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Buying a Wrecked Vehicle? Here Are a Few Things You Should Know

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If you want a newer model car without the newer model price tag, you may be tempted to buy a vehicle that is mechanically sound but has been wrecked and needs some tender loving care from an auto body and paint professional from a used car dealer such as Skyline Auto Centre. This is an excellent way to obtain a vehicle that may otherwise be out of your price range. However, this will involve some patience and extra work to get your car road ready and looking good. Here are a few interesting tidbits of information about auto body paint and repair which you will find helpful to know along the way.  You can usually obtain aftermarket body parts relatively cheaply.  When you initially take your wrecked ride to an auto body repair shop for an estimate to repair the damages, don’t forget to let the technician know that you want to see the difference in price between aftermarket and manufacturer parts. While you may prefer to go with original manufacturer parts to restore the vehicle, aftermarket parts are often a lot more affordable. This is especially important if you want to try to get your vehicle looking like new with as little of an investment as possible.  You may be able to save some money by starting the project on your own.  One thing a lot of customers do not realize about auto body repair is that professionals do often charge by the hour for repair work. So, just by taking the time to remove damaged body parts yourself, you could potentially save a lot of money. Dented and scraped fenders, bumpers, and damaged lights are all things that are fairly simple to remove even if you do not have a lot of auto body work experience. Once you get an estimate, ask if you could possibly shave some off the cost by removing some damaged components on your own.  Having a car painted may not be as expensive as you think. It is a common misconception that having a car painted after a rebuild is one of the more costly components of the process. However, this is actually not always the truth. Some auto body shops will charge as little as $600 for a basic paint job. Painting tends to cost about $2,000, with the need for additional prep work taking the cost up further, but even this price is much more affordable than a lot of customers expect to pay for a full paint job for their...

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Is Your Commercial Truck For Hauling Starting To Look And Sound Rough? What To Consider Before You Replace It

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If your commercial truck that hauls products and does deliveries isn’t working like it once it did, it may be time to get it services or consider replacing it. You’ll have to decide if you want to keep putting money into it, or if you want your staff driving a truck that is at the risk of breaking down. If you aren’t sure what to do, consider the following so you can make the best financial investment for your business. Tune-Up and Inspection Have the heavy equipment repair professionals examine the truck and give it a tune up. Ask that the tune-up include the following: Oil replacement Top off fluids and look for leaks Lubricate gears and internal mechanical components Tire balance and rotation After the tune-up, the mechanics should hook the truck up to a computer that does a scan of the electrical and other internal parts and can report if there are major issues throughout the vehicle. Once the tune-up and inspection is completed, you can see what damages need to be fixed and what the cost will be. Have the Vehicle Appraised What is your commercial truck valued at? You can look at other online classified sites to see what similar trucks are selling for, you can research what vehicles like yours have sold for in your area recently, and you can take the truck to a heavy duty equipment dealership to see what they would give you for it if you traded the truck in. Once you know the value, you can move forward with making the decision to repair and fix the truck up or to replace it. Repair Cost vs Replacement Cost If the cost to repair the truck and to make it run better is only a small fraction of the vehicle’s value, and you think you can get a few more years out of it, consider investing the money to do the repairs. If the repairs are more than half the value of the truck and you could get a good amount of money trading it in for another new or used option, replacement may be best. What’s best for you will be determined by how much money you want to spend and if you can afford to get a new truck for your commercial property. If your company heavy duty truck is starting to look and run rough, it’s time to take action. For more information, contact a local repair company or go to websites to learn more about repair services in your...

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4 Ways To Keep Your Car’s Paint Like New

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If your car is your pride and joy, you probably want to keep it looking like new for as long as possible. Over the years your car’s paint job can really start to show signs of wear and damage, going from shiny to dinged up and faded sooner than you’d like. Luckily, there are things you can do to protect the exterior of your car and keep the paint job looking like new for years to come. Here are four ideas: Cover Your Car Whenever Possible The best way to take care of your car’s paint job is to prevent it from getting damaged or faded in the first place by providing adequate cover. Parking your car in a garage at home is ideal, but even if you don’t have a garage you should still be able to cover your car. One option is to purchase a portable carport which is essentially like a protective tent for your car that you can set up and then take down whenever you like. Another idea is to purchase a tarp or cover especially made to protect your car. Removing it will add a few extra minutes onto your morning routine, but can be well worth the effort. Have Your Car Waxed Regularly Waxing your car regularly not only makes it instantly look shiny, but also adds a layer of protection between your car’s paint job and the outside world. A layer of clear wax can help prevent damage from small rocks, rain and snow, and even bird poop, which can otherwise eat away at your car’s paint job. Add Paint Protection Film For an extra level of protection beyond what’s offered by car wax, have paint protection film added to your whole car. This is a thin, invisible, yet strong film that helps your car resist scratches and dents, and keeps your car’s paint color vibrant and bright. Go to the Auto Body Repair Shop Instead of letting scratches, dings, or peeling paint sit and get progressively worse, be proactive and take your car into the auto body repair shop at the first sign of cosmetic damage. Professional auto body mechanics have many tricks and tools at their disposal to make your car look brand new again in a short time. By following these tips, you can rest assured that your car will continue to look shiny and new for a long time. If you notice damage, contact a business, such as Westside Fender/Body &...

