This will help prevent rocks and debris from being propelled into your windshield.

Inclement Weather

Certain types of weather can cause dangerous driving conditions, poor visibility and vehicle damaging forms of precipitation such as hail. These severe forms of weather can cause irreparable damage to your windshield. You should avoid driving in inclement weather and store your vehicle in a safe place until the storm passes.

Temperature Changes

Changes in temperature can cause your vehicle’s windshield to expand and contract, creating the possibility for new cracks to form and existing chips and cracks to spread. Avoid causing drastic temperature changes to your vehicle such as using hot water to defrost your windshield and always have small damage repaired as quickly as possible to avoid unnecessary windshield replacement.

Poor Installation

If your windshield is not installed properly to begin with, this will cause issues down the road including cracks from vibrations caused by uneven roads. Ensure proper windshield installation by using reputable companies that have the trained technicians and quality materials to get the job done properly.

 

 

Even when proper precautions are taken, windshield damage is typically unavoidable. To help prevent windshield damage caused by propelled road debris and to ensure that potential damage will be remedied by professionals using the latest repair and replacement techniques, consider PermaPlate Windshield Protection.

Preparing a Winter Safety Kit for Your Vehicle

shoveling car out of snowDecember is here and with its arrival come the chilly temperatures that make warming up your vehicle before heading off to work a must. The frost on our windshields also reminds us of how important it is to keep an emergency kit inside at all times. As you prepare your home for the holidays this month, PermaPlate also urges you to ready your vehicle – just in case you get stuck in the snow on the way to grandma’s house this year.

What to Keep in Your Kit

When it comes to putting together a car emergency kit, the biggest limitation is space. We recommend keeping a box of smaller safety items inside your vehicle, just in case the trunk freezes shut. While some items, like a shovel and salt, will only fit in the trunk, it is important to keep other items, like blankets, gloves and flashlights, close at hand. Here is a checklist of our must-have winter safety items for cars:

  • Shovel
  • Salt, sand or cat litter
  • Flashlight
  • Water
  • Food
  • Extra jackets, socks, hats and gloves
  • Blankets
  • Emergency flares
  • Florescent flag

Other Safety Precautions

Along with this winter emergency kit, there are also a few things that you should keep in your vehicle at all times. Jumper cables and a spare tire should both have a designated spot in your car, just in case of an emergency. We also recommend keeping a snow brush and windshield scraper in your vehicle all winter long.

Remember to keep your gas tank more than halfway full throughout the winter months and call 911 right away in case of a winter emergency. If you do get stuck in your vehicle for an extended period of time, bundle up, stay inside and avoid running your engine for more than ten minutes each hour, making sure your exhaust pipe isn’t plugged up with snow before you do. Also remember to hang a florescent flag out your window to ensure those driving by will see your vehicle through the snow.

Getting stuck in the cold isn’t the only winter worry that drivers face. From the damaging effects of road salt on the exterior to the muddy footprints on the interior, the winter months can cause a lot of harm to a new vehicle. To prevent most damage and ensure that potential damage will be remedied by professionals using the latest reconditioning techniques, consider PermaPlate protection products.

PermaPlate is Excited to Announce Our Continued Support for Keys to Success

PermaPlate and Keys to Success ScholarshipPermaPlate is excited to announce our continued support for Keys to Success, a Success in Education Foundation program that works to motivate elementary and high school students in Utah. Keys to Success works with schools to recognize students for their hard work and academic achievements, offering scholarships and building a foundation for future learning. Their vision is to achieve the highest reading scores in the country for elementary school students and the highest percent of high school graduates pursing post-high school degrees.

Here at PermaPlate, we believe that helping to provide students with the keys to success is one simple way we can create a better future! We have been working with Keys to Success for several years and are happy to be a part of the great work they are doing. Whether you are a teacher, parent or Utah business, there are opportunities for you to participate as well.

How Can I Participate?

School administrators: Sign your school up to participate is the Keys to Success program, working with teachers and counselors to reward students for their achievements.

Teachers: Work with your students, setting goals and recognizing academic improvements and successes. Raising a grade, helping a classmate and working towards post-secondary education goals are just a few actions that can be rewarded.

Parents: Work with your children to improve study habits and provide assistance on difficult homework assignments. Talk to your kids about continuing their education and help them in their search for post-secondary education opportunities.

