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Video: Maintaining Your Car’s Headlights

Posted on October 30, 2017 by James Florence

AMERICAN CANYON — Host, Sarah Rutan: To ensure visibility while driving, you’ll need to maintain your vehicle’s headlights as needed. To learn more, we’re in American Canyon with Jorge Barreto of American Canyon Collision Center, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Joel Diaz.

Jorge Barreto: Today, I’m going to be talking to you about headlight restoration. Throughout the years, three to four years, you will get this outcome on your headlight. This is discoloration and sun damage from the UV rays. Now it is very important to get this fixed, as your visibility during the nighttime does decrease.

What we use is we use UV ray clear-coat protecting in order to get everything back into OEM standards. Read more

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Maintaining Your Car’s Headlights

Posted on October 30, 2017 by James Florence

AMERICAN CANYON — As the winter brings shorter days, it’s important to make sure your car’s headlights are in good operating condition. Over time, headlights can become foggy, which obscures the shine of the bulbs and reduces visibility while driving at night. This fogginess occurs as the plastic comprising the headlights becomes oxidized due to continued sunlight exposure. You might think of it as cataracts developing on your car’s “eyes.”

To prevent the safety risk posed by reduced visibility, look at your car’s headlights and see if they appear foggy. If they do, bring your car to a local automotive shop to have them repaired. After sanding off the oxidized layer, a technician will apply a UV clear coat protectant to shield your headlights from the effects of sunlight. Read more

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Preventing Auto Paint Damage

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SUNNYVALE — An often-overlooked cause of auto paint damage is natural elements like bird droppings and tree sap. If not cleaned off promptly, these corrosive elements can leave permanent marks, especially during summer, when high temperatures can cause them to bake onto your car’s exterior. Since the only way to fix such damage is to repaint your entire car, it’s important to keep an eye out for these elements and remove them as soon as possible.

A good cleaning agent for this job is bug and tar remover, which provides a reasonable degree of cleaning power without harming your car’s finish in the process (as other, more abrasive products can). Once the elements are removed, Read more

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Video: Preventing Auto Paint Damage

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SUNNYVALE — Host, Sarah Rutan: To avoid permanent damage to your vehicle’s paint, you’ll need to be proactive about cleaning off elements like tree sap and bird droppings. Today we’re in Sunnyvale with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tristin Wurzbach of B2 Perfection Auto Body to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Tristin Wurzbach: The biggest tip I have – it happens every day; it has nothing to do with collision – is everyday wear and tear. So, specifically, it’s about bird poop and tree sap. If you ever get that on your car – especially in the summer, how you have it bake it, in even just a few days – Read more

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What to Do After an Auto Collision

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN LORENZO — Following a minor collision, there are four steps you should take to ensure both physical safety and legal protection:

1. Remove any traffic obstructions. After safely pulling to the side of the road, turn off the ignition and turn on your hazard lights. If you have cones or flares, use them to warn oncoming traffic of the accident.

2. Confirm the safety of other drivers. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately. Do not give emergency medical assistance unless you’re trained to do so. Never move an injured person unless they’re in danger.

3. Gather pertinent information. Get the names and phone numbers of drivers, witnesses, Read more

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Video: What to do After an Auto Collision

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN LORENZO — Host, Sarah Rutan: In the event of an auto collision, it’s important to know what steps to take immediately after the fact. To learn more, we’re in San Lorenzo with Luis Toste of George McGill’s Body Shop, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Manuel Garcia.

Luis Toste, co-owner of George McGill’s Body Shop: If you find yourself in the accident, there is some things we have, the least you have to do. First is stop gently, but do not obstruct traffic. Assist injured – Have someone call the police and repeat after five minutes. Secure the names, phone numbers, addresses in drivers, witness, injured persons. Read more

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Determining the Nature of Auto Paint Damage

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

FREMONT — When it comes to faded or otherwise damaged auto paint, most vehicle owners assume it’s an easy fix. In some cases, however, what appears to be minor paint damage is actually something more complex: damage to the clear coat. Unlike damaged paint, clear coat damage can’t be buffed out—it requires a more extensive repair.

No one likes finding out that what they assumed was minor damage is going to require a costly repair, but for those whose cars are less than 10 years old, there may be a silver lining. Today, almost every car sold in the United States comes with a 10-year paint protection warranty. If your car is still under warranty, Read more

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