Have You Chosen an Honest Collision Repair Shop?

Collision Auto Body Repairs
Collision

Are you confident you committing your car to a competent and honest auto body repair shop to repair your vehicle after a collision? Auto collisions already put too much stress on you, so picking the right collision repair specialist will lift off some stress.

There are many ways in which the collision repair shops commit fraud and you should stay away from them. Here are some of the popular ways that fraudulent repair shops work.

  • 1. Free Towing – Tow Truck Fraud:There are tow trucks that work with fraudulent repair shops. They will persuade you to tow your vehicle to a supposedly “honest” repair shop for free. When they transport it there, they hold your vehicle while they try to get your insurance to pay for your towing. Then they will try to have you go to doctors or their attorneys, who will, in turn, try to defraud your insurance company.
    2. Airbag deployment: Fraudulent body shops will have your insurance pay for a new airbag by replacing your air bag with a cheap non-legal air bag. This way they profit from charging your insurance for new airbag, but replace it with previously deployed black market air bag.
    3. Deductible:Fraudulent repair shops with tell you that you don’t have to pay your deductible if you have the repair at their shop. The way this is accomplished is that they will charge your insurance company for new parts, but repair your car with aftermarket cheap parts, or parts they get from junk yards.
    4. Estimates: Fraudulent shops will artificially raise your estimate repair cost by presenting your auto damage bigger than it actually is. They will also bill the insurance company for the parts that will never be installed or repaired on your car.

The ways to avoid these kinds of fraudulent body shops (that will make your collision repair experience the worst possible months of your life) is to try to identify these shops. First, use only collision repair shops that have ASE certified mechanics.

You might also want to use repair facilities that your insurance company recommends. Another way to distinguish legitimate body shops over fraudulent is by the cleanliness of the body shop and the type of equipment they use. It’s also a good idea to get a written damage report, so that you may have the idea of what things need to be repaired.

If you happened to live in the Los Angeles area, and you had an accident, Pristine Automotive has the most honest collision repair specialists and only employ ASE certified mechanics. Pristine Auto is the top voted Los Angeles Collision Repair shop that has been in business for over 2 decades and they service Beverly Hills and West Hollywood areas. They also have 24 hour free emergency towing to their auto body shop. You might want to check them out before you fall into the traps of fraudulent body shops.

Two Ways to Remove Stains from Car Interior

Remove stain from your car interior

If you need to remove stain from you car interior, there are two easy ways to do so. There are stains that can be easily removed by ice and/or club soda. Here are some stains that are easily removed by the two mentioned:

1. Apply ice to harden the residue then scrape with dull knife to remove:

  • Adhesive tape
  • crayons
  • wax
  • gum

2.  Sponge or rinse stains with club soda

  • baby food
  • coffee
  • tea
  • juice
  • wine
  • alcohol
  • blood
  • meat juice
  • milk
  • eggs
  • other dairy products

In case the stains you are trying to remove are too stubborn to come off, don’t hesitate to contact West Hollywood auto detailing specialists in West Hollywood and Beverly hills. Pristine Automotive is one of the best auto detailing body shops with over 30 years of experience.

Window Tinting in Los Angeles

Window Tinting at Pristine Automotive
Window Tinting at Pristine

If you have been wondering whether or not you should do window tinting for your car, you should consider some facts about window tinting. There are many benefits of doing car window tinting in Los Angeles; however, choosing a wrong or low quality window film will have a negative result over time. The cheap film will most probably bubble, peel or crack. On the other hand, you will not have problems with a quality film. Window tinted glass has many benefits besides having your car look attractive.

One of the most important things that window tinting delivers is a 99% UV protection. We get little or no protection from the sun, especially now, since the ozone layer has been severely damaged. Tinting not only protects you and your loved ones in your car, but also protects the interior of the car from the damaging UV rays, that will in time give significant damage to your car’s interior. While blocking the UV rays, window tinting will reduce the amount of heat that enters the car, making your road trip more comfortable.

The second most important benefit of window tinting is the reduction of glare that usually comes through an untreated glass while driving, which causes lots of accidents. And, in case you have an car accident, it will make your glass stay intact and eliminate the chances of the windows shattering.

