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Protecting Your New Car Paint in Santa Barbara

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Rusty-Car-Paint-Santa-Barbara You can keep your new car looking like new for a long time with just a few tips on protecting your new car paint in Santa Barbara.
  • Exterior Cleaning: Be sure to remove all the exterior debris with a hose and water as soon as possible from the exterior of the car. You should not let debris build up in any small areas where rust can start. After the spray down, wash the exterior with a good, general purpose exterior car washing soap. Be sure it is mild. Finally, take a chamois and rinse and dry each section thoroughly (a chamois is a piece of cloth that absorbs about 8 or 10 times its weight in water). This will ensure that your car paint in Santa Barbara gets the maintenance it deserves.
  • Doors and Wheels: Be sure to clean the door jambs and doors as well as the wheels and tires. Another important thing to do is to make sure that the doors and door jambs are waxed. Make sure the tires are cleaned and protected with a protectant, such as ArmorAll, and that the wheels are also cleaned, protected and sealed.
  • Body: In order to protect new car paint, you need take very good care of the car’s body. It is also a good idea to wax the vehicle with a good, all-purpose polymer-based wax. This will give your new car paint in Santa Barbara maximum protection from the sun as well as from industrial pollution. This really helps in protection of car paint and allows it to shine for a longer period of time.
  • Windows and Windshield: Ensure that you park your car out of the sun most of the time. It is a good idea to make sure that all of the windows are cleaned and washed. You can use a mixture of vinegar and water for this or you can use a commercial product. Be sure that the windshield and rear window are cleaned, as are the rearview and sideview mirrors. One good hint to follow is to roll the windows down a bit so that the entire window is cleaned rather than leaving a line of dirt at the top.
  • Interior surfaces: Use a treatment, such as ArmorAll or another protectant, for UV protection. You can go over all of the plastic surfaces so they remain supple and fight the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the pedals are cleaned up and the upholstery is kept clean as well.
  • Chrome and Bright work: Use a proper cleaner and go over the chrome and bright work of your new vehicle so that you can ensure they stay looking new longer.
  • Polish and Buff: It’s beneficial for your vehicle if you polish and buff it. Make sure that you use a good quality polish and buff it in the correct manner. Use a new lint-free rag or a chamois. These will ensure that you catch all the dust particles and don’t leave any cloth particles on the body of the vehicle.
Using these methods should keep your new car paint in Santa Barbara looking great for a very long time. Original article sourced from

Auto Paint Repair in Santa Barbara

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Auto-Paint-Repair-Santa-Barbara For most people, the topic of repairing car paint in Santa Barbara can stir up a wide range of mixed emotions. Our cars are important to us. They say something about our personalities and who we are as people, and we want them to look their best. Equally important is saving money on repairs and having the job done right. Knowing a thing or two about the type of repairs needed, the different types of paint used, how to choose a quality body shop in Santa Barbara and avoid overpaying on repairs whether minor or extensive, can help owners make decisions on what they need at an agreeable price. Paint jobs can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the kind of paint as well as the type of car to be repaired. Minor cosmetic defects sometimes can be remedied by those who have a knack for do-it-yourself repairs, but some may require the expertise of trained auto body repair specialists. Sports cars with striping and decal trim can add to the bottom line, as will metallic paints and special colors. Generally speaking, these paint repair jobs are best left to the professionals who can match paints and finishes so that the repaired area blends in seamlessly. Depending upon the extent of the damage, normal rock chips, scratches and rust spots can be repaired quickly and easily by the owner with touch up paint or rust kits. Touch up paint is usually specific to the make and model of the vehicle, and can be found among the car’s specifications. Kits can be purchased online or in auto parts stores and dealerships, often with easy to follow instructions. There are many techniques and products available to the average consumer which one can use to perform the repairs themselves and save money. Original article sourced from

The Best Kind of Repair Shop

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Often during Tom Torbjornsen’s radio show he gets the question, “Should I take my vehicle to a dealer, a local independent shop, or a specialist?” It’s a good question, but the answer depends on various factors.

