When the Driver’s Away, the Rodents Will Play…

Don’t let the humorous title fool you; rodents are no laughing matter when it comes to protecting your car. 

We’ve had customers come in with ‘check engine’ lights, electronic glitches, engine overheating, and many other problems. Sometimes, the solution to those can take days or possibly weeks to diagnose and repair. However, there have been many cases where all we have to do is pop the hood and the evidence is obvious. The most catastrophic case we have dealt with was rodents chewing up harnesses in a 2014 991 Turbo S. The car totaled and the insurance company paid out $120,000!

You might be thinking, “I live in Scottsdale: “The Most Livable City”. No way do I have rats near my home!” We know…it’s hard to believe, but it is a sad fact that rodents find a way to scurry into the most unassuming places. So here are our recommendations to you in order to take precautions:

  • Put out traps in your garage (EVEN if you think you’re not a possible victim)
  • Regularly check under your hood for these signs: Fabric/debris/grass/leaves that are evidence of a nest. Random items that would not normally be in your engine (i.e: Cloth, rags, scavenged food, string, etc.), and of course…droppings. 
  • Dryer sheets: rodents don’t like dryer sheets. Place them strategically in your garage. If you are going to be away for some time, place a few in the interior of the vehicle, the trunk, and perhaps in your engine bay if the car will be sitting for a prolonged period. (BUT DON’T FORGET THEM!).
  • Moth balls: rodents don’t like moth balls either. Place them strategically in your garage.

Below are a few not-so-fun images for you:

If you find any of these evidences, please do not hesitate to call us. We would hate for you to come in when it’s “too late”. We are here to help, and will make sure you and your vehicle receive the best of care.


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