Drivers warned hot weather could cause almost £2,500 worth of damage to car bodywork

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Experts at Leasing Options say vehicles could become damaged by powerful UV rays which could force drivers to splash out for urgent repair work. They warn rays can penetrate molecules in the car’s paintwork which could cause the bodywork to become less reflective and appear dull.

This could result in drivers having to fork out for their vehicle to be resprayed to fix the damage.

However, Leasing Options suggests a full respray would set drivers back an average of £2,400.

Mike Thompson, Director at Leasing Options has also warned drivers tyres and car battery could also need to be replaced.

“When it comes to car damage caused by the weather, most motorists immediately think of damage caused by snow and ice.

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They warn the extra heat makes the air inside tyres expand which could risk over-inflation and bulging on the tyre wall.

The specialist says many of the 300,000 tyre-related breakdowns each year take place over the summer months.

Holts Auto also issued a warning for car batteries, warning the weather can “take its toll” on the vital part.

Very hot weather can damage the chemical processes inside the battery meaning they struggle to hold their charge.

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