Fall Season Automotive Maintenance Tips

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Fall is finally here. The leaves are changing colors, the sun is starting to set earlier and most importantly, temperatures are beginning to drop. as much as you hate to the see the hot summers months pass, so does your car. With winter around the corner, fall is the time to make sure your car is ready for cool becomes cold and rain becomes snow. Here are some fall car tips that can keep your car working properly this upcoming winter

Battery Check

Be sure to keep all the connections within your battery nice and clean. Cold weather is especially tough on batteries, so it is smart to keep everything in check. Batteries don’t often give warning signs before they fail so it is advisable to repair them if they are older than three years old.

Complete Tire Maintenance

It is the time of the year where you should certainly check the situation of your tires. Correct tire pressure and tread depth are crucial. You may want to consider special tires designed for slick road. You should also check your tire pressure on a weekly basis during the frigid months of winter as they are susceptible to losing pressure.New England driving in the fall

Brakes

As the temperature begins to drop, the roads will more frequently get covered in snow and ice. Because of this, consider having your brakes checked. Brakes are absolutely crucial to your safety and this is more than ever, one time of the year they need to be working perfectly.

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Automotive Specialties is your go to for luxury auto repairs. For further information on our services or questions about other suggested fall maintenance tips, please feel free to give us a call at 617-364-1722 or fill out our online contact form.

Suggestions for Successfully Detailing Your Car

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Having a clean car is important for a number of reasons. For starters, driving a well-kept vehicle every day will make you feel less stressed than climbing into a cluttered, messy automobile. Furthermore, maintaining a clean car will allow you to more easily transport your friends and family members. Finally, cleanliness is key if you plan to sell or trade-in your current vehicle anytime soon. 

If you know your car is due for a detailing job, this guide is here to help. In the following sections, you will discover the steps you need to take to properly detail your car, so it is sure to look its very best. 

Vacuum hard-to-reach areas

Most vehicle interiors have their fair share of hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. The spaces beside the seats and next to the console, for example, may be challenging to get to on a regular basis. Therefore, when you’re detailing your car, you should pay special attention to these areas, as they are likely to accumulate everything from unwanted dirt to spare change. Use a handheld vacuum with a brush attachment to most effectively clean your car’s crevices. 

Wash out the cup holders

Cup holders are an essential part of any drive, but they can become dirty extremely quickly. Most people don’t clean their cup holders on a regular basis, though. The best way to get all the grime out of these small spaces is to place a cloth sprayed with cleaner over a travel cup, then twist the cup around inside of each cup holder. 

Add lube to the hood hinges

Over time, the hood hinges on any vehicle can become tight and squeaky. While you’re detailing your car, you should give them some extra attention. Spray lithium grease on a clean cloth and vigorously rub the hinges on both sides. Once the hood hinges have been properly lubricated, wipe any excess grease off to avoid rusting. 

Get rid of peeling stickers. 

If the stickers on your car have seen better days, the best time to get rid of them for good is while you’re detailing your entire automobile. Begin pulling each sticker at a 90-degree angle. High-quality ones may easily come off without leaving anything behind. In other cases, though, stickers may come off in pieces or leave gummy residue on your windows. Goo-Gone and other similar products can be used to remove this sticky substance. 

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These tips should help you clean your vehicle until it sparkles. It is, however, important to use high-quality cleaning products to achieve the best possible results. If you aren’t sure what to use, do your research ahead of time to discover what brands manufacture the best auto cleaning supplies. Call Automotive Specialties for help with detailing and have your car looking spotless!

Qualities to Look for in a Dependable Auto Body Shop

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Getting in an accident or having repairs done to your car be stressful, especially when it comes to how it gets repaired. There are most likely tons of auto body shops in your area but which one should you bring it to and why? Here are five qualities to look for in a trusted a dependable autobody shop.