Time To Head To The Dealer

The dealership is obviously the place to go when the vehicle is under warranty. It’s common sense to have repairs done that are under warranty. If you take your new car that’s under warranty for repairs to shops other than the dealership, problems can arise when it comes time for a warranty claim. In this scenario, warranty coverage can be denied if the shop used non-OEM (original equipment) parts or if accessories were installed which compromise the vehicle in a way that could void the warranty. If the vehicle is out of warranty then it’s a matter of where you are comfortable taking your car. Philosophy of old suggests that car dealers always charge more, but that’s not the case any more. Having experienced decreased profits from the sale of new and used cars in recent years, car dealers have stepped up their efforts on the service front. Thus, they are quite competitive in the retail repair business. Comparison-shopping reveals that automotive repair and general maintenance pricing are about the same at dealerships and independent shops. In addition, dealers commonly offer nationwide warranty coverage for their services, which is a big plus in their column. There are several reasons cited for why some people avoid the dealerships for repairs and maintenance: Perceived higher pricing, non-personal service and attention to customers, less recourse in the event of a problem, and technicians paid on a flat-rate basis. However, there are other considerations. For example, when there is a recall on your particular year, make, and model vehicle you may not be able to get coverage from anyone other than the dealership. Finally, consider the fact that the techs at dealerships work on the same makes every day and, more often than not, this enables the tech to diagnose the problem more efficiently because they see the same problems over and over, and become more proficient doing those repairs.

Seeking Out An Independent

Independent repair facilities tend to be woven into the fabric of a community. Oftentimes the owner comes from the neighborhood he or she lives in and knows many people in the community. This gives independents a high grade for the personal touch, generating feelings of trust and comfort with their customers. However, in the past there was a major problem with the independent shop. They didn’t have access to the tools, information, and technical training compared to the car dealers (not to mention the dealers’ access to “inside” information from the carmaker) and thus they weren’t able to maintain and repair current model vehicles as well. But this disadvantage no longer exists, as independent shops now have access to a number of information services, scan tools and software programs capable of accessing vehicular data, as well as factory-like automotive repair training available to technicians of independent shops. The caveat when selecting an independent repair facility? Making sure they actually have these tools, information, and trained technicians. Monikers and shingles to look for when selecting an independent shop are: AAA Approved Auto Repair Facility, ASA (Automotive Service Association), iATN (International Automotive Technicians Network), and ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence). Membership in these associations means that the business and technicians invest in up-to-date, state-of-the-art equipment and repair information. Ask to see the training certificates from the techs. If they have the credentials, they are most likely keeping abreast with updated training. So when should you consider taking your vehicle to an independent repair shop? After the warranty on your new car has expired, if you feel more comfortable with the independent shop versus the dealer, go for it. Independent shops are often more convenient because they can turn a repair around faster than the dealer that might be backlogged a week or two. Maybe you want to experience the benefits of developing a personal relationship with your service provider, so that you feel like you are doing business with a friend. For many of us, that goes a long way. Shops that want to develop relationships with their customers will usually keep thorough records of your vehicle’s repair history, so that a repeat problem or other patterns can be diagnosed quickly and accurately.

The Specialist

Specialty automotive repair shops come in lots of flavors: transmission and drivetrain specialists, HVAC (heating, ventilation, & air conditioning), electronics & drivability, radiator and cooling systems, under car (brakes, front end, tires, wheels, steering/suspension), and foreign car repair. But why would you go to a specialty shop? Simple: When no one else can fix your specific problem. Specialists are recognized experts in their field and you want to take advantage of that expertise to get the best possible job done. Typically, specialists have the specialized tools, equipment, and knowledge to render an effective and accurate repair in the shortest time possible. Not only do they have the specific knowledge and training needed for the job, but they also deal with the same types of repairs over and over. They understand the idiosyncrasies of the vehicle and/or problem better than most other general repair professionals. Often these sorts of shops will actually work as subcontractors to general repair facilities, including dealers. Article sourced from

Four Auto Body Repair Tips To Keep In Mind

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Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. With millions of drivers on the road every day, many of them distracted by phone calls, messy burritos, bad weather or lack of sleep, crashes are inevitable. Luckily, most of these accidents are relatively minor and nobody gets injured. But a minor accident can seriously damage the outside your car. Areas like the fenders and doors are especially susceptible to damage. While it’s generally the insurance company’s job to get your car patched up and back on the road when this happens, there are a few things you should know in order to ensure that your car is properly fixed.

