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The Ultimate Guide to Spring Car Care

Spring is almost here, but winter isn’t quite over yet—there’s always a chance for one last snowstorm or sudden temperature dips that can deflate your tires. So, now is the time to prepare your car for spring while still ensuring you can take that last bit of whatever winter throws at you. Here’s what the pros at ABC Paint & Body suggest:

  • Check and Replace Fluid Levels

During a winter storm or a wet spring day is not the time to find out that you’re leaking fluids. And in less-than-optimal driving conditions, especially, leaking brake fluid means danger while lack of wiper fluid impairs visibility. So, top-off all levels you can check by yourself, and have an ASE-certified mechanic check the levels you can’t.

  • Change Air and Cabin Filters

Spring brings blooming flowers, and with them pollen and allergies. Changing your cabin air filter will help ensure dust, dirt and allergens don’t get caught in your car cabin. And of course, you want to keep that performance-choking stuff out of your engine, too, so get a new oil filter while you’re at it.

  • Check Wiper Blades

Snow, ice and cold can do a number on your wiper blades. Before the spring rains roll in, make sure your wiper blades are up to the task of keeping your windshield free and clear.

  • Clean Your Car and Check for Paint Damage

Winter driving conditions, including ice, snow, ice melt and clay, can all do a number on your car’s paint job. Chips, scratches, and corrosion will only get worse as time goes on. Touching up now will keep you from more expensive repairs down the road.

  • Check Tire Pressure and Treads

Tires can lose a pound of pressure for every 10-degree drop in temperature. Low tire pressure causes excess wear on your tires and lessens traction on roads that are wet, snowy or icy.

Check that your treads are more than less than 2/32” (preferably more than 4/32”)—your tread should cover at least some of Lincoln’s head when you hold a penny, head down, in between treads.

  • Realign Your Tires

Winter driving conditions and the aftermath—i.e., potholes—can throw your tires (way) out of alignment. Proper alignment helps your tires perform well and can help your tires last longer. Following the above tips can help get you and your car safely through anything late winter and early spring can throw at you.

The Wintertime AC Trick You Probably Don’t Know About

Even during mild Las Cruces winters, you don’t need your AC. But, did you know that your AC can still be useful in the winter…as a defroster? Your AC is effective for windshield defrosting with or without your heated defroster on.

Frost and Your Windshield

You don’t need to defrost your windshield every morning it’s cold—only on mornings when there has been enough moisture in the air to collect and freeze on your windshield. Continue reading

Regular or Premium: Which Fuel Is Right for My Car?

Every time you go to the pump, you are faced with something of a dilemma—regular or premium? You want to pay less, of course, but is that going to cost you in the long run?

To find the right fuel for your car, you have to consider more than price.

Understanding the Difference in Fuel Grades

Most gas pumps in the US have three different grades—regular, midgrade and premium (sometimes call Ultra, Super Ultra, Super Premium or something similar). These grades are based on the Continue reading

How to Stay Safe When You Have Car Trouble

It’s everyone’s nightmare—car trouble, especially in traffic…or the cold. Your goal is to keep yourself and your passengers safe, and that typically requires avoiding other motorists and unexpected obstacles that may come along. ABC Paint & Body has a few tips to keep you safe when your car fails:

1. Ease Out of Traffic

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Cold Weather Car Prep 101

It won’t be long before nighttime temps dip below freezing and daytime temperatures just don’t get the chill out like they used to. With winter on the way, now is the time to prepare your car for cold weather to prevent safety and maintenance issues. At ABC Paint & Body, we think the most important preparations you need to make are for: Continue reading

Roadkill Accident? We Can Clean and Repair Your Car

It’s getting to be the time of year when the weather gets cooler and twilight comes earlier—the time of year that animals come out of hiding and are often seen too late on roadways.

Accidents that leave roadkill and car damage increase in the fall. If you’ve had the misfortune of running into a critter, you can count on ABC Paint & Body to clean up and repair the damage. Continue reading

What to Do If Insurance Won’t Cover Your Collision Repair

Following most accidents, particularly those involving you and another driver, insurance gets involved. Usually, a claim is filed with the at-fault party’s insurer, adjusters assess the damage, a check is cut and then you get the necessary repairs. But what happens when insurance won’t cover your collision repair costs? ABC Paint & Body has some ideas to help you restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition when you’re footing the bill.

Why Insurance May Not Cover Your Claim

There are a number of reasons why you could be paying out-of-pocket for collision repairs. Insurance may not cover your claim if: Continue reading

Top 3 Reasons to Choose ABC Paint & Body for Your Collision Repair Shop

Any auto body shop can technically fix collision damage, but that doesn’t mean that all shops are created equal. When you need auto body repair, ABC Paint & Body is your best choice because do the “behind the scenes” work to ensure the best repair results and customer experience.

#1: Advanced Technology and Certifications

Today’s cars are not built like your dad’s or your grandad’s car, so they can’t be fixed like classic vehicles. Modern vehicle repair requires advanced technology and the know-how to use it. ABC Paint & Body has both. We invest in the most recent technological developments so that our shop has the right tools and diagnostic equipment. We also invest in our technicians’ training…and we have the I-CAR and ASE certifications to prove it.

#2: Easy Repair Process

We have yet to meet a single person who likes paperwork or looks forward to spending time on the phone to navigate the claims process with their insurance company. At ABC Paint & Body, we do everything we can to minimize those unpleasant tasks.

We offer free estimates, which can be delivered paperlessly to your insurance company. We can also help you complete the claims process to expedite your repairs.

#3: Local and Independent

There’s nothing wrong with a national auto paint chain, per se. It’s just that when you go to them, you’re not likely to get the personalized service you can expect from a small, locally-owned businesses like ABC Paint & Body.

We are part of the Las Cruces community. Our customers are our neighbors. And we keep our neighbors happy. Just ask them!

And, the money you spend here, stays here.

If you need quality collision repair or auto paint, you don’t need to look any further than ABC Paint & Body. Contact us to get started with a free estimate.

What Should I Do after an Accident?

An auto accident, no matter how minor, is stressful. Yet, to effectively handle injuries and property damage without facing a lot of out-of-pocket expenses requires that, to the best of your ability, you stay calm and focused. One way to improve your response is to know before you ever have an accident the best way to deal with the situation.

So, here’s a brief overview from crash event to vehicle repair: Continue reading

We’re More than Just a Body Shop

ABC Paint & Body is a one-stop shop for most of your automotive needs—collision repair and mechanical maintenance. Our technicians are highly trained, so you can rely on our auto repair services. Many vehicle owners in the greater Las Cruces area prefer us for routine maintenance.

Here’s just a sample of what we offer beyond collision repair: Continue reading

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