1)    Experience

No one wants to bring their car to someone who says “I think I can”. You want your car to be handled by a professional. Getting your car fixed isn’t just about the repairs, it’s about coming up with a long-lasting solution so the issue doesn’t arise again. There hundreds of different parts that all work together as one cohesive unit in your car and you want to be sure more issues aren’t created when one is fixed. The more experience the better!

2)    Licensing, Certification, and Insurance

There are dozens of different certificates and licenses that auto body shops can obtain. If your mechanic says, for example, he works at an Audi Certified Collision Repair Center, that status certifies all staff has been trained and certified to work on Audi vehicles. You also want to make sure the auto body shop is insured. This ensures that if additional damages happen to your vehicle you are not liable

3)    Well-Rounded Service

If your car is in an accident you are most likely going to need more than one type of repair. Make sure your auto body shop can handle multiple different repairs or it will cost you both time and money. From fixing bumpers to repairing glass and providing touch up painting services, the more services an auto body shop can provide the better.

4)    High-Tech Resources

As cars evolve, so do the resources shops have at their disposal to fix them. Bring your car to a shop that stays up to date with the latest trends to ensure your vehicle is being dealt with in a proper and modernized fashion. For example, if your car needs a paint job, find out if the company uses computerized automatic paint matching for a seamless finish.

5)    Services Provided For Convenience

Although the main repairs to your vehicle are important, companies that provide extra services for free or at a discounted rate show a sense of loyalty and care for the customer. Providing free detailing services or a free paint job after an incident are different services a company may offer to show you how important your business is to them.

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At Automotive Specialties Inc. we go above and beyond to make our customers happy. We are licensed, certified, and insured and can offer you some of the best deals in the area! For more information on our services, give us a call at  (617) 364-1722 or fill out a contact form.

Automotive Specialties: Gold Class I-Car Recognized Company

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Automotive Specialities is proud to be a member of the Gold Class I-Car community. Our hard work and dedication over the years lead to us becoming a leader in automotive collision repair. The Gold Class I-Car designation is given to companies that display the highest form of training when it comes to collision repair. With only 20% of companies meeting the rigorous Gold Glass I-Car standard, it is a special honor to have Automotive Specialties given this recognition.

Gold Class I-Car Designation

The Gold Class I-Car designation goes beyond in-depth training; its companies ability to perform collision repair services in a timely fashion. According to a study done by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the average length of time customers rented a vehicle after their car went into a Gold Class I-Car collision repair shop was 6.5 days in comparison to the industry average of 11.5 days.

Facts about the Gold Class I-Car Designation:

 

  • Gold Class businesses outperformed other body shops by 47% according to the CynCast Shop Performance Value Rating
  • Customer satisfaction rose 5% within 6 months after repair shops were given the Gold Class I-Car designation
  • Cycle time (the time it takes a vehicle to safely be repaired) improved by 14%
  • Touch time (the number of hours a technician works on a vehicle) improved by 33%

 

Automotive Specialties Inc.

Automotive Specialties Inc. has been in business for over 40 years providing luxury car collision services to customers in the Boston area. The Gold Class I-Car designation is something we are very proud of as it is a testament to all the hard work and dedication our employees have put into providing customers the best possible collision repairs services. We treat each car as if it was our own and provide detailing to all vehicles that have had work done on them. Our goal is to return your vehicle in better shape than it was before it was in a collision.

How Hot Weather Affects Your Car

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Summer weather is finally upon us! There’s nothing like rolling down the windows, listening to some tunes and breathing in the fresh air as you drive. As great as the summer weather may be, it also can take quite the toll on your car. Here are some of the most common car parts that are affected by hot temperatures.

Tires

You should be checking your tire pressure year round and putting an even bigger emphasis on them during the summer. Having hot tires on hot pavement can result in a blowout. Having improperly inflated tires can make the matter worse so make sure to check your tire pressure at least once a month.

