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How to Keep Your Car’s Paint Looking as Good as New

How to Keep Your Car’s Paint Looking as Good as New

Your car’s tires, brakes, and engine aren’t the only important components that you need to protect and maintain in order to keep your car running like new. The paint on your car also deserves regular TLC, especially if you want to avoid those dreaded paint chips and scratches that will diminish the overall appearance of your vehicle. Paint’s Worse Enemies The paint on your car has a few rather formidable foes. Some can be avoided, others cannot. The sun, for example, can damage car paint just like it can harm skin with its UV rays. The sun’s heat can even cause the “pores” of the paint to expand and absorb more dirt and moisture than normal. Of course, bird droppings and sap from trees aren’t friendly to your car paint either. Bird droppings are highly acidic, so they quickly erode paint. Tree sap isn’t acidic, but it bakes into the pores of the paint’s surface and leaves stains while also attracting unwanted part ... read more

Here’s What You Should Know about the Upcoming British Ban on Diesel and Gas Cars

Here’s What You Should Know about the Upcoming British Ban on Diesel and Gas Cars

It’s no secret that air pollution is a core environmental problem around the globe. Britain recently announced its plans to tackle air pollution in the future by banning the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2040. This pledge is similar to one made by France earlier in July, and encourages the use of electric cars that can utilize energy from solar, wind, and other renewable resources. Though you may not live in Jolly Old England, understanding this ban is still important – especially since America’s own policies may evolve accordingly. Britain’s New Clean Air Strategy The British government will forbid the sale of any new gas or diesel car or van by the end of 2040. At the same time, local governments will receive funding to make public transportation more accessible to the general public. A total of 255 million pounds, or $332 million, will be made available to retrofit buses and other renovations. As Britain’s environm ... read more

Your Windshield Just Cracked: Now What?

Your Windshield Just Cracked: Now What?

Though the windshield of your car is made of laminated safety glass that won’t shatter, it still isn’t entirely indestructible. Tractor trailers spraying pebbles down the highway or falling hail can still make ugly cracks in your windshield. If you are able to take action while the crack is still small, you will be able to keep more money in your pocket. Act While the Crack is Small If the crack is smaller than a dollar bill, it can most likely be repaired. Even cracks up to 12” have been repaired in the right scenario. In the time between the development of the crack and your visit to an auto repair specialist, try to cover the chip or crack with clear tape to keep dirt and moisture out. You also want to park in the shade as much as possible, since the sun’s heat can weaken the windshield and allow the crack to grow. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the problem! Unfortunately, you won’t wake up one day to find that your windshield h ... read more

The Real Reasons Your Car’s Tire Pressure Matters

The Real Reasons Your Car’s Tire Pressure Matters

How many times have you ignored the small warning light on your dashboard indicating a problem with your tire pressure? We are all guilty of it, some of us for five miles and some of us for 50 miles. However, tire pressure is actually a very important factor in your car’s overall safety and condition, so it’s important to learn more about this part of your car’s anatomy. The Dangers of Under Inflated Tires Your tires achieve maximum performance by reaching the perfect balance of ground contact. Inflating car tires to the right level generates the right amount of friction that keeps tires gripped to the ground without dragging. However, when tire pressure falls below the recommended level, too much of the tire’s surface touches the road, increasing friction to a dangerous level. This high level of friction overheats the tire and accelerates the rate at which the tire wears down. Overall, cars that drive with consistently under inflated tires r ... read more

Benefits of Digital Inspections

Benefits of Digital Inspections

We are thrilled to announce the introduction of a new software application we are using in our shop. Our new software allows you to see and respond digitally to inspections, repairs, and estimates from the convenience of your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Getting all the information you need about your imported vehicle has never been easier. There are some great benefits to our customers with this new addition. Easily and Quickly Accessible With the new Shopware software, you will receive an email when the digital inspection of your vehicle has been completed. This email can come much faster than we might be able to contact you by phone. The information is easily accessible through any smart device or computer that has an Internet browser, as it is web-based. If you are able to access the Internet and your email, you will be able to have firsthand, fast information about the issues with your vehicle and the solutions we present. See All the Information in One Pla ... read more

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