When people ask us about protecting a car with PPF, they will often weigh up cost versus benefit. And we understand that. After all, it’s what we do with everything in life. But, as part of Auto Curators, a Hampshire-based vehicle detailing firm and specialists in PPF installation, we generally find that those who have made a significant investment in a vehicle see the benefits fairly quickly.
However, we’ve often said you don’t need a supercar to benefit from PPF protection. We discovered this view was well-founded on a recent trip to London. Driving a family car in the bleak mid-winter from deepest darkest Hampshire to the capital included several paintwork damaging hazards en route.
In this article, we thought we’d share the details of those hazards; so you can decide whether your daily driver needs protection.
Protecting a car with PPF:
Three things we discovered driving from Hampshire to London:
Country roads = A lack of maintenance:
It’s no secret that local authorities across the U.K. are struggling. Budget cuts and staff absences due to the pandemic mean a shrinking workforce.
Is it just us that have noticed that roads don’t appear to be maintained the way they used to be? It’s not just overgrown hedges that can damage your vehicle’s paintwork. We had to avoid a raft of potholes, all of which had loose debris surrounding them. The recent rain and a lack of drain clearance meant that the sides of the roads were also home to dried mud, stones and gravel.
We drove from Hampshire to London on a nasty winter day, and the temperatures were due to drop. As we hit the motorway, the gritting trucks were out. And that means more impact hazards for a car’s precious paintwork.
But even if we’d been driving in the height of summer, the faster motorway driving would likely have brought another type of challenge. Big, juicy bug splats!
Parking spaces are like Mars Bars:
When we finally reached London, it occurred to us that parking spaces are just like Mars Bars. They’re getting smaller.
It seems that nowadays it’s appropriate to say to your passengers to hop out before you park; otherwise, they wouldn’t be able to get out of the car!
The parking squeeze brings its own impact hazards as other drivers loaded with bags and packages drag something along the side of your vehicle as they return to their car.
So, it seems a day trip to London can provide the perfect storm for damaging a car’s paintwork. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Xpel Paint Protection Film is a complete solution to keeping your paintwork safe from impact damage.
If you’re considering protecting a car with PPF, contact us to discuss your requirements. We’d love to help.