We get it — dings and dents in your vehicle, no matter how old it is, can be an eyesore, but are they really worth crying over? At first, maybe not, but over time, and if left untreated, even the smallest dent can turn into a major issue. If you’ve been putting off auto body repair for a seemingly minor scratch, ding or dent, keep reading for reasons you should bring your vehicle into an Albuquerque repair shop sooner rather than later.Continue reading Why You Should Fix That Ding or Dent Sooner Rather Than Later
You love yourcar, and you take pains to make sure it looks good inside and out. But what’sthat you see—peeling paint? The horror!
But why is your paint peeling? And, is thereanything you can do about it?
Sit back andlet the pros at Quanz Auto Body demystify peeling paint.Continue reading Why Is My Car Paint Peeling…And What Can I Do to Protect My Paint?
You bought a car with a warranty for a reason—you want to be able to replace parts without it costing a fortune. But what happens when you’re in an accident? Does that void the warranty?
Standardwarranties have bumper-to-bumper and powertrain coverage. They usually cover aspecific number of miles or years.
Powertrainwarranties deal with the repair of parts that provide power to make your car ortruck go—that includes the engine,drivetrain and transmission. Bumper-to-bumper warranties will also cover justabout everything else, like tires, your infotainment system, AC/heating system,etc.
Everymanufacturer and dealer is different, so to know what exactly your warrantycovers, you’ll have to ask your sales person or read the fine print.
What Affects a Warranty
Many of theconditions that void your warranty are under your controls, such as:
- Off-roadingor racing
- Maintenanceneglect (e.g. failing to get regular oil changes or scheduled maintenance)
- Vehiclemodifications, including the odometer
However, thereare some conditions, like floods, fires and other “Acts of God”—that are out ofyour control. In general, though, an accident is not one of them.
An Accident and Your Warranty
Your warrantyshould be good even after an accident, but there are some exceptions. Yourwarranty could be void after an accident if:
- Youuse aftermarket parts on your vehicle for repairs
- Your car insurance declares your vehicle to be a total lossand they give it a salvage title
Quanz Auto Body can help ensure that your vehicle remains underwarranty after an accident. We use OEM parts and will warn you about possiblewarranty issues if you opt for aftermarket parts. Contactus tomake collision repair better.
Are you the driverwho likes to warm up your car for a long time before starting your commute towork? If you are, hopefully you’re taking precautions to prevent car theft, forone. But, did you know that you could actually be damaging your engine?
Depending on theage of your car, letting it idle to warm up may not be doing your car any good.
How Cold Effects Your Engine
Internalcombustion engines create a small explosion to create power that turns yourpowertrain to turn the wheels. To get maximum power from that explosion, youneed just the right mix of air and gas (in vapor form) to be ignited by thespark plugs. Cold gasoline does not vaporize, therefore ignite, as readily.
How New Cars Handle Cold Engines
One solution to acold engine is to “run it rich,” which means you run it with a higher gasolineto air ratio (i.e. you use/burn more gas). Computer-controlled fuel-injectedengines do this automatically.
The problem isthat running rich introduces more gasoline in the piston chamber. Gasoline is asolvent, so the longer it is in contact with the piston walls, the more likelyit is to strip away oil. And we all know what happens when engines lackadequate lubrication—costly engine damage.
Your car will stoprunning rich as soon as the engine reaches about 40°. The best way to get it towarm up is to drive it. Idling just doesn’t generate as much heat…which is alsowhy it’s not particularly effective in warming your cabin either.
The Better Way to Warmup Your CarRatherthan let your car idle, putting it at greater risk for auto theft and damagingyour engine, start your car, scrape your windows, and get on your way. Thisabbreviated warmup process will ensure visibility and actually shorten theamount of time you shiver in the driver’s seat, all the while preserving vitallubrication in your engine’s piston chambers.
