COVID-19 Lockdown: How to Keep your Motor Roadworthy

Car Body Repairs High WycombeAt Auto Medics, we are available to collect and return your vehicle if your motor requires essential body work repairs. This ensures you stay safe and follow the Governments recommendations during the COVID-19 lockdown while ensuring the upkeep of your motor.

Lockdown Car Body Repairs High Wycombe

If you are uncertain of the rules surrounding using your car during this period or worried about how to keep your motor roadworthy, Auto Medics are here to clarify.

You should only drive your car for the reasons specified by the Government, these instances are limited to:

  • Unavoidable travel to and from your workplace
  • Shopping for essentials
  • Medical purposes

COVID-19 Lockdown

This means that our cars could be left unused for an indefinite period of time, which can cause problems when it comes to needing to drive again. In order to keep your car roadworthy for essential trips the following tips should help you through lockdown:

  • Maintain your car battery:
    • Start it up once a week and let it run for approximately 15 minutes
    • This will help increase the battery’s charge as well as circulate oil and fuel around the engine.
    • Avoid turning your car on and off quickly as this can cause issues for the starter motor.
    • Never leave your car running unattended.
  • Maintain the brakes of your car
    • Left for a long period brake discs can start to corrode eventually leading to them seizing up and requiring the attention of a mechanic.
    • To avoid this roll your car back and forth a few metres now and again.
    • This will also help prevent your wheels developing flat spots and your hand brake from sticking.

If your car MOT is due during lockdown, you should also be aware that from 30 March 2020 a 6 month extension period has been granted.

When you next need to drive your car, if it’s been a while since you last did so be sure to check the following to ensure your car is safe and roadworthy:

  • Fluid levels including oil, engine coolant, brake fluid and screen wash.
  • Gently try your brakes when setting off
  • Check lights are all working
  • Check tyres have required tread and are appropriately inflated.

Car Body Shop High Wycombe

Garages and body shops like Auto Medics remain open for essential repairs. We have a collect and return service in place across High Wycombe and surrounding areas to prevent you needing to break Government instructions to stay home.

If you find yourself in need of car repairs during the COVID-19 lockdown, Auto Medics, car body repair specialists in High Wycombe, offer a sanitary service with the offer of a free courtesy car equipped with gloves. We are observing the 2 metre distancing rule and handing over keys in a plastic bag.

For more information about our services to support anyone needing car repairs during the Coronavirus lockdown get in touch with Auto Medics at their car body shop in High Wycombe on 01494 356 778. Discounts are available to NHS staff and those classified as key workers throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

We hope you take care as you go about your day and stay safe, while adhering to the rules as extended by the Government earlier this week. Together as a community we will get through this.

Protect your Vehicle from Paint Damage

At Auto Medics, we specialise in rectifying paint damage at our auto body shop in High Wycombe. We know how much you take pride in the appearance of your motor, and the frustration you feel when its paintwork is less than perfect, so we thought we’d offer some advice on how to protect your vehicle from the everyday hazards that can impact how brightly your car shines.

Don’t Mess with the Birds – the unsightly appearance of bird mess on the surface of our vehicles is something most of us want rid of immediately, its grainy texture and acidity can tarnish and scrape your paintwork.  Using a soft microfiber cloth dampened with car wash, softly wipe away the bird droppings in an upwards lifting motion to avoid the gritty texture scraping the surface of your car.

Beware of Bugs – with summer approaching, we become faced with the influx of bugs that often end up splattered across the front of motors. Many motorists make the mistake of disregarding these splattered bug as harmless, which is a mistake as the bodies of bugs are actually acidic and if they are not removed promptly the imprints of these bugs can become impressed into the top layers of your cars paintwork. With swift action you can protect your paintwork by washing the off straight away by applying a bug and tar remover to a soft cloth and a good dose of elbow grease.

Drinks and Driving Don’t Mix – spilling caffeinated drinks such as coffee onto the surface of your car can damage the finish of your car and alter the colouring when it dries. Deal with it instantly using a soft cloth to wipe away the spilt liquid and then wash the area with soapy water.

Trees can Sap the Shine – parking under a tree can leave your car covered with patches of tree sap. It often proves difficult to remove and can permanently damage the paintwork of your car. Wipe it away as soon as possible using a soft wet cloth with a specialist polish or rubbing compound. Then wash the area with soapy water