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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

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

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