Boca Raton Exotic Car Repair
Boca Raton Exotic Car Repair

Protect your European Car from the Florida Climate


The Florida rainy season will soon be upon us in a few short months. Our heaviest rains and most violent storms occur in the months of July, August, and September, when the summer sun is at its most violent and the cooling change of the season begins to create storms.  So how do you protect your European car from the Florida climate.

The National Weather Service has predicted 2024 to be a particularly nasty rainy season. That’s a lot of water under our chassis. Coral Springs drivers have natural worries about how to navigate violent weather ahead. Here are our thoughts for new arrivals to the Cape Coral area about how to navigate rain season:

Rust comes for Florida cars, particularly for cars in coastal towns. There’s no cure-all to defeat rust, but one sure way to get ahead of the problem is to maintain your vehicle with regular check-ups. Your mechanic can spot things like brake calipers starting to erode and do something.

Flooding is a concern. 

Cars don’t really work when under water, as engines can’t process through water. You want to avoid flooding areas and avoid leaving your car somewhere that is compromised by flash flooding.

If you own a luxury car, it’s important that you look after your investment. Even with a relatively moderate amount of driving, your car’s exterior is going to suffer wear and tear, so you need to do whatever you can to keep it at its best for as long as possible. Keep your paintwork in tip-top condition with this simple guide to protecting your car’s exterior.

Wash Your Car Often

Unless you have a car-sized umbrella, your car can’t avoid the rainwater. To keep your car as clean as possible, it’s best to hit the car wash every one or two weeks. Frequent washing will keep acidic rainwater from damaging your vehicle–plus, it’ll look fresh more often.

Protect the Paint

Rain and exterior paint don’t make the best combination. Rainwater will make your car look dirty and erode the paint job over time. Wash your car’s exterior and then follow up with waxing. Wax is a great way to maintain the integrity of your paint job. It’ll keep excess dirt and any scratches from ruining your car’s paint, so after a quick rinse, it’ll look shiny and new again.

Check All the Seals

That little rubber strip between your car and the outside helps keep the rain out. Make sure these strips aren’t worn out, and add a seal if they are. The synthetic materials in sealants can protect your car from water damage inside and out.

Use Accessories

Dragging the rain with you into your car is a quick way to ruin your interior. Utilize accessories like rubber mats and seat covers to protect the inside from excessive water damage.

Beach driving is not recommended

Beach driving is iffy enough when your car lacks 4-wheel drive, but during a season of sudden storms, a car parked on a sandy beach- even a smooth, flat beach- may not get out of the sand again without shovels and manpower. This is one of those issues that people ignore until they see a car 3/4 buried in the shoreline and they begin to take Florida weather seriously.

Don’t hesitate to Boca Autohaus in Boca Raton, FL, your go-to auto repair shop for European vehicles.

Contact us today to book an appointment. We bring over 30+ years of specialized vehicle service to the Boca Raton community.  We’ll assist you protect your European car from the Florida climate