Got a deep scratch on your car that is starting to bug you? How about an area where the clearcoat has started to rub off? A professional body shop will charge you a large car scratch repair cost to fix it, so why not do it yourself?
Well, with a little elbow grease and a few inexpensive tools, you actually can! You have 2 options: 1) use a bottle of touch-up paint, or 2) use a spray can of matching paint. Let’s begin…
TOUCH-UP PAINT: For the first option, you need a small bottle of touch-up paint, which can be purchased from car dealers and many auto parts stores. Like eyelash makeup bottles, they usually come with a small dipping brush that you can use to dab on a small amount of paint. Use this method to fix small nicks and stone marks, but not for larger areas.
SPRAY PAINTING: For larger blemishes, its best to spray paint. Factory-matching paint are sold by many hardware and auto parts stores, and it’s generally recommended that you use the ones that are “close to your car color.” Unmatching paint might look OK if the repair is lower on the car, say the rocker panels, but it will almost always look terrible on the more visible higher areas.
Real factory-matching paint can also be purchased from car dealers and on-line companies. With an on-line company, you just call them with the year, make, model and serial number of your car. For instance, we placed a call to Automotive Touchup in New Orleans and, for $79, they sent us an aerosol spray paint can, a prep kit and a handle that attaches to the spray can to make spraying easier.
NOT ROCKET SCIENCE: For those who wonder if this is “in my skill range”, there are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube to help you out. From our experience, the secret is in the preparation — taking the time to carefully prep the surface (approximately 2 hours) and then applying the paint carefully could actually let you approach the quality of bodyshop paint touchups.
Who ever said you needed to spend an arm and a leg to fix a ‘mere’ car scratch? You don’t!
TrustedGarage Launches Marketplace Platform For Drivers And Mechanics
TrustedGarage, a global operator of marketplaces connecting car repair shops and drivers, has launched a platform dedicated to the american market.
Poland-based marketplace comes after a series of successful market implementations all around the world (e.g. Poland, Brazil, Germany). With it, TrustedGarage intends to help american drivers connect with quality car repair shops in their area.
Through BestAutoRepair.online, the company helps drivers find trusted car repair shops in their area, as well as help mechanics gain new customers via the internet.
Solution For Real Problems
“At Trusted Garage, we refer to and solve universal and international problems such as the lack of qaulity factors while choosing car repair shops. We deliver trusted reviews about mechanics in driver’s area, making car repair shops more accessible,” says Alexander Szenk, Trusted Garage Business Developer.
No Leads – Real Customers Only
In the pursuit of helping car repair shops, TrustedGarage aims to deliver only real offline customers, not just empty leads. Its conversion points are related to real offline repairs, rather than just clicks and views, an approach that helps ensure effective results for all the merchants the company cooperates with around world.
Competitive Advantage For Drivers
TrustedGarage faces driver’s in organic search results, particularly when these drivers are looking for trusted mechanics in their area. The company’s platform is based on the power of long tail keywords so that they are able to serve users in any case. If you are in need of finding trusted mechanic in your area, keep calm, TrustedGarage can surely help you!
Tire Rotation Is Important – A Must-Do For All Car Owners
Tires can play a big role in a car’s overall safety and fuel-efficiency, but as you know, buying a set for your car is expensive, especially if they are good tires. With that in mind, let’s look at one key way you can save money — tire rotation.
Tire rotation refers to the practice of moving the tires on your car, SUV or truck to a different axle location so that the tread wears more evenly. It saves money by extending the average life of a set of tires.
Even though it’s an affordable age-old concept, it’s amazing that a lot of people don’t rotate their tires. In fact, tire rotation is the main activity at most car dealerships, and considering that it can make a set of tires last many thousand more miles, it should be a must-do for all car owners.
Why Should I Rotate My Tires? Front and rear tires wear out at different rates. Typically, the front tires carry more than 60% of the weight of your car and, in front-wheel drive cars, move the car. As a result, the front tires usually wear down faster than rear ones do.
As another insight, Americans, Canadians and motorists in countries that drive on the left side tend to take left turns faster than right turns, thus wearing down the right tires more than the left (the weight shifts to the opposite side when turning). By rotating your tires, you can equalize the wear so that all tires wear approximately at the same rate.
How Often Should I Rotate My Tires? Check your car’s owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended rotation schedule, although most automobile manufacturers recommend that tires be rotated every 5,000 miles. Quite a number of people rotate their tires every time they change their oil, so 5000 miles is a good interval to strive for.
How to Rotate Non-directional Tires: The tread pattern on non-directional tires is designed in such a way that the tire can be mounted on the wheel for any direction of rotation. So you can switch the side the tires are on when you rotate them (in other words, from left to right).
How to Rotate Directional Tires: Directional tires have a “one-way” tread pattern that are optimized for the direction the tires rotate. Directional tires are thus optimized for either the right or left sides.
To find out what direction they should turn, check for little arrows or triangles on the sidewall that indicate the direction. To rotate directional tires on a car, just switch the front right tire for the back right tire, and the front left tire for the back left tire.
That’s All There is to It! Tire rotation is affordable, effective at preserving tire life, and — if you’re not the type who likes to spend an arm and a leg for a set of tires — worth every penny. Getting it done is as easy as getting an oil change — just let your mechanic or dealership know when you want it.
How often do you rotate your tires, if at all?
Are You Driving a Hot Car? Here’s How to Find Out if You Are
When your car’s engine temperature light turns on, you better pay attention. It’s usually an indication that you’re driving a hot car and that something is wrong with your coolant system. The same holds true if your car has an engine temperature gauge — if it rises into the “red zone” when you are driving, something is likely wrong with your coolant system.
Diagnosing the exact issue requires an understanding of how automotive coolant systems work, so let’s take a look at the components involved:
COOLANT: Check the level of coolant in coolant reservoir, which is usually a translucent container located on a fender wall or firewall (it has a top filling cap that’s often indicated by a symbol). Your owner’s manual should explain how to check the level of coolant in your coolant reservoir.
RADIATOR: Check to see if the radiator is leaking. Look for a puddle underneath your car; if you see one, look to see where it’s coming from. Another issue is a plugged radiator core, which happens when the anti-freeze isn’t changed often enough. A good radiator flush does a good job at cleaning out a clogged radiator.
HOSES: Visually check the cooling system’s hoses. Look for small cracks in the rubber by squeezing the hoses; if any fluid leaks from them, a clamp might be too loose and needs to be tighten it up.
THERMOSTAT: The thermostat is a small device that regulates the amount of coolant that flows into the radiator as an engine warms up. If it sticks (as thermostats often do), it will cause heating problems.
WATER PUMP: Water pumps can break and when that happens, they usually allow coolant to leak out. Broken water pumps are usually diagnosed when fluid comes out of the “weep hole” under the car’s impeller shaft. If you see greenish antifreeze under your waterpump, it’s time to see a mechanic.
COOLING FAN(S): Most modern cars have an electric cooling fan, and some even have more than one. The fan is controlled by a thermostatic switch that turns it on when the coolant temperature rises above a predetermined temperature. If your engine temperature gauge shows the engine is hot and the fan(s) don’t come on, something is definitely wrong, and it’s often an issue with the temperature switch that’s to blame.
Now that you know about the different components of a car’s coolant system, you should have an easier time diagnosing the cause of your hot car. Car maintenance is very important.