Taking Care of Minor Dents and Scratches on Your Own

Regardless of how careful you are with your vehicle, it’s bound to acquire a few dents and scratches here and there. When it does, you may wish to restore the bodywork to like-new condition. While you should turn to an auto body shop for more extensive repair work, you may be able to buff out minor dents and scratches on your own. Read on for tips on how to do so for the best possible effect.

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Which Paint Color Gets Dirtiest the Fastest?

While choosing the color of your vehicle seems less important when compared to things like safety features and performance, it actually has a bigger impact than you might think. People are attracted to certain paint colors because of the feelings they evoke. A red sports car appears fast and slick, while a black car is refined and classy.

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Why You Should Fix That Ding or Dent Sooner Rather Than Later

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.

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Why Is My Car Paint Peeling…And What Can I Do to Protect My Paint?

You love your car, and you take pains to make sure it looks good inside and out. But what’s that you see—peeling paint? The horror!

But why is your paint peeling? And, is there anything you can do about it?

Sit back and let the pros at Quanz Auto Body  demystify peeling paint.

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Does a Car Accident Void the Warranty?

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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?

Your Warranty

Standard warranties have bumper-to-bumper and powertrain coverage. They usually cover a specific number of miles or years.

Powertrain warranties deal with the repair of parts that provide power to make your car or truck go—that includes the engine, drivetrain and transmission. Bumper-to-bumper warranties will also cover just about everything else, like tires, your infotainment system, AC/heating system, etc.

Every manufacturer and dealer is different, so to know what exactly your warranty covers, you’ll have to ask your sales person or read the fine print.

What Affects a Warranty

Many of the conditions that void your warranty are under your controls, such as:

  • Off-roading or racing
  • Maintenance neglect (e.g. failing to get regular oil changes or scheduled maintenance)
  • Vehicle modifications, including the odometer

However, there are some conditions, like floods, fires and other “Acts of God”—that are out of your control. In general, though, an accident is not one of them.

An Accident and Your Warranty

Your warranty should be good even after an accident, but there are some exceptions. Your warranty could be void after an accident if:

  1. You use aftermarket parts on your vehicle for repairs
  2. Your car insurance declares your vehicle to be a total loss and they give it a salvage title

Quanz Auto Body can help ensure that your vehicle remains under warranty after an accident. We use OEM parts and will warn you about possible warranty issues if you opt for aftermarket parts. Contact us to make collision repair better.

Is How You Warm-up Your Car Damaging It?

Are you the driver who likes to warm up your car for a long time before starting your commute to work? If you are, hopefully you’re taking precautions to prevent car theft, for one. But, did you know that you could actually be damaging your engine?

Depending on the age of your car, letting it idle to warm up may not be doing your car any good.

How Cold Effects Your Engine

Internal combustion engines create a small explosion to create power that turns your powertrain to turn the wheels. To get maximum power from that explosion, you need just the right mix of air and gas (in vapor form) to be ignited by the spark plugs. Cold gasoline does not vaporize, therefore ignite, as readily.

How New Cars Handle Cold Engines

One solution to a cold engine is to “run it rich,” which means you run it with a higher gasoline to air ratio (i.e. you use/burn more gas). Computer-controlled fuel-injected engines do this automatically.

The problem is that running rich introduces more gasoline in the piston chamber. Gasoline is a solvent, so the longer it is in contact with the piston walls, the more likely it is to strip away oil. And we all know what happens when engines lack adequate lubrication—costly engine damage.

Your car will stop running rich as soon as the engine reaches about 40°. The best way to get it to warm up is to drive it. Idling just doesn’t generate as much heat…which is also why it’s not particularly effective in warming your cabin either.

The Better Way to Warmup Your Car Rather than let your car idle, putting it at greater risk for auto theft and damaging your engine, start your car, scrape your windows, and get on your way. This abbreviated warmup process will ensure visibility and actually shorten the amount of time you shiver in the driver’s seat, all the while preserving vital lubrication in your engine’s piston chambers.

3 Reasons You Should Repair Dents ASAP

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

Making Sense of Collision Repair Costs

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?
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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

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.

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