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How to Fix Paint Chips on Your Car

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Remove Chipped Car Paint

Stone chips anywhere on your can be as frustrating and unappealing as scratches, if not more. Leaving them unattended, however, could result in them becoming an even bigger headache because they rust and rust quickly.

Fortunately, repairing a car paint chip is surprisingly easy and inexpensive, so long as you take care of the problem right away, before there is any sign of rust. Rather than taking your car to a body shop, where you could possibly be charged a large sum of money, here is how you can repair a fresh chip yourself:

  1. Clean the chip: Start off by cleaning the chip(s) with soap and water and then dry with a soft cotton cloth. After doing so, rub a little automotive polishing compound over the chip to soften any ragged edges. Rubbing too hard or too much can damage the clearcoat over the paint. jJust a dozen swirls or so should do the trick.
  2. Clean with alcohol: Using a soft cloth, clean the finish with a few wipes of denatured alcohol, which will remove any wax or remaining grime. Make sure not to flood the chip with alcohol.
  3. Apply primer: With the butt end of a paper match, fill the area within the chip with a spot of primer, just touching the edges of the surrounding paint. Once you’re finished, let the primer dry for at least a half hour.
  4. Paint the chip: Put a small amount of paint over the primer coat using an applicator brush, but not before testing the color on a piece of paper to make sure it matches you car’s paint. Apply a second coat one hour later and then let the paint cure for several days. Finally, rub the surface out again gently with polishing compound to feather the edges of the repair.

When searching for touch-up paint, first identify the color number for your car (generally found on your vehicle identification plate) and look up your car’s year, make and model in the auto parts store’s booklet. You should find a list of factory colors that cars like yours are painted.

Keep in mind that the steps provided here are only for repairing chips that have not yet rusted. Fixing a rusted chip is less do-it-yourself–friendly, requiring sanding, priming and painting on top everything we mentioned.

Should you want to take on the challenge of any kind of chip, our friends at have created a revolutionary new car paint touch-up system that makes repairing stone chips and even scratches easier. You can learn more about their system by visiting www.chipex.co.uk.

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Easy 3-Step Guide On How To Sell Your Car Without A Dealer

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If you want to sell your car and get the most money for it, you generally want to avoid dealerships.

Trading in or selling your car to a dealer can be quick and convenient, but it’s definitely not the most profitable route to take. Thankfully, it’s very easy to sell your car privately. Here’s a quick and simple 3-step guide to maximizing the profit and minimizing the stress of selling your vehicle.

1. Know Your Car’s Value, Set a Price

The first thing you want to do is get a reliable estimate of what your car is worth. There are plenty of car valuation tools online, such as and Edmunds. All you need to do is input your car’s make, model, mileage, condition, and features.

You will likely end up with two estimates: the retail value and wholesale value. When selling to a private party, you’ll generally want to go with the retail value (highest asking price) to leave yourself room for negotiations.

2. Enhance Your Car’s Curb Appeal

You want your car to look as good as possible to potential buyers, and you can give it the “wow” factor by putting in some work and doing the following:

  • Washing
  • Vacuuming
  • Removing junk
  • Professional detail

You may also want to repair or replace a few parts with help from your . It’s easy to get discounts on auto parts, such as an .

3. Create Ads

In order to garner the most attention for your vehicle, you’ll want to create eye-catching ads. Take good pictures of your car from multiple angles in a beautiful location and with good lighting. Don’t forget to include photos of the driver’s seat, trunk, odometer, engine, and tire tread depth.

Once you have the necessary photos, post ads online on sites such as Craigslist or eBay. Additionally, you may want to pick up a “for sale” placard to place in your car’s window so passersby can notice.

After you successfully completed those tasks, all you need to do is wait for the offers to come!

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3 Reasons Why You Should Buy Winter Tires For Snowy, Icy Conditions

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2019 RAM 1500 North Edition, Winter

Don’t replace your winter tires with all-season tires just yet.

The arrival of spring marks the end of four months of bitter, cold weather and the corresponding icy and slippery roads, but driving in the spring poses a lot of the same challenges as driving in the winter, and you can be sure there will be another winter.

Snowy or wet road surfaces are dangerous for drivers of all skill levels, so want you to make sure your ready for the next winter. Having the right car tires that offer ample traction on snow and ice would be a great start.

To optimally drive on icy surfaces, it is essential that the tires are soft and flexible, and winter tires are superior to all season tires in both regards. Summer and all season tires harden as the temperature drops, making it difficult to grip roads in .