Businesses: Keys to Success has been working with universities, post-secondary educational institutions and business sponsors to provide more than 600 scholarships in the past 10 years. This year, more than 300 scholarships are being offered, but it is never too late to join in and help our Utah students succeed!

Visit Keys to Success online to learn more about the program and find out how you can participate.

Avoid These Common Vehicle Care Mistakes

avoid potholes to protect your vehicleWhether it is leaving the back windows open or ignoring potholes, there are lots of little things we do every day that can cause damage to our vehicles. Almost all drivers have little habits that can harm their car, and most people aren’t even aware of what they are doing. Regardless of if you have just purchased a new vehicle or are interested in maintaining the one you have owned for years, consider these driving don’ts the next time you get behind the wheel.

Water Damage

At one time or another, every driver has forgotten to close their car window or sunroof completely and the rain has come down. Soaked carpets and seats are uncomfortable and smelly, thanks to the mold that loves to grow in dark, damp places. Depending on how much water gets in, electronic systems can also be damaged, leading to quite the repair bill. Take the time to do a check of your car as you get out each day, making sure all windows and the sunroof are closed.

Regular Maintenance

Checking fluid levels and tire pressure are two regular components of owning a car that most of us forget to do. To avoid unnecessary wear on your tires and damage to your engine, be sure to check levels regularly – at least twice a month. Also have your oil changed and tires rotated every six months or 5,000 miles maximum.

Lights on the Dashboard

To keep your car running in top condition, be sure to schedule an appointment to have it looked at anytime a warning light appears on the dashboard. Many of us are guilty of continuing to drive around after these lights come on, but this can turn a small problem into a much bigger one.

Ignoring Bumps and Curbs

Whether you aren’t paying close enough attention to the road or are using the curb to help you parallel park, curbs and potholes can do a lot of damage to vehicles. Pay close attention to the road as you drive, slowing down or driving around potholes to keep your suspension in good shape.

To keep your vehicle looking its best, consider PermaPlate and our aftermarket appearance protection programs. Whether it is stained seats or dinged rims, accidents happen.  There are PermaPlate protection options for every surface of the vehicle and our warranties guarantee that covered damages will be remedied by professionals that implement the latest reconditioning techniques.

Sources: http://driving.ca/auto-news/news/worst-things-you-can-do-to-your-vehicle

Before You Purchase Your First Vehicle

woman holding up the keys to her first carPurchasing your first vehicle is an exciting experience, but one begins with a lot of questions. Finding a vehicle that fits your lifestyle and budget takes time, research and some good advice.

What’s Your Budget?

Before your first internet search or trip to a dealership, it is important to create a monthly budget. Include all your typical expenses: rent, food, health insurance and bills. From your remaining monthly balance, you can determine how much you are willing to spend on a car payment, car insurance, fuel and maintenance. Be realistic and make sure you leave some leeway for unforeseen events and saving.

What Will You Use Your Vehicle For?

Everyone has their dream vehicle – the sports car, truck or SUV they have been dreaming of since they first got behind the wheel of mom’s minivan – but this may not be the most sensible option for your lifestyle. As you start shopping, think about what you will use your car on a day-to-day basis and consider vehicles that will satisfy those needs the best.

Once you know if you are looking for a fuel efficient sedan or an SUV with four wheel drive, you can start searching for the brand and model you like best. Do your research and find out as much as you can about the types of cars you are interested in by reading reviews on the web and talking to friends and coworkers.

Take a Test Drive

Now that you have a set budget and your search is narrowed down, it is time to visit local dealerships. Talk to the salesperson about your price range and the cars you are interested, and then head out for a test drive. As much as you can research online, you won’t really know if you like a car until you sit inside of it and see how it handles. Try driving a few similar models until you find the one that you love for a price you can afford.

After you find “the one” there is financing and your warranty to consider. PermaPlate offers a wide range of aftermarket appearance protection programs to keep your new vehicle looking like new throughout its lifetime. From scratched paint to coffee stains on the seats, our warranty guarantees that covered damages will be remedied by professionals that implement the latest reconditioning techniques.

Remember to Purchase Snow Tires this Fall

vehicle with snow tires driving through snowOctober is here and as the leaves change and the air grows cooler, we begin to think about the chilly winter weather ahead of us. Depending on the amount of snow you experience, snow tires may be an important purchase to make before winter hits.

Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires

Created with softer rubber tread compound, snow tires operate better in cold temperatures than all-season tires do. For individuals who drive to snowy, icy roads throughout the winter months, winter tires will provide a safer, smoother drive than all-seasons. Recommended for areas that experience cold and rainy winter weather, all-season tires are better suited for wet roads than they are for those covered in snow.

Studded Tires

A version of snow tires that have built-in metal teeth designed for sticking into ice, studded tires are not allowed in some areas because of the damage they cause to pavement. Helpful when temperatures are near freezing, studded tires are not necessary for most vehicles.

Purchasing Strategy

Head to your local tire retail early this season for the best selection on tires – most drivers wait until the first snow hits to shop. Shop around for the best deal, budgeting for installation costs. Always purchase four tires, instead of just placing snow tires on your drive axle. While many individuals see this as a way to save money, it can be very dangerous. Having two wheels grip the road while the other two do not can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

Clean your summer tires with mild soap and water, storing each one in a large plastic garbage bag sealed closed with tape. Remember to make time to switch back as the weather warms up, since the softer treads of snow tires wear much more quickly than all-seasons.

Snow tires aren’t the only winter worry for drivers. From tracked-in, muddy stains on your carpets to the effects of road salt on your vehicle’s exterior, winter can do a lot of damage to a new car. Consider PermaPlate protection products to prevent most damage, or in the event of damage, to ensure that damage will be remedied by professionals that implement the latest reconditioning techniques.

Sources: http://www.consumersearch.com/snow-tires/how-to-buy-snow-tires

http://tires.about.com/od/buyers_guide/a/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-Winter-Tires.htm

Pet-Proofing Your Vehicle

girl and her dog sitting in the carDirty paws and slobber are two of the not-so-lovable aspects of owning pets, especially when they are inside your new vehicle. Whether you and Fido make frequent trips to the dog park or you only travel together to the vet, the interior of your vehicle can quickly get dirty and even ruined. Here at PermaPlate, we recommend appearance protection programs for all pet owners, to ensure any accidents created by your furry friend will be cleanable and repairable. Follow our advice to keep your new vehicle looking its best while Fido rides in style in the back seat.

Cover the Seats

Cloth seats are quickly coated in pet fur and leather can be punctured and scratched by paws and claws. The first line of defense for your new vehicle is a good set of seat covers. While many drivers don’t like the look of these pieces, there are many attractive options available that will be worth their weight in repair costs down the road. Toss a towel in the backseat as well and wipe off your pet’s fur and paws after a run through the park to keep messes to a minimum in the future.

Clean the Windows

Many dogs love to look out the window as the world flies by; leaving smears and smudges with their noses. Both unsightly and potentially distracting when checking your blind spot before switching lanes, keeping your windows bright and clean is important. Consider keeping a spray bottle of Windex or windshield wiper fluid in your vehicle with a roll of paper towels to clean up after trips with your furry friend. Another good idea is to cover the inside of your windows with clear plastic wrap. Apply before your next trip to the groomer and remove afterwards for smudge and hassle-free windows.

Protect the Floors

Accidents happen, especially with pets! Keep your floors safe from disaster with a set of heavy-duty floor mats. Great for dogs, kids and friends with dirty feet, this investment will save you plenty in the long run.

Invest in Protection

For further protection from everyday accidents and spills, protect the interior of your new vehicle with PermaPlate appearance protection products. Whether Fido jumps in the car with grimy paws or kitty has an accident in the back seat, stains from such damage will be remedied by professionals that implement the latest reconditioning techniques.

Sources: http://thenewswheel.com/how-to-pet-proof-your-car-and-keep-it-clean/

Avoiding Environmental Factors to Protect Your Vehicle

man washing his carFrom tree sap to splattered bugs and water spotting, there are many environmental factors encountered every day that can deteriorate the paint on your vehicle, creating discoloration and a spotty appearance. These unattractive marks are frustrating for a variety of reasons, including the decrease in resale value that they cause. Prevention of such damage from the beginning is why PermaPlate recommends purchasing appearance protection products to guard against marring your new vehicle and to keep it looking its best.

Pay Attention Where You Park

Keep your vehicle free of unwanted paint damage by paying attention to where you park. While many car owners like to park under trees for the shade, these spots can cause bigger problems than a hot seat. Tree sap can cause damage to your vehicle, which is extremely difficult to get off. Wiping this glue-like substance will likely only spread it around and once it is baked on, deterioration begins. Some polish can remove this nuisance substance, but they can also compromise the mirror-like finish of a vehicle’s paint. Bug and tar remover and clay bar treatments are your best options to fight tree sap, however caution must be used to ensure that proper techniques are followed.

