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Keep Your Paint Looking Like New

Posted on May 29th, 2015

430 Second PicYour vehicle is most likely the second most expensive thing you own, so naturally you want to take care of it.  Your paint is the most obvious feature, and one of the first things people notice on a car. Follow these tips to keep it looking like new:

- Wash your vehicle by hand or with a touchless car wash. Wipe off all water spots with a soft clean cloth after every wash.

- Wax your vehicle regularly. A good coat of wax protects the paint from sun damage and makes it much more resistant to the impacts of water.

- Park your car in the garage if you can. The more you can keep it out of the elements the better.

- Apply 3M stone chip paint protection to the areas most affected by stone chips (front bumper, hood, fenders, mirrors and rocker panels). This will protect the paint and help the vehicle retain its value for future resale.

- During the winter months pressure wash under the fenders and hidden areas to remove salt. Avoid scraping snow off painted surfaces.

Proper care of your car’s exterior finish is very important, regardless of the cars age. Take the time to take care of it.

 

 

 

When Should you Replace the Battery on your Vehicle?

Posted on May 20th, 2015

The answer to this question depends on many factors.

Age of the battery - a battery has an average, normal life span of four years.  As a battery gets older it also becomes less reliable. You will start to notice your engine turning over slower when you start it or your headlights dimming.

Car accessories – phone chargers, GPS, MP3 players and other devices take a toll on the battery. The battery in your vehicle is designed to meet your vehicles needs during normal operation. These extra accessories can shorten the battery lifespan.

Driving style – starting your vehicle takes a large jolt of energy so the battery has to re-charge while you are driving. If you take a lot of short trips, the battery never fully charges, which will in turn result in a shorter battery life over time.

Temperature – Starting your vehicle in cold temperatures is very hard on the battery. The colder it is the more power it takes to start your vehicle.

So to answer your question, use four years as a guideline, however, you may get a couple extra years out of it, or it may give out on you before the four years are up.

Tips for Driving in the Dark

Posted on May 11th, 2015

Driving at night can be dangerous. Not only is your vision hindered, you also tend to be more tired, which leads to slower reaction times. Here are some tips to help make nighttime driving more safe:

Make sure your headlights are clean

Be sure to clean your headlights often to get the dirt and grim from the road off. If you have older headlights, the covers may have yellowed or faded over time. You should have them polished to remove the haze. You may also need new bulbs if yours are aged and beginning to dim.

Dim the dash lights

If you keep your dashboard lights on at maximum brightness while driving at night it can be very distracting. Your vehicle should have a dashboard dimmer so be sure to turn down the brightness. Also, avoid turning on any interior lights. If you need to find something, or look at a map, pull over to do so.

Don’t stare at oncoming headlights or street lights

Although it can be hard to avoid, do not stare at other lights on the road. They can disrupt your concentration which could potentially lead to a collision.

Make sure your windshield, mirrors and widows are clean

Even though these surfaces can look clear during the day, they may not seem as clean at night. Make sure they are thoroughly cleaned. inside and out. Avoid wiping them with your hands, even if it gets foggy. This will leave a smear and make it difficult to see.

Slow down, leave some room, and be alert

Since you cannot see as far ahead in the dark, drive a little slower and leave more room between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Scan your surroundings and be aware of the vehicles around you at all times.

By following these tips and driving with extra caution you are helping to minimize the risk of a collision at night.

3 Things to do When Selecting the Auto Body Repair Shop that is Right for You

Posted on May 1st, 2015

This is another great article found on  http://www.autoepi.org/home.html. If you have not taken a look at this website yet, we strongly recommend that you do. It has great resources to help you make informed decisions, ensuring you  receive high quality and safe auto repairs.

3 Things to do When Selecting the Auto Body Repair Shop that is Right for You

It’s not uncommon for estimates from different body shops to vary wildly. One shop might give you an estimate for $500 while another wants $2000 for the work. What’s the difference? And when is it OK to choose the cheaper shop?

The difference is how the vehicle is being repaired.

MOST PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEIR VEHICLE IS BEING REPAIRED

The two main differences in estimates is traditionally the type of parts you’re using and if your damaged panels are being replaced or repaired. In addition, as a rule, the labour rate in any given geographic area is the same.

The point is to ask. And if the shop is reluctant to take the time to briefly explain the type of parts being used and which panels they are repairing and which panels they are replacing, you may want to consider another shop.

In some cases, people don’t even know where or how their vehicle is being replaced – especially if you turn it over to the insurance company. Consider the following:

1) Pay Attention to Word-of-Mouth

Any business can advertise, but you’ll do better with a shop that friends, family, or acquaintances recommend rather than an insurance company’s shop that has an obligation to control costs.

Consider shops that have to prove they can satisfy customers and rely more on their reputation to attract your business rather than contractual agreements they have with insurance companies.

2) Follow Your Intuition

Your intuition about the shop you’re considering is important. If the place is really dirty, cluttered or disorganized, this might reflect the kind of work you could expect on your vehicle.

3) Ask the Right Questions

When you’re choosing a body shop, go in smart and ask some key questions. CLICK HERE to view and print questions your need to ask of the insurance company, the body shop, and yourself in order to receive a quality and safe repair of your choice.

Other key questions to ask are how long the shop has been in business? If they have a business license to operate their collision repair facility? And, if they meet important EPA environmental requirements.

If the shop truly cares about you as a loyal longstanding customer, they will have little trouble in briefly explaining the expense differences associated with the varying level of repairs.

Repair vs. replacement of damaged panels in addition to the type of new or used genuine parts vs. imitation or aftermarket parts explains why estimates from different body shops can vary wildly.

Remember, YOU decide how you would like your vehicle to be repaired.

1. To the best of the shops ability, using new original manufacturer parts and high quality materials only.

2. Safely repaired but some used or imitation parts with lower quality materials used.

3. The most cost-effective repair possible (This option is for cosmetic repairs ONLY)**

**NOTE: THE INSURER AND ITS PREFERRED SHOP MAY ONLY GIVE YOU THIS OPTION