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3 Post-Summer Car Maintenance Tips

As the days get shorter and cooler, it is important to start thinking about preparing your vehicle for different climactic challenges. These three tips can help you ease into the colder months, even if this year has a freak early cold snap in store for Albuquerque.

#1: Recharge your Air Conditioner

Wait, what? Recharge your car’s air conditioner before winter?! If your car’s AC cooling capability has been noticeably waning, you may have a leak in the cooling system or your refrigerant just needs a top-off. This isn’t something you should put off until next spring or summer because your car’s defroster may engage your AC system to help dehumidify the cabin and de-fog your windshield.

#2: Seal Nicks and Dents

Nicks and dents in the summer are typically “just” cosmetic issues. However, chips and flakes in your car’s coat leave the body exposed and vulnerable to the elements. Moisture, salt and freeze-thaw cycles, which can happen daily when nightly lows fall below freezing but the days are mild, all contribute to further deterioration. To keep metal panels and body materials free of corrosion, seal all scratches, scrapes, chips, etc.

#3: Check (and Replace) Your Car’s Consumables

It may sound like a no brainer, but many people forget to transition to winterized components, such as:

  • Tires
  • Windshield wipers
  • Coolant/anti-freeze

Also check belts for signs of wear or damage and make sure your battery charge is strong.

If you need assistance winterizing your vehicle, bring it to ABC Paint and Body or at least give us a call for more tips and recommendations for winter-ready components and protective coatings.

RV Repair: Sooner is Better

Did you hit the road in your RV and the road hit back? If you experienced any type of collision damage to your RV this summer, take it ABC Paint & Body—your preferred RV service center in Las Cruces, NM.

RV Repair—It’s a Specialty Job

Not every auto collision shop is equipped to handle RV collision repairs or painting, but ABC Paint & Body is! We are a state-of-the-art body shop with the capability and expertise to make your RV look new again. Continue reading

Preventing Paint Discoloration and Fading

No one wants to be the owner of “that” car—the one with faded paint patches, making it look like someone took sandpaper to the hood or roof. While paint issues do not affect your car’s drivability, it will affect your car’s value and possibly your enjoyment driving it. You can keep your car’s paint job looking fresh with a little extra care. Continue reading

Just What Are ASE and I-CAR Certifications?

Many professions, including nursing, hair styling and plumbing, require state licensure before people can practice or go into business. Automotive technicians, however, are not required to have any type of licensure or certification. So how can you tell the difference between a competent and experienced technician and a guy with a wrench who works on cars?

You can look for voluntary industry certifications: ASE and I-CAR. Continue reading

How to Get Top Asking Price for Your Car

Are you spring cleaning your garage in preparation of parking something new in it? If you’re getting ready to sell your car, ABC Paint & Body can help you get top asking price with a new paint job.

Benefits of a New Paint Job

A new paint job will, of course, make your vehicle look newer and in better condition, and that alone can boost the resale value. But there are other benefits to a new paint job you can use to market your vehicle: Continue reading

Limited Edition Color Matching

Choosing the color of your car may have been one of the toughest, most personal decisions when car shopping. So, if your car’s paintwork is scratched, chipped or damage, you want to make sure that repairs can be done without any visible color mismatch. For most vehicle colors, that’s no problem, but what if you have a limited edition color? At ABC Paint and Body, that’s still no problem. Continue reading

Winter Car Noises—What Do They Mean?

Almost no one likes to go out in the cold or drive on snow and ice, but winter driving can actually be helpful. How? Winter conditions can often bring about noises or just make existing noises more noticeable, and those sounds can point to much-needed maintenance.

What Squeaks and Squeals Mean

If your car is making squeaks or squeals that you did not notice in warmer temperatures, your car may be experiencing: Continue reading

Heater Maintenance Isn’t Just for Your Home

checking the air from air ventilation in the car

During the winter, when you are going “over the river and through the woods” to get to all your holiday fiestas, you want your travels to be comfortable…and that means you need a car heater that works. To ensure it does—and before disaster strikes—take your car in for heater maintenance.

Why Your Car Heater May Stop Working

Car heaters can break down for a variety of reasons: Continue reading