Getting Your Car Ready for Cooler Weather

While Albuquerque residents don’t need to worry about ice and snow when winter rolls around, lower temperatures during this time of year can still cause issues with your vehicle. That’s why the right preparation is so important to safeguard your car against cooler temperatures. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your vehicle is ready for fall and winter.

Change Your Oil

Your owner’s manual will likely provide a schedule for how often your oil should be changed. However, changing before temperatures drop is a good idea regardless. Using a lower viscosity oil during the winter months is recommended, as thicker oils can have trouble flowing through your engine when temperatures go below a certain threshold.

Test Your Battery

Cold weather also increases your risk of a dead battery. Lower temperatures deplete battery power at a much faster rate, which means you might find your car unable to start at the most inopportune time. A battery tester is a great tool to have in your arsenal, as it can tell you the current condition of your battery. If you have an older battery with a lot of corrosion, it’s probably time for an update.

Have Your Lights Inspected

With fall and winter comes shorter days and longer nights. If you have a headlight out, your ability to see in the dark will be compromised. You’ll also have a greater chance of being pulled over and possibly even being ticketed for a traffic violation. Next time you start up your vehicle, have a friend or family member come outside with you for a light check. If there are any burned out bulbs, have them replaced as soon as possible.

Schedule a Tune-Up

There are many other components of your vehicle that can also be affected by winter weather, including belts and spark plugs. Scheduling a tune-up during fall gives you the big picture on the state of your vehicle. It also allows you to fix any issues before they get worse, and more expensive. Your mechanic can also top off fluids to keep your car running smoothly until next spring.

Quanz Auto Body offers more than just collision repair to our customers. We also care about your safety and well-being, which is why we offer automotive tips on how to properly care for your vehicle. Our core values, which include being trustworthy and hardworking, illustrate our commitment to you.

If you’d like to schedule service at our Rio Rancho shop, feel free to call (505) 897-1949. If you’d like more information on our services and what makes us unique, be sure to contact us.

Why You Shouldn’t DIY When Dealing Collision Repairs

If you fancy yourself an automotive aficionado, you may be tempted to try collision repairs on your own after an accident. While it’s great to challenge yourself, DIY collision repairs are likely to cause more problems than they actually solve. Here are a few reasons to leave auto body work to the professionals.

You’ll End Up Spending More Money

YouTube is a great resource for DIYers of every description. After watching a mechanic on YouTube, you might think body repairs are easy enough to address on your own. There’s a reason why repairs look so easy when performed by a skilled mechanic, and that reason is experience. Also, a video isn’t a true-to-life representation of the challenges you might encounter when repairing your own vehicle. If you miss a step or perform a repair incorrectly, you’ll end up paying even more than if you just had the problem fixed by a professional mechanic.

You Don’t Have the Right Tools

Auto body repair shops contain all sorts of tools and gadgets to safely and effectively provide service. When you lack these tools, you make the job much harder than it needs to be. You also run the risk of causing even more damage to your vehicle, or possibly even injuring yourself. And while you can certainly purchase your own tools to perform repairs, this option is usually cost-prohibitive.

You Probably Won’t Be Able to Match Paint Colors

If you’re able to pull off the repairs on your own without running into any major issue, you’re still not out of the woods. The final step of most collision repair is re-painting. Painting a vehicle is not the same as painting a wall in your home. For example, paint must be applied correctly to prevent bubbling and other defects from forming. Paint must also be matched precisely to your vehicle, or you’ll have the embarrassing experience of driving around in a multi-colored vehicle. Auto body shops use advanced techniques to match paint exactly, while also expertly applying paint to vehicle when repairs are complete.

After a Collision, Leave Work to the Pros

Thanks to skilled auto body repair team at Quanz Auto Body, you’ll never need to worry about tackling collision repairs on your own. We offer the benefit of more than 40 years of experience, during which time we’ve performed everything form bumper repair to precise paint-matching.

Customers in the Eastside area of Albuquerque can call (505) 897-1949 to schedule an appointment with our talented mechanics. If you’d like more information about our services, feel free to contact us today.

Essential Emergency Kits to Carry Around with You

All kinds of mishaps await you on the open road, including unexpected breakdowns. If you break down in a secluded area and must wait for help to arrive, an emergency kit is essential. Being prepared can save you a lot of stress and hassle, especially when it comes to your vehicle. If you’re currently without a kit that covers all the bases, here are a few vital items to include.

