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Savvy Consumer Tip: Check Your Tread Wear

Do you know how to tell if your car’s tires have adequate tread wear? Watch this video for some helpful information.

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Dealing with Car Rust

Watch this video to learn how to minimize rust damage to your vehicle.

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Auto Recalls

Watch this video to learn when you should pay attention to automobile recalls.

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The Importance of Shock Replacement

Shock replacement continues to be one of the most commonly neglected aspects of vehicle maintenance. Most people put off replacement until their shocks are completely worn down or leaking fluid, but the average lifespan of most shocks is only 50,000 miles, so they should be replaced proactively rather than remedially.

The fact that shock replacement is so frequently overlooked may be due to a lack of appreciation for the role they play in vehicle operation. The primary function of shocks is to control a vehicle’s suspension system. As shocks become worn, however, their ability to fulfill this role becomes diminished, resulting in more movement of the suspension and its related components. Continue reading “The Importance of Shock Replacement” »

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Dealing with Auto Paint Matching Issues

When it comes to matching auto paint, several dynamics can factor into the process and affect the end result. Photo: Spectrum Auto Body (2014)

When it comes to matching auto paint, several dynamics can factor into the process and affect the end result. Photo: Spectrum Auto Body (2014)

Sometimes when an auto body shop fixes a damaged car, the color of the newly painted bumper may not appear to perfectly match the color of the body. Considering the complex nature of paint matching, there are a few possible explanations that may account for this:

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Buying a Used Car

Do you know what to look for when shopping for a used car? Watch this video for some helpful tips.

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Warming up a Car: Myth or Fact?

Whether from force of habit or misinformation, many drivers still think it’s necessary to let their cars idle and warm up before driving in the morning. While this may have been important 30 years ago, modern technological advancements have made warming up a car before driving a thing of the past.

The sophisticated fuel injection technology in modern cars has removed the need to “warm up” before driving. Photo: Coelho’s Body Repair (2013)

The sophisticated fuel injection technology in modern cars has removed the need to “warm up” before driving. Photo: Coelho’s Body Repair (2013)

Prior to the 1980s, the fuel delivery systems in most cars were regulated by carburetors. With a carburetor, an engine needed to be warm in order to get the correct fuel mixture, which was why letting a car idle for several minute before driving was so important. By the end of the ’80s, however, a new kind of system was introduced: fuel injection. Continue reading “Warming up a Car: Myth or Fact?” »

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Body Work Isn’t Done in a Day

Some car owners think body work can be completed in one day, but the reality is, it often takes several days (and sometimes weeks) to bring a vehicle back to its pre-accident condition. One of the most typical causes of body work delays is parts. If a mechanic has to wait for ordered parts to arrive, discovers the parts don’t fit properly or accidentally has the wrong parts shipped, it can tack another day or two onto the repair.

From parts to insurance, there are several factors that can prolong your vehicle’s stay at a body repair shop. Photo: Automobile Collision Center (2013)

From parts to insurance, there are several factors that can prolong your vehicle’s stay at a body repair shop. Photo: Automobile Collision Center (2013)

Another frequent instance of delay is with painting. The nature of paint makes it one of the most difficult and time-consuming areas of body work—even if it looks perfect upon application, it’s impossible to tell whether it’s successful until after it has dried, as both color and texture can change during this process. Continue reading “Body Work Isn’t Done in a Day” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Auto Body Inspection Program

Watch this video to learn how you can take advantage of the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s Auto Body Inspection Program.

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Savvy Consumer Tip: What’s Your Used Car Worth?

Buying or selling a used car? Watch this video to learn the best ways to determine exactly how much it’s worth.

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