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Steps For Repairing Surface Rust On A Vehicle

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Older model cars often have a body made of metal and have the tendency to rust with age. If you notice that your vehicle has a bubbled up look about the paint in certain areas, this is a good sign that there may be surface rust developing. These are the steps for repairing surface rust on the body of your vehicle. Accessing The Rusted Area  You will first need to determine if your car has only surface rust or if it has rusted through the metal. If the metal is rusted through, you will need to cut out the metal and then weld on a new piece to replace it. However, if it is only surface rust, it is possible to repair it without cutting the metal. You can test the rusted metal by tapping it with the tip of a nail. If the nail goes through the metal, it cannot be repaired. If it does not, this is only surface rust and can be repaired rather easily. Stripping The Paint  You will need to remove the paint on the exterior of the rusted area. This can be done by using a sanding wheel with sand paper, a wire wheel on a drill or a commercial grade paint stripper and a spatula. Be sure to wear protective eye wear and a face mask when removing the paint. If you use paint stripper, wear gloves to protect your hands as well. The paint will need to be removed down to the bare metal. If you use paint stripper, apply it thoroughly to the rusted area and allow it to sit for several minutes before using the spatula to scrape away the paint. The paint will bubble and peel when it is ready to be scraped away. Be sure to protect the metal around the rusted area to ensure you do not sand or strip away any of the paint on the metal that is not rusted. Removing The Rust  Once the paint is removed, it is time to also remove the rust. This can be done by sanding with a wire wheel on a drill or with an electric grinder. Take your time and work slowly to remove only the rusted area of metal. Finish it off by using a fine grit sandpaper to create a smooth surface. If there are any remaining rusted areas that could not be removed successfully, apply a chemical rust converter with a paintbrush and allow it to air dry. The rust converter converts the rust to a polymer finish that can be more easily painted and will prevent further rusting. After the rust is removed and converted, it can then be primed with three thin layers of primer. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly overnight. Then sand the area gently with fine grit sand paper again to remove any uneven surfaces. Wipe away all primer dust and apply your auto paint in thin layers as well. Allow each layer of paint to dry a few hours before adding the next. When the final layer of paint is added, let the paint dry overnight before driving.  For professional help, contact a service like Auto Body By Duie...

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Protecting Your Vehicle In Winter

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Winter is hard on everyone and everything. The cold and snow are particular challenges for your vehicle. The salt applied to the roads can really do a number on the exterior of your car or truck. Your engine can also take a hit. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your vehicle healthy during the long winter. Garage Even those folks with a garage often do not keep their vehicles inside of it because they’ve turned it into an informal storage unit. However, you need to remedy that situation. Keeping your car or truck in the garage helps to preserve it. Your car will better retain its value if the paint is in good condition. Extreme heat and cold “age” your car’s appearance and cost you in trade-in value. A garage keeps your vehicle warmer and eliminates the need to idle it for extended periods of time to warm it up. You waste gas and potentially harm your spark plugs when you idle your car for more than a few minutes each day. Also, parking on the street or even in the driveway ups the chances that your vehicle will be stolen or damaged by another driver. Having a garage and actually using it properly protects your automotive investment.  Washing You know that keeping your car clean during the winter is essential for preserving the paint and stopping corrosion to the body, particularly in those areas that are difficult to reach. However, cold temperatures and short days often discourage you from pulling into the car wash and doing your duty. Common sense should govern when you wash your vehicle in the winter months. Obviously, when your car is visibly dirty, it’s time to wash it, unless the temperatures are too low. You should wait until the temperature is at least 30 degrees or you risk having your door locks and handles freeze. You may be tempted to wait when you see the long lines at the car wash, but you never know when the temperature will bottom out again. Drive in and get the grit off while you can. Protect your vehicle’s exterior and engine by taking some precautions during the cold snowy days of winter. Simply storing your car in your garage makes a huge difference in its look and performance. Don’t forget to take your vehicle to the car wash whenever the weather breaks enough to keep the water from freezing on your doors. Just a few basic steps will keep winter from ravaging your car or truck. For more tips, contact a company like George’s Eastside...