In addition to being softer and more flexible than all-season tires, winter tires also have tread patters designed especially for snow, ice and rain. Numerous sharp edges on the tire surface created by the ‘siping’ or narrow cuts of the tread bite hard on icy surfaces to greatly reduce the chance of slippage.

Why put your safety at risk over a set of tires? Here are several other interesting facts about winter tires you should know.

Ideal For Snow-Packed Roads

If you are driving up a slight incline covered with snow, make sure that you have winter tires that grip the surface hard and make the wheel roll over smoothly unlike all season tires that spin fruitlessly. You should be able to start the vehicle from a stationary position and drive it effortlessly with minimal or no spinning. While driving, you would rarely use the antilock brake and together with much less wheel spinning you will feel that the car is more stable. However, you should not drive fast on snowy surfaces as it could reduce the gripping power of tires that tend to slip and the same can happen when you are climbing up a steep road. As long as you maintain a safe speed, you will experience increased stability and safety with winter tires. Adjusting the driving speed with the road condition improves tire performance.

Cost Effective Tires

Since are not designed to be used round-the-year, you can use the same set for multiple winter season. However, you must buy winter tires in addition to all season tires, and the cost would be almost the same as the latter. While the initial investment is high for two sets of tiress, the cost recovery is quite satisfactory in the long run. By combining the two type of tires, the all-season tire would also last longer and provide more cost benefit.

Not Suitable For Hot Climates

At places where the temperature hovers around 50oFahrenheit, winter tires that have soft rubber become squishy and lose its effectiveness. When the temperature rises further, you would feel as if the steering linkage has loosened a bit and during cornering and harder turns, the car starts wobbling.
As the spring approaches, you must change the winter tires that are only good in snow and ice.

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5 Tyre Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Tyres In Good Shape

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Interlocking Tires

Tyre maintenance is that thing that’s never on our to-do list, but it definitely should.

Most Aussies are happy to drive their car without so much as giving a thought to tyre maintenance. For most drivers, if the four tyres of the car are not flat, all is well.

However, it would help to have a tyre maintenance routine to ensure they are in top form at all times. Here are 5 tips for tyre maintenance, courtesy of our friends at Mobile Tyre Shop.

1. Daily Checks

Tyre maintenance begins with regular checks. By regularly examining the condition of your tyres, you can spot any small problems before they turn complicated.
As you examine the tyres, look for the wear bar and check to see if it is flush with the rest of the tyre’s tread. If that is the case, that’s a safety red flag. Get your tyres replaced at the earliest. Like now!

Next, check the sidewall. Tyres are prone to minor scars and scuffs. That’s okay. However, if there’s a bubble or a deep scratch, your tyre is not safe for driving.
A quick daily check can ensure you can detect signs of trouble and stop it in its tracks.

2. Rotate The Tyres Regularly

Tyre rotation is a good habit to inculcate if you are concerned about tyre maintenance. By rotating your tyres regularly, you can lower the risk of black spots and other localised wear that occurs on your tyre’s treads. As a thumb rule, rotate the tyres once every 12,000 km or seven months, whichever occurs first.

3. Wheel Alignment Is Good

Wheel alignment is at the heart of a good tyre maintenance routine. A wheel alignment ensures that the angles of your wheels are adjusted per the manufacturer’s recommendations. It helps make the most of your tyres, while ensuring they wear evenly.

4. Check Tyre Pressure Once A Month At Least

Tyres can lose pressure slowly yet surely. So if you are not in the habit of checking the tyre pressure regularly, you might be putting your family at risk.

Under-inflated tyres are one of the most common causes of tyre-related crashes. What’s more, under-inflated tyres reduce fuel efficiency and can even cause premature wear.
So check the tyre pressure at least once a month. If need be, get a tyre inflation station set at your home. This way, you can check tyre pressure at your convenience without having to worry about long queues at the gas station.

5. Avoid Overloading The Vehicle

This is pretty straightforward. On the door frame is a placard that will tell you how much weight your car can handle safely.
Overloading the car can lead to tyre failure. If that seems like the worst case scenario, do take note that overloading your vehicle is sure to affect the handling. And that has a huge bearing on vehicle safety.

About Mobile Tyre Shop

supply and fit all leading tyre brands. Our prices are fully inclusive of onsite fitting, wheel balancing, new valves and weights. We also recycle your old tyres.

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