As the temperatures get a bit warmer and your car wash seems to be lasting a bit longer, it’s a good idea to do some simple visual inspections on your vehicle to make sure the effects of the past winter were minimal.
Spring has Sprung…..
- As your wipers froze and thawed and froze and thawed on your windshield, they may have become torn or cracked in that process. As they are relatively inexpensive and very easy to replace, as the spring showers approach, now may be a good time to replace them.
- Now would also be a good time to check your fluid levels. It’s a pretty safe bet that your windshield wiper fluid could use a top up. You should also check your motor oil.
- Check your belts and hoses. Cold temperatures can harden and/or damage rubber, so it’s important to check your belts and hoses for damage. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or other visual damage, and check your belts for looseness, cracks, frays, or glazing. If you have to replace one of your belts, you may also have to replace the tensioner and pulleys to keep the new belt from slipping.
- After a carwash is a good opportunity to take a slow walk around your vehicle to do a detailed visual inspection to make sure all that salt wasn’t hiding any new scrapes or dents.
- Finally, if you’re like most people these days, you’re using a separate set of winter tires. When you go to your dealer or mechanic, to get your summer tires put on, ask them to do a quick check of some of the more complicated items you may not know how to check such as power steering, brake, transmission fluids and coolant levels. Most dealers have a “Spring Inspection” promo.
Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! How is it already Fall? We hope you survived the back to school rush and are getting back into the swing of things as October begins. In the hustle and bustle of saying farewell to summer, I know that I often forget to check out my vehicle for regular maintenance.
This includes all of the small or major bumps and bruises from all that summer lovin’. Maybe it happened on the highway when that huge stone hit your roof. Or in the parking lot with that runaway cart. Or maybe your son or daughter didn’t factor in the wind when they opened the car door? The list goes on. You get it. With our adventures and joy throughout the summer comes a little wear and tear on our vehicles.
What should you do moving forward? Well, if the paint is broken on your vehicle, you are opening yourself up to rust. This is bad. Very bad. If it’s a plastic part, for example, a bumper, it’s not a huge rush but it might drive you crazy every time you look at it. The solution? Drop by Colorworks Express Autobody Centers and have one of our estimators give you a free, no-obligation estimate on the repairs. You can ensure that your vehicle is protected and in good shape as the fall becomes colder and we transition into those winter months. It’s a great time to get work like this done and off your list.
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Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! Here’s the short version of what I’m thinking about this week: spring maintenance for your vehicle. Let me elaborate.
I was traveling in May (I know, lucky me) and noticed that most of the vehicles had a lot of damage on them while walking around. I couldn’t believe it. I’m talking paint peeling, dents all over, bumpers held on with rope, the works. I kept thinking, how are these vehicles not rusting out
? This would never fly back home. But that’s just it, our winters and early spring (even late fall) are brutal for harsh condensation, salt, and cold. Where I was traveling doesn’t have to deal with that.
Spring maintenance is more than just a wash and wax. It’s checking out your vehicle for those little (or large) scratches, dents, even rust bubbles after winter. Spring and summer are the best time to get your car repaired because (touch wood) it’s usually drier and you can actually enjoy your new finish before it gets covered in salt and slush.
Canada is a beautiful place to live and we get to see all four seasons. This means that our vehicles suffer more wear and tear than other areas of the world. Staying on top of your spring maintenance checks will save you more in the long run as you’ll avoid greater damage (and bills!) caused by rust.
So…go and and give your vehicle a once over before you set out on road trips, picnics, and fun times for the summer. Bring it into any Colorworks location for a free no hassle estimate.
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Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! (Pass Me the Star Screwdriver). There is change in the air – do you know what I’m talking about? I’ll let you in on the news…Colorworks has just revamped their complete website!
If you haven’t checked out the new and improved version, please do. It is crisp, well organized and brings a fresh new look to the site. I think this is a solid move on Colorworks’ part as it shows they are committed to growing and branding as a collective organization.
When almost everything is available online, on our phones, or through the touch of an app it is important to stay current. A website is a critical part of how you can get a feel for a business. The Colorworks website is engaging to read through and has a few new and improved pages. For example, the Locations page showcases all of their services in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and New Hampshire.
Colorworks is a home-grown local organization. They have a number of locations ready to serve you and all are committed to local values, placing customer service and satisfaction at the top of their priorities. Read more at http://colorworks.ca
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Hi there and thanks for tuning into Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver] or PMS! How did December creep up on us? Time sure does fly.
While I am looking forward to winter activities and fluffy snowfalls, this season can be tough on your vehicle. Those scratches and scrapes that you picked up on summer road trips or here and there on your daily or weekly travels may have built up. Maybe you have some breaking paint? Maybe it doesn’t look too bad. You could probably get through the winter until spring.
This could be true. But. Yes, there’s always a but. Winter can be a magical time but, there is salt and sand and, at times, wicked precipitation. What looks like a few harmless scratches and scrapes could lead to a larger repair in the spring time. How can this be? You guessed it. Rust.
