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Car Paint Maintenance

September 6th, 2018 Posted by auto body paint, car paint, car paint maintenance No Comment yet

It may not be as valuable as the engine, but the first thing people see will be your car or trucks’s paintjob. Whether you drive a sports car, utility vehicle, van, luxury car, or sport utility vehicle people will see, and judge, based on the paintjob and appearance of your vehicle.

We probably don’t realize just how much time we spend in our car. Think about the hours in traffic. And then it is the first things people see when they come to your home, gleaming in the driveway. Your car, and its appearance say a lot about you. So it is more than vanity that you want to take care of that paint. Naturally anything wears down over time. Nevertheless there are still things you can do to extend the life of the paint on your vehicle and minimize damage to the exterior.

Commitment

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I Read a few articles on caring for your cars paint job and you will probably see this theme going through them. The theme I speak of is that you have to be committed to caring for your car’s paint exterior. This means a regular schedule of washing and waxing your car. Like any other part of the vehicle you have to make concerted scheduled effort to maintain it, and the rewards are obvious.

You wouldn’t think neglect would be one of the big reasons people do not properly maintain their car’s paint job but it really is. And the remedy for this is not that complicated. Here are a few basic things to incorporate into your car maintenance routine to protect that paint.

Regular Car Washing

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This one is pretty much car maintenance 101. Regular car washings are a big part of a paint maintenance program. A few caveats here. Make sure to actually have a reminder to do it as it easy to put something like this off. Second use a detergent or shampoo that is designed for cars. Do not use something designed for dishes or anything except an automobile. It will make a big difference.

Protecting Automotive Paint

But there is more to washing the car to protect the paint

Washing is not enough. You want to make sure it is dry without damaging the paint. For this use a microfiber cloth to gently mop up existing water. Avoid jerky or expansive movements that can spread dirt around or potentially ad spots or blemishes to the paint. Think steady, slow , controlled movements and do not rush.

Car Paint Maintenance: Detailing

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If you are still reading at this point it is time to detail. This is the stage of going back to the car and gently working out any additional dirt, spot, or blemishes. There are a number of compounds you can use to do this. Just make sure it is a reputable brand designed for car detailing. Also read the directions thoroughly and follow them.

Waxing The Vehicle Paint

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Waxing is the final step in this simple maintenance program. Make sure to wax your car or truck after detailing. Use a microfiber cloth and smooth circular strokes to apply it.

Word To The Wise

Make sure to read the directions and understand them before you apply any product to your vehicle. Better yet, hire a professional to do this for you. Your time is valuable and using a car paint product incorrectly could have disastrous consequences.

Looking For A New Paint Job For Your Car And Truck

Mack’s Body Shop In Portsmouth is the perfect place to give your car or truck a new paint job. We specialize in paint and auto body work. Call us for a free estimate. We do accept all types of insurance if that is applicable to the job.


References

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 7 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR CAR PAINT

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Your Bibliography: Bmw.com. (2018). 7 ways to protect your car paint. [online] Available at: https://www.bmw.com/en/automotive-life/7-tips-on-paint.html [Accessed 3 Sep. 2018].

Causes Of Wheel Noise

Mysterious Noises Coming From Your Tires…

June 1st, 2018 Posted by body shop, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, tips, tires No Comment yet

There is no end to the maintenance you have to consider when you own a car, truck, or anything with pistons and an axle. There are hundreds of parts, lots of friction, and inevitable wear and tear. And no area is that more evident, than with your tires.

Even if your tires are not flat they seem to always be communicating to you something is not right. From all types of vibrations to other ominous noises, they always need something. And the minute we sense them, we turn into tire detectives to resolve the problem before we get a flat tire or worse.

So here is a quick checklist of things that could be causing the tire noise or vibration menace:

  • Wheel bearings are malfunctioning
  • Faulty Ball Joints
  • Faulty Tie Ends
  • Tires are worn down
  • Tires are poorly inflated
  • Poorly balanced tires
  • Faulty Brake Disc
  • Faulty Brake Pads
  • Bad Axle

Wow that is a lot. Getting it fixed, while tedious, can prevent even bigger problems with your vehicle, so take care of those tires.


Sources

Autotechnician. “The Causes Noise and Vibration in Wheels Areas.” Car Maintenance Tips, 18 Mar. 2018, cartreatments.com/noise-and-vibration-in-wheel-area/.