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Two Tips To Help You Save Money On Collision Repair

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If you’ve recently been involved in a collision, your top priority is likely getting the car repaired as quickly as possible.  The last thing you want to do is remain in a car with unsightly dents that mar the appearance of your vehicle.  However, if your insurance company won’t cover the costs, or if you only carry liability coverage, financial issues could be stopping you from getting your car back into its former condition.  Use this information to learn more about what you can do to save money on repairs after your car is in a collision. Ask If Paintless Dent Repair Is An Option Traditional dent repair can be quite pricey because it involves a number of steps.  The dent must be buffed out, sanded and the car repainted.  This can be a time consuming process, and can quickly rack up a hefty bill. Paintless dent repair skips the steps that would have lengthened the processing time.  The dent is smoothly “bumped” out with a device that won’t damage the paint.  You get to have your vehicle repaired faster without having to spend as much money. When you go in for the repair estimate, ask the technician if paintless dent repair is an option.  Several factors will determine this, such as the extent of the damage and whether or not the paint will be scratched when the dent comes out.  If the technician advises you that paintless repair is doable, you may be surprised to find that your bill becomes much more manageable. Buy Your Own Parts Another great method you can use to save money on collision repair is to purchase your own parts.  This can help you save because you may be able to find used or remanufactured parts at much lower prices than you would have paid for their brand new counterparts. There are a number of places where you can purchase parts.  For example, if the front passenger side door is dented and needs to be replaced, you can visit a local salvage lot to find a vehicle that is the same make, model and year as your own.  Either remove the door yourself, or have a mechanic do it.  Even if the door is not the same color as your car, you may be able to have it painted while still saving more than you would have on a new part. Getting your vehicle repaired after a collision doesn’t have to break the bank.  After an accident, keep these tips in mind so you can keep more of your hard earned money in your pocket. For more information, contact companies like Lombard Body & Fender...

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Repairing A Small Dent With Temperature Changes

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If you had a mishap where you had bumped your vehicle into a tree, guardrail, or another structure, you may find you have a dent where the impact had occurred. If this dent is not large it might not be cost-effective to have your car insurance pay for an auto body shop to do your repair work. You can either pay for the damage out-of-pocket or give a go at making the repair yourself. Here are some instructions to follow if you decide to try using temperature changes to remove a dent from your vehicle. Examine The Damage First Before undertaking a dent repair job yourself, check the overall size of the dent. If it is relatively small, such as two or three inches in width, you may be able to use temperature change to move the metal back into place. This will work best on a flat area of your vehicle, such as the hood, a side panel, the door, or the trunk. If the dent has multiple pushed in spots, or if it has areas where the paint has become scraped or chipped away, you may be better off taking the vehicle to a professional for auto body repair services. Gather Your Materials Aluminum foil Hair dryer Stopwatch Painter’s tape Heavy-duty rubber insulated gloves Dry ice Start With Heat The metal on your vehicle will need to be heated to try to get the dent to come out. Put your hairdryer on a “medium” or “high” temperature setting and direct the heat at the dent for about two minutes. Do not touch the vehicle with the nozzle of the hairdryer because it can cause the paint to become softened, possibly melting portions as a result. Instead, keep it an inch or two away from the body as you heat. When you turn off the hairdryer, immediately tape a piece of aluminum foil over the dent using painter’s tape. This will act like insulation and will help keep the heat from escaping from the dented area. Finish With Coolness Put on your insulated gloves and rub a piece of dry ice directly on top of the aluminum foil that you just placed over the dent. As the ice cools the exterior of the foil, the sudden change in temperature may cause you to hear a popping sound from the metal. This is the sound of the metal pushing back into its original location. This will usually happen in only a minute or two from the time you start rubbing the ice over the foil. If you do not hear a popping sound, you can try starting the procedure again by heating with the hair dryer and switching quickly to the dry ice. If the dent does not come out after a two or three temperature changes, you may need to fill in the dent with body filler instead.  ...

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How to Fix Car Dents without Hurting the Paint

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Car dents can be expensive to fix, and the body paint can also become damaged in the process. Here you will learn how to fix the dents and keep the paint intact. You do not need many materials; in fact, you may even have all of the materials that you need at home already. You will need the following: Glue Gun Glue Sticks Screws or Bolts Wood Dowel Saw Step 1: Making Grips and Cleaning the Area Cut sections of a dowel rod and screw in the screws to the side in order to make a grip. If you do not have screws, then you can use bolts instead. Drill holes in the side and then put the bolts in. After you have made your grips, set them aside. Clean the area of the car that is dented. You do not have to use cleaning solution—just take a rag or washcloth and wipe the area to ensure there is no dust. This is so that the glue will properly stick to the car. Step 2: Attaching the Grips and Fixing the Dent Use a glue gun to apply hot glue to the ends of your grips. Attach them to your car in a line where the dent is. Allow the glue to fully dry in order to get a good hold onto the dent. After the glue has dried thoroughly you will fix the dent. Pulling the grips outward does this. Make sure to not yank the grips. Start from where the dent is the most shallow and work your way down until the dent has been pulled out. Step 3: Repeat and Take the Glue Off You can continue to repeat step 2 if there are more dents or if a big dent needs more attention. Once the dents are removed you will then have hot-glue circles on your car. Do not panic. These glue spots will come off fairly easily. Make sure that you do not use anything sharp or abrasive or you may scratch the paint. After you have fixed all of the dents you may find that you have a scratch. The scratches can be easily fixed by getting a paint stick from the local car parts store. You can match up the paint to the proper shade and apply the paint as if you were using a marker. Ensure that you follow the directions on the paint stick. Ensure that you do not repair the scratches in wet weather, as the paint will need to dry completely. If your car is in need of some heavy duty collision repair, find a local auto body...