Battery

Cold weather is usually more harmful on your battery than warm but the hot summer months can also take a toll on your battery. Long summer trips add extra vibration to the battery and can shorten the lifespan of it. Make sure to always have jumper cables or a battery box on hand in case of emergencies.

Oil

Warmer weather results in more travel and more miles on your vehicle. Changing your oil is another year-round maintenance check you should do but it should be elevated during the summer. Since your hot engine needs all the lubrication it can get, replacing your oil in intervals to make sure it always has a sufficient amount is a must. A rule of thumb is to change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

Coolant

Just like antifreeze keeps your engine from freezing in the winter, coolant keeps your engine from overheating during the summer. The last thing you want is for your engine to overheat and break down during a long road trip, not to mention it can end up with you having to spend thousands of dollars to replace it. Your car has a temperature gauge for a reason, keep a close eye on it!

Automotive Specialties Inc.

If your vehicle is having trouble, take it to a trusted and dependable autobody shop like Automotive Specialties Inc. We have an Audi Certified Collision Center and have worked with dozens of different makes and models from all over the world. For more information, give us a call us at (617) 462-1722.

4 Ways to Stay Warm When Your Car Heater is Broken

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Sitting in a cold car in the dead of winter waiting for it to warm up can be almost agonizing, but realizing that your heater is broken and that your car won’t be heating up is even worse. Even though you may want to get your heater fixed right away, this can be expensive and time consuming, and perhaps you just don’t have the time and money to spare. If your car heater stopped working, and you can’t get it fixed any time soon, there are still a number of small ways to keep yourself warm despite the cold outside.

Park inside the garage

If you have a garage, this is the best option to get a little extra warmth on those cold winter days. Parking your car inside the garage will shield it from the most brutal cold outside, and will keep it at least a few degrees warmer (and more comfortable!) for you. Plus, if your garage is connected to your home, you can avoid facing the cold outside, which will help keep you warmer in general.

Invest in a windshield cover.

If you don’t have a garage or covered area you can park in, and there’s snow and ice outside, you’ll have to spend a considerable amount of time standing in the cold scraping your windshield (remember that as long as your heater isn’t working, neither will the defroster for your windshield!). Standing outside for that long will only make you colder, so cut this time down considerably by investing in a windshield cover. Lay it over your windshield at night, and in the morning all you have to do is shake off the snow, then you’ll be on your way!

Bring portable heat

If you’ve got a couple extra blankets lying around the house, keep a couple in your car to use while driving around. Laying them around your shoulders and on your lap can provide a little extra warmth. If blankets just won’t cut it, consider buying a heated seat cover that you can plug into your car’s interior power socket. Sitting on a heated seat will certainly bring you warmth and make you feel cozy.

Buy a pack of hand warming packets

Sometimes the worst part about a cold car is having to grip the steering wheel, which feels like an icicle. To avoid this, consider buying a pack of small hand warming packets, which you can slip into your gloves, lay on your lap, or even slip under your socks. Although they may not warm up your whole body, that little bit of warmth will still help to make your drive more bearable.

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If you car is having trouble with heat, bring it to Automotive Specialities. We fix luxury cars and can have your car back on the road in no time. For more information about our services, give us a call at (617) 364-1722 or fill out a contact form.

5 Tips To Help Save You Money When It Comes To Your Vehicle

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We’ve all had car problems before! Just when you least expect it, you see that check engine light come on and your heart drops. Although some issues may require you to take your vehicle into for service, a lot of the issues can be handled yourself and save you a lot of money! Here are some tips to help fix issues you may be having with your vehicle.

Changing Your Coolant

Your car’s coolant won’t last forever. You should roughly expect to change it after 24,000 miles if you use green coolant and 100,000 miles if you use extended-life coolant. Although it doesn’t have to be replaced that often, keeping an eye on it can save you a lot of money because if you do drive on worn coolant, it can begin to affect your radiator, heater core, and water pump.