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Car Sun Damage

April 12th, 2018 Posted by body shop, car sun damage, tips No Comment yet

With Winter ending, the sun will soon be blazing across Western Branch, Chesapeake, And Portsmouth. As a body shop located in the Western Branch And Portsmouth Area, we understand damage, to any part of a car. Just because the sun is not a 2000 lb Toyota smashing into your side, does not mean it cannot hurt your vehicle. And this damage can hurt you at re-sale or just in your general satisfaction with your car or truck.

car repair for sun damageIn fact from the minute your car’s paint gets exposed to sunlight, the potential for long term sun damage begins. And it is not just the exterior. As heat builds up in the car interior the upholstery fades, cracks, and takes on damage. These all become expensive eye sores that hurt resale value.

Protecting The Exterior

A simple remedy to prevent paint damage to the car exterior is to regularly wash and wax your car. This keeps harmful pollutants, dirt and minerals off the paint and insulates it from future damage

Protecting The Interior

A simple interior windshield cover can keep the outrageous heat levels down in your vehicle. This simple remedy can help you protect your upholstery for years to come. Also park in places with natural shade. Why incur sun damage that you do not have too.

Here is a video with some quick easy reminders on why you need to protect your car interior and exterior from ongoing sun damage

Need Body Or Auto Body Repair In Western Branch?

Maybe you have had too much sun exposure to your car. If that is the case, we are here to help. We specialize in the restoration of interiors and exteriors of many types of vehicles. This includes trucks and cars. We also work with insurance companies.


repair sun damage to carReferences

“How To Protect Your Car From Sun Damage.” Autobytel.com, www.autobytel.com/car-ownership/maintenance-repair/how-to-protect-your-car-from-sun-damage-121619/.

“Protect Your Car from the Damaging Effects of Sun and Heat.” State Farm® – Simple Insights®, State Farm, 3 Apr. 2018, www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/auto-and-vehicles/protect-your-car-from-the-damaging-effects-of-sun-and-heat.

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Body Shop Tips: Getting The Estimate

March 6th, 2018 Posted by body shop, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, suffolk body shop, tips No Comment yet

body shop in chesapeake, vaGetting An Estimate for Body Work On Your Car

One thing to never forget, is that the process of getting an estimate is vital to your wallet. This is, in itself, is an art form. The most obvious ramification of this is to visit more than one body shop in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Or Virginia Beach. This sounds easy but when your car needs to be fixed you may feel rushed. Don’t do it. Patience is a virtue when selecting an auto body repair shop. In fact the lack of patience could cost you thousands of wasted dollars and leave you with sub par work. So maybe a better way to phrase it is:

Have Patience When Selecting Your Auto Shop And Get Multiple Estimates

So you got the autobody estimates, now what…

Not all the estimates look the same. You probably notice line items do not match up perfectly. So take the estimates back to the shops and ask them why one item is on another quote and not the one they gave you. This process will do a lot for you. First you will see how they handle objections. Second, you can make sure you are actually getting a good deal with that lower total quote.

body shop in chesapeakeMaybe that lower total quote isn’t lower at all…

Make sure it is an apples to apples comparison. Are they using brand name parts or generics. How many of your type of car have they worked on. Naturally if you have restored twenty Hyundai’s, you will know a lot more about the nuances of doing them than someone who has never fixed one. I say take it a step further. Ask for a reference from someone who had a similar car to yours. It does not hurt to ask.

Speaking Of Car Repair References..

Word of mouth and reviews still are critical in this process. Early in the process of searching for an autobody repair dealer, start getting lots of feedback in the form of reviews and recommendations. There is a lot to lose, so it is worth it to spend lots of time getting this kind of information.

Focus On Quality..Not Just The Bottom Line

It is tempting to focus on the lowest quote number. But that kind of quote can mean shoddy parts, poor service, and subpar work. In the long run, you did not save a dime. See the big picture when you are selecting. Choose the greatest value to you and your car, in the short and long term.


References

HOW TO FIND A TRUSTWORTHY AUTO BODY SHOP — THE SIMPLE DOLLAR

In-text: (The Simple Dollar, 2018)

Your Bibliography: The Simple Dollar. (2018). How to Find a Trustworthy Auto Body Shop — The Simple Dollar. [online] Available at: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/car-insurance-auto-body/ [Accessed 28 Feb. 2018].

 

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Autobody Shop Advice

January 9th, 2018 Posted by brakes, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop No Comment yet

As an Autobody Shop serving Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Western Branch, part of our business is fixing cars that have faced some damage..a lot of damage. But we would rather you be free of repairs, breakdowns, accidents, and fender benders. Thus we have put together some pointers here to add to your repertoire of maintenance tips to keep you out of the body shop.