Window Tinting and Car Interior
Window Tinting and Car Interior

There are different kinds of window tinting that you can do, that is lawful in California. However, there are some restrictions for tinting windows. Although the state of California does not allow the use of certain kinds of tinting on the front side passenger windows, it allows when the tinting is transparent, clear and colorless. Thus, you will be able to apply a clear and colorless tint to the front side windows, which will block the harmful UV rays.

So, if you have decided you want to have window tinting in Los Angeles, drop by Pristine Automotive. They will choose the right tint for your car, which will deliver you the maximum UV protection, and at the same time eliminate hassles of getting stopped by the police. Window tinting in Los Angeles just got easier and hassle free, if you choose to contact Pristine Automotive for your car window tinting needs.

Building Your Credit Score?

Increase you credit score

Do you need to build your credit score and have no idea on where to start? Well, paying bills on time will leave a positive impact on your credit score. However, if you need to show your lenders that you are reliable, you may just need to show them that you have a car loan paid off in your credit history. In most cases, credit ratings improve when you have different types of loans: an auto loan, a mortgage, a personal loan, etc. Thus, car financing will definitely help you boost your credit score, enjoying a nice ride at the same time.

 

Although, taking out an auto loan will temporarily drop your current credit score, when you pay off the loan, your score will increase noticeably. Therefore, you should not be concerned about this kind of a drop in your credit score, because when other lenders look at your credit, they will definitely know that it is due to a new loan that you took out. In addition, you should not have a problem finding other loans with a small and temporary drop in your score. All you need to do is to make sure that your auto loan is paid off on time, every time, as agreed.

 

It’s definitely a good idea to figure out how much you can afford to pay each month, so that you don’t skip any payments. You already know that making payments on time has a positive effect on your credit. However, a  stronger negative effect will be imposed on your credit if those payments are late or skipped. A skipped payment is when your payments are more than 60 days late. Usually, the lenders give you a grace period to make your payment, if, for any reason, you cannot make your payment on time. All you need to do is to call your lender and explain the situation.

 

It’s important to know that the worst thing you can do after taking out a loan is to default it. First of all, it will ruin your credit score and leave a negative impact which other lenders will see. In addition, the default will be visible and active in your credit for good 7 years. This is, by far, will be the biggest mistake you can ever make.

Onceyou buy your new or pre-owned car you might want to have some things upgraded, or just maintained; whether it’s a simple oil change or large mechanical repairs, Pristine Auto is one of the best auto repair shops in Los Angeles area.  If you are looking for an honest and reliable mechanic shop in Los Angeles area, contact Pristine Auto, the top rated auto body repair shop, for exceptional service.

Oil Change from Pristine Automotive

 

Importance of Quality Auto Detail

Full Car Detail Shop by Pristine Automotive Inc
Pristine Auto's Full Car Detail Shop

Auto detailing is considered as one of the best ways in preventative maintenance of the cars. Detailing gives the kind of protection that lasts for a long term, preventing damage from UV Rays and other extreme weather conditions.  If you purchased a vehicle from a dealer, it might have been detailed by them. However, most dealers detail their cars not thinking much about providing protection for your car, but just have the car looking great for their buyers.  There are three different auto details you can do on your car. Let’s talk about those different ways and why auto detail is such an important maintenance factor.

 

  • Exterior Auto Detail:

This kind of exterior detail involves cleaning the paint, chrome parts of the vehicle, windows, wheels, and tires.  The best auto detail shops not only do cleaning, but bring them to shine.  The exterior auto detail process sounds simple enough, but must be done by professionals in this area of expertise, in order to achieve the best possible cleaning, removing stains with clay bars, and applying protectants.  The most important factor here is the use of right chemicals, detergents, top of the line waxes and polishes in a professional manner.

 

  • Interior Auto Detail:

This involves cleaning the inside of the car, getting rid of unpleasant odors, dirty carpets, upholstery, etc.  This type of cleaning involves extensive vacuuming, cleaning with special liquids for stain removals, and using professional coating for cleaning the interior made from vinyl, leather, and plastic.

