Updated for 2019
How Birds and Bugs Can Damage Your Car
American households spend hundreds of dollars a year on auto maintenance—fluid changes, new tires, tune-ups and body work—in order to make sure that their cars are ready for anything the road has to throw at them.
But to keep your car looking its best, you also need to be ready for aerial assaults. Because the truth is that two airborne menaces—bugs and bird droppings—can seriously degrade your car’s appearance, and can, if not addressed, damage your paint and leave your car’s surfaces vulnerable to weather, pollution, and other corrosive forces.
The Bottom Line
Regular detailing and car washing will go a long way toward preventing any damage to car’s paint job. And if you’re not into maintenance, you may want to reconsider in this case: left undisturbed, both insect innards and bird excrement can permanently mar your car, diminishing its attractiveness and its resale value. The choice is yours.