How can I preserve my car’s paint job?

If you just had your vehicle painted, I’m sure that you want to do anything you can to preserve the beautiful, shiny new coat of paint.  Or maybe you just bought a brand new car and want to avoid having to touch up the paint any time soon (or ever).  Depending on your diligence and the quality of your paint job, your coat of paint should look fresh for quite some time.  Here are some steps you can take to preserve the look of your paint.

  1. Make sure the paint job was done properly.  Closely inspect your vehicle for any imperfections, such as color inconsistencies, runs, or debris trapped under the paint.  If you had your vehicle painted at O’Rielly Collision Center, you can trust that your paint will match beautifully.  And we provide a lifetime written warranty on the work we do, just to give you added peace of mind.
  2. Be selective about where you park.  Always park in a garage or under a carport whenever possible to avoid damage from the elements.  Here are the major elements you’ll want to avoid:
    • Pollution.  Because our city is couched in a valley, pollution easily pools in this area.  This kind of poor air quality can be nearly as damaging to our cars as it is to us, so watch out for roads harboring excess traffic, unpaved sections, and any construction sites.
    • Sun damage.  In Tucson it can be a challenge to stay out of the sun, but the sun’s rays can cause a great deal of fading to your vehicle’s paint.  If you can’t park in a garage or under a carport, try to find a shaded area.  Although you’ll want to avoid trees that shed any debris (see the next point).
    • Dirt and grime.  Dust, pollen, dirt, tree sap, leaves, sand, bird droppings, etc.—all of these can cause major damage to your paint, especially if you don’t wash them off right away.
    • Salt.  While it’s not a quick jaunt for us to get to the ocean, if you do take your vehicle to the beach, be aware of how the salty air can weaken your car’s paint.
  3. Wash your vehicle frequently.  Use a non-abrasive mitt and a good quality automotive soap to scrub any accumulated grime off your car.  And be sure to rinse carefully, since any soap left behind has the potential to damage your paint.  Also make sure you dry your vehicle afterwards with a non-abrasive chamois or cloth, since water spots can affect paint.  Those of us in the business get really serious about detailing our cars and use something called a Clay Bar after we’re done washing and drying.  A Clay Bar is like a Magic Eraser for your car and can clean grime that you weren’t able to remove while washing.
  4. Wax, wax, wax.  Waxing your car is one of the best things you can do to preserve the health of your vehicle’s paint.  Do it every time you wash and you’ll be rewarded with not only a gorgeous car, but also a surface that protects your paint from some of the grime you’re not able to avoid.

If you ever have concerns about your vehicle’s paint, don’t hesitate to give us a call.  Our body shop has been around since 1929, so we know a thing or two about paint and would be happy to help you.


What is “betterment” in collision repair terms?

Lots of different terms get used in the auto repair world, so it’s no surprise if you’re having a hard time keeping track of them all.  If you’ve ever had your car in to an auto body shop in Tucson or the Green Valley area, you might have heard the term “betterment” and are wondering what it means.  Allow me to explain.

If your vehicle is in the process of being repaired and the replacement parts are better than the original parts on your car, this is called betterment.  How can this happen?  Well, if your vehicle is old or if the parts on your car were aftermarket or LKQ parts, rather than OEM parts, it would be easy for replacement parts to be an upgrade.  Not sure what these acronyms mean?  Here’s a quick glossary:

Will my new paint match?

When you bought your car, how important was it for you to find the right color?  For many of us, selecting the color of our vehicle can be a big deal.  For instance, some people prefer red cars.  But not just ANY red—maybe it’s a specific shade of maroon.  Or cherry.  Or burgundy.  (You get the idea.)

As a car owner you might not be that picky, but if you sincerely love the color of your vehicle, then you might be wondering how an auto body shop in the Tucson or Green Valley area will find the replacement parts to match your car’s unique shade after you’ve been in an accident.

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How long does it take to get car parts?

Having an accident is stressful enough, but being without your own vehicle for even one day can just compound the stress you’re feeling.  So when you take your car to an auto body shop here in Tuscon or the Green Valley area, you probably want to know how long it will take to get it back.  Well, besides the time it takes for an insurance company adjustor to see your vehicle and the auto technician to make repairs, it can also take some time for your car parts to arrive at the shop.

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Why can’t I have OEM parts?

If you have been in an accident and need to have your vehicle repaired, I’m sure you have lots of questions and some of those might be about the parts we’ll be using at O’Rielly Collision Center.  But before I answer this question, let me start off by explaining the different types of parts that are available:

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Can I get a rental car while mine is being worked on?

It can be incredibly frustrating to have to go without your vehicle for even one day when you have to get to work, run errands, pick up your kids, and so on.  So if you need a rental car while yours is being worked on at O’Rielly Collision Center, take advantage of the Enterprise Car Rental on our campus.  Unfamiliar with the ins and outs of renting a vehicle?  Here are some things you might want to know:

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Got autobody Damage in Tucson? Get a FREE online auto body estimate!

Got some minor autobody damage in Tucson? Use our FREE online auto body estimate tool!

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O’riellly Collision Centers launches new Online Estimate tool!

New Online Estimating tool from O’Rielly Collision!

Is your car looking a little less than pristine these days? Do you have a couple of mild repairs that you have been putting off?

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How to choose a Tucson body shop- Part two

Last week we explored how to choose the right auto body shop in Tucson Arizona. Today we are continuing that discussion.

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What to look for in choosing a body shop in Tucson Arizona- Part 1

Tips on Choosing a Good Body Shop:  How do you know what to look for when you’re choosing a body shop?

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