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.

Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in Summer

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When outside temperatures reach 80-100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172 degrees, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, there are a few simple, easy steps that you can take to keep your car cool this summer.

From maximizing your air conditioning to finding a shady spot when parking, the following tips can help you maintain a cooler vehicle on those hot and humid days.

audi in sunny caliBlock Car Windows from the Sun

Sun shades: Sun shades help block the direct rays coming into your vehicle, keeping the temperature slightly lower.

Tinted windows: A more expensive, yet constant way to block the sun is with window tinting. Make sure you know your state’s laws, as some have restrictions on how much or which windows you can tint.

Covered parking: Looking for a shady spot or parking your car so the sun is hitting the rear window instead of the windshield, helping keep the steering wheel and front seats slightly cooler.

Keep Your Car’s Seats Cooler

Beware of leather seats in summer! You may want to cover them with towels or use cloth seat covers to help keep them cooler during the summer, or even purchase cooling gel covers or pads.

If it’s in your budget, you might also buy a vehicle with air-conditioned seats, which circulate cool air around your backside.

Typically, this works by utilizing a porous mesh on the car seat so air can flow through it. Fans inside the seat produce air circulation, which is diffused to spread the cooling effect throughout the seat and through the mesh, cooling the seat’s surface.

Take Advantage of Air Conditioning

To maximize your car’s cooling ability, turn the air conditioner on full blast as soon as you start driving and lower your back windows for 10 to 20 seconds. helps push hot air out as the cool air comes out of the vents.

While there may not be a regular interval at which your air conditioning system should be professionally checked, but you may want to get it inspected if the air coming out of the vents doesn’t feel as cold as you remember. If the air coming out doesn’t feel cold, you may need your local auto body repair shop to top off the refrigerant to recharge your system.

Never Leave a Pet in the Car

It is very dangerous and even lethal to leave an animal in a parked car for any amount of time. According to Michael Dix DVM,

“Never leave your pet in a parked car when the outside temperature is above 70 degrees. Not even with the windows partway down, not even in the shade, not even for a quick errand. Dogs and cats can’t sweat like humans, so they pant to lower their body temperature. If they’re inside a car, recycling very hot air, panting gives no relief, and heat stroke can happen quickly.”

While you can’t change the weather, you can prepare your car for the hottest months of the year. Remember these tips this summer and enjoy a cooler car.

How Living on the Coast Affects Your Car

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Living near the ocean can offer a lot of perks. You get the cool ocean breeze, the calming sound of the waves and beautiful views of the sparkling sea. But, while life along the coast may seem ideal, it may not be easy on your car. In fact, certain environmental factors present in coastal locations may cause or accelerate vehicle corrosion and damage.

car driving next to oceanOcean Air and Paint Damage

The coastal environment can affect a vehicle’s paint. The combination of the sun and salt air near a coast can destroy a car’s finish. That’s because the hot sun increases the pores in the paint, which results in greater absorption of salty moisture — and ultimately, more corrosion.

Humidity, Dew and Corrosion

Other parts of the vehicle, including brake calipers, nuts and bolts, can corrode as well. Salty humidity and dew are among the largest factors in progressing corrosion, particularly during certain times of the year.

The longer cars have been exposed to the ocean, the more damage you will notice.

And if the body of the car is extremely corroded it is sometimes cheaper to replace the car rather than try to fix and repaint it.

Preventing Ocean-Related Car Damage

If you are moving to a coastal location or have recently purchased a new car that you want to protect from the coastal elements, there are steps you can take to help slow salt damage to cars. If you are just a few blocks from the beach we suggest the following practices to help you prevent ocean-related damage to cars:

  • Park in a garage or use a vehicle cover, particularly in winter.
  • Wash and wax the paint regularly.
  • Don’t drive on sand or into ocean water. If you do, rinse the underside of the car with a hose after it has cooled off.

Living near the ocean may have negative effects on your car, but if you understand why the damage happens and take the appropriate steps to help limit or prevent it, you can enjoy coastal living with minimal corrosion to your vehicle.

Safety Essentials to Keep in Your Car  

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Summer’s here and everyone’s hitting the road to travel. The last thing you want on your trip is to break down on the side of the road and be left stranded. Keep these safety essentials in your car this summer to avoid any mishaps on the side of the road.

  1. Spare Tire – A flat tire can ruin anyone’s day. Most cars come with a spare donut that can be driven on for only 70 miles, just enough to hopefully get you to a repair shop. Be sure that your car is always equipped with a fully inflated donut or spare tire.
  2. Portable Car Battery Charger – A dead car battery can quickly turn any trip into a disaster if you don’t have jumper cables and another vehicle. Portable battery chargers are a great alternative – most are small and inexpensive.
  3. Warning Devices – Whether you use road flares or bright orange traffic cones, make sure you can alert oncoming drivers about your stopped vehicle.
  4. First Aid Kit – Always be prepared. Make sure that this kit includes the essentials, like bandages, gauze, and sunscreen.
  5. Portable Phone Charger – Many of us rely on our cell phones to be a GPS or to call for help. Keep a portable battery in your car in case your car isn’t able to charge your phone.
  6. Water – In the summer, temperatures in a car can hit record limits. These hot temperatures can increase your risk of dehydration. Be sure to stay hydrated, even if the water is a bit warm.

