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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Automotive Specialties Inc.
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 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%
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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