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Detailing: 5 Tips to protect your vehicle this winter

Detailing: 5 Tips to protect your vehicle this winter

In the winter season our vehicles are the most susceptible to harsh conditions. Washing your car in the winter is important in order to remove buildup of mud, ice, and snow. It is recommended by experts to do this at least once a week. Keep in mind that winter detailing can be tricky especially when you’re dealing with freezing temperatures and road salt. It is important in these winter months to make vehicle protection a priority over aesthetics.

  1. A hand wash is the best wash. Be sure to remove road salt as soon as possible. Salt is notorious for prematurely degrading and damaging waxes and sealants. Warm water and a wash cloth are the best solution for removing caked on road salt.
  2. If you have salt stains on your carpets, floor mats or car seats use a solution of half water and half refined vinegar to remove them.
  3. It is best not to ignore potential rust spots. Keep in mind touch-up paint doesn’t adhere well to rust. This winter, keep some matching touch up paint on hand so you can touch up any nicks or scratches before rust has a chance to form. These nicks are often found outside the door edges. (If this is something you don’t feel comfortable doing yourself we recommend booking an appointment on and our experts will be happy to help.)
  4. To provide added protection during the winter months we suggest applying a spray wax once the surface has fully dried.
  5. Be cautious when using an ice scraper on your vehicle, particularly when removing debris from your headlight or taillight, scratched can ultimately lead to irreversible damage and headlight replacement.

At home detailing isn’t for everyone, so if you’d rather stay warm by the fireplace during these cold winter months don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle into any CARSTAR Express location and we can take care of it for you!


Attention to Detail: The Benefits of Auto Detailing

Auto detailing can often be overlooked by car owners, but when it is done right and by an expert it can take years off the look of your vehicle. Professional detailing does not only benefit old, run down cars, it is also a great way to maintain and preserve the look of a new vehicle.

We can’t expect to keep the same car forever, selling or trade-ins are inevitable over time. An unkempt interior and exterior reflects a lack of regular vehicle maintenance and this can ultimately diminish the resale value of the vehicle. Most people will associate a lack of maintenance with a neglected engine and be hesitant to purchase, so do yourself a favour and clean your car.

Make that first impression count!

Let’s be honest, driving a nice, shiny car is much more rewarding than driving a dull, dirty one. A clean vehicle reflects your personality. It shows that you care about your car and promotes a positive overall image. This is particularly important if you use your vehicle for business, the cleanliness of your vehicle will leave a lasting impression on the people who see it!

Ask the expert!

Q) Does auto detailing really increase the value of my car?

A) Yes.

It is reported that the average Canadian keeps their car for 5+ years before selling or trading it in for a new one. As people keep their vehicles longer they are exposed to more wear and tear such as; small scratches and dings, seasonal factors causing rust such as road salt and ice, and UV damage from the sun. These same seasonal factors will also affect your vehicle’s interior, salt and mud covered carpets caused by messy winter boots, and in the summer we all know how easy it is for the beach to end up on our car seats.

Next week we will be discussing some DIY winter detailing tips easy enough for anyone to do at home. Stay tuned!


5 Great Tips to Protect Your Car Paint From Chipping

Are you worried about damage to your car’s paintwork and protection? There are many everyday causes to paint chipping on your motor vehicle. However, if you follow these 5 simple rules you can protect your car and enhance the longevity of your car’s paint. Follow these simple steps for well preserved car paint coating on you motor vehicle.

  1. Wash Your Car Properly: Many people run out of car cleaning products and substitute them with products they find around the house, such as dish soap or laundry detergent. It is important to remember never to use such products when washing your car. This is because of certain chemicals they contain that can cause your paint to be stripped apart and deteriorate. Try taking your car to the car wash or wash at home using only top quality car cleaning products that are designed to be kind to the paint of your car. Avoid using rough cleaning material such as scrub pads. If possible, use a sponge or a soft cleaning mitt such as sheep’s wool. These items can be purchased anywhere car cleaning products are sold.
  2. Protect From Temperature Inflations: One of the most unavoidable and most harmful things to your car’s paint is temperature. Living in Canada means having to deal with extreme weather, whether that means it is hot or extremely cold. This can be harmful to your car because when your vehicle is exposed to extreme temperatures it can cause the paint to expand and contract which can cause cracking. These cracks can lead to water seeping through the cracks creating heavy moisture which causes rust to develop. It can be tough to avoid this process from happening when driving your car in different seasons of the year. A good way, however, to avoid this type of water damage is to keep you car parked in a garage if possible. The garage’s constant room temperature and covering from the elements is a great way to avoid excess damage.
  3. Bird/Animal Dropping: Nothing looks worse than a car with multiple bird droppings splattered all over the car. However, bird droppings are more than just a simple nuisance, they can also be dangerous for your car’s paint. There are several ways to avoid the damaging effects of droppings. Avoid parking under tall trees as this puts you in particular danger of having droppings on your car. Park your car in an open area free from cover. However, if you do have droppings on your paint, immediately remove them using warm, soapy water and gently rub it off with a sheep wool wash mitt.
  4. Stones and Dirty Cloths: A lot of damage to your car’s paint can be caused by small stones or rocks constantly hitting the surface of your vehicle. This is almost unavoidable, but you can prevent this by driving more carefully on unsurfaced roads and surfaces that have recently been redone. Scratches can also be caused by using a dirty cloth or sponge to clean your car, as there might be small stones, grit or dirt in them. If there is dirt or similar substances on the cloth, you rubbing it across your car’s paint can cause unnecessary chips and other damage.
  5. Brake Fluid and Gas Damage: These are common things that keep our cars running.  Although brake fluid and gas are on the inside of the car, they can occasionally come in contact with a car’s paint which can cause it to peel off revealing what was underneath. Try avoiding this by making sure to not allow spillage on the paint work of your car when filling your car with gas. If however, some of the gas does spill onto the paint of the car, immediately wash it off. Brake fluid is also extremely dangerous to car paint, so take extra care when topping it up in your car.

