Monthly Archives: May 2018

Car Seat Covers and Accessories

If your car seat cover has to be replaced, you can buy cheap ones instead of the more expensive types. Low cost does not always mean low quality. You just have to examine all your available options.

Shopping Online for Cheap Car Seat Covers

You can look in stores but it is easier to look for quality and affordable covers on the Web. A good site will have a varied selection, from replacement car seat covers to bucket seats.

Before you buy, take a good look at the picture. Examine the payment options as well. Some allow you to place an order online or via phone.

You can also go to a custom upholstery shop. Here you can get those seat covers customized. Using these sites, you can pick the style and design. The company will ship the finished product to you. The costs of these products will vary per site. Make sure to compare prices so you can get the right cover for the right price.

Other Considerations

Whether you buy cheap car seat covers from upholstery shops, auction sites or stores, you have to consider several factors. Decide if you want the covers durable, breathable or a little of both.

Next, choose the materials. Popular ones are mesh, neoprene, vinyl, leather and more. Mesh is breathable and suitable for warm climates. Sheep skin is soft but cleaning can be difficult. Leather is beautiful, but they are costly.

Before you buy, you must account for these factors. After all, you will be using it very often.

Custom seat covers offers you the most flexible options. These companies will print any graphic you specify. However, there are designs advisable for cheap online and in stores.

Automotive Car Accessories

You can buy car accessories cheaply online or in stores. There are also auction sites you can buy from. The following are some accessories you can buy. Floor mats can keep the car from getting dirty. You can also buy a new steering wheel if the current one does not suit your style.

You can also get some shift knobs that are ergonomically designed. This will make it easier to shift gears. You can use gauges to monitor how the other components in the car are functioning. An organizer will reduce the clutter in your car and keep your things organized.

Other Accessories You Can Buy

Some car accessories are more practical in nature. They include headlights, bug deflectors and roof racks. The roof rack is for those who need to bring a bicycle.

A lot of these items can be bought at low prices in many stores. But when it comes to components like steering wheels and headlight, the quality should always be the priority. Quality is also the priority when it comes to buying tires and the windscreen.

Proper Car Washing

It is amazing the number of people that don’t know how to properly clean or polish and wax their cars. Many people use products that were never intended for their car and others use products and equipment that should only be used by properly trained professionals. Some never even wax or clean their cars. Then they wonder why their car is given a very low trade in figure at the dealer, or why their paint is dull and flaking.

For the purpose of this article we interviewed numerous professional automotive detailers and similar professionals. We asked them what products they used and for tips that consumers could use. They pretty much came back with the same advice:

Properly clean the car: This is very important as the use of harsh, non-automotive products can actually harm your cars finish and make it wear quicker. Spray the car first and get it wet. Use the water to spray off dirt and other contaminates that will scratch your car if you immediately start using a sponge and water first. Also do not clean your car in the sun on a hot day. Do make sure you use warm water as it works best to loosen contaminates. After getting your car wet, use an automotive car wash solution and add to water in a bucket. Follow the directions on the bottle. Then wash the car. You will find it easier if you use a long handled wash brush (most auto parts stores have these). Be sure to wash and rinse in sections so the car wash soap doesn’t dry before being washed off. Then using terry cloth towels or chamois, dry the car off. Expert tip: use a squeegee. It is much faster and easier.

Remove stubborn contaminants: There will be dirt, bugs, tar, etc… that will be left after washing. There are many products that are made specifically for removing these items you’re your paint and car. The resounding answer from the experts was Meguiar’s bug and tar cleaner. Remove all the contaminants and follow the directions (some products can remove paint if not used correctly). Expert tip: 3M and other manufacturers make a plastic shield that can be applied over areas of your car’s paint like bumpers and behind the tires to protect from contaminants and rock chips.

Use a cleaner polish: This will remove any left over stubborn contaminates like ground in bug splatter on your painted bumper, acid rain etching, bird drop spots, and minor scratches. Use a circular motion, just like for wax. Follow the directions for that particular cleaner polish (some require a wet or damp applicator pad others don’t). Do the car one section at a time and use a clean section of cloth to buff once dry. Most cleaner polishes will dry to a whitish haze. Be sure to buff off all the haze and residue from the cleaner polish. When done the car finish will be really smooth. Expert tip: for deeper scratches, contaminants, etc… you can use an orbital buffer or polisher to apply the cleaner polish. Be careful and use low rpm’s (under 2000) anything above this and you risk burning the paint.

