You’re on the highway, and a rock flies up out of nowhere. You come out of the shopping center to find a small ding in your door from 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 in an accident, so you bring it to Quanz Auto Body. We repair the damage, find the correct paint, spray it on, shine it up and we’ve finished…right?
That’s the paint 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 of these can damage your car’s paint.Continue reading Summer Vehicle Paint Tips to Prevent Fading
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.Continue reading Why Is My Car Paint Peeling…And What Can I Do to Protect My Paint?
Your car is an investment, and you want to keep your car’s paint looking good-as-new for as long as possible. But life’s every-day doesn’t make that task simple. As car repair specialists, Quanz Auto Care is here to help you with a few pointers to help you keep your car’s paint shiny and new!
- Be gentle
Your car’s paint job is made to stand up to a lot of abuse. But over time, small rocks, rubs, scrapes and even sunlight can cause your car’s paint to look less than its best.
There’s no way to avoid all paint-damaging hazards, but one of the most important things you can do is to avoid rough roads, gravel roads and construction zones as much as possible. (Although, who isn’t already trying to stay away from construction zones, right?) Keeping on smooth, clear roads will dramatically decrease the amount of debris you encounter, which reduces the overall amount of damage your paint sustains.
- Keep it covered
Much like photos and fabric, your car’s paint will fade and crack from exposure to UV rays. Keeping your vehicle covered is the best protection.
Ideally, keeping your car covered means parking it in a garage or carport. Under shade is good, but be aware that trees introduce other paint hazards—like sap, perching birds and falling branches.
- Wash carefully and regularly
To keep your car’s paint looking fresh and new, wash gently. Use detergent formulated for cars and soft, clean sponges to wash and a clean chamois and microfiber towels to dry.
Make sure you wash your car either in the shade or on a cloudy day. Mineral deposits from 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 too long on a car invites further damage.
- Choose the right repair shop
Repairing a vehicle’s paint is as much an art as a science. If you take your car in for repair because it doesn’t look good, you don’t want it leaving with the same problem.
Choosing the 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. Whether your paint just needs some touch-ups or requires serious repair, our certified technicians will take your vehicle through a quality-controlled, eco-friendly process to make it look as good-as-new! Contact us today!
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
Albuquerque often makes the list of cities with the highest rates of car theft. To prevent becoming a victim, safeguard your car and the things in it to deter thieves from targeting your vehicle.
Common sense is the first defense against car thieves. In short, don’t make your car an attractive or easy target. Discourage thieves by: Continue reading Tips to Prevent Car Break-ins and Theft
Winter driving conditions increase the risk of car accidents. If you are involved in a crash, you may be tempted to put repairs off until spring, especially if your car is drivable and looks okay…don’t. To prevent further damage, you need to get repairs done right way. Continue reading Don’t Wait ‘til Spring to Repair Winter Collision Damage