How to Keep Your Used Car Looking New
car looks like new! I'd never guess it was eight
is what we owners want to hear, but keeping our
cars looking like the late models is tough, even
with today's long-lasting finishes. Dents, dings
and cracked glass are several items that age the
appearance of a vehicle. Fortunately, technology
has helped advance the solutions to these problems,
making the fixes quicker and less expensive. With
mobile repair units, these items often can be repaired
on site at your home or work, adding convenience.
Many types of door dents or small dings are fixed without sanding, filler or painting, preserving the integrity of the vehicle's original factory finish. Technician's uses specially designed tools that allow them to access the problem and actually massage it out. If paint touch-ups are required, the technology is available to match your vehicle and repair scratches, minor chips and blemishes on most surfaces. There are a couple of factors that have an effect on the success of this process:
location of the dent on the car is important.
For example, a dent on the edge of a door, trunk
or hood probably can't be fixed using this process.
there is paint damage or scrapes across
multiple panels, this may indicate that the damage
is too severe, as the paint may crack as the dent
Like dents and dings, chipped cracked glass can also diminish the value of a car. However, the fix is not necessarily a new windshield. Seventy percent of all glass damage is repairable. Using resins that are constantly being improved, technicians not only can fix your glass, but also make it stronger. In addition, the resin can create a repair that is difficult to detect. This technology can be used to repair glass damage in automobiles like: star breaks, combination breaks, bulls-eyes and cracks of any length.
Before having any repairs performed, the Car Care Council reminds you to choose the facility as carefully as you would choose your automotive repair shop. Be sure to get all estimates and warranties in writing. Ask for two or three references and call them. Finally, find out what happens if you're dissatisfied with the job.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" campaign, educating consumers about the benefits of regular vehicle maintenance and repair. For more information visit www.carcare.org. (Source: Car