There are a great many fender benders that never get reported and vehicles never taken to the shop because they do not affect drivability. Many of them are in places you don’t often look on your car, so they may be out of sight, out of mind. But leaving dent repair for later could cost you. The I-CAR Gold Class technicians at Quanz Auto Body recommend getting dents repaired ASAP because: Continue reading 3 Reasons You Should Repair Dents ASAP
Auto body repairs are something that you just can’t (or shouldn’t) DIY. So, you have to leave it to the professionals. But that’s inevitably expensive. What gives?
The cost of collision repairs makes sense when you know what those numbers—especially labor costs—represent. Here’s what you need to know to make sense of your estimate or final bill: Continue reading Making Sense of Collision Repair Costs
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.
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
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
Crunch. The gut-wrenching sound of crinkling metal as your car takes a hit. You get out to examine the damage and, sure enough, it’s a dent. Too large to be ignored, but small could it be small enough to handle on your own?
It’s tempting to jump to YouTube to find a way to fix a dent yourself. And surely there are some lucky souls who have. But the great likelihood is that you will pay dearly for the money you try to save by doing the job yourself.
Common DIY Techniques…and Snags
The Internet is full of tricks to get dents out of your car. The most popular include:
Moisten the surface of the plunger—the cup-size for sinks, not the bigger size for toilets—and then apply to the car around the dent, and plunge! Push and pull until the dent pops out.
The snag: First, the dent must be larger than the plunger for this to work. If the dent is small, the plunging will have very little effect on the dent. If the dent is too large, however, then there is a good chance of making a single, large dent into several smaller dents. Then, the pushing and pulling of the plunger may not create sufficient pressure to remove the dent, or the metal may become overstretched. Even though the paint will likely stay intact, the integrity of the metal may be compromised and weakened, possibly even over-corrected and warped.
Nowadays bumpers are made of plastic, not metal. To remedy a small dent, you just need to get the plastic a more pliable so that you can pop it out from the underside. To do so, boil water and pour it over the dented area and then apply pressure from the underneath.
The snag: Working with any heated material, there is an increased risk of a burn injury. Also, the area of the bumper that is dented may not be easily accessible. The heat from the water dissipates quickly, so you might not have enough time to actually pop the dent out. Though you are welcome to continue to apply the water, each application increases the risk of injury and possibility of damaging the paint.
Hair Dryer and Compressed Air
Apply heat to the area using a hair dryer. When it is sufficiently warm, apply compressed air. The rapid cooling will cause the metal to contract and snap the dent out of place.
The snag: The theory of this method is alluringly simple and straightforward. However, there are other factors that complicate its efficacy. The dent must be fairly shallow for this to work. Depending on the area and curve of the dent, it is unlikely that you will be able to sufficiently heat and cool the area evenly and quickly enough to actually change the appearance of the dent. Though the paint will likely go unscathed, so is the dent.
Put a screw into the opposite sides of a dowel rod to make a handle. Make 4-6 “poppers.” Apply hot glue to the bottom of the dowel rod and stick it around the dented area. Allow the glue to cool and then gently pull the dowels and pop the dented metal back into place.
The snag: The big problem with this technique is the effort and skill required. This method requires quite a bit of finesse in terms of glue pull placement and consistent pulling pressure required to fix the dent. This technique has a trial and error component, which often takes more time than it saves; and the hot glue applied directly to car paint is not recommended.
Though you may cringe at the thought of shelling out the cash to go to an auto body shop for a little (or a big) dent, the pros have the right equipment, experience and time to do the job right. Save yourself the time, the headache, and the risk of further damaging your vehicle. Bring your car to Quanz Auto Body. (Did we mention we now have three locations to serve you?!)
After any collision that requires auto body repair, you know to expect your car’s going to be out of commission for at least a couple days…more for more serious damage. What takes “so long”? Here’s a peak at the process…it’ll help you understand why auto body repair can’t, isn’t and shouldn’t be done “lickety split.” Continue reading It Was Just Minor Collision Damage…Why Is Repair Taking So Long?