Five ways driving your dog can cause nearly £2,000 in damage – here’s how to avoid it

HERE are five ways driving your dog can cause nearly £2,000 in damage to your car – and how to avoid it.

Motor experts warn motorists against incurring unexpected expenses on their car by traveling with their furry friends.

Driving your dog can cause almost £2,000 in damage to your car


Driving your dog can cause almost £2,000 in damage to your carPhoto credit: Getty

These are the damages to watch out for when riding your pooch, according to the experts at Bristol Street Motors.

Exterior scratches

Excited dogs jumping up the side of your car could easily scratch the paintwork.

Scratches can reduce a vehicle’s resale value and repairs cost an average of £80 per scratch. If you need to repair multiple scratches you may need to spend £400 to repaint the entire panel.

To avoid external scratches, walk your dog on a short leash until you open the car door.

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Torn or scratched upholstery

Puppies left in cars without a carrier often dig their claws into the seats to steady themselves, and even scratch or tear the upholstery.

Repairing these cracks costs between £80 and £90 on average, although this varies depending on the material of the seats.

Use a pet seat belt, carrier, cage or put your pet in the trunk with a dog guard attached to prevent them from slipping and scratching the seats.

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Small accidents

If your dog is a nervous traveler or is not fully toilet trained, he may have an accident while driving.

If the upholstery is beyond repair, restoring your seats may be the only option. This can cost up to £325 per seat for cloth but is even more expensive for leather.

Invest in removable car seat covers that protect upholstery from stains and make cleaning easier in the event of an accident.

Nibbles on the interior of your car

Chewing marks on the steering wheel or gnawing marks on the seat belt can go unnoticed while driving, but can be expensive.

It costs £55 to replace gear knobs and £80 to repair a steering wheel. For damage worse than a minor crack, fully restoring a steering wheel could pull 130 pounds out of your pocket.

Chewed seat belts or chewed buckles can cost you around £151 to fix.

Make sure your dog is strapped in securely in the car so he has less of an opportunity to chew things while driving.

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A buildup of dirt and pet hair

Driving around with your furry friends naturally leads to a buildup of dog hair in your car, which sticks to upholstery and gets into those hard-to-clean nooks and crannies. A muddy walk or trip to the beach is sure to bring unwanted mud and sand into your car.

If dirt has built up, it may be easier to replace your car mats than try to clean them. A basic set of car mats costs around £20, but it often costs more for a better quality set. When carpets are beyond repair, it can cost you hundreds of pounds to replace them.

Regular cleaning and cleaning should prevent this accumulation of dirt and unexpected expenses.

Your pet travel shopping list

Spending £116 can protect your pet and prevent £2,000 of damage

Front and rear seat covers – £40

Perfect for protecting your car’s upholstery from dirt, hair and accidents.

Pet seat belt – £5

Essential to keep your pet securely restrained and less likely to slide over the seats.

Alternatives include a pet carrier (£15), dog crate (£40) or dog guard (£20).

Dog drying coat – £15

Ideal after rainy walks, a handy dog ​​drying coat absorbs water before your wet dog can shake your pads.

Regular Valet Parking – £56.50

A full interior service will help keep your car hair and dirt free and costs an average of £56.50. An interior and exterior cleaning priced at £32.50 is a cheaper option for the ongoing maintenance of your vehicle. Five ways driving your dog can cause nearly £2,000 in damage – here’s how to avoid it

Fry Electronics Team

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