How to Know When Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change

Ideally, you know your vehicle needs an oil change when you’ve reached the date or mileage on the windshield sticker from your last oil change. But, stickers get smudged or removed, people get busy, and all of a sudden, your vehicle may be well overdue for an oil change. If you have no handy sticker or built-in maintenance light to prompt you to visit Quanz Auto Body for an oil change, there are other ways you can tell the time has come. Continue reading How to Know When Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change

What to Do If Your Brakes Stop Working

There are few things more important to your driving safety than your brakes. So, there are few things more frightening than finding out that your brakes do not work while you’re driving. While brake failure will almost inevitably lead to some type of accident damage, you can increase the likelihood that you can walk away and that your car can be restored by knowing what to do.

Once you recognize that your brakes are not responding, your priority is to safely exit traffic and come to a stop. To help you do so: Continue reading What to Do If Your Brakes Stop Working

A Look Under the Hood: What’s Draining Your Battery Power

mechanicalWhile gas makes your car go, it’s electrical, not combustion-generated, energy that powers all the electronics in your car (and starts the combustion cycle). To power them up and keep them running, your vehicle relies on two main components—the battery and the alternator. If you’re having electrical issues, either component could be at fault. But, there are some easy diagnostics you can run in the driver’s seat to determine if it’s time to charge or replace your battery or troubleshoot the alternator.

Understanding Your Vehicle’s Electricity-Generating System

There’s a simple reason your vehicle needs both a battery and an alternator to power your electrical systems Continue reading A Look Under the Hood: What’s Draining Your Battery Power

Best DIY Car Care & Maintenance Tips

Sure, it’s already been hot in Albuquerque, but even more intense heat is still coming…followed in a couple months by monsoon rains. Whether you’ve stayed on top of car care or have neglected maintenance, there are some visual inspections, top-offs and preventative maintenance tasks you can (and must!) do to make sure your car’s ready for summer.

DIY Maintenance for Visibility

Visibility entails your ability to see the road (and obstacles on it) and the ability of other drivers to see you. To ensure optimal visibility during low-sun hours (dawn and dusk) and summer storms, check: Continue reading Best DIY Car Care & Maintenance Tips

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

What Is a Safe Braking Distance?

Rear-end collisions are, probably, the most common type of auto accident in the US. Ever wonder why? Because drivers do not leave enough distance between the front of their car and the back of the car in front of them. Plain and simple.

There’s an easy way to remedy that problem and make yourself virtually incapable of causing a rear-end collision—always maintain a safe braking distance.

Factors Affecting Braking Distance

How much distance it takes to actually stop your car depends on four factors: Continue reading What Is a Safe Braking Distance?