 

Summer Automotive Maintenance Tips

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Extreme heat in summer takes its toll on everything, including your car. Here are some tips and general information to help protect and extend your car’s health.

  • Tire Pressure: Check your car’s tires’ pressure at least once a month; they lose between 1-2 psi for every 10 degrees of change in temperature. Make sure you check your vehicle’s sticker for the optimal psi: over-inflated, under-inflated or worn down tire can be very dangerous to your car and your safety.
  • Stored Cars: Check your fluids, especially if your car spent the winter months stored in a garage or wasn’t frequently used. Leaks are common in the winter, so make sure you look at your coolant, transmission, differential, power steering and brake fluid.
  • Battery Cleaning: While winter’s cold air is known for killing car batteries, it is the heat of summer that truly takes its toll on batteries. Ensure it has a long-lasting life by keeping it clean.
  • Air Conditioning: If your A/C can’t maintain temperature 10 degrees cooler then the outside air, something is wrong. Take it into a professional autobody shop right away.

For further summer maintenance information and tips, please feel free to give us a call at (617) 364-1722 or fill out a contact form.

Importance of Using a Trusted Collision Center

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A motor vehicle is one of the biggest purchases of many people’s lives.

From saving up the thousands of dollars to choosing just the right shade of color, our cars help define who we are.

You take care of it: you buy it gasoline, you make sure it has enough oil, and you wash it every weekend until it shines.

So it is no surprise how difficult it is to recover from an accident, especially emotionally.

Any crash or collision, big or small, can cause trauma to both the vehicle itself and to your peace of mind. We understand how traumatized and worried you may be, and we are here to help. Your car will only get the highest-quality collision repair. We provide a full detail, as well as a light and fluids check.

Automotive Specialties Inc. offers rental car coordination – free pickup and delivery of your repaired vehicle.

This is the importance of using a trusted car collision repair center: total peace of mind.

Give us a call at (617) 364-1722 or visit us at:
12 Providence Street, Hyde Park, MA

 

5 Fun Facts about Audi

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5 Fun Facts about Audi

1. Apprenticeship – August Horch, the founder ofAudi, worked under Karl Benz, founder of Mercedes-Benz for 3 years before starting his own venture.

2. A. Horch & Cie. – August founded a car manufacturing company called A. Horch and Cie. in 1899. While successful, Horch has differences with investors and decided to start a new company, Audi.

3. Decades of Crash Tests – Audi has been conducting scientific crash tests for over 75 years. The first test had engineers rolling a subcompact F7 down a hill, causing a controlled rollover.

4. Latin for “Hear” – Since August was prohibited from using “Horch” as a trade name in his new car business, he settles for its Latin translation: “Horch!” in German meaning “hear!” became “Audi,” the singular imperative form of “to listen” in Latin.

5) Audi Lunar Quattro – Google’s Lunar XPRIZE competition invites scientists to build a Lunar Rover that can run on the surface of the moon for 500 meters, while broadcasting high-definition live feed. Audi has partnered with a team of scientists in Germany to build a Lunar over powered by Quattro named ‘Audi Lunar Quattro.’

Automotive Specialties Inc brings on Cermaic Pro Products

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At Automotive Specialties in Hyde Park, Massachusetts we are committed to only using the best parts, products, and practices when it comes to the repair or maintenance of your vehicle. Whether it be an Audi, BMW, Range Rover, Jauguar, or any other luxury vehicle, we take every step possible to ensure the best possible care.

That’s why we are excited to partner with Ceramic Pro Products. These products are the industry leader in the ceramic coating world. If you are serious about protecting your vehicles paint, this is the nano-ceramic coating you are looking for. These products have been tirelessly tested by independent 3rd party companies to determine the reliability and effectiveness of their products. Time and time again they out performed their competition.

So what makes Ceramic Pro different from regular ceramic coatings? Ceramic Pro is a multi-layerable, clear, liquid nano-ceramic coating. When cured, using its breakthrough technology the coating will transform itself on the surface to a permanent, durable, glass shield. Ceramic Pro has been described as an additional clear coat, but with 3 times the hardness with self cleaning properties.

Looking to protect your vehicles coating for all seasons of New England weather? Get in touch today to see what Ceramic Pro can do for you.

Below is a video from Ceramic Pro explaining ow their state-of-the-art product works:

 

To learn some more about Ceramic Pro Products, click here.

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