Common Sources of Car Scratches

It can be wildly frustrating to walk out to your car and see that your paneling has been scratched up. The cause of car scratches isn't always readily apparent. Some common sources of vehicle scratches are automatic car washes and rocks that have been shot upward by big trucks. When you first notice a scratch, you'll want to promptly get it repaired. Otherwise, rust could have the opportunity to set in. Here's a look at five common ways that cars get scratched.

Improper Washing/Waxing

It's important to always use the correct materials when you wash your car. By using any old rag that's lying around, you might end up using material that is abrasive and could scratch up the paint. The best option is to use synthetic microfiber towels that are meant specifically for this type of task. And when choosing a soap, you'll want to select one that is designed for automotive purposes. When waxing, be sure that the car's surface is fully free of debris that could potentially cause scratching.

Automatic Car Washes

In automatic car washes, the brushes can accumulate dirt from previous customers that doesn't get thoroughly rinsed away between vehicles. This dirt can then potentially scratch your paint as the brushes scrub your car.


If the vehicle in front of you kicks up a rock, then your windshield could become chipped or your paint could get scratched. By avoiding driving closely behind big trucks, you can reduce this risk of damage.

Malicious Behavior

It's usually quite clear when the scratches are the result of being "keyed." Oftentimes, the length and depth of these scratches makes them more challenging to repair.


Certain articles of clothing, such as studded belts, can scratch your paint if you're leaning against your car and then shift your posture.

If you need scratch repair, be sure to visit a reputable body shop. For scratch repair in Mountain View, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, and Palo Alto, CA, contact the experts at Yeaman Auto Body at (650) 460-5232. Feel free to give Yeaman Auto Body a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your auto body needs!

Yeaman Auto Body Blog
Posted: June 19, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