Can Autumn Leaves Damage Your Car?

car damage leaves, autumn leaves damage, fall leaves damageFall is here. For many tree species, this means the annual cycle of shedding their leaves in preparation for new growth. Leaves are light as a feather and may seem harmless. However, car damage from leaves is actually not uncommon.

How Do Leaves Damage Your Car?

The damage is mostly at the aesthetic level. Autumn leaves decompose wherever they land. As the natural decomposition process takes place, the leaves release sap, tannic acids, and other chemicals. If leaves remain on your vehicle for prolonged periods, they can degrade onto the surface and damage the auto paint. In some cases, it may also leave a fossil-like imprint on your car. While fall leaves obviously don’t cause dents, they can cause micro-abrasions and surface-level scratches.

Bothell and surrounding cities tend to have fairly humid fall weather. The moisture and fluctuation in warm and cool air expedites the deterioration process of the leaves and hastens damage to car surfaces.

Autumn leaves on the road can also indirectly damage your vehicle. Leaves obscure potholes, curbs, and dips in the road. Wet fall leaves can also create slippery surfaces and increase odds of a collision.


Try not to park your car under a tree if you can help it. If you park outside and don’t drive every day, check the car once a day to remove any leaves. Fall is also a good season for a wash and wax. The wax provides a protective coating that shields the paint from leaf residue. The wax will also prepare the vehicle for the harsher elements in the coming months.

We Restore Cars from Leaf Damage

What makes leaves so harmful is that most people ignore them because they’re unaware of the damage they can cause. Bring your car to Doug’s Auto Collision Center if an onslaught of leaves damaged your paint. Car damage from leaves peaks in autumn; now is the time to take preventive action.

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