How Often Should You Wash, Wax and Detail Your Car?

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As a car owner you should be aware that following a proper car care regimen will help you maintain your vehicle in a good condition for many years. Let´s start with the most basic tip which is washing. How often should you wash your car?

You have probably already asked yourself this question. The answer totally depends on how often you use it and the weather. Sometimes it’s obvious when your vehicle needs a wash, for example, such as after a long day of driving, especially in a hot or nasty weather. Following the general rule of thumb, it is recommended to wash your car every two weeks. Obviously, there are special circumstances that might increase or decrease that frequency as previously mentioned.

Your car’s exterior is exposed to the sun rays, rain, snow, salt, bird droppings and there might be more enemies. Waxing will help you keep it clean and maintain a good look. How often should you wax your car? Generally speaking, it’s recommended to wax a car four times per year which is once in every three months.

James Carter, owner of highly rated Paradise Mobile Detail in Las Vegas, agrees that a vehicle should be waxed every three months, or a minimum of twice a year.
“We recommend once in the spring just before summer and in the fall just before winter,” he says, because wax helps protect cars from harmful UV rays in warm weather and protects them from harsh elements in cold weather.

How often should you detail your car?
Most experts recommend a new detail every four to six months, which is 2-3 times a year. However, you might want to perform this procedure more frequently, depending on your vehicle type and your needs.

Pristine Auto can help you with car detailing. We offer exterior and interior detailing as well as engine cleaning.

Exterior Detailing  If you need an exterior detailing, we’re here to help. Our exterior car detail includes tar removal, chrome trim, windows, wheels and tires.

Interior Detailing – At Pristine Automotive, we perform extensive detail of the dash area, panels, windows, seats, carpet vacuuming and steam cleaning.

Engine Cleaning – Finally, make sure not to skip engine cleaning procedure. Our engine detail includes degreasing under the hood of the car.

We offer exceptional car care, car maintenance and car repair services. Bring your car to our autobody shop and forget about all your car problems.

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Summer

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Is your car ready for summer? Hot weather might be challenging for your vehicle´s performance and you need to take a diligent care of its coolant and air conditioning systems, tires as well as check all the essential fluids and more.

Where do we start when it comes to your car´s summer maintenance?

Coolant system. Check your vehicle´s coolant system, inspect the hoses and coolant reservoir and make sure that there are no leaks or any other issues.

Wipers. Are your wipers worn? If so it´s time to change them. Summer does not mean that rainy weather is over and if your wipers are worn, they might create streaks on the windshields. What can be more important than vision when driving? So keep your windshields maximum clean.

Engine belts should be part of your checklist. Planning long-distance summer trips? Have you checked your engine belts? Are they in a good condition? When engine belts become loose or deteriorate it´s time to replace them with the new ones.

Check all the fluids that need to be checked. Contact a trustworthy mechanic to check your vehicle´s oil, brake, power-steering and windshield-washer fluids. It´s not as easy task as it sounds and it´s better to find the right auto body shop with qualified staff. At Pristine Automotive we can take care of this and guarantee you a 100 per cent of satisfaction. Find all the information about Pristine´ auto services here.

Air-conditioning system. Especially in summer, you can´t skip checking your air conditioning system. Make sure it works well.

Tires. As always, don´t neglect checking tires. Especially their pressure needs to be checked regularly in hot summer weather. Also, your tires should be in good condition without any cracks or else.

Wash your car. You might need to wash your car once or twice a month, however this totally depends on a location, weather, the distance you drive and more. Just make sure you wash it whenever your vehicle needs it. Also, park in a shadow to protect your car from direct sunrays as they damage carpaint.

Hope this post was helpful and take a good care of your vehicle!

Helpful Tips to Choose the Right Auto Body Shop

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Choosing the right auto body shop can save you a lot of time and money.
As a vehicle owner, chances that you might need the services of a collision repair and/or refinishing facility are higher than you might think. How to choose the right auto body shop to avoid a frustrating experience?

We recommend you following the below tips.

Auto body repair estimate. Ask for the estimate, look for the shop’s business license and ask about the auto body shop’s warranty for its work. Preferably look for a shop that provides a warranty for at least one year both on the parts and the work.

