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Tips to Know Your Coverage Needs when Buying Auto Insurance

insurance-coverageWhether you’re buying a new car or considering a change in auto insurance, understanding your coverage options is essential to getting the type of coverage you need without overpaying or setting yourself up to pay a lot more than your monthly premium when the times comes for collision repairs.

Where to Start: Identify Your Needs

To determine what type of coverage will meet your requirements and ensure you are adequately covered, you need to think about your average vehicle usage. Think about:

  • How much do you drive and where are you doing most of your driving?
    If you’ve got a long daily commute on the interstate, any Continue reading

The Auto Refinishing Process: The Road to Perfection

You’ve probably painted rooms in your home, maybe even painted the exterior. No one bats an eye when you DIY your home. But, when it comes to auto body paint, you are warned never to “try this at home.” So, what is it about the auto refinishing process that makes it so specialized? What is the technician doing besides applying a few coats?

ABC Paint & Body has the answers.

Obstacles on The Road to Perfection

Refinishing the paint on your car may seem like a simple process. But, just like under your hood, there’s so much more below the paint surface that you don’t see. It is making sure that the body is prepped and layers applied correctly that requires specialized knowledge and painstaking work to ensure a perfect finish.

To dig in a little deeper, these are the challenges auto body techs face Continue reading

Summer Car Care Tips

Summer in New Mexico can be tough on your car: rain, hail, sun, heat and construction zones can all do a number on autos. At ABC Paint and Body, we want to provide the highest quality care for you, and sometimes the best care we can give is to make sure you don’t have to bring your car to us in the first place.

To that end, here are a few summer car care tips to help you keep your car in the best condition possible:

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How a Small Dent Becomes a Big Problem

While you ran into the store, someone banged your car door with a shopping cart leaving a small ding…or, your car was parked outside during a hail storm, and now there’s some damage. Annoying for sure, but not a big deal…right?

Unfortunately, small dings and scratches can become big problems for you and your Continue reading

Caring for Your Car’s New Paint after a Repair

When you bring your car to ABC Paint & Body for collision repair, our experience and attention to detail ensure that your car looks as good as new. So, how can you keep it looking that way? We have a few tips to keep your car’s new paint job looking beautiful. As the city’s largest independently owned auto body shop, we know a thing or two about protecting your car’s shiny, new paint. We suggest that you:
  • Be gentle with your new paint job
    It takes 30 to 60 days for a new paint job to fully cure. That means your car may be more vulnerable to chips and scratches that, when fully cured, your clear coat can Continue reading

The Collision Repair Process

Getting into an auto accident is stressful enough. You don’t want to add more hassle and stress by being without your vehicle longer than absolutely necessary or risking poor quality repairs that just cause more problems later.

ABC Paint & Body offers top-quality repairs and customer service. We are completely transparent about our repair process, so you know what to expect every step of the way.

Step One: The Estimate
When you bring or have your car towed to us, we will do a full inspection of the damage and provide an estimate for repair. Estimates are free, and Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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

Take your foot off the gas pedal but don’t Continue reading

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