1. You can choose the body shop

Insurance companies can refer you to shops that they work with, but ultimately you can choose who does the work. Most insurance-recommended body shops are reputable and perform high-quality repairs, but there are a few bad eggs out there that cut corners to get the job done faster and cheaper. These shops will entice insurance adjusters with lower repair costs, but that could result in a shoddy repair. Before agreeing to get your car fixed at an insurance-recommended shop, do some research online by searching Yelp or other sites with small business reviews.

2. Avoid aftermarket parts

When you take your car in for repair in, you should inquire about the replacement parts that are being used by the body shop in Santa Barbara. Body shops may use new original parts, used parts or aftermarket parts. While used parts were made by your vehicle manufacturer and perform as well as new original parts, aftermarket parts are often cheap imitations with inferior quality. These parts can corrode, rattle and ultimately diminish your car’s value.

3. Carefully examine paint match

All too often, you see cars on the road with body panels that don’t match in color. Matching a newly painted body panel to the rest of your car is a difficult challenge, and sometimes there can be a big, obvious difference in shade. When you pick up your car from a Santa Barbara body shop , ask which panels are original and which ones were painted. Step back ten feet from the car and see if there’s a difference in color. If there is, there may be additional paint work necessary to get a better match.

4. Check warning lights

After an accident, there are a number of warning lights that may turn on in your dashboard. These can include the airbag light, the low coolant light, the check engine light and others. When you pick up your finished car, make sure all of the problems have been corrected and none of the lights are illuminated. Illuminated lights can indicate that your car’s on-board computer may need to be reprogrammed, or that certain electrical components need replacement. Article sourced from

Cold Weather Care Tips for your Car

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Car-Snow-Covered Okay, let’s be honest we don’t really have “winter weather” in Santa Barbara. However, our vehicles still should get some TLC during the cold weather season and in preparation for those road trips that we Santa Barbarans love to take up to Big Bear, Mammoth, or Tahoe. What are some of the things we can do to maintain our cars when it’s cold outside? Per the DMV website, here are some tips:  

Engine Oil in the Winter

The outside temperature affects the internal temperature of your engine. Make sure to use the proper oil for the conditions. When it’s below freezing, which we have approached a couple of times, switch to thinner oil. “If you run a 10W-30 in the summer, for example, try moving to a 5W-30 when changing your oil in the fall or winter. If you are in doubt, refer to your manual or the manufacturer.”

Engine Coolant

The coolant system keeps the engine from overheating and also protects the engine from corrosion. Per the DMV, use a coolant with ethylene glycol to protect your engine. Refer to your owner’s manual or your service technician to find out the proper ratio of coolant to water.

Cold Weather and Battery Capacity

Make sure your batter is in good condition. Cold weather affects the battery’s ability to start easily. Inspect the cables for cracks and breaks, the terminals should fit snugly, and the battery fluid level should be above the bottom of the cap. If it is below, refill it with distilled water. Additional note, check the date of your battery. Especially in the Santa Barbara heat, battery life spans are not as long as they would be in milder climates.

Proper Tires

The DMV recommends snow tires for those living in snowy conditions….ok so that’s not for us here in Santa Barbara. But we do have to deal with the bit of rain that we get which causes slick conditions on the roads. Make sure your tires are in good condition and that they are properly inflated. If you plan on taking a trip up to hit the ski and snowboard slopes, make sure to check the conditions of the roads where you will be driving to and have proper snow chains if required.

Windshield Treatment

After a long hot summer, there’s nothing like trying to turn on your windshield wipers to clear rain or fog only to find them crumble apart because they sat unused all summer and had dried out. Check that your windshield wipers are in good condition and that your fluid is the right type for colder weather. The DMV recommends a washer fluid with an antifreeze solution. Just make sure the fluid doesn’t damage your car’s paint.

Emergency Kit

Regardless of the weather, I recommend having an emergency kit in your vehicle. The DMV’s Emergency Kit list includes: – Flares – Blankets – Boots – Radio – Engine oil – Washer fluid – Coolant – Flashlight – First Aid Kit – Water – Food (protein bars and snacks in case you are stranded for a bit of time) – Emergency charger for your cell phone – Tool Kit – Coat – A spare pair of athletic shoes or boots and socks so that you aren’t stuck at a break down in your slippers or heels – Cleansing hand wipes – Paper towels For the full DMV article, click here Article sourced from Fox5 and


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