Apply several coats of polish or wax: There is a big difference between car wax and car polish. Car wax is usually a blend of carnauba and other waxes which will give a deep, wet look and new car shine. It comes in both a liquid and a paste, and it will not last as long as a car polish. Car wax is also less effective in high temperatures and can actually melt on hot areas like the hood. Car polish is a polymer blend usually with no wax. Car polishes can last 1 year between coats and is very durable protection for your paint. The experts recommend a car polish with Teflon in it for maximum protection and durability. The experts love the extra, deeper shine from car wax, but all agreed it was better suited for car shows. Whichever you choose, they are both applied the same way. Apply in a circular motion and let it dry to a haze. Then buff dry with a clean terry cloth or microfiber towel.

Expert tip: Don’t use regular towels or diaper cloths as they can trap dirt particles and similar and leave scratch patterns in your finish. A microfiber cloth works best for removing dried car polish or car wax haze. 2 to 3 coats are recommended for maximum protection and shine. A good rule is to reapply the car polish or car wax at least 2 times per year. Expert tip: Apply car wax, not car polish (as car polish will leave streaks and smudges on glass), to your windows. Do one light coat and completely buff it off. The car wax will work better than the leading brand glass treatment for rain (it will also quite your windshield wipers).

Find a Quality Automotive Shop

It is very common for vehicles to get their regular repairs. Just about all vehicles need to undergo the necessary repair job before they start showing signs of complaint at every minute. Most people do not have regular automotive car repair shops and hence they have to suffer at the time of the actual need. In addition, you need to consider the right price as well. People in countries like the United States, always look for economical automotive solutions from a reliable service provider. This way, people are spending less and gaining better solutions conveniently and quickly.

Whether you have a regular car repair or need an instant repair service, you should consider seeking solutions from automotive service providers. These people provide quality services at reasonable prices. You can approach qualified and experienced people to help you improve your productivity. Getting services from these people will help you to return to such people from time to time over the years.

For finding the best service providers, you need to judge the right people otherwise you may fall a pray to frauds and cheats. Some people will talk about so many complications which in usual case can be avoided. They just tell you additional problems just to add up in the total bill. Hence, you should try to develop some auto diagnosis skills and analyze what your car actually demands. Learn from different sources and try to educate yourself by reading about car parts and possible solutions to enjoy a carefree and comfortable ride on roads.

Should I Wax Or Polish My Car

Which automotive car wax should I buy? Wow! Great question! First you need to know that there¬†IS¬†a difference in “wax” and “polish”.

Waxes usually do not last as long as polishes because of their break down capacity. By that I mean that they tend to melt easily on hot summer days. It has been said by many car enthusiasts that wax does give a better “wet” showroom shine but that is very debatable given all the new technology in polishes these days. Polishes usually contain a polymer blend and can last up to a year in a good case scenario with the proper preparation. When searching for a polish, look for one with “Teflon” for maximum protection.

Don’t be fooled by the “wet” look on that beautiful car in the ad either! Most every ad you see trying to sell a car polish or car wax will have a class A paint job. Sure, the wax and polish bring that paint out somewhat but the REAL shine is in the paint. Please do not be fooled thinking that your dull paint will be brought back to a showroom shine by buying the next “miracle” wax or polish out there. I have been there and done that before! Now with that said, if I did not have a “clear” coat on my paint (most vehicles after 1990 are clear top coated) and my paint was faded, there is a possibility that I could use some rubbing compound to remove the oxidation (faded areas) and then apply a car wax or car polish to it afterwards and it might look 90% better than before.

To sum up what I am saying, first, have good paint on your vehicle before even thinking about trying to get a great shine. Second, if you drive it everyday or often, I would stick with any good “polish”. If you have a show car you can try the pure carnauba waxes. They are very good, but as I said earlier, they don’t give the durability. Also, don’t be too concerned about which one is better because for an everyday driver, anything is better than nothing at all. Many people NEVER wax or polish their everyday vehicle and that is a recipe for paint disaster if the vehicle constantly stays outside in the elements. Last but certainly not least, make sure the surface is well washed and cleaned before putting on any car polish or car wax. You don’t want to seal that dirt up under your freshly polished or waxed car do you?