Changing Your Oil

Ever needed to replace your engine? Probably not. If you want it to stay that way, then I suggest you pay attention to your oil level. If you neglect to change your oil, it can begin to overheat your engine, wear out the parts, and eventually lead to it completely breaking down and not working anymore.

Changing Your Cabin Air Filter

No one likes a cold car in the winter! If your heat isn’t getting as warm as it should, it could be due to a clogged air filter, which reduces the effectiveness of your heat. You should expect to replace your cabin air filter at least once a year to make sure your cars A/C system and heating are working efficiently.

Cleaning Your Headlights

It’s important to be able to see while driving at night and foggy headlights could lead to you not being able to drive well. For a small price, you can buy a special headlight cleaning kit instead of getting your headlights completely changed.

Cleaning Your Battery Terminals

As time goes on, your battery begins to wear and could be corroding in the process. Checking from time to time on your battery to make sure there is no corrosion can help you out in the long run, as a corroded battery can also lead to computer-control system issues as well as charging problems.

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If your car has been in an accident or needs repair and you want a premier service to fix it, look no further Automotive Specialties Inc. to get the job done! Give us a call at 617-364-1722 or visit our website for more information.


        

Why Is I-Car Certification Important?

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Automotive Specialties is proud to announce that we are a Gold and Platinum I-Car certified shop.  If you’re not in the automotive world, you may not have heard of these achievements before, but they reflect our team’s commitment to being the best at what we do.  If you’re not familiar, here is a quick run-down of what each certification means and why it’s important.

 

I-Car Professional Development Program

The I-Car program provides professional development for the collision repair industry.  Depending on your role (technician, insurance, etc.) your training is tailored to fit what an individual would need to do their job to the best of his/her ability.  Training is designed to build upon existing knowledge and skills, and is updated to reflect the latest in collision repair techniques.

 

Gold Class Professionals Business Recognition

Gold Class is the highest achievement in training recognized by the auto collision industry.  It’s estimated that only 20% of repair shops currently meet this standard, and Automotive Specialties is a part of that elite group.  Maintaining this certification means that the automotive staff has to undergo continuous training, staying up-to-date on the latest technology and repair techniques in the industry.

 

Platinum Individual Recognition

I-Car’s Platinum recognition offers a clear path for automotive professionals to continue their professional skill development.  This industry recognized certification keeps our technicians trained on current vehicle technology and safety that translates into faster, safer, more efficient repairs for you.

 

When you trust your luxury car to Automotive Specialties, you trust it to the best!  We are constantly working to exceed your expectations and provide the best in collision repair.  Call us at 617-364-1722, or click here to see our services.

4 of the Best Luxury Cars of 2018

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For many, owning a luxury car represents the “I’ve finally made it” moment—when you feel secure enough to indulge in all-leather seats, the most advanced technology, and an ultra-smooth ride. The rising popularity of leased vehicles has made driving a luxury car easier than ever before; according to Statistica, luxury cars purchases account for about 6% of the current U.S. car market.

In the market for a luxury car? Here are some of the best models in 2018:

1) 2018 Porsche Cayenne

If you’re looking for a sports car that comes ready for adventure, turn to the new Porsche Cayenne. With a new, dynamic design, this model sports a new generation of engine redeveloped completely from scratch, going from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds with a top track speed of 152 mph.

The Cayenne also offers outstanding digital connectivity with range of helpful services and smartphone apps that simplify your drive, such as the new Porsche Connect app, Apple CarPlay, My Porsche and the Porsche Connect Store.

2) 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz continues to pave the way forward when it comes to innovative luxury design with the newly redesigned 2018 S-Class. More majestic and more athletic than its predecessors, the extensive hand-tailoring of the interior leather shows the thoughtful attention to detail and topclass quality that Mercedes is known for.

With radar-based technology, the system will alert you to an impending accident or collision and automatically provide an appropriate level of braking to help prevent a collision. And with their new, patented PRE-SAFE technology, a special “pink noise” tone will be emitted just before an accident, reducing the effects of a collision on occupants’ hearing.

