Car door guards are one way to help protect your car from the dings and dents of parking near other cars. When making the decision to buy car door guards, you need to consider a few things. First, you need to decide if you would like a door guard that is painted to match the colour of your car. Most car manufacturers offer original parts that you can purchase long after you buy the car. If you do not need a door guard that is painted to match, you have quite a few other options for door guards and must consider the type of guard you want.
There are a few different types of door guards: edging, rubber moulded guards, which are applied by adhesive, and magnetic door guards, which are placed every time you park. The type of door guard you choose depends on your needs, including whether you would like to add to the appearance of your car. Finally, you need to decide how you want your door guards attached to your car. There are both removable and permanent options, depending on your plans for your car.
Does Your Car Need Door Guards?
Older cars often have some type of door guard or door moulding that protects the doors; however, more and more often newer cars do not. Also, even if your car came with side door guards, it is likely it can still use a door edge protector. These edge protectors prevent chips in the paint of your car door, often caused by opening it against a wall or post. As an added benefit of car door guards, you can also customise the look of your car.
Buying Original Equipment Manufacturer Parts
OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. A part that is designated as OEM means it was made as a replacement part made by the manufacturer of the original part. OEM door guards are usually custom fitted to the car model, ensuring a well designed look and proper fit. Typically, they are also available in the colours in which the car model is available. The door guards may be door edge guards or side door guards. In either case, you do not have to buy them from the car dealership or the manufacturer as they are commonly available. At the same time, OEM parts are frequently more expensive than aftermarket parts.
Why You Need Different Types of Door Guards
Car door guards come in two main types and several different styles. One of the most common type of guards is door edging. The other type of guard is placed on the side doors. There are many options in side door guards. You can choose the type of door guard you wish to purchase depending on your need.
Car Door Edging
Car door edging is available in many different materials, including rubber, PVC, and stainless steel. These car door guards can come in many different colours, from a clear material to custom matched to the car's paint. Car door edging is moulded around the edge of car doors to prevent paint chips from the doors being opened against hard objects. Contrasting colours are sometimes used to give a car a custom look.
Edging may run the length of the door or only part of the door. Some car door edging is available in sizes that are customised to the car manufacturer's specifications. Other edging comes in longer strips that need to be cut to size. Most edging can be simply slipped on to the door; however, some types of edging are held in place with adhesive. Before purchasing this type of car door guard, be certain of whether you want an adhesive edging or you want to be able to easily remove and replace the edging at a later date.
Side Door Guards
Side door moulding,, a type of guard, is available in a range of colours and styles. Moulding is placed along the side body of the car. You can find side door guards that are shaped and painted to look as if they are part of the car. These guards protect your car from bumps from other car doors, shopping trolleys, and any other hard object that may hit your car mid-height. OEM side door moulding can be found to match the colour of your car, while an aftermarket guard may have a less perfect match.
There are also side door guards that stick out farther from your car, creating more of a bumper zone. These door guards are generally placed after you have parked, and removed before you drive away. In addition to this option, there are also side door guards that have reflectors and even LEDs that warn other drivers of the proximity of your car.
Choosing the Colour of Car Door Guards
Car door guards can come in many different colours. While one of the most common colours is black, some retailers have a whole palette to choose from. If you choose an OEM part, you may even be able to find an exact match for the colour of your car. Common colours include black, silver, white, beige, blue, and chrome. Many aftermarket car door guards come in variations of these colours, leading to tens of options.
Attaching Door Guards to Your Car
No matter what type of car door guard you are interested in purchasing, you need to decide how you are comfortable attaching the guards to your car. Some guards require adhesive, while others are attached by magnets. Yet other guards are attached by rivets placed through the door panel. You need to decide how permanent you want the additions to be and the amount of work you want to do before making a purchase.
Via Friction Fit
Car door edging is usually attached by a friction fit, slipped over the edge of the door. This makes it a removable option for your car. However, there are also some car door edging options that require adhesive to stay on your car.
If your car came with door moulding, you may need new rivets to attach any new moulding. This can be a complicated process, and you may need assistance. At the same time, changing the moulding may prove a way to renew your car's appearance. On the other hand, if your car did not come with door moulding, it is possible to find kits that use adhesive to attach the moulding to your car. If you choose an adhesive moulding, make sure it is either removable or you are comfortable with a permanent attachment on your car.
Finally, there are door guards that are attachable via magnets. These guards are typically attached every time you leave your car in a public car park. When considering magnetic door guards, choose sets that are coated or embedded in rubber or silicone. Guards with exposed magnets can leave small scratches on your car, dulling the paint after many uses.
Buying Car Door Guards on eBay
Whether OEM or aftermarket, magnet or adhesive, door edge guards or side door guards, you can find what you are looking for on eBay. Once you have decided to buy a door guard for your car, you can start your search entering 'car door guard' in the search box on any page. The result is a list of all car door guards available on eBay at that time. However, you can narrow down your search by entering the make and even model of your car. 'Toyota car door guards&' or 'F<ord Fiesta car door guards&' return a much more detailed list of available guards. If you would like to receive the guards faster, you can sort the results by location of the seller. Local sellers may offer a pickup option.
Once you find a listing for a car door guard you are interested in, you can do a little research to get to know and trust the seller by looking at the seller's feedback. Finally, read the item listing in detail. There should be clear pictures of the item with enough information to be positive it is the right door guard for your car. A good seller also answers any questions that are sent through the 'Ask a question' link on the listing page.
Car door guards, edging, and moulding are all ways to protect your car from the dents, scratches, and other damage that can happen in car parks and the other places you leave your car. Although door guards are a simple product, there are a number of options to consider when making a purchasing decision. First, you should consider if you would like an OEM product or an aftermarket one. Colour choices and fit can be factors in this decision. Then, you need to understand if you want an edging product or moulding for your car door. The two are not mutually exclusive however, since moulding generally stops far enough from the edge of the door to allow for edging to be placed. Finally, consider how the door guards need to be attached. Adhesive attachments are more difficult to remove and clean while magnetic guards need to be placed every time you park. No matter what type of car door guard you choose, you can find a wide range of colours and styles on eBay..