Auto Body Tips For Brakes

You tap the break dozens of times a day. So much so you may not even realize something could be going wrong. Brakes are something you want to keep your eye on. Yes, there are fail safes put into new cards by many auto manufacturers, but why take chances. Here are some things to be on the lookout for.

Hit The Brakes

If you notice the brake pedal is sticking or sinking, you need to get it checked out. Failure to do itcould get you or someone around hurt very badly. Beyond just costly autobody repair, your safety could be heavily in jeopardy.

Some other signs to watch out for are noises you know are not supposed to occur. Grinding, squeals, screeching, scratching,bouncing  and knocking are all signs something is not right. Call right away and get your local mechanic to check this out.

You would think I would not have to say this, but if you smell burning that can be a sign of friction and major brake damage and failure. As a general rule, there is not a“good” reason to smell burning with your automobile or any gas powered machine.

Don’t Ignore The Check Light

If you see a light come on for maintenance, do not ignore it. Get it checked out right away.

brake_inspection_suffolkBut why wait..?

Time is no friend of brakes. Have a regular maintenance schedule for you car and brakes. And always have your technician check the brake fluid when you get your oil change.

In Fact..If It Don’t Feel Right

Even if you take your car in and it is not for brake problems, the odds are real good what you thought was brake problems was some other part of auto system that was just as important.

Even Better..Have A Regular Maintenance Schedule

No one has ever regretted over inspecting their brakes. Make sure to have a copy of your recommended maintenance schedule for brakes and then put these in your calendar. If you have a digital calendar, even better. The time to think about braking is not when they are failing.

And If You Need Autobody Repair

Let us give you a quote at Macks. We work with insurance companies and take pride in our work

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More Tips To Choose The Best Body Shop

November 16th, 2017 Posted by body shop, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, tips No Comment yet

 When your car is damaged you want it repaired right, without hassles or excessive charges. The most effective way to do this is to make sure you spend a lot of time in the research and selection process of choosing the right Auto body repair shop in Chesapeake or Portsmouth.

I mean go online and see how many different shops there are that claim to be able to repair your vehicles like it was before the accident or fender bender. You will see scores of places offering to do the work. So what do you do?

Here are a few more tips to help you:

portsmouth body shopThe Proof Is In The Pudding

Ask to see some of the projects they did. They will have pictures of before and after projects. Ask them how long the specific project took and the cost. You can never go wrong asking questions about the work. In addition to asking questions about the work ask for references. References

A good auto body shop will take pride in the work they do. In fact that is a little bit of an understatement. For those who do it is satisfying to take an automobile with wear and tear, or accident damage and make it beautiful again. Or that look in the customer’s eye when they see the shiny glow of a new paint job. So that being the case ask for references.

chesapeake auto body shopAsk For Verification From Happy Customers

Ask to contact a few of the customers who have had work done. They can give you the reassurance you need before entrusting your car repair project to anyone. Also an ACTUAL customer will probably volunteer things you did not even think to ask. Remember, they have gone through the process and can tell you what to expect

In fact, even if you have already made up your mind who to use, talk to a happy customer from that shop. Ask them what things they would have done differently. They may mention things they wish they had added to the job or things they didn’t even know to ask about before.

Another tip

Don’t Overpay..

I talked about this in a former post. Here is a link to some tips to keep you from paying more than you need to on your car repair. The article talks about places where you are paying for things you may not realize and I do not mean just on the car.

Here is the link


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Contact us for an effortless quote. We work with auto insurers and we work with you!


Sources

Moor, T. (2017, August 25). How Can I Find a Reputable Auto Body Shop? Retrieved November 07, 2017, from https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-can-i-find-reputable-auto-body-shop.htm

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Body Shop: Choosing The Right Auto Repair Garage in Portsmouth or Chesapeake

October 13th, 2017 Posted by Blog, body shop, Cars for Sale, tips No Comment yet

I have never met anyone who loved looking for a body shop. Once perusing Portsmouth, Chesapeake, or Suffolk body shops you may not get the same magical feeling you had when you were shopping for that new car. The new car that is now damaged and needs repair. It probably feels more like getting a doctor than anything else.

On top of that most people in Hampton Roads have no idea what to look for, what to watch out for, and what to expect. It is new territory. Well hopefully this article will give you some key information to add to your repertoire of experience. I will say that I could not possibly go over every thing you need to know here. I am saying that knowledge is power and any tidbit can help you get the best price, value, experience, and deal.

body shop in portsmouthAuto Body Shop: Tip 1

Am I paying for more than I bargained for?