 

  •  Engine Clean:

This type of detail involves complete degreasing under the hood of the car.  Many people don’t know the importance of degreasing and think that degreasing will damage some parts of the engine.  In some cases, if you degrease improperly, it’s possible that you will damage some parts of the engine.  Thus, the best option is to have a professional auto detail facility do it for you. Using the best quality degreaser is one of the things professional auto detailers use in order to achieve the best results.

 

 What we have discussed above are the most important aspects in maintaining your car at an optimal look and performance.  In case you live or are passing by the Los Angeles area, and need a professional auto detail shop, you may confidently contact Pristine Auto Repair in West Hollywood and you will certainly get a professional quality auto detail including exterior, interior, and engine clean at best possible prices with outstanding customer service and guaranteed satisfaction.

 

Collector Car Appreciation Day

July 13 marks the third commemoration of the “Collector Car
Appreciation Day.”  This is the time that thousands of people nationwide will think about how vital the automotive restoration and collection are in today’s American society.

 

Thousands of people nationwide will gather with their collectible cars
where there will also be entertainment and food.  In California, for example, there are over 20 locations celebrating today’s commemoration and urge car collectors to bring their car to those specific locations listed in SEMA Action Network (SAN) website for car collector owners and fans.

 

Classic Car Serviced at Pristine Automotive
Classic Car Serviced at Pristine Automotive

Pristine Automotive Inc. joins today’s commemoration
urging the importance of automotive restoration to collectible and classic
cars.  We have been in the automotive industry for many years and know the importance of this kind of investment.  We remind every car owner the importance of timely oil change and other maintenance repairs and invite to our auto repair shop near Beverly Hills, in West Hollywood for any car repairs.  We are the auto repair/mechanic shop providing each customer with STAR service and complete quality satisfaction.

Protect Your Investment with Proper Maintenance of your Car

There are many different ways to protect your vehicle, in which you invested lots of money. Proper maintenance of your car will have your car running for many years. Here are some pointers you might want to consider.

Checklist for Proper Maintenance of your car by Pristine Automotive Inc.

    1. One of the vehicle maintenance processes is to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual, where you will find the proper detailed maintenance schedule for your vehicle such as changing the engine oil on time (usually every 5,000 miles in average), changing transmission oil, etc… If you follow the maintenance schedule properly, you will not only insure the protection of your vehicle’s value, but also you will save money in the long run.

 

    1. Check your tire pressure at least once a month for proper inflation. Also, you might want to check if your tires are wearing evenly, which will ensure fuel economy and tire life of the vehicle.

 

    1. Check your lights consistently at least once a month. Check your break lights, signal lights, license plate lights, the hazard lights, reverse lights, headlights, park lights, high beams, and front signal lights.

 

    1. Check the engine fluids of your vehicle including: engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, washer fluid and look for visible signs of fluid leakage underneath the hood and under the front part of the vehicle. If you notice that there is a leak, take your vehicle to your nearby auto repair shop to check and fix the leaks.

 

    1. Wash your vehicle at least once a week in order to keep road grime off of it. Waxing also helps the removing of the dirt easily in addition to having your vehicle looking shiny and protecting the paint.

 

These steps will ensure a long life of your vehicle and have your investment protected throughout the years to come. In case you need an auto repair shop in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, or West Hollywood, feel free to contact Pristine Auto in West Hollywood

 