Transparency and communication. Pay attention to how transparent they are. Make sure you can see their work online or you might want to drop into a physical shop. Also, when you get in touch with them, do they answer all your questions? Did you get all the required information that you were looking for? Is it easy to communicate with them?

Word of mouth. Word of mouth always works. If people who you trust give you a positive feedback about auto services they chose, chances that you follow their advice/recommendation are quite high. Look for the recommendations.

Testimonials. Do some research on the internet, check testimonials and ratings. At Pristine Automotive we provide our customers with high-quality work and guarantee customer satisfaction. We are proud of our first-class quality auto repair service and so are our clients.  Our customer testimonials prove it.

Equipment. Your auto body shop needs to have the proper equipment to accomplish a high-standard and effective work. Check out the services section of the website with all the descriptions.

Staff. Also, have a look at the about us and team pages and make sure that the staff is high-qualified. At Pristine Auto we employ mechanics who’re experts in all facets of general and comprehensive automotive repair; automotive care and vehicle maintenance.

Should you need a reliable auto body shop in in West Hollywood, Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and all Greater Los Angeles, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. At Pristine Automotive, we operate on “customer for life” policy.

Find a body shop that can repair that dent or repaint your car the right way.

Get Your Car Spring Ready

spring-car-careIs your vehicle ready for spring arrival? As a car owner, you should be aware how important it is to prepare you car for every season. In spring the weather gets warmer, however it’s common to have rainy days.  What is the car care checklist for spring?

Check them below and some of them need to be performed not only in spring but regularly.

Replace windshield wiper blades. Even if you have not used windshield wipers much in winter, it’s recommended to get them replaced before rainy showers start. Also check that all your interior and exterior lighting works well to make sure you see everything clearly when driving.

Replace plugs and batteries. As the weather gets warmer, plugs and batteries can be depleted faster. Replace the old ones with the new ones before you hit the road.

Check the brake system: Is your battery connection clean, tight and corrosion-free? Don’t forget to have it checked.

Don’t ignore washing and waxing your car. When it comes to your car’s exterior, make sure you wax it properly. Spring is an excellent time to do it as waxing not only protects the finish but also makes subsequent washing easier. Obviously, wash it as well to keep your vehicle clean.

Perform the following checklist. Check the tire pressure, filters and fluids, including power steering and brake, transmission and engine oil, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

We’d recommend you having your car inspected by a professional autobody shop to make sure everything is done properly.

At Pristine Automotive, we’d be more than happy to help you if you’re based in West Hollywood, Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and/or in any part of Greater Los Angeles. We provide complete and excellent auto services.

Bring in your car for a fantastic customer-oriented service and become our next satisfied customer.

Why Regular Car Maintenance is Important

regular-car-maintenanceIf you want your vehicle to serve you for many years, you should perform a regular car maintenance.  However, there are more reasons why every car owner should put on its agenda car maintenance and consider following it.

Safety: The most important reason obviously is the safety. Anything that can lead to an engine brake such as worn windshield wipers and tires, dirty headlights, faulty brakes or else should be fixed. Eventually, when you are on the road, you should be concerned not only about your safety but also the safety of others.

Performance & Reliability: Your vehicle’s performance should be a number one priority for you and you don’t need to worry about it when regular car maintenance is being done. At Pristine Automotive we offer mechanical and auto maintenance services that include oil change, brakes, tires, major engine repairs, transmission (auto or manual), radiator, A/C, suspension, electrical, computer diagnostics, alignment, smog check, clutch, exhaust.

We are a complete top-quality auto mechanic shop to diagnose, repair, service, and maintain your car near Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. We make sure you get a quality servicing and can rely on your vehicle’s performance.

Environment: Think about the environment.  We all know that vehicles emit dangerous fumes such as carbon dioxide and automotive fluids. Maintaining a vehicle won’t stop this, however won’t make it get worse.

Fresh look: If you want your car to have a fresh look, take care of it. It’s as simple. Faded paint, bubbling tint, rusty spots and dents make your car look old.

Cost-effectiveness & easy to sell: If you invest in regular car maintenance checkups, you will avoid costly repairs as you permanently take care of your car. Besides, a vehicle that is in a good condition is easier to sell.

Now you have many reasons why to consider car maintenance seriously. Feel free to contact Pristine Automotive for all your car care and car repair needs. We will be happy to provide you with exceptional auto services.

