Having a brand-new, beautiful, shiny car can be a great feeling. Unfortunately, it often doesn't take long before the joy starts to fade due to little nicks, dents, and scratches that can occur from everyday driving and environmental factors. Even though you may not be able to completely prevent your car from getting scratched, you can follow these tips to keep its paint job looking fantastic.

Have a Protective Coating Added

Ask your dealer if a protective coating has been added to your car's paint job—some manufacturers add these coatings, and some dealerships do it before cars are sold. If a coating has not been added, you can typically have one added at a body shop. For example, you can ask for an auto glass coating, which is designed to protect your car's paint job. It's great for making your car really shine and look its best, and it can also help protect it from scratches, fading and more. Contact a representative from a company like SML Window Tint for more information.

Keep it Waxed

Even if you have had a protective coating added to your car, it's still a good idea to have it waxed regularly. A lot of people think that the main perk of having your car waxed is the fact that it makes it shine and look good. Although this is a great benefit, the truth is that waxing your car can actually serve a more practical purpose. It's great for protecting your car's paint job from environmental factors and is especially important during the winter months, when you have to worry about road salt.

Invest in a Cover

If you don't have a garage or carport—or if you do but want to keep your car as protected as possible—consider investing in a cover for your vehicle. You can often purchase one from the dealership, or you can buy an aftermarket option. The best car covers go on quickly and easily and fit the car snugly so they can provide great coverage and help protect your car anytime that you are leaving it parked.

If you have a brand-new car, you probably dread the day that you will see a scratch or other imperfection on your shiny new paint job. However, although this day will probably come, you can put it off a lot longer if you follow these tips for protecting your paint job. Then, you can enjoy the brand new feeling for as long as possible.