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Three Tips For Choosing A Paint Color For Your Vehicle

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Choosing A Paint Color For Your Vehicle

It isn’t always easy to choose a new paint color for your car. After all, there are a lot of colors you could choose, and the popularity of certain colors will vary, depending on the kind of vehicle you own, the year the vehicle was made, and where you live. Before you call your local auto body shop to schedule an appointment, choose your paint color by considering these three things. Your Car’s Function If you’re having a car painted that you plan to drive on a regular basis, you should probably keep your paint job simple. It’s important that you choose a color that can be easily retouched if needed, you won’t quickly tire of, and shouldn’t go out of style any time soon. Sticking with a more traditional paint color for your car may not be exciting, but it does have its benefits. For example, cars with traditional paint jobs are easier to sell and you won’t have to pay a ton of money just to fix a small scratch. If the car that you’re having painted is only going to be used for fun, such as going to car shows, consider choosing a paint color that will make a bold statement. Contrasting colors and an intricate design will make your car stand out amongst the other cars at your local car show. Your Car’s Style You also need to take the car’s year, make, and model into consideration when you’re choosing a paint color, especially if you’re restoring a classic car. Opt for colors that were available when the car was brand new — otherwise the car won’t have an authentic look. Your Personality The color of paint you choose for your car actually says a lot about your personality. People are drawn to specific styles and colors of cars for different reasons, such as: Driving a red car might indicate that you’re a go-getter. Blue represents happiness, stability, and practicality, so it’s often a car color that’s popular with parents looking to project a stable home life. Owning a silver car indicates that you have style and you’re secure, while gray cars are typically an indication of a driver that’s more mature and dignified. Black is considered a power color that indicates that you’re in control and classy. The fact is, the color that you choose for your car is completely up to you. However, you can narrow down your options by taking the car’s style, function, and your personality into consideration when you choose a paint color. For auto body work, contact a company such as Collision...

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Beginning Car Maintenance: Wheel Alignments

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Beginning Car Maintenance: Wheel Alignments

When your mechanic suggests a wheel alignment, he means that he will adjust all four wheels to make sure that they’re lining up properly with each other and with the road. If you’re not sure what it means to have your car’s alignment checked or adjusted, here are some questions you might be asking yourself.  How Can I Tell if I Need an Alignment? When your vehicle is out of alignment, it will actually let you know pretty quickly. One of the biggest ways to know that you need an alignment is that the car pulls either to the left or to the right when you’re trying to go straight. If it feels that you’re fighting the car to keep it going straight, you have an alignment issue. Another big indication that your car is out of alignment is that as you pick up speed, your car may start to vibrate. You’ll feel it in the steering wheel, and the vibration may become quite violent if you’re going over 50 miles per hour. A final place to look to verify that you need an alignment is your front tires. If there’s a significant amount of wear on the inside or outside tread but not as much on the opposite side of the same tire, you have an alignment problem.  Can’t I Just Wait to Get an Alignment? The short answer is that you really can’t wait to get an alignment. The problem starts out simply enough with just pulling to one side or the other, but if your car is already vibrating and your tires are showing significant signs of uneven wear, you are in danger of having serious problems. Continuing to drive when your car is misaligned can lead to your tires blowing out, to your steering and suspension systems malfunctioning, and really bad gas mileage. Waiting just makes all of these problems more severe. Why Did My Car Go Out of Alignment Anyway? Unfortunately, there’s no one answer for this question. Since your car is made up of lots of moving parts working together, sometimes those parts simply don’t line up as well as they once did. Another big cause of cars going out of alignment involves hitting something with the car. This can be as small as a pothole, or it could involve being in an accident. Each time you hit a bump, your car runs the risk of going out of alignment. Don’t take unnecessary risks with your car’s wheel alignment. If you haven’t had yours checked recently, make an appointment today with professionals, such as those from D Wells Automotive...