This question may seem a little sinister but I am referring to overhead costs that you are paying for that you really shouldn’t. I saw an article by Edmunds that mentioned you are paying for that great location a body shop is in. Yes, one body shop may be pristine with a coffee machine, new couches, television, and other mini amenities except there is one problem. The problem:

good value body shop in portsmouth, virginiaYou Are Paying For It

Yes those fantastic freebies are not free. They are costs being passed back to you in the form of higher fees. It also means a garage or auto body repair shop may be more aggressive in selling more things than you may need. Hey, overhead is overhead. It has to be payed for somewhere and businesses are there to make money, not give things away.

Did I mention Labor?

All labor is not created equal. In fact one auto body repair in one part of town may have to pay more to staff than another. And guess what…those costs are passed on to you. Do not judge a book by it’s cover, labor in one part of town will cost more if costs more to live in that area.

The solution

Check out Mack’s Body Shop. Our prices are reasonable and our prices are great! Contact us for an estimate. We work with insurance companies as well.


Our Location

We are conveniently located in Portsmouth, Virginia


 

 

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo…Loaded

September 5th, 2017 Posted by Cars for Sale No Comment yet

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo…Loaded. Heated leather seats. Navigation, sunroof, 6 cd changer, alloy wheels, new tires, 4X4, looks and runs like new, v6 3.7, 100k miles. Book is $7800.00. Asking $6300.00.

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo…Loaded
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Steps to Buying a Used Car

August 6th, 2017 Posted by Cars for Sale No Comment yet

How to Find and Buy a Good Used Car

If you’re looking to buy a used car, you’re far from alone. Between private-party and dealership sales, nearly 40 million used cars exchange hands each year.

With so many choices, finding that one right car for you can be a challenge. So we’ve created a list of steps to help make finding and buying your perfect used car a breeze. If you need more personalized help along the way, reach out to the Edmunds Shopper Advice team for free assistance. You also can be paired with an Edmunds car shopping adviser, who can help you no matter where you are in the process of getting a used car. This service is also free from Edmunds. Let’s get started.

Step 1: How Much Car Can You Afford?
A rule of thumb: If you’re taking out a loan to pay for your car, your car payment shouldn’t be more than 20 percent of your take-home pay. If you’re sticking to a tight budget, you may want to spend even less. Used cars will need a little extra attention from time to time: new tires, maintenance and the like. And then there are the other ownership costs shoppers sometimes forget to account for, such as fuel and insurance.

If the car you’re planning to buy is out of warranty, it might be a good idea to set aside a “just-in-case” fund to cover any unexpected repairs.

Step 2: Build a Target List of Used Cars
It’s no secret that the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry make for good used cars. But they might cost a few thousand more than a comparable Ford Fusion or Kia Optima, even though these are good cars, too. So if you’re looking to save money, consider more than one brand. We suggest making a list of three cars that meet your needs and fall within your budget. Edmunds reviews have great information to guide your choices.

If you’re planning to buy a vehicle that is less than 5 years old, consider one that’s certified pre-owned (CPO). CPO vehicles have long-term warranties that are backed by the carmakers, not just the dealership selling it to you. Franchised dealerships that sell that same brand new are the only ones who can sell a CPO car of the same brand. So if you wanted a CPO Chevy Cruze, for example, you’d need to buy it from a Chevy dealer.

Step 3: Check Prices
Prices are driven in part by where you’re shopping. You’ll find used cars in used-car sections of new-car dealerships, independent used-car lots, used-car retailers such as CarMax and websites where private-party sellers list their cars. Of the four, private-party cars will usually have the lowest selling price. CPO cars will usually cost the most, but for the reasons we’ve noted. To see what other people are paying for the models you’ve picked out, Edmunds offers a quick way to see the average price paid for the car in your area.

Step 4: Locate Used Cars for Sale in Your Area
One easy place to start building your target list is the Edmunds used-car inventory page. To find exactly the car you want, you can filter your search by many factors including the miles on the car’s odometer, its price and features, and dealer’s distance from you. Use the websites for other used-car marketplaces mentioned to save time.

Step 5: Check the Vehicle History Report
Unless you’re buying the car from a close friend or family member who can vouch for its history, plan to get a vehicle history report. This is an essential early step. If the car you’re looking at has a bad history report, the sooner you know the better.

AutoCheck and Carfax are the two best-known sources for vehicle history reports, which can reveal vital information about the car, including whether the odometer has been rolled back or if it has a salvage title, which means it has been declared a total loss by the insurance company. You’ll use the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) to get this information, and in some cases, all you need is the license plate number.