How to Avoid Overheating Your Car and What to Do When it Actually Overheats

Overheating Car Prevention
Prevent Your Car from Overheating

If you ever saw the temperature gauge is all the way up to the “H” while driving your car, it means that your car is about to overheat.  Each time your car overheats, it causes damage to the engine and the costs to repair overheating damages are very expensive.  Here are a few tips on how to avoid overheating:
Check your Antifreeze.   If your car is not circulating antifreeze properly, it may cause the engine to overheat.  Antifreeze keeps the engine temperature at a desired level for your engine: both during summer and cold winter (preventing the water to freeze).  Always check underneath your car while it’s parked and see if you notice any leaks in puddles or just simply look for stains while your car has been parked for several hours.  It might just be your antifreeze leaking, which will cause a lower level circulation to the engine, thus, causing overheating.
Sometimes, though, you may not notice an antifreeze leak by looking underneath the car.  Therefore, it’s always a good idea to regularly check antifreeze levels, making sure it’s at a proper level stated by your owner’s manual.
If you have ever found yourself in a situation, where your car is about to overheat (that’s when your temperature gauge nears a high,) immediately turn up the heater.  Running the heater will cool down the engine temporarily and the temperature gauge should drop slightly, or may even return to a normal level. Safely park your car and turn it off.   You can also open the hood to have the air cool the engine, but NEVER open the radiator pressure cap at any circumstance, while the engine is hot.  The hot radiator fluid will cause severe burns.
You may also add some water to the antifreeze tank, if you know where it is located.  This will also cool the engine by circulating cool water through it.
If you ever choose to run the car while the temperature gauge is on a high level, be prepared for some costly repairs cause by the overheating damage. Turn off your air-conditioning, as it adds more pressure to your engine.   However, you might have to tow your car to your nearest auto repair shop to have it looked ASAP, at after driving it for a long time while the temperature gauge is on high.

 

Windows Open and Air Conditioning Off?

Air conditioning on or off
Air Conditioning ON or OFF?

Is it More Economical Opening your Car Window than Using Car Air Conditioning? Well, in hot summer days, people like to open their car windows and cruise through to their destination with the wind blowing in their faces.  However, there are people who actually DO mind the outside air and would most likely prefer to use their car’s air conditioning.  With the gasoline prices soaring each month, a question arises on whether or not it is economical to have the windows up and air conditioning on, or the other way around.

 

Well, most cars are designed to be aerodynamic, meaning it allows the car to pass through the air with minimum resistance.  Usually, when a vehicle has its windows down, the air passes into the car, allowing resistance that would not exist if the windows were up.  In addition, as this happens, you need to push on gas more, in order to gain speed. Therefore, most professionals advise that you lower the resistance on your car as much as possible since your engine will most probably have to work harder to accelerate.  If you keep the windows, the engine will not have to work as hard to gain speed and will work more efficiently.  Thus, it is more economical to have your windows up, plus, the noise level from the outside will not be heard a lot.

 

In case you have air conditioning problems, don’t hesitate to contact Pristine Auto repair shop in West Hollywood for air conditioning repairs.  Pristine Auto also services West Los Angeles and Beverly Hills clients for all automotive repair needs.

 

Which Gasoline – PREMIUM or REGULAR?

Premium or Regular Gasoline
Premium or Regular Gasoline?

First of all, let’s understand what premium and regular gasoline is.  Grades of gasoline are distinguished by their octane ratings.  For example, regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating, whereas premium gasoline has the highest.

 

Automobile manufacturers usually put a sticker on the gas filler lid that tells the owner which gasoline they recommend.  If the sticker is absent from the lid, it’s best to read the owner’s manual to determine whether the lowest grade is acceptable for your car.  In some engines, using lower grade gasoline will not damage your car, but will affect the performance.  However, with other engines, using a lower grade could do serious damage to your car engine.  Therefore, don’t jeopardize your engine by saving a couple of bucks at the pump, only to pay it much more at the auto repair shop.

 

If your car requires premium gas, in most cases, it will not hurt your car if you use regular once in a while.  Most new engines have knock sensors and computers that adjust settings and maximize performance.   However, listen to your engine working, if you hear knocking or pinging from it, switch to premium gas, which will usually have the clicking go away.  If it continues, take your car to your nearest repair shop and have it looked at.

 

If you live in Los Angeles area or Beverly Hills, Pristine Auto Body Shop in West Hollywood is one of the best auto repair shops for your car to be checked at.

 

Make sure to get the right fuel for your car.  Nowadays, people are very conscious of the fuel prices.  Therefore, for best fuel economy, have your tires inflated at the proper level and your vehicle maintained regularly.  This way, you will get the best fuel economy possible.