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The Process of Using a Junkyard for Used Auto Part Hunting

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Process of Using a Junkyard for Used Auto Part Hunting

Many people opt to purchase new automotive parts through their mechanic or dealer when something needs to be repaired on their vehicle. This is a convenient but expensive way to get a vehicle back on the road. Trying to find a part in a junkyard can be a great alternative that will save a bunch of money. Here is a rundown of what can be expected when visiting a junkyard to find a used part instead of buying it new. The Layout Most junkyards will categorize their vehicles into separate sections to make it easier for both customers and their workers to easily find the parts needed easily. These sections are usually distinguished by make of vehicle. Some junkyards may separate the different models in a particular make section while others will have all the vehicles jumbled together. In most junkyards, older vehicles that are deemed as being structurally strong will most likely be in the back portion of the junkyard since they are not sought out for parts as often as newer vehicles. The Process When someone goes to a junkyard, they will need to sign a waiver stating they will not press charges should something happen to them while in the junkyard. While this may be a bit intimidating, it covers the junkyard against injuries when someone doesn’t know how to properly use tools needed to remove pieces or how to handle them safely. Since junkyards are situated on a vast area of land, it is impossible for the workers to be able to monitor all activity within, putting them at risk for someone suing them if a waiver is not present. There may also be a fee to enter the gates, but this is usually a small amount compared to the savings one would get from finding their own parts instead of buying them. The Removal After a similar vehicle is located, the part can be removed. The person looking for a part would need to bring in their own set of tools. Using a degreasing agent can help to remove rusted-on parts. Bringing along an extra set of hands or two is also a great idea as some parts can be very difficult to get off or out of a vehicle after it has been sitting for a long time period. Junkyards will usually provide testing equipment you can borrow to make sure parts removed are in good working order. Contact a company like Southwest Auto Salvage for more...

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Four Signs You Might Need Brake Repair

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Signs You Might Need Brake Repair

Brakes are a very important part of the car, as without them it isn’t possible to stop or slow down quickly. You don’t want your foot hitting the floor when you push down on the brakes and the car refusing to stop to be the only time you realize you need your brakes repaired. There are a number of signs that the brakes in your car are starting to go and need to be repaired or replaced. Screeching Sounds Some types of brakes have a metal shim that makes a high-pitched screeching sound whenever someone applies the brakes once the brake pads have started to get worn down. If your car has recently been exposed to water, it could have gotten a thin layer of rust on the brakes which could also cause a squealing noise the first few times you brake, but if the sound lasts longer than this, you should get your brakes checked. Hearing a growling or grinding sound, however, means the brake pads may be completely worn down and you may need more than just a brake repair. In this case, you may need the brakes totally replaced. These sounds may be hard to hear if you’ve got the radio on loud, so drive without the radio from time to time so you can listen for these warning signs of brake issues. Takes Longer to Brake Than Usual As the brake pads get worn down, it takes longer to stop. This is a gradual process and can be overlooked by a driver for quite a while. If you realize that your foot is sinking further to the floor than usual when you hit the brake pedal to try to stop the car, this is another sign that you could have either a leak in brake fluid or an air leak in the brake hose. On th other hand, if it’s hard to push down the brake pedal, the brake line could be obstructed or there could be something wrong with the vacuum system. Pulsing When You Push the Brake Pedal Feeling a vibration or a pulsing when you push down the brake pedal could also be a sign that the rotors are warped and the brakes need repairing. This pulsing feels a bit like when the anti-lock braking system engaged, so watch for this in multiple stops to make sure you aren’t just feeling the anti-lock brakes. A pulsing like this could also happen if the vehicle isn’t in proper alignment.  Pulling to the Side If your vehicle seems to be trying to pull to one side when you hit the brakes, you may need to have the fluid replaced due to it being contaminated with a foreign matter or your brakes could be wearing unevenly and need to be adjusted. This pulling could also happen due to issues with the tires being worn or unevenly inflated or a problem with the car’s suspension or alignment. For further assistance, contact a local brake repair shop, such as Covey’s...