Step 6: Contact the Seller
Once you find a good prospective car, don’t run out to see it. Call the seller first. This is a good way to establish a relationship with the seller and verify the information about the car. You can ask private-party sellers why they’re parting with a car, or whether it has any mechanical problems. And if you’re buying from a dealership, a phone call (or text) is the best way to ensure the car is still in stock.

Sometimes the seller will mention something that wasn’t in the ad that might change your decision to buy the car. If you want to go deeper, our used car questionnaire is a good reminder of what to ask. You will notice that the last question on our list is the asking price of the car. Although many people are tempted to negotiate even before they have laid eyes on the car, it’s better to wait. Once you see the car, you can tie your offer to its condition.

If things are going well, set up an appointment to test-drive the car. If possible, make it for daylight hours. That makes it easier to see the car’s condition.

Step 7: Test-Drive the Car
Test-driving a used car is the best way to know if this is the right car make and model for you. It’s also a good way to assess this particular car’s condition. So tune out distractions and focus on the car. Here are some things to check:

Is it easy to get in and out of the car without stooping or banging your head?
Is there enough headroom, hiproom and legroom? Remember to see how these feel in the backseat, too.
Is the driving position comfortable? Do you sit too low, too high or just right in the car? Can you tilt or telescope the steering wheel for a better fit?
Are the seats comfortable? Are they easily adjustable? Is there a lumbar support adjustment for the driver? How about the front-seat passenger?
Do you see a lit “check engine” light? If so, get that problem checked out before buying.
How is the visibility? Check the rearview mirror and the side mirrors. Look for potential blind spots.
Use your nose. Do you smell gas, burning oil, or anything amiss?
Check out the tires. How old are they? Is there enough tread left?
How are the brakes? Are they doing the job of stopping the car? Do they squeak?
Pop the hood. You don’t have to know a lot about cars to see if something looks wrong. If something is leaking, steaming or covered in oil, it’s time to ask questions.
Does the air-conditioning blow cold? Do headlights, brake lights and turn indicators work? Test them to be sure.

After the test drive, ask the owner or dealer if you can see the service records. These will show you if the car has had the scheduled maintenance performed on time.

Step 8: Have the Car Inspected
If you like the car, consider having it inspected by a mechanic before you buy it. If you don’t have a mechanic, Google and Yelp are good places to read local shops’ reviews. A pre-purchase inspection costs about $100 and can alert you to problems you may not find yourself. It’s a smart investment.

A private-party seller will probably allow you to do this without much resistance. Most dealerships will let you borrow a car to take to be inspected by an outside mechanic. You’ll be paying the inspection, of course. If it is a CPO car, there’s already been an inspection and a warranty is in place, so there is little reason to take it to a mechanic.

Step 9: Negotiate a Good Deal
Does the idea of “talking numbers” fill you with dread? It shouldn’t. Negotiating doesn’t have to be a drawn-out, traumatic experience. If you are reasonable and have a plan, chances are you can make a deal pretty quickly and easily:

-Decide ahead of time how much you’re willing to spend to get the car. But don’t start with this number in your discussion.
-Make an opening offer that is lower than your maximum price, but in the ballpark based on your average price paid research in Step 3. Explain that you’ve done research on Edmunds or wherever else, so you have facts to support your offer.
-If you and the seller arrive at a price that sounds good to you and is near the average price paid, you’re probably in good shape.
-And remember, the people on the other side probably hate negotiating too (even if it’s their job).

Step 10: Get the Paperwork Done
If you are at a dealership, you’ll sign the contract in the finance and insurance office. There, you will likely be offered additional items, such as a warranty, anti-theft devices, prepaid service plans or fabric protection.

Some people want the peace of mind that comes with extended warranties, so this is something you might want to consider (unless the car is still under the manufacturer’s warranty or is a CPO vehicle). Review the dealership sales contract thoroughly. In most states, it lists the cost of the vehicle, a documentation fee, possibly a small charge for a smog certificate, sales tax and license fees.

If you are buying a car from an individual owner, make sure the seller properly transfers the title and registration to you. It’s important to close the deal correctly to avoid after-sale hassles. Before money changes hands, ask for the title (which is sometimes called the pink slip) and have the seller sign it over to you. Rules governing vehicle registration and licensing vary from state to state. If possible, check with your local department of motor vehicles to make sure there are no past-due registration fees you’d be responsible for should you buy the car. Whether you buy from a dealer or a private party, make sure you have insurance for the car before you drive it away.

Once you’ve done the paperwork, it’s time to celebrate your new purchase ? maybe with a drive-through dinner. You deserve it!

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