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Video: How to Polish Out a Scratch on Your Car

Posted on January 11, 2018 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on DIY auto body care. One of the tips provided was a procedure for polishing out a minor surface scratch on a car’s body. To see this procedure performed in person, watch this video by Tom Trago of Anchor Auto Body.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Auto Body Care

Posted on January 09, 2018 by James Florence

In order to maintain your car’s appearance, you’ll need to know how to properly care for its paint and clear coat. Photo: Coelho’s Body Repair & Auto Sales, Inc. (2018)

For many people, a car represents more than a mere means of conveyance. It might be a status symbol, a passion project or simply the result of long-term hard work and frugality. If any of these applies to you, you’re likely as concerned about your car’s outward appearance as you are about its internal components, in which case you’ll want to know how to effectively maintain it. To that end, we’ve asked six Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to provide their auto body care tips. Read more

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Your Kid’s First Car: What Every New Driver Needs to Know

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Suzanne Carroll

What’s the perfect accessory to go with a cap and gown? A set of car keys. With graduation season upon us, many young people will be getting their first cars before heading off to college or starting their first jobs. A car allows a young person to experience freedom and independence, but it’s also a serious responsibility. School may be over for your child, but the life lessons are just about to begin. To learn how you can help teach your child to be a responsible car owner, read these tips provided by five Diamond Certified Experts.

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For many young people, an auto dealership may be where the car of their dreams crashes into the reality of their bank accounts. Read more

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Industry Overview: Auto Body Repair

Posted on September 03, 2015 by James Florence

Automotive work is a multifaceted field that consists of many subdivisions, from manufacturing to engine repair. One important segment of the industry is auto body repair, which concerns aspects such as vehicle paint and collision repair. The following article contains useful information to help you get more acquainted with this part of the automotive field, including key terms, DIY tips and answers to frequently asked questions.

Key Terms

Chipping: Auto paint is said to “chip” when stones and other debris cause the colored paint finish to break off in small pieces. Auto body shops can buff out and refill chipped areas with matching paint to make the damage invisible. Read more

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Auto-Wise: Tips for Making a Smart Vehicle Purchase

Posted on July 21, 2015 by James Florence

Buying a car is a complex enterprise with several aspects to consider—not to mention a lot of pitfalls to avoid. Whether you’re looking for something that’s new off the lot or simply new to you, it’s important to exercise caution so you can ensure a wise investment.

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When it comes to purchasing a new car, there are two different routes you can take: visiting a dealership or using an online sales service. While each has its perks, there are also things to watch out for. Read more

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Industry Organization Spotlight: I-CAR

Posted on June 30, 2015 by James Florence

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Formed in 1979, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) is an international nonprofit that’s dedicated to promoting high standards of quality among professionals from all segments of the collision repair industry. By pursuing its mission to “deliver increasingly accessible, on-demand and relevant education, knowledge, services, and solutions for the collision repair industry,” I-CAR’s vision is that all professionals will possess “the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe, quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.” Read more

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Small Claims Court

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Chris Bjorklund

If you need to go to small claims court, watch this video for some helpful tips and information. Read more

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