Ifwe’ve told you once, we’ve told you a hundred times—to keep your car’s paintjob looking fresh, you need to keep it clean and protected. But in your pursuitof maintaining a shiny paint job, here are some things NOT to do:Continue reading Things You Can NOT Do to Keep Your Paint Job Looking Fresh
Thanks to New Mexico’s intense sunshine, everywhere youlook, you’re bound to see cars with flaking, fading spots (usually on the roofand hood). While you may think, “Thank goodness that’s not my car,” your carisn’t immune to discoloration and fading. However, there are measures you cantake to prevent paint discoloration and fading, so your car continues to looknew(er).Continue reading How to Prevent Paint Discoloration and Fading
You’re on the highway, and a rock flies up out ofnowhere. You come out of the shopping center to find a small ding in your doorfrom the car that had been parked next to you. Happens every day. No big deal,you’ll just repair it yourself, right?Continue reading Small Dent? Here’s Why We Don’t Recommend DIY Repair
Your car is inan accident, so you bring it to QuanzAuto Body. We repair the damage, find the correct paint, spray it on, shineit up and we’ve finished…right?
That’s thepaint repair process in a nutshell, but it’s not that easy.Continue reading What Affects Automotive Color Matching
Summer is here,and in New Mexico, that means sun, sun, more sun, bugs, construction zones,trees and some severe thunderstorms thrown in for good measure. And all ofthese can damage your car’s paint.Continue reading Summer Vehicle Paint Tips to Prevent Fading
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?
Your car is aninvestment, and you want to keep your car’s paint looking good-as-new for aslong as possible. But life’s every-day doesn’t make that task simple. As carrepair specialists, QuanzAuto Care ishere to help you with a few pointers to help you keep your car’s paint shinyand new!
- Be gentle
Yourcar’s paint job is made to stand up to a lot of abuse. But over time, smallrocks, rubs, scrapes and even sunlight can cause your car’s paint to look lessthan its best.
There’sno way to avoid all paint-damaging hazards, but one of the most importantthings you can do is to avoid rough roads, gravel roads and construction zonesas much as possible. (Although, who isn’t already trying to stay away fromconstruction zones, right?) Keeping on smooth, clear roads will dramaticallydecrease the amount of debris you encounter, which reduces the overall amountof damage your paint sustains.
- Keep it covered
Muchlike photos and fabric, your car’s paint will fade and crack from exposure toUV rays. Keeping your vehicle covered is the best protection.
Ideally,keeping your car covered means parking it in a garage or carport. Under shadeis good, but be aware that trees introduce other paint hazards—like sap,perching birds and falling branches.
- Wash carefully and regularly
Tokeep your car’s paint looking fresh and new, wash gently. Use detergentformulated for cars and soft, cleansponges to wash and a clean chamois and microfiber towels to dry.
Makesure you wash your car either in the shade or on a cloudy day. Mineral depositsfrom water drops left to dry can also cause damage to paint. And wash often(but not too often—we recommend once every three months) because dirt left toolong on a car invites further damage.
- Choose the right repair shop
Repairinga vehicle’s paint is as much an art as a science. If you take your car in forrepair because it doesn’t look good, you don’t want it leaving with the sameproblem.
Choosingthe right repair shop can mean the difference between a lousy paint job,good-looking paint job that only lasts for a few weeks and a durable,great-looking paint job. To get the latter, bring it to Quanz. Whetheryour paint just needs some touch-ups or requires serious repair, our certifiedtechnicians will take your vehicle through a quality-controlled, eco-friendly process tomake it look as good-as-new! Contactustoday!
An auto body shop may insist on OEM parts and perform quality work to restore your vehicle. But if the paint quality they use to finish the job isn’t up to par, then it may seem all for naught. Poor quality paint may be immediately noticeable, but worse yet, it may deteriorate quickly. You need top-quality paint to ensure long-lasting protection and aesthetic appeal. Continue reading Why the Quality of Paint Your Auto Body Shop Uses Matters
Albuquerque often tops national lists of cities where most car thefts happen. Understandably, many car owners want to avoid discovering that their car is not where they left it. There are a lot of options for aftermarket anti-theft systems. Knowing how they work and what they cost can help you pick the best one for your vehicle.
Types of Anti-Theft Systems
Anti-theft systems may work by:
- Deterring break-ins
Some anti-theft systems are designed to discourage thieves from targeting your car for theft. Car alarms are the most common system that uses this strategy, but other devices, like steering wheel locks that are visible through the windows, may also serve the same purpose.
- Preventing ignition/mobility
You may physically or electronically immobilize your vehicle, making it impossible (or at least extremely difficult) for thieves to take your car. Immobilizing anti-theft systems include:
- Steering wheel lock (like The Club)
- Tire lock
- Kill switch
Some immobilizing anti-theft systems must be deactivated every time you get in your car. Others may be linked to your key fob or other electronic transmitter that automatically recognizes the authorized user (i.e. the driver with the right keys).
- Safeguarding mechanical systems
Because what your car has under the hood may be more valuable than a mode of transportation to some thieves, there are anti-theft systems intended to block access to mechanical components. Hood locks, for instance, require a key to pop the hood, keeping your engine and other chop shop targets safely covered.
- Locating your vehicle
Thieves do not want to be found, so anti-theft systems that allow you (and law enforcement) to find your vehicle make your car an unattractive target. Popular tracking systems include LoJack and other systems (like Verizon’s hum) that plug into your car’s OBD reader.
Considerations for Choosing an Anti-Theft System
There are two major considerations for choosing an anti-theft system:
- What type of theft are you most trying to prevent?
If you depend on your vehicle for work and home life (as most of us do), you want to prevent your car from moving anywhere without your knowledge. So, the ideal anti-theft system will deter thieves from targeting your car at all or will immobilize your car if an unauthorized user gains entry. That makes deterrents and immobilizing systems your top choices.
If you have invested a lot in aftermarket upgrades and customizations, you will likely want to add a layer of protection on top of your mechanical components. That makes a hood key essential.
- What is your budget?
As you know, the simple desire to prevent car theft does not always provide the budget to do so. For those looking for an economical anti-theft system, physical immobilizers—steering wheel and tire locks—are likely the least expensive. For mid-budget range, you may be able to get a decent electronic locking system. Do be aware, however, kill switches typically need to be deactivated before each drive. If that introduces a hassle you cannot tolerate on a daily basis, then an RFID system may be better suited for you.
Owners of newer cars or cars that tend to be stolen more than others may want to invest in multiple systems, including a locating system that makes recovery more likely (and hopefully likely before components have been removed).
For questions or information on installing any aftermarket anti-theft system, call Quanz Auto Body.
Sure, it’s December, but almost any time of year in sunny Albuquerque is good for car washing. And since we recommend washing and waxing your car at least once every three months, that means it may be time for your quarterly exterior clean-up. To do the job right… Continue reading How to Properly Wash, Polish and Wax Your Car