3) 2018 Jaguar I-Pace

The legendary luxury car brand’s first all-electric car, this Jaguar has the acceleration of a sports car, reaching 60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds. With near perfect weight distribution offering instant torque and an elegant, highly aerodynamic design, this electric car is not your ordinary electric car. And the 90 kWh battery allows a very impressive 240 mile driving range, giving you peace of mind for long trips and everyday adventures.

4) 2018 Lexus ES

The most advanced ES yet, the 2018 Lexus ES offers first-of-its-kind technology and a more powerful engine, convincing Kelly Blue Book to call it “about the closest thing to a sure bet.” If you like those odds, this may be the car for you. It’s a premium sedan rates high for safety and reliability and is roomier than some of its close competitors. When it comes to getting a bang for your buck, this car is capable of 40 mpg in the city.

 

2018 has seen a wide range of top luxury vehicle offerings from all of our favorite brands, and competition between them continues to drive the pace of innovation. It’s tough to say which are “best,” but we certainly have our favorites. What model would you list as the number one luxury car for 2018? Call Automotive Specialties Inc. today to find out more about the industry’s top offerings, and to figure out which car would be the right fit for your lifestyle.

Tips for Jumpstarting a Car

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How to Tell If Your Battery Is Dead

car broken downBefore you try jump starting a car, you need to determine that the battery is the reason the car isn’t starting up. If you turn the ignition and hear the engine cranking, a dead battery isn’t your problem and jump starting it won’t do a darn thing. However, if you turn the key and the car does absolutely nothing, then there’s a good chance you have a dead battery on your hands and jumping it may be your ticket to getting back on the road. Whether you left the lights on or it’s that the battery is just old, sometimes even the most reliable cars won’t start.

With a little planning, though, you can be prepared if you ever need to give your battery a charge.

Using Jumper Cables

 

DO NOT TOUCH the metal clamps to any metal other than as described below. Doing so could cause an electric shock.

Before you hit the road, make sure you have jumper cables in your emergency car kit. Once someone has arrived with a working car that you can use to charge your dead battery, try the following steps:

  1. Park the front of the two cars close together but make sure they don’t touch.
  2. Make sure both cars are turned off.
  3. Connect the positive jumper cable (usually red) to the positive terminal (usually marked with a plus sign) on the “dead” battery.
  4. Connect the other end of the positive cable (+) to the positive battery terminal on the vehicle with the “good” battery.
  5. Connect the negative cable (usually black) to the negative terminal on the vehicle with the “good” battery.
  6. Connect the other end of the negative cable (-) to some large metallic part of your car’s engine block.

NEVER connect it to the negative (-) post of the “dead” battery as it will cause sparks.

  1. Check that the cables are not near any moving engine parts.
  2. Start the “booster” vehicle and let the engine idle for a few minutes.
  3. Start the vehicle with the “dead” battery.
  4. Remove the cables in reverse order (negative from “dead” battery, negative from “live” battery, positive from “live” battery, positive from “dead” battery)

Make sure to keep the jumped car running for at least 30 minutes to give the battery sufficient time to recharge.

 

If you are not comfortable performing any of these steps, call a professional for assistance.

Call Roadside Assistance

Many auto insurers now offer roadside assistance plans for their customers, which often provide help with common situations, such as breakdowns, flat tires and dead batteries. It can be a relief to know professional help is just a call away (or click, as some providers offer apps as well) if your car won’t start. If you don’t have this service, you may want to consider adding it to your auto insurance coverage or purchasing a roadside assistance service plan.

After your car is running again, remember that a jump is meant to restart the disabled vehicle, not to recharge the battery. It may be a good idea to put the jumped battery on a battery charger, which you can buy at an automotive store, as soon as possible to help ensure that it’s charged to full capacity.

If you’re unsure about the long-term health of your battery, consult a mechanic or a professional at an automotive store for advice.

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