During the summer and winter is when vehicles are the most at risk because of the weather conditions under and on top of the hood.

The winter conditions bring snow and hazardous road conditions that could wreak havoc on a car's paint while the summer heat and sun can cause detrimental effects to the car's paint. Both seasons can have negative effects on a car's cooling and heating systems. With vehicle appearance being important to consumers, maintaining the shine on the paint is encouraged by auto experts.

Experts recommend cleaning cars on a regular basis to ensure the best quality years from when a vehicle owner takes it off the auto dealer's lot. One of the most important things that can be done to maintain the car's exterior is to have it washed and shampooed regularly. Using a commercial power wash every few months is also beneficial to the exterior of the car, which should be kept at an acceptable distance between the pressure jet so the paint doesn't get damaged.

Using the right wax can also have a significant effect on a vehicle's appearance. Each type of paint reacts differently to wax and polish, so finding the right wax can be the difference between a dull appearance seen on the car or a shine that is just as clear as when it was purchased. Some of the waxes used on vehicles can act as an abrasive agent and strip the car of its original color and shine.

Using a paint conditioner is encouraged for those who recently had their car painted or purchased a new vehicle. A non-abrasive paint conditioner to protect the paint can work wonders if sprayed on in small amounts.

A better finish on a car's paint can be obtained by using high quality clay after making sure the car is cleaned with paint cleaner. The right applicator pad or soft terry towel should be used to avoid scratching the vehicle. Viewing online tutorials can also be used to guide those who are looking to keep the best shine on their vehicle.

The car owner should also prevent long-term damage by undercoating and rust proofing. A car begins to rust and destroy the surface of the car when the vehicle is oxidized, which can be prevented by rust proofing it, especially if residing in a state where the humidity is higher than other parts of the country.

Scratches have also been known to cause excessive rusting. Small scratches should be immediately repaired so rust doesn't set in. If the scratch is not deep, touch up paint and a rubbing compound should help it get back to the original shine. If the scratch on the car is deep and exposes the metal, the owner will have to have to sand off the surrounding paint and apply primer before the area where the scratch is located can be painted.

Storing a vehicle in a garage or placing a car cover over a car when it isn't being used could also be a great way of making sure the exterior paint lasts as long as possible, avoiding the elements and hazardous conditions.