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Recently, my spouse got into his car to go to work. Before he even made it down our long driveway, his car began making frightening sounds. Afraid to continue driving the vehicle to work, my husband decided to stay home for the day. After investigating the car, he traveled to an auto parts store in my vehicle. He purchased transmission fluid to put in his problematic automobile. Thankfully, the transmission fluid helped the car’s performance. Besides transmission fluid, you can find many other types of items to help you maintain your vehicle at an auto parts store. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the most sought after items available at auto parts stores today. Enjoy!

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2 Options For Saving Money On Car Body Damage

by Renee Miles

Minor body damage to your car may not hamper its performance, but it does impact the appearance of your vehicle. If you have a high deductible or no comprehensive insurance, the cost of repair may be completely on your shoulders. Fortunately, there are two options for fixing minor body damage without going broke.

Option #1: Dent repair

A clean dent doesn't have any punctures in the metal, and no part of the body panel has a crease. The surface may be dented, and the paint can be scratched, but it is relatively smooth. Damage like this can typically be repaired quite easily. Some people attempt a DIY job, generally by pushing the dent out by accessing the back of the damaged panel. This may work for a small, easily accessible dent, but for larger or more complicated dents the small cost of a professional repair is worthwhile. If you are lucky and there is no paint damage, this may be all you need.

If the paint is scratched, a touchup job that includes the removal of any rust they may have begun to form in the scratch will also be necessary. Touching up paint can be tricky since the layers of paint must be added slowly until they nearly match the surrounding paint, and then a clear coat must be added to protect the paint and ensure a smooth surface. A professional will do some sanding around the scratched area so that the paint adheres well and smoothly. This means you won't even be able to tell there was damage.

Option #2: Used replacement parts

Used parts can be the most cost-effective choice if a panel is too badly damaged for DIY or professional dent repair. You can contact a junkyard or used part dealer with the year, make, model, and part that you need. You may be able to find the part number for the body panel online, but the dealer can likely hunt it down if you can describe clearly which panel you need. Of course, if you are lucky, you will find a used part in the same color as your car.

This is more likely if you have a common color of car, like black or white. In this case, you may be able to handle installing the replacement part on your own. If you can't match the color, you can have a shop paint the used part to match. You can then have them install it, or you can save a bit of cash by installing it yourself.

Depending on the car and the part, used car parts may even be less expensive than dent repair, so always make sure to compare costs of both options before making a final decision.