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Filling In A Paint Chip On Your Vehicle

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If you have recently noticed a spot on your vehicle where the paint has chipped, you will want to repair it as soon as possible to avoid having the underlying metal rust. When paint gets scraped you may want to take your vehicle to an auto body shop for an assessment. If it is merely a small chip, however, you should be able to do the paint repair on your own. Here are some instructions on filling in the area so that no one will be able to tell it was there at all. Materials You Will Need Bucket of soapy water Non-abrasive sponge Rust-inhibiting primer Paint pen Paint polish Sandpaper in fine, medium and coarse-grit Buffing pad Electric drill Cleanse The Area Before you fill in the chip with paint, clean it completely so the paint will adhere properly. Cleaning it will also remove any obstructions from the area. Use a non-abrasive sponge to apply a mild detergent mixed with water. Scrub down the surface and allow it to dry thoroughly. Assess The Damage If the paint is worn down to metal, you will want to add a rust-inhibiting primer to the area before you fill it in with paint. Allow this to dry according to the package directions and add a second coating if required.  Find The Paint Buy an auto paint pen from a car dealership or an auto supply store. Look inside your vehicle manual for a code that corresponds to the proper coloring for your particular make and model. If you do not have a manual, the paint code may be listed on a sticker on your driver’s side floor panel. Color The Chipped Area Use your paint pen to color in the affected area. A paint pen has a small brush on the end of the applicator. Simply brush on over the area that is missing color and allow it to dry overnight. Make sure when you apply the color, you drag it over the edge of the existing paint around the chip. Apply a total of four to five coatings with a full day to dry in between each one. This is how a professional auto body shop would color your vehicle. Finish The Project After the paint dries, it will need to be sanded down so it is uniform with the existing paint around it. First dip your sponge into some water and moisten the area you had painted. Add a dab of paint polish to the area and rub it over the paint.  Use a piece of coarse-grit sand paper and scrape it on the painted area until it feels smooth. Switch to a medium-grit sandpaper for a few minutes and then finish with the fine-grit sandpaper to give it a sleek finish. Lightly sand the edges of your existing paint to help make the entire area look uniform. Finish the job by placing some paint polish on the edge of a buffing pad. Place the pad on an electric drill. Plug the drill in and turn it on. Rub the buffer against the painted area using a circular...

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How To Be Active About Getting A Good Auto Repair

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After getting in an auto collision, there are a few steps that you need to take to get the car damages repaired. If you are looking to get the best service possible out of your insurance coverage, consider the following tips for a successful collision repair.  Research Your Options There is a wide difference between auto body shops, in terms of the quality of repairs and the service you’ll receive. Your insurance company may not be your best advocate for choosing a repair shop, because they will likely recommend a shop that gives them discounted rates. Instead, visit a few shops and talk with the mechanics yourself; you can often tell what kind of service you’ll get by how willing they are to answer your questions and help you through the repair process.  Get a Thorough Inspection When you are making a claim to your insurance company, it pays to get a professional inspection. While you may see obvious damage, its hard to tell when small parts are not working properly. More damage may surface over time if you continue to drive the car.  If you or your inspector does miss some of the damage, it may surface at a later date. If this happens and it’s been a reasonable time since you last submitted the claim, you may be able to submit a correction to your claim and get the additional damage fixed under your insurance coverage. This is subject to approval by your insurance appraiser. Check the Quality of Parts When you are getting new parts put into your machine, the worst thing you can do is be complacent about the parts going in. Check with your insurance coverage to see what kinds of parts you’re entitled to; while you may be eligible for brand new parts, your insurance company might have a default policy of providing used parts. In this case, good communication with your mechanic and your insurance representative is crucial to making sure you get a quality repair.  Be on the Lookout Again, it can be difficult to assess all of the damage done in an auto collision. Once you are through the repair process, you should still be on the lookout for additional problems that were missed. If you do find more issues after going through the steps above, you can return to the auto body shop (such as Ohs’ Body Shop’s Inc) so that they can help you file a new claim with your...

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