Another parking danger to avoid is automatic sprinklers. What harm can water do? More than most of us imagine! The minerals that water leaves behind on your car or truck can create spotting that is tough to remove. Pay attention to where you are parking to avoid these water spots and problems.

Clean Up After Wildlife

From the splattering of bugs to the birds that leave unwanted droppings on the painted surface, wildlife can cause damage to your vehicle’s appearance. Both bug guts and bird droppings are acidic in nature, causing them to eat away at your car’s exterior. Wipe these unsightly markings away as soon as you have a chance.

Avoid damage to your paint with PermaPlate products. Our appearance protection products can keep the exterior of your vehicle safe from environmental damage and everyday mishaps. Our warranty guarantees that covered damages will be remedied by professionals that implement the latest reconditioning techniques. From the paint protection to windshield protection, and more, there are PermaPlate protection options for every visible surface of the vehicle.

Window Tints: More than just Appearance

burglar looking into a carOne of the most common accessories to add to a new vehicle is window tinting.  Window tint is often considered an aesthetic feature, but it has much more to offer drivers. Blocking heat and reducing glare while providing UV protection, window tints have a wide range of benefits. Learn more about what they can do for you with PermaPlate:

Create Privacy

Whether you have shopping bags or your family in the back seat of your vehicle, many drivers do not want passers-by to be able to look inside their car. Remember that visually securing your vehicle from thieves by hiding valuables is just as important as locking your car door.

Cool Down

Tinted windows darken the interior of the car and block heat and UV rays from the sun. This not only protects you and your family from sunburn and other harmful effects, but also preserves your upholstery. Tints keep the interior of your vehicle from getting hot enough for it to crack and fade, increasing its aesthetic appeal and resale value.

Another sun-related bonus: Window tints reduce glare, making driving safer and more comfortable during those early morning and late afternoon hours where the sun is right in your eyes.

Reduce Injuries

In the unfortunate event of a car accident, window tints can greatly reduce the risk of injury to you and your passengers. Tints help prevent your windows from shattering on impact, protecting the lives of those in your vehicle.

For an attractive appearance and a safer drive, consider PermaPlate window tints and other aftermarket appearance protection programs.

Limit Depreciation by Thinking Inside and Outside the Car

kids in the backseat of a vehicleSome drivers think about resale value from the moment they drive their new vehicle off the lot, while others don’t consider this factor until it’s time to find a new set of wheels. Within the first year of ownership alone, a car will lose about 30 percent of its value. Get the most out of your big purchase by maintaining your vehicle and avoiding some of the most common resale nightmares.

Exterior

Especially if you are looking to trade in your car every few years, choosing a classic color is an easy way to prevent further depreciation. Colors like black, red, silver and white are acceptable to almost every used car buyer, while even the thriftiest of shoppers may balk at neon green. Avoid trendy hues and opt for a more traditional appearance to ensure the value of your car.

When looking at the exterior of a vehicle, it isn’t just the physical color that is important, but also the overall cosmetic appearance. Scratches, dings and faded paint will push away potential buyers before they even get in your vehicle. PermaPlate offers automotive vehicle protection programs to combat everyday wear, including Tire & Wheel packages, paint protection, clear film, and door edge & cup guard protection. Packages like these can prevent against unnecessary depreciation and keep your car looking brand new throughout your time together.

Interior

Think about how many times you have spilled coffee, dropped your drive-thru meal or caught your kids with a marker in the backseat. The interior of your vehicle will likely sustain more damage than you could imagine. One of the most important steps to take early on is to make sure your investment has the right protection.

For new car buyers who remember the mess in their last car, we recommend interior protection packages. From salt stains on the rugs to drink stains on the seats, damage adds up quickly. Take preventative measures to make driving your vehicle pleasant for you and its next owner.

To keep your vehicle looking its best, consider PermaPlate and our aftermarket appearance protection programs. From dinging your car door due to tight parking spots to dropping an ice cream cone in the backseat, accidents happen all the time! Be prepared and keep your investment looking its best for the highest resale price.

PermaPlate Dent Protection

Moving or not your car is always a target and once in a while it will suffer a direct hit. But when you are covered by PermaPlate Dent Protection all it takes is one call to have that unsightly ding or dent removed at no cost to you. PermaPlate Dent Protection. Protection for What Moves You.