With only three weeks left of winter, Automotive Specialties Inc. thought it would be good to get in the spring spirit. While this hasn’t been as bad of a winter as last year, cars still take a beating with the snow, ice and cold weather. We are welcoming in the spring season by getting our cars prepared to move past winter.
Wash the Underbody:
During the winter, the bottom of your car will naturally build up a layer of salt and sand that can lead to corrosion. Corrosion can directly lead to rust which then makes your car dangerous to drive and much harder to resell. When washing your car, be sure to get underneath and power wash everything.
The winter weather can take a toll on tire pressure. Check the current pressure of all four tires as well as the spare.
Winter can also take a toll on your brakes. With all the rain and wet weather that is around the corner, be sure to that your brakes are in tip top shape.
Check your cars window washing, power steering, break and cooling system fluids. It’s also important to determine if your car is in need of an oil change.
Scrub Your Car:
In addition to underneath your car, the salt mixture can also damage your car’s paint. After giving it a thorough cleaning, it’s suggested that you apply liquid wax. Some target points to scrub are the bottoms of doors, and window channels.
We are ready for winter to be over and we are sure many of you are too! But, during the final month of winter, it’s important that you stay on top of winter tips including:
Choosing the right collision center can be a stressful experience. If you are either new to the area or have yet to find a reliable center, how can you know what the best collision center is? While pricing is important and we often see estimates range, what is the difference between shop A & shop B?
Word Of Mouth
Any shop can advertise but the true key is to ask your friends and family to see what they recommend. A business that has satisfied customers far and near are the ones that are getting the job done right.
Operations’s Location & Overhead
Where customers get hit by extra charges is labor hours. Large body shops with a lot of front office workers will have to bump up their per hour rates to pay for these workers. Each shop may have their own reason and way for developing this per hour rate.
On the other side of things, high end shops may charge more because they look around for everything in the “gray area”, meaning that those things they “may” have to do in order to fix a problem.
Look Around At Estimates
Bringing your car around the area for multiple estimates is the best way to ensure that you don’t get over charged. While it’s important to make sure that you don’t get over charged, you shouldn’t also just go with the lowest cost. The really cheap guys could sound like a good idea now but they could lead to major problems in the future.
Don’t go into an auto body and collision center with your pocket book open. Go in and ask important questions, such as: Do you provide a written warranty? If so, how long? What does your warranty cover? Each shop may have a different warranty and that is important.
Also be sure to ask what type of products the shop is using. Are they new, used or aftermarket parts? Obviously new parts are the best but they don’t offer the best savings that people are looking for. Some aftermarket parts based off the damage, can save a lot of money and can be just as good as the manufacturers originals.
Follow Your Gut
Finally, be sure to follow your intuition. If a shop is always empty that may because people have had bad experiences and they are avoiding it. If the shop is filthy, cluttered and all over the place, maybe that reflects on the work they do?
For more information about how Automotive Specialties Inc can help you, we would be happy to talk. Ask us questions! We can be reached over the phone at (617)364-1722.
New England winters can be absolutely brutal and they take a toll on just about everything. As ice and snow builds up on cars during the winter, one popular question we get from customers is, “How do I stop ice from building up on my car windshield”. While not a simple task, we have have a few options that can get the job done.
- Take a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol and wipe down your cars windshield wipers. This can help your wipers from sticking to the windshield. Unfortunately, this won’t last forever as the rubbing alcohol, eventually evaporates.
- Heated windshield washer fluid can cut through ice.
- Windshield washer fluid can be chemically formulated to prevent icing when paired with specific winter blades.
- Maybe the best solution to prevent icing problem are everblades. These are heated windshield wipers that should be installed by a trained professional.
We hope these four ways help you stay safe driving this winter. For more information on automotive installations, please feel free to give us a call at 617-364-1722 or fill out an online contact form.
Automotive Specialties while happy to work on every car, was in for a special treat last week. We worked on this 2016 Audi RS-7, which is one of the fastest production cars to date. We specifically did a front end impact and also a full detail and window tinting job. Below are four pictures we took of the car:
Our Audi certified mechanics came in really big for this owner. As every Audi car is a huge investment, this car was taken to the right collision center. Our audi certified equipment allowed for a high quality repair and detail work.