Common Causes of Car Scratches

Common Causes of Car Scratches

It's a very deflating feeling when you walk out to your vehicle and see that it's paneling has been scratched up. In some cases, it's perfectly obvious what caused the scratches, but in other instances it's not so clear. The important thing is that you get the repairs done quickly. If you delay, the damage from the scratches could give rust the opportunity to take hold. Here are five common sources of vehicle scratches.

Improper Washing/Waxing

Hand-washing is a safer option for your vehicle's exterior than going to the automatic car wash---as long as you use the proper materials. If you use any old rag to wash your vehicle, there's a chance that it will be abrasive and cause scratching. Rather, it's best to use microfiber washing mitts that are designed for this task. And it's preferable to use automotive-industry soap instead of regular household soap. Also, you should make sure there's no debris on your vehicle's surface that could cause scratching as you wax.

Automatic Car Washes

Automatic car washes might be convenient, but they do carry some risk of causing scratches. Their brushes sometimes accumulate debris that doesn't fully rinse away between customers. Then, the next car that goes through could end up getting scratched by the debris as the brushes do their work.


It's usually quite clear when someone has "keyed" your vehicle. Because these scratches tend to be long and deep, they can be somewhat more challenging to repair.

Kicked-Up Rocks

If you're driving behind a big truck and it kicks up a rock, damage could occur such as windshield rock chips and paint scratches. This is a tough hazard to elude, but when safely possible you can try to avoid driving right behind commercial trucks, which are often responsible for rocks that are sent flying.


If you're wearing sharp-edged clothing, such as a studded belt, and then lean against your vehicle and shift your weight, you could end up scratching your paint without even realizing it.

If you need scratch repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable shop. For car scratch repair in Ogden, UT, contact the experts at Stegen's Auto Body at (385) 367-2232. Feel free to give Stegen's Auto Body a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's auto body needs!

Stegen's Auto Body Blog
Posted: February 27, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