Mechanical Issues

Dead batteries and flat tires are pretty common, but these issues aren’t nearly as bad as they seem when you have the right tools. In the event of a dead battery, a pair of jumper cables can get you out of a jam. Batteries die for all sorts of reasons, from old age to accidentally leaving your headlights on overnight. Jumper cables provide enough juice to get your car going again, even if you’re only traveling to the nearest service station.

When it comes to flat tires, make sure you have a spare, a tire iron, and a jack in your trunk at all times. Changing a tire isn’t complicated, but it can be hazardous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Find a safe place to stop your vehicle nearby, one that is out of the way of traffic. Also, also, spares aren’t mean to be driven on indefinitely, so be sure to pick up a new tire as soon as possible.

First Aid and Safety

You probably already have a first aid kit in your home containing bandages, anti-bacterial ointment, adhesive tape, cotton balls, elastic bandages, and more. Similar items should be kept somewhere in your vehicle in the event you or a passenger is injured during a trip. You should also take other items to help out in unexpected situations. 

While it doesn’t snow in New Mexico, nighttime temperatures can still get pretty low. Keep a heavy blanket, sweaters, and extra socks in your car in cases you’re stranding in your vehicle at night while waiting for help to arrive. Non-perishable snacks, like bottles of water, granola bars, and crackers, are also good for your emergency vehicle kit.

Accident Awareness

If your car breaks down on a busy road, you’re at risk of being involved in a collision if other drivers aren’t alerted to your presence. Setting up a perimeter around your vehicle using reflective triangles allows other motorists to proceed with caution until a tow truck arrives.

Flares are also helpful when you’re stuck on the road. Flares can be seen from further away, which greatly increases the visibility of your vehicle if you’re broken down at night. When lighting the flare, make sure it’s pointing away from your face and body. Once lit, immediately place it on a flat surface about a hundred paces away from your vehicle.

Our team of mechanics at Quanz Auto Bodyis genuinely invested your safety on the road. That’s why we provide reliable collision repair and body work services to drivers throughout Albuquerque. Schedule an estimate at our Foothills location by calling (505) 897-1949 today. You can also learn more about our services by contacting us.

Best Cars for Teen Drivers

Finding a vehicle for a teen driver is a lot more challenging than you might think. For parents, safety features are the biggest concern, with cost coming in a distant second. However, young drivers are more concerned with the aesthetic appeal of their new car, as well as amenities like touchscreens and Bluetooth capability.

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How to Tell If Your Car’s Frame Is Bent

A serious car accident can affect numerous components of your vehicle. Along with the body, there is also a risk of frame damage after a vehicle has been in a collision. If the frame is compromised, your vehicle can’t provide the proper protection should another accident occur. And unlike dents and dings, frame damage is not always immediately obvious. That’s why all drivers should know the common signs of a damaged frame so they can seek out immediate assistance. Here are a few things you can look out for.

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Steps to Filing a Car Insurance Claim

Car accidents are always stressful, no matter who’s at fault or how much damage has occurred. After the dust has settled, you’ll need to report the details of the accident to the insurance company, who will review the facts to make a determination on fault as well as compensation. While you expect the claims process to be easy to navigate, this is not always the case. The following guide explains what to expect when filing a claim and where you can turn for assistance.

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Tips for Disinfecting Your Vehicle

Reducing your risk of COVID-19 exposure is more important than ever. Case rates have been on the rise over the last few months, which means we all must be more diligent about maintaining the proper safety practices.

Along with social distancing, handwashing, and wearing a mask in public, health authorities also recommend cleaning your home and vehicle on a regular basis. The following steps explain how to effectively sanitize your vehicle to protect yourself and your family. Before getting started, make sure you have a pair of disposable gloves handy to avoid contamination. You should also roll down your windows when cleaning for proper ventilation in your vehicle.

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How to Improve Your Vehicle’s Fuel Economy

Gasoline prices don’t seem to be getting lower any time soon. As a result, you may find yourself shelling out more and more money at the pump, which can really take bite out of your pocketbook. While you don’t have any say in gas prices, you can adopt some easy, fuel-saving habits to lower costs.

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