The points listed above can sometimes be unavoidable, but proper care and fast action can keep your car paint intact for a longer.  If you do end up getting paint chips or scratches, bring your vehicle over to one of our CARSTAR Express Auto Care locations that specialize in cosmetic services such as paint repair, and we can get your car looking as good as new.


Common Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Windshield Repair Mistakes

Your windshield is one of the most important parts of your car’s exterior and damage and improper care can lead to decreased visibility which can put you and your passengers in danger. There are some great ways to repair and replace your windshield using professionals which we will discuss later in this post. However, first lets discuss some DIY windshield repair mistakes that can lead to disaster and cause you even more stress in the long run. Our experts at CARSTAR Express have compiled the following post to ensure that you know what you’re getting yourself into when it comes to DIY windshield repair.

Using a cheap DIY kit

One of the most common mistakes that car owners make when attempting to repair their windshield is using a cheap home repair kit. Windshield repair is nowhere near as simple as it seems, and many of these kits take advantage of unknowing customers that think they can fix their windshield with no background knowledge. The reality is that using these kits, with no prior windshield repair experience, can likely lead to more damage to your windshield and instead of a windshield repair job, you may end up having to hire a professional to do windshield replacement.

Ignoring air bubbles

Most DIY windshield repair kits provide you with a special resin to fill in the chipped area of your windshield. After applying the resin, many people fail to ensure that it is free of air bubbles and end up compromising the final result. The more bubbles there are the worst the final product will look. That is why by using a professional who is trained and has years of experience, you can avoid making this mistake.

Improperly aligned tools

DIY windshield repair kits typically use a suction cup tool that holds your tools in place and allows you to accurately fill your windshield damage with the aforementioned resin. Many people do not realize the importance of aligning this suction cup tool directly above the damage on your windshield and end up failing to fully repair their damage. Again a mistake that can cause more work and a product that is not as good as one that is done by a professional.

Failing to check your insurance policy

Some insurance policies will be rendered invalid if you choose to go with DIY windshield repair methods. If you fall victim to any of the DIY windshield repair mistakes mentioned above, you may end up with a windshield in worse shape than it began and no warranty. Make sure you know what is covered in your policy and what kind of tampering voids it. If your insurance covers the repairs, then there really is no reason for you to take on the job yourself and risk further damage.

Waiting too long to conduct repairs

Whether you use DIY methods or decide to go to a professional, there’s only a certain amount of time that chips in your windshield will last before they turn into serious cracks that will cost a significant amount of money to repair. The moment you notice chips in your windshield, you need to decide on getting it fixed before it’s too late.

Windshield cracks and chips can be serious problems that can lead to complete windshield replacement, so if you have any doubts about what you should do for repairs, your best bet is to go straight to a professional. At CARSTAR Express, our experts can answer any questions you have regarding autoglass repair and replacement. Feel free to give us a call at 1-866-235-8883 or visit to book an appointment online.


Top 6 Benefits of Paintless Dent Removal

Paintless dent removal is a method of removing dents from your motor vehicle without altering your paint job. For car owners that want to fix their dents without the need or desire to have work done on their paint job, paintless dent removal is a great choice. Although it will not suffice for larger damages, for small to medium-sized dents there isn’t a cost effective or more convenient repair method available. If you’re still on the fence about the usefulness of paintless dent removal, take a look at the seven benefits of this unique dent repair method below.

It’s not time consuming

Paintless dent removal usually takes very little time, which means most auto shops can have your car back to you on the same day you brought it in. Although deeper and more stretched out dents will take a bit longer, in general paintless dent removal procedures are much less time consuming than traditional dent removal methods.


Unlike traditional auto body repair methods, paintless dent removal is very affordable. For smaller dents that have a depth of approximately 1 inch and are located in easily accessible areas, prices can be very reasonable.

Cheaper insurance bills

Many paintless dent removal repairs will cost less than your car’s insurance deductible, which means you are required to pay for them right out of your pocket. By doing this, people usually don’t report these damages to their insurance company, and thus they are able to keep their insurance bills as low as possible.

You can keep your original paint job

Even if you’re not one to fixate on the appearance of your vehicles paint job, keeping your original paint job is a huge benefit for anyone planning on selling their car in the future. Maintaining your vehicles original exterior paint finish can boost your car’s resale value immensely, and using paintless dent removal techniques can help you achieve this. Additionally, this will keep your vehicles damages from appearing on vehicle history reports, which is something that can hurt your car’s resale value.

It’s environmentally friendly

With almost no need for paints or solvents, paintless dent removal does not lead to the release of toxic chemicals into the environment. This is contrary to some auto repair methods, whose effectiveness sometimes hinges on environmentally damaging chemicals in products they use.

The various benefits mentioned above should give you an idea of what you can gain from paintless dent removal. From its monetary benefits to increased convenience, there’s no question as to why paintless dent removal has become quite a common practice. If you have any questions regarding this form of repair, or would like one of our CARSTAR Express experts to perform the service of paintless dent removal on your vehicle, give us a call at 1-866-235-8883 or visit us at to book an appointment online.