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A New Years Resolution that Pays!

The Holiday Season is winding down and 2013 is upon us with endless possibilities. As one of your largest financial investments, resolving to take better care of your car is a great way to ring in the New Year. Taking the time to do preventative maintenance will save you time, money, and many headaches down the road. Below is a maintenance schedule provided by the Car Care Council, we hope it keeps you on the road for many years to come!

8 Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Paint Without Knowing It

Think gravel and parking lot dings are the only threats to your car’s paint? Think again! There are many other dangers to your paint that are occurring right under your nose. Here are the most common agents that could be damaging your car’s paint as we speak.

  1. Tree Sap—There’s a good reason that tree sap was used as glue for thousands of years. Just wiping it off only worsens the problem. Instead, try bug and tar remover to dissolve it.
  2. Spilled Gas—Gas leaves a stain that is nearly impossible to get off. Avoid topping off at the pump and clean accidental drips immediately with instant detailer and a microfiber cloth.
  3. Writing or rubbing on dirty paint—Don’t write anything on your car that you wouldn’t want to keep there. Dirt acts like sand paper on your car, so writing on it can leave permanent marks on your paint.
  4. Morning Coffee—Coffee (and soda) contain acids that damage paint. If you spill, wash it off immediately.
  5. Dirty Car Wash Tools—Washing your car yourself is great, but if your tools are dirty they could be doing more damage than good.
  6. Sprinklers—Parking next to a sprinkler is like getting a free car wash, right? Wrong, when the water evaporates, it leaves minerals behind that bond to your cars paint.
  7. Bird Poop—Bird poop isn’t just an eye sore, it’s also acidic. Birds also eat seeds that can scratch your paint.
  8. Bugs—Like bird poop, bug guts are acidic. Wash them off immediately.