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Your Fifth Wheel: Choosing A Truck And Maintaining Safety

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Fifth Wheel: Choosing A Truck And Maintaining Safety

Fifth wheels are an ideal solution to traveling and many individuals are ready to hook them up and start their adventures right away. Depending on the type of fifth wheel you choose, the length will vary from around 20 feet to upwards of 40 feet. Before you simply attach the fifth wheel and take a drive, there are some things you need to consider. Choose the Right Size Truck It is important that you choose the right size truck to tow the fifth wheel. If the truck is not a match for the fifth wheel, you will find that you are unable to control the trailer on the road and you will run into safety concerns along the way. You should research the truck you are interested in and make sure that the towing capacity fits within the weight limits of your fifth wheel. If your fifth wheel weighs more than your truck’s towing capacity, don’t try to tow it as you can cause damage to the truck and the fifth wheel. In addition, a 4×4 truck will be able to better tow your fifth wheel over a two-wheel drive truck. This is because the 4×4 can grip onto gravel, sand, and other terrains that the two-wheel drive would not otherwise be able to do. If you do not choose the right type of truck for your fifth wheel, you may experience jackknifing where the trailer slides and collides with your vehicle. Jackknifing is dangerous and can cause damage to your vehicle, your fifth wheel, and even other drivers’ vehicles. Brake the Vehicle Carefully Interstate and highway driving can be stressful in and of itself, but it is important that you are always cautious when you are driving. Braking erratically or hard will cause you to lose control of your fifth wheel. Remember, larger vehicles do not stop on a dime, so you should ease into a stop and pump your brakes slowly to ensure a safe and slow stop. Always Check Your Tires Before you head off on the road, check your tires—that means all of them. You should inspect the tires on the fifth wheel and on your truck to ensure that each one is at proper inflation. If you do not check your tires, you run the risk of a flat tire on the highway, which can be dangerous. Be Prepared and Pay Attention When driving down the road with your fifth wheel attached, make sure that you are always paying attention to the road and do not become distracted. If you hear any odd noises or you feel like your truck is not driving properly, have it inspected. It is better to be safe than to be in an accident. For more tips on choosing and driving with a trailer, contact a company like Brad’s Trailer...

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Repurposing Tires Into Fun Decorative Items

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repurposing Tires Into Fun Decorative Items

If you are going to be getting new tires put on your vehicle, the tire shop where you are having the procedure done usually keeps your old tires to bring to a recycling plant. Instead of paying the fee to have tires recycled, consider asking the tire shop to allow you to take them home with you instead. You will be able to save a few bucks on the recycling fee by reusing the tires to make a few decorative items to place around and outside of your home. Here are some ideas you can use to repurpose your used tires. Make An Ottoman Consider making a nifty area to use as storage in your home or on a deck or patio by making an ottoman out of your tire. Start by picking up a few pieces of plywood to completely cover each side of a tire. Cut it using a circular saw into a circular shape. Glue one piece to the tire using contact cement and allow to dry completely. This piece of wood will be the bottom of your ottoman. Use the contact cement to adhere rope to the outer perimeter of the tire, circling it around the portion you drive upon from the hubcap side to the interior side. Make sure there are no gaps as you wind the rope around and stick it in place. Cut the rope when the entire rubber portion is covered. You will use several feet of rope. The amount will be determined by the thickness you select. A one to two-inch diameter should work nicely. For the top, glue the end of a piece of rope to the center of one side of the plywood and continue wrapping the rope in a spiral while gluing into place until you get to the edge of the wood. Cut the rope and allow the glue to dry. Paint over the entire roped portions using polyurethane to help seal the rope into place. The top can be lifted off the tire and items can be stored within! Make A Hanging Wall-Planter A tire is a great resource to use for a planter. Paint a tire in a pleasing pastel shade with an exterior paint and allow to dry. Drill a 1/4″ hole about an inch and a half above the center of the inner rim of the tire. Use a 1/4″ washer and bolt to attach the tire to the side of your shed or garage. Bolt it to a vertical beam in the wall for better support, if possible. Fill the bottom of the tire with potting soil and plant several flowers in the tire, making sure that some of the foliage hangs over the edge. This whimsical flower planter will be an eye-catching conversation piece! Children’s Sandbox Paint an old tire blue and place it in an area near a swing set or other children’s yard toys. Place a small beach umbrella into the center of the opening of the tire and hammer it from the top so it stays in the ground below. Pour sand into the tire opening, around the beach umbrella. Place several shovels, sifters, and containers in the new sandbox and watch your children or grandchildren go to town!  For more information about tires, contact a tire...

