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Do You Need a Second Estimate for Your Collision Damage Repair?

If you haven’t needed auto body repair done recently, you’re lucky. But then you may also be absolutely shocked at the cost of repairs. Today’s modern cars use some high-tech materials, and even seemingly minor damage could affect major structural components and/or frame alignment, and that drives up the cost.

Still, if you are reeling from a high car repair cost estimate and think you might need a second opinion, chances are you probably do. Here’s why you should get another estimate from ABC Paint & Body: Continue reading

Car Winterizing in Four Easy Steps

Your safety and your car’s performance are primary concerns (or should be) should during winter, especially if you will be driving up to northern New Mexico Ski Country. To make sure you get there and back safely, winterize your car before you go.

If you have never winterized your vehicle, here’s a quick guide:

Step 1: Check Your Battery

Although car batteries can die any time of year, moist cold conditions make it more likely. And, that leaves you in the cold yourself. To spare yourself the inconvenience and, possibly, safety and/or health risks associated Continue reading

How to Protect That New Paint Job

Picture this: your car has a gorgeous new paint job—limited edition colors, racing stripes, the works. You want to keep it in cherry condition as long as possible; after all, your car’s paint job is more than just a pretty exterior—it’s the first line of defense for the body of your car against environmental damage.

To keep your paint job looking like your car is fresh out of the paint booth, here’s what to do:

Wash and Wax Quarterly (or more often as needed)

A wide variety of gunk that sticks to your car is bad for your paint—salt, bird droppings, bug guts, etc. This gunk needs to be removed before the acids eat through the clear coat, exposing the paint to further environmental deterioration…because once the paint Continue reading

Should You DIY Your Auto Restoration?

For just about any car enthusiast, there is that one late model that captures the imagination. The dream of owning it becomes an obsession. So, when you chance upon that classic vehicle, do you want to lovingly invest your own blood, sweat and tears, or should you entrust the job to a professional restoration shop? Here are some things to consider:

Your Skill

If you are an experienced auto restorer, then you probably have no qualms about whether or not you can handle the project. But if you’ve never done auto restoration, do not let that fact alone deter you from rolling up your sleeves and transforming your vehicle into the beauty it once was. There are Continue reading

4 Steps to Give your Car a Whole New Look

An experienced professional can give your car a whole new look, but the journey to a complete care makeover is not always an easy one. There are a lot of things to consider including the cost and time it will take to complete the process. However, if you are committed updating the look of your vehicle with a new color and coat, then understanding the entire process might help you decide to bring your car to ABC Paint and Body.

Step 1: Preparation
The preparation stage involves giving the car a thorough wash to remove dirt, road grime and grease. This layer of “ick” has Continue reading

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