How to Clean the Interior of Your Car

auto-interior-cleaningWhen it comes to vehicle’s care, both interior and exterior detailing are important.
In this post, you’ll learn the main tips on how to clean your car’s interior.

Cleaning interior totally differs from its exterior, it’s harder and requires more time and efforts. If you are going to take care of the interior cleaning yourself, consider that you might need much time and be sure to equip yourself with a car vacuum cleaner with brush and crevice attachments, microfiber or paper towels, cotton swabs, plastic and vinyl cleaner, cloth and leather cleaner and more.

Brush off the dust and vacuum. Are you ready for a big work? It’s important to vacuum up the dust as you brush it off, so it doesn’t immediately settle somewhere else in the car.  You will need to vacuum your vehicle’s carpet, the seats, dash and the package shelf. Consider cleaning your car’s knobs and buttons.

Clean cloth seats and AC vents. Use cloth cleaner to clean cloth seats and a foam brush or paint brush to dust between the AC vents.

Get rid of animal hair. Do you have animals? Driving with your pet must be a fun experience. Though you should consider interior detailing on a regular basis. If you have animals, you can get rid of animal hair using a spray bottle of water and a squeegee.

Clean floor mats. What to do with dirty floor mats? Spray them with stain remover, then put them in the washing machine. You will enjoy the clean and fresh look of your floor mats when you’re inside your vehicle.

Clean seat cushions. Don’t reject to clean your seat cushions. All you need is a fine-bristled brush to get dirt and crumbs out from the seams of your seat cushions.

Shampoo the seats.  How do you shampooo your vehicle’s seats? Diluted all-purpose cleaner, a sponge or scrub brush, and washcloths will serve your purpose.

If you prefer to give this task to auto body shop professionals , at Pristine Automotive we are offering you full car detail. We perform exterior and interior detailing as well as engine cleaning.

In my next post I´ll be speaking about car’s exterior detailing. Subscribe to our blog and be the first to get the news.

Road Safety Tips to Follow Before You Hit the Road

road-safety-tipsEvery car owner should take following road safety tips seriously as driving is a big responsibility. Make sure your vehicle is ready for its next trip.

What do you need to check before driving?

Headlights: As the days get shorter and we have to drive more in the evening, night time, it’s crucially important to ensure that your headlights are ready for the night driving. You should not be concerned about driving at night if all works properly.

How to check if they work fine? Just power the car up, turn the lights to dipped and get out of the car and check that both the headlights and the tail lights are working.

Lights: However, to check all your lights such as indicator lights, tail lights, and brake lights, you might want to contact a professional. At Pristine Automotive, we will check everything to ensure that you can hit the road without worries.

Battery: Consider checking your vehicle’s battery. You would not want to stop somewhere on the road because you have a battery problem and can’t get your vehicle started, right? Battery terminals should be secure and clean.

Fluids: Check your fluids as well. We recommend you to get your fluids such as engine oil, clutch fluid, radiator fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and more checked by a professional as it’s not an easy task. You might miss something.

Tyres: Are your tyres in a good shape? Are they ready for the hot/cold weather? Make sure they are ready for winter, summer, long trips or anything you want them to serve you for.

Luggage: Never overload your vehicle with a luggage. Every vehicle has a luggage weight limit and you should be aware of it before you put your stuff into the car. Overloading can be dangerous.

Hope the above-mentioned tips were helpful and contact Pristine Automotive if you think that it’s time to get your vechile checked by professionals. You can find the list of all our auto services here.

7 Tips to Avoid Collisions

collisionHow to avoid collisions while you are driving? The answer to this question needs to know  every car owner.

To avoid collisions, it’s important to drive reasonably by following the below tips.

Know where you go. In order to avoid unexpected stops, turns, you need to know which direction you’re taking, before you start driving. Instead of checking the direction when you’re already on the road, do it before. This will make you concentrate on road safety rather than anything else.

Avoid talking to people in your car when driving. While talking to other people in the car might be entertaining, especially if you have to drive long hours, it can be quite dangerous as well. Avoid any type of distractions.

Another enemy for a distraction is a cell phone. Make sure you are maximum  concentrated on the road when driving so do not talk on the cell phone while driving.