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3 Tips For Choosing A Brand New Car For Your Teen

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Choosing A Brand New Car For Your Teen

Many people think that the best cars for teenagers are older cars since they are more affordable. However, there are many reasons why you might be thinking about purchasing a brand new car for your teen. New cars can be more reliable, which means that you will not have to worry about your teenager being stranded in a dangerous place. Plus, newer cars often have more safety features, which can provide peace of mind for you if your teen is new to driving. However, you shouldn’t just run to the nearest car lot and let your son or daughter pick out the car of his or her choice. Instead, you should look for these three things when taking your child to the dealership. Then, you can ensure that you have made a purchase that neither you nor your teen will regret. 1. Affordable to Insure First of all, you probably already know that you can expect to pay high insurance rates for the first few years that your teenager has his or her driver’s license. This can’t really be avoided, but you can reduce the impact by choosing a car that is more affordable to insure. Cars that are lower in value or have smaller engines are usually a better choice. You can always call your insurance company ahead of time or get online to get rate quotes between different vehicles to help you make your decision. 2. Highly Rated for Safety One of the main reasons to purchase a new car for a teenager is the fact that it can be a lot safer. Therefore, you are going to want to find the safest new car that you can find. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration both run tests on new vehicles to determine how safe they are, so check out these safety ratings for any car that you might be thinking about buying for your son or daughter. Along with looking at crash test ratings, you may also want to look at other things, such as whether or not the vehicle offers a backup camera or a blind spot assist notification. These safety features can also help your teen drive safely. 3. Practical Many teens just look at cars for how they look and drive. However, you should try to look for something a bit more practical for your son or daughter. You’ll probably want to look at things like gas mileage and cargo space for when your teen goes off to college. For more information, contact Milo Peterson Ford Co. or a similar...

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Two Tips To Help You Care For Your New Truck Shell

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Tips To Help You Care For Your New Truck Shell

You probably spent a great deal of time trying to decide what type of truck shell you wanted to purchase. After countless hours of research and comparing, you finally made your decision. Guess what? The hard work isn’t over. Now comes the important task of caring for the shell. Here are two easy tips to help you get started. Keep the Interior Dry Whether you’re washing the interior of your truck shell or transporting a wet load, it’s important that you always remember to dry out the interior of the shell. This is especially true if the shell’s interior is designed from an untreated metal. Any left-behind moisture increases the risk of corrosion or rust development. The scary thing about rust is that it can quickly spread to other surfaces of your truck, causing extensive damage. After you have thoroughly dried the shell, it’s also a good idea to keep the shell door open. This will assist with the drying process and ensure the area is properly ventilated to prevent mold or mildew growth. For added protection, consider installing a protective liner inside the shell. Liners eliminate the potential for moisture damage because they are rust and corrosion proof. Liners can also protect the interior surface of the shell from scratches when transporting large loads. Apply a UV Protectant Door and window trim on truck shells are typically made from rubber. Over time, prolonged exposure to the sun can cause the color of the rubber to fade or cause it to deteriorate. Both of these factors can cause the shell to look worn. Sun exposure can also cause similar problems for any plastic or vinyl components on the truck shell. Applying a UV protectant can help. UV protectants are basically wax coatings that you gently rub onto the surface of the shell. Once dried, the application serves as a barrier that prevents the sun from damaging the exposed parts. When shopping for a UV protectant, avoid products that contain silicone oils as they can damage the painted surfaces of the shell. Keep in mind, each time you wash your vehicle, you will need to reapply the protectant. You can also apply the protectant to the interior surfaces of the truck’s shell to keep it looking lustrous. Make sure you are making an effort to keep your truck shell in great condition by making proper upkeep and maintenance a priority. Talk with a place like Rhino Linings &Terry’s Top Factory for more maintenance...

