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The Consequences of Leaving Your Vehicle's Windows Open

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As a collision repair shop, we often see the consequences of leaving a vehicle's windows open during rain or snow. While it may seem like a minor inconvenience, leaving your vehicle's windows open during inclement weather can result in significant damages and repair costs. There a many types of damage that can occur due to this oversight. We’ll be detailing common types of damage that occur from leaving a window open in your vehicle. These damages can range in severity.

Water Damage:

When it comes to snow, the main concern is the potential for water damage. Snow that melts inside a vehicle can lead to mold, mildew, and corrosion of electrical components. The accumulation of moisture can also lead to musty smells and damage to interior fabrics and carpets. In the case of rain, water can seep into the electrical components, causing malfunctions or short circuits that can affect the vehicle's performance.

Rust and Corrosion:

Water can cause rust to form on the vehicle's exterior or undercarriage, potentially compromising its structural integrity over time. Additionally, moisture can cause rust to form on the internal components of the vehicle, leading to corrosion and potentially costly repairs.

Theft and Vandalism:

Leaving the vehicle's windows open also presents an opportunity for theft or vandalism. Opportunistic thieves may see an open window as an invitation to break into the vehicle and steal valuables. Similarly, vandals may take advantage of the open window to damage the vehicle's interior or exterior.

Window Mechanism Damage:

In some cases, leaving the vehicle's windows open during inclement weather can result in damage to the window mechanisms themselves. For instance, if snow or ice accumulates on the window, it can cause the motor or regulator to fail, leading to the need for repairs.

What to do if Your Vehicle's Windows are Left Open During Snow or Rain:

If your vehicle has suffered damages from leaving the windows open during snow or rain, it's essential to bring it to a collision repair shop promptly. Our technicians have the experience and knowledge to assess the extent of the damages and recommend the necessary repairs. Depending on the severity of the damages, the repair process may involve several steps:

  • Inspection of electrical components for water damage
  • Replacement of damaged electrical components
  • Thorough cleaning and drying of upholstery and carpets
  • Sanding and repainting of rust or corrosion on the vehicle's exterior
  • Repair or replacement of damaged window mechanisms

Leaving your vehicle's windows open during snow or rain can result in significant damages and repair costs. If you've experienced this issue, it's important to bring your vehicle to a collision repair shop as soon as possible to assess the damages and prevent further deterioration. By taking prompt action, you can save yourself time, money and potentially prevent safety concerns from developing.