Keep a safe driving distance. Make sure you’re not getting to close to a vehicle in front of you.

Is your car ready for the weather changes? Winter and summer require special car maintenance. In one of our previous posts, we were talking about how to get your car ready for summer car maintenance. One of our next posts will be dedicated to a vehicle maintenance in wintertime.

Maintain your car regularly to avoid surprise situations. Another of our previous posts is dedicated to the must know car care tips. These tips will help your vehicle last long on the road. Car maintenance should be part of your regular to do list as properly maintained vehicle will serve you for many years. Check your brakes, lights and other vehicle parts frequently.

Turn signals. Always let other drivers know that you will be changing lanes or turning before doing so, this could avoid a serious collision.

At Pristine Automotive we can address all your car care, car maintenance and auto repair needs. Check out our list of auto repair services and get in touch with if/when needed.

How to Choose the Right Collision Repair Shop

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When it comes to your car’s collision repair, you should be aware of the collision repair shop you choose.  Here are a few tips  and questions to ask before choosing one.

Ratings, reviews – bear in mind that word-of-mouth is important. What are the ratings and reviews saying? Do you know someone who is a client of a particular auto shop? What do these people say about the service? Check all the possible information before you choose an auto body collision repair shop.

Technology. Do they have the latest auto body collision repair technology? You don’t want just a collision repair, you want to make sure a quality work will be done.

Knowledge. Is the team certified? Do they have the right skills and knowledge to perform a collision repair? Check out the certificates, company’s about section on the website. The more you know about the company, the better.

Estimates. Ask for estimates. Prices may vary a lot. Obviously, it´s not about going with the cheapest one but deciding on a reasonable price. You can contact several auto body repair companies to compare the prices. You should get a fair price. At Pristine Automotive we provide free, computerized estimates.

For more information such as auto collision repair frequently asked questions, check out the following: Accident Auto Body Repair FAQ.

If you are looking for trustworthy, reputable auto body repair shop in Los Angeles, West Hollywood or Beverly Hills, Pristine Automotive is the right one to go for.

At Pristine Automotive, we have a professional team of technicians, knowledgeable in the field of auto body repair who possess all the necessary skills to perform related repairs. Our ASE Certified Automotive Mechanics will provide you with exceptional collision repair services and get you on the road home.

Besides, as a customer of Pristine Automotive Inc., you will be treated to a courtesy ride to your home or office. In addition, we can assist you in arranging for a rental car. We have negotiated special rates and pick-up procedures with Enterprise car rental for our customers.

You can call us, email or leave a message about your accident, your car, or any car questions, concerns, comments that you may have. We will respond as soon as we  receive them. Find all the contact information here.

At Pristine Auto we always follow up to ensure your complete satisfaction, confidence and trust in our work!

The Must Know Car Care Tips

Properly maintaining your vehicle is the most important factor to ensure that it lasts long. In this post, I am going to share a few must know car care tips that every car owner should follow to keep his vehicle working properly.

What should you do to keep your car on the road?

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Check and change the oil. Regular oil and filter changes will help your engine last more, while neglecting oil-level checks or fresh-oil changes will destroy it fast. For a more efficient use of the air and fuel combination, go for the aftermarket air filters as they allow more airflow into the engine, also blocking contaminants and impurities. The last ones degrade engine´s performance over time. High-quality aftermarket air filters are made of fabric, are washable and reusable.

Keep your vehicle clean. Keep your car clean not only outside but inside as well. Everything the vehicle ran over can also get stuck to the underside. Don’t neglect hosing off road grime.

Don’t fail to wax. What can better keep your car paint look good and protected than a coat of quality wax? Apply wax every six months. Additionally, inspect, clean, and repack wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease according to service intervals.

Park your vechicle in the shade. By parking your car in the shade, you protect the interior plastic. Also, use a window deflector screen, and apply a UV protectant to prevent the plastic and vinyl from drying out.

Change coolant once a year and flush the cooling system. A distilled water, 50/50 mix of coolant will keep the cooling system in a good shape and prevent corrosion and deposits from getting and building up inside it.

Check the HVAC – heating, ventilating and air conditioning system – as proper heating and cooling performance is critical both for interior comfort and for safety reasons.

Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if you hear an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks must be corrected without delay as they might be dangerous.

Hope you find the above tips helpful.