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Need a New Car Windshield? Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need a New Car Windshield? Here’s What You Need to Know

If your windshield gets a long crack or big chip, the damage may be too severe to repair. In that case, you’ll have to have the glass replaced instead. While windshield replacement may sound like a complicated process, it isn’t too difficult for a professional with the right tools. Here’s what you can expect. Mobile Service Mobile windshield replacement is extremely convenient because it may not be safe for you to drive your car if the glass is damaged. A professional comes to you and brings all the tools and replacement glass needed to completely finish the job right where your car sits. It takes about an hour or so to replace a windshield, but you have to wait for the glue to cure before you can drive your car. Different brands dry at various rates, plus humidity and temperature have an effect too, so be sure to ask how long it will take before you can drive, especially if you are stranded away from home. Quick-drying glues are used for mobile installations, so you will get back on the road as soon as possible. Old Glass Removal The first step is to remove the old, cracked glass. To do this, the technician has to cut away the glue that holds it in place. He or she also has to remove anything that attaches to the glass too, such as the rearview mirror and wiper blades. Be sure to ask about inspection and parking stickers on the glass. The technician may be able to peel them off with a razor blade and transfer them to your new windshield. When the glass is removed, the remaining ring of glue is pulled up. Areas of metal that were scraped during the process may be primed to prevent rust from developing in the future. New Glass Installation Before the new glass is installed, a ring of thick glue is applied around the frame. Care has to be taken not to leave gaps in the glue or the new windshield may leak. Once the glue is ready, the new windshield is pressed into the frame. Your wipers and mirror are replaced, and your car will be ready for the road when the glue dries. When you choose a quality glass replacement company, the process is a smooth one. If you try to replace the glass yourself, you might end up with problems such as ugly scratches in the paint when removing the glass, rust development in the scratches, and leaks due to poor application of the glue. Paying for the Work Your automobile insurance should cover the cost of a windshield replacement. You may not have to pay any money at all if the technician handles all the insurance paperwork. If you want to bypass your insurance company and pay out of pocket, you can expect to pay around $100–$400. The price depends on the type of car you have and the type of glass you choose to install. While it’s possible to buy auto glass and install it yourself, it’s probably not a good idea unless you have experience working with cars. Windshields are heavy and difficult to position properly. You don’t want to damage your paint, but more importantly, you want the job done right so you’re safe while driving your...

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How To Get Compensation For A Collision Car Repair

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Get Compensation For A Collision Car Repair

When you are involved in a collision, you want to make sure you get your car fixed as soon as possible so you can get back to your normal life. However, in order to get your car repaired, you need the money from the insurance company. The process of getting that money will be easier when you know what your auto insurance company is looking for in terms of estimates. Accidents Where Other Party is at Fault When you are not at fault, you get to choose who you will submit the car repair estimate to, your car insurance company or the negligent party’s company. Unless you want to pay for the deductible, you should submit the estimate to the other party’s insurance company. It will be extremely important, however, to get estimates done from licensed mechanics or the insurance company may reject them. Now, while you must get the estimates done at a preferred mechanic, you are not required to have the work done there. After submitting the estimates to the other party’s insurance company, you will receive payment for the repair. You can then ask for the money and take your vehicle to a mechanic you prefer, who may be cheaper than the preferred body shop. For more information on collision repair, contact a professional like Lombard Body & Fender Inc. Accidents where you are at Fault or Unclear If you have been in an accident where you are found to be at fault, or it is unclear who is at fault, you will need to submit your estimate to your personal auto insurance company. You will have to pay your deductible, and you will likely only receive a percentage of the damage. Therefore, if you feel that you were not at fault, it is best to get a lawyer to help with arbitration. A lawyer will help be you get a larger percentage of the damages, or they can help show the other driver was at fault and get your entire repair bill paid for. Handling a Totaled Car If you were involved in an accident where your vehicle was totaled, then you will need to be prepared to negotiate with whichever insurance company you turn to. If it was not your fault, you will be dealing with the other party’s insurance company. However, if it was your fault, you will be talking with your insurance company. Before you turn to the insurance company, it is best to know the value of your car, which can be obtained by searching the Kelly Blue Book. It is important that you factor in all of the features, mileage, and what condition the vehicle was in before it was damaged. You want to take the number that is the highest, because the insurance company will take the number that is the lowest value. It is through negotiations that you will reach your payment. When that agreement is made, you will receive compensation after you sign over the title. Do not be afraid to bring in a lawyer when negotiating with the insurance company, especially if you feel that you are not getting a fair price. Battling with the insurance company for compensation will be one of the hardest parts following an accident. Anytime you are concerned about how you are...

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