The Reason Why You Should Not Leave Your Car Sitting for Long Periods of Time

Your car was meant to be driven. When driven, the moving parts move, and the fluids lubricate and cool like they’re supposed to. When you let your car sit for long periods of time (as in weeks, or worse, months), your car is vulnerable to a number of maintenance issues that affect drivability, resale value and your budget.

Dead Battery

A battery left connected to an undriven car still uses power. And if your car stays off, the alternator cannot work to restore the charge. So, your battery just gets drained. In as little as one Continue reading The Reason Why You Should Not Leave Your Car Sitting for Long Periods of Time

Fuel Additives: What They Are, How They Work, and Why You Might Want Them

Besides gas, there are other formulas you can put in your gas tank that might affect your vehicle’s performance. That’s what fuel additives are. What they do and whether you need them, well that depends on the type of vehicle you’re operating. Here’s a quick guide:

Types of Fuel Additives and What They Do

There are a variety of fuel additives available at any auto parts store (and many gas stations), including:

  • Fuel injector cleaners

These additives do as the name indicates—they help prevent or remove Continue reading Fuel Additives: What They Are, How They Work, and Why You Might Want Them

Why You Should Avoid Potholes

Potholes are not just a winter driving hazard. More of them may actually appear in spring as the freeze-thaw cycle draws to a close and loosened paving surfaces wash away with spring rains, snow melt, wind and heavier traffic. And even those little ones have the potential to cause serious problems for your car.

When you take care to avoid potholes, you take effective measures to prevent: Continue reading Why You Should Avoid Potholes

Do I Really Need to Replace My Brake Rotors?

So, you visit your ASE-certified mechanic who tells you that you need more than just brake pads—you need new rotors, too. Is it true?

Here’s the real deal about brake rotors and when you need to replace them…and when you don’t.

A Brief Guide to Your Brake System

Just so we’re on the same page—rotors are metal discs that attach to your wheels. Brake pads are pressed against the rotors by means of the calipers, creating friction and slowing the rate at which the wheels turn, thereby achieving deceleration. Continue reading Do I Really Need to Replace My Brake Rotors?

How Much Should You Pay for Routine Maintenance and Repair?

You’re not made of money, so you don’t want to have to pay more than you have to for routine vehicle maintenance and common repairs. At the same time, you do not want to set yourself up for trouble down the road because of sub-standard work or materials.

If you’re not in the industry, it can be hard to know what a fair price for any service is, especially because advertised specials or high-volume shops can create some big price differences.

Here’s a quick guide for fair market pricing for quality maintenance and repair services (most of which are available at Quanz Auto Body). Continue reading How Much Should You Pay for Routine Maintenance and Repair?

Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing with Heavy Traffic

Morning and evening Monday through Friday. If you’re driving in the Albuquerque metro area, you’re likely facing some stop-and-go spots. If you find that you’re spending a lot of time sitting still, you have some choices:

  1. Find a new route
  2. Learn to enjoy life at rolling speed
  3. Get increasingly frustrated

Option #3 is obviously a recipe for disaster. But we have some tips to facilitate a quicker route or adjust your attitude. Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing with Heavy Traffic

How to Recognize a Dying Battery before It’s Too Late

Just because the weather is warming up does not mean that you want to get stranded because your battery’s dead. We can help you prevent getting stuck in your driveway or at work after quitting time by recognizing when your battery needs a charge or a change before it’s dead.

Signs and Symptoms that Your Battery Is Dying

Most car batteries do not suddenly run out of “juice.” Attentive drivers can spot subtle signs that battery power is diminishing, such as: Continue reading How to Recognize a Dying Battery before It’s Too Late

How Does My Car’s Parking Sensor Work?

Among the most useful features on many modern cars is the parking sensor. How does this equipment work to alert you of obstacles in your path? Well, that depends on the type of sensor you have, and there are two main types:

Ultrasonic Proximity Sensors

Ultrasonic parking sensors use high-frequency sound waves to detect objects. These sensors emit Continue reading How Does My Car’s Parking Sensor Work?

How to Make Spring Cleaning Your Car a Manageable Task

Albuquerque was blessed with a mild winter this year. But even with the lack of salt and caked road grime, your car likely needs some sprucing up for the spring. We know that spring cleaning your car can feel like a daunting task that will just get relegated to the “maybe later” list, but by breaking it up into smaller jobs, you will find that you can enjoy a ride that’s “so fresh and so clean” in less than a week.

Here’s how we suggest approaching the Herculean task of car spring cleaning:

Day 1: Trash Removal

Once you decide to start, start by removing the big stuff that will Continue reading How to Make Spring Cleaning Your Car a Manageable Task

How to Choose the Right Collision Repair Shop in ABQ

There are more than 100 collision repair shops in Albuquerque—just Albuquerque. So, which one should you choose to restore your car to pre-accident condition?

When you know what factors to look for, the choices get whittled down to a more manageable number. And when you know what questions to ask, you can find the best collision repair shop in town (spoiler in case you’re pressed for time: it’s Quanz Auto Body…voted Best of the City, again, in 2017).

Options Management: What to Look for in a Collision Repair Shop

Yes, there are dozens and dozens of auto body shops, but from the get-go, not all of them are going to be the right choice for you. For starters, you can eliminate a number of garages based on: Continue reading How to Choose the Right Collision Repair Shop in ABQ