This is a game changer for repairs. Once it takes hold, it can spread quickly and without mercy. What can you do? Come by a Colorworks Express Autobody Centers location for a free estimate. There is still time to get your vehicle cleaned up and protected for the winter season. Don’t let a small repair corrode into a much larger issue for you down the road.
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Hi there and thanks for tuning in to PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]). This week I’m excited to talk about Spring…specifically Spring Cleaning.
This is usually something that I grumble about doing – but do love the end result. It can take a lot of time and work to clean up an apartment, house or yard. What if I told you that it didn’t have to take as long to clean up the winter knicks and scratches on your car – or even better – that you didn’t have to do it?
Spring cleaning applies to your vehicle, too. Winter can be tough on our cars and spring is the perfect time to spruce them up to avoid more potential damage (like rust!) throughout the spring and summer. Colorworks Express Autobody Centers are the go-to local business for your spring time spruce up for your vehicle. Check out a location near you today and call or email for a free estimate. Not only will your home and yard be looking fresh and ready for the season, but so will your vehicle.
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Hi again and thanks for tuning in to PMS! (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]!). Spring is beginning to peep out (or has already sprung depending on where you are) and with the refreshing weather and transition also comes other points of turnover. For many, this might be switching over/out a leased vehicle.
I don’t know about you, but my car certainly has a few knicks on it (I really should get them fixed) – it’s not a lease though. If you are returning a lease in the near future you really should consider fixing up anything “new” on your vehicle before taking it back to the dealership. Why? The dealership may charge you large fees – more than what you’d pay at an autobody shop.
If you need dent repair; bumper repair; collision repair; and/or any sort of car body repairs Colorworks Express Autobody Centers is your best bet to avoid those service fees at your dealership. Consider getting a free estimate at one of their many locations sooner rather than later. If it can save you time, money and stress that seems like the surefire way to go in my opinion!
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It’s here. Whether you are ready or not, winter is upon us. It might be disguised as a mild beast if you live in Southern Ontario but it’s here nonetheless. Welcome to another edition of Pass Me the Star (Screwdriver) or PMS.
An important detail to remember before the weather really takes a turn is to ensure your car is winter ready, too. For many of us this means changing our tires over to winter ones and perhaps getting an oil change to a more hearty oil to maximize performance in colder temperatures. To ensure your vehicle is properly protected you should also consider getting those knicks and scratches dealt with. Why can’t they wait until the spring? Well, they probably can. But. Yes, there’s always a but. Any surface damage that has broken through the paint coat will be more prone to oxidation, especially in colder, wetter temperatures, and therefore rust. Rust can turn what appears to be a quick and simple repair right now into a nightmare if it spreads to a larger area. Instead of buffing and repainting the damage, you’ll be looking at a much larger repair.
My two cents? If you have multiple or a few large areas that need to be repainted, don’t wait until the spring. Colorworks are experts with this sort of repair. They get it. Let them set you and your vehicle up for success this winter by taking care of your repairs now, not when they evolve into a bigger problem (and bill) for you down the road. Find a location near you today and be proactive this winter. http://colorworks.ca/find-a-location.html
Thanks for tuning in this week to PMS. Stay safe on those roads and we’ll catch you in a week or two!
Hi there and welcome back to another edition of Pass Me the Star (Screwdriver) or PMS. This week I want to talk about something that impacts many of us – returning a leased vehicle.
This can be a bittersweet process. You’ve likely become attached to your vehicle while at the same time you’re excited about your next ride. A potential large hurdle is that you are responsible to fix any “oopsies”beyond what is considered, “normal wear and tear” before you return it. “Normal wear and tear” is different for every manufacturer. How can you set yourself up for success?
You’re in luck! Colorworks are lease return specialists. They know what the manufacturers are looking for and can get your car fixed up so you won’t have to pay any pesky damage fees. What could this mean, you ask? What do we as leasing consumers need to be aware of?
1) Bumper damage happens very easily on today’s vehicles. Anything from a dent to a scratch from resting a box will need to be repaired before returning it.
2) Dents and scratches are a reality of driving a car basically anywhere outside. Every manufacturer has its own guidelines for the size and number of knicks and scratches permitted on a returned vehicle. Colorworks will find your manufacturer’s guidelines and go over it with you so you are able to make decisions on your repairs.
Colorworks are masters with repairing the above. They are ready to guide you through a painless lease return. Give them a call two or three months before the end of the lease so they can hook you up! Good to Go!
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Rust. It’s a four-letter word that every car owner dreads.
In Canada, where ice, snow, salt, combined with thousands of kilometres of gravel roads, can chip away your car’s built-in protection in no time.
Much of the damage to your car’s existing rust coating is caused by driving on unpaved roadways, like those found in cottage country or at national parks and campgrounds across Canada.
If you update your ride every couple of years, getting a spray-on rust coating generally isn’t worth it. But if you plan on driving your car for a good number of years, it can really help to increase the life of your car.
After-market protection costs roughly $150 for 12 to 18 months of protection, and could be well worth considering for your piece of mind, and save on costly remedial repairs.
Consider a good oil or wax based rustproofing system such as Krown, and keep that rust at bay!