Protecting Your Car (part 1)

February 12, 2010

Boy RacerThere are two types of people in the world: car people and everyone else.  As a car person, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

You can always spot a true car person.  They're the ones that give a look back at their car as they walk away from it in a parking lot.  Everyone else simply walks away without a second thought.  After all, to the non-car person, a vehicle is just transportation; a mere utility for getting here and there.

To a car person, the loss, damage, or complete destruction of their cherished vehicle can be devastating... Is devastating!  Not devastating like the death of a family member or friend, it simply throws off our groove.

For the car person, when all is well with our car, all is well!  Can you relate?

The other day, my friend Brad wrote to me lamenting that his trusty Ford Explorer had been rear-ended while parked on the street.  I, too, have had such luck, which got me thinking.  What can we do to protect ourselves from the non-car people in the world?

I decided I would expand this topic into the ways I know to that we car people car protect our cars, so they remain ours and in good condition for many, enjoyable years.  In Part 2, I will start with ten things you can do to prevent having your car stolen.  An unfortunate topic I know all too well.


David Bynon is an automotive industry blogger, online community builder, computer science author, and co-author of multiple patents for car care products.  Founder and former owner of the Autopia forum, Bynon loves finely detailed vehicles of all makes and vintage.  You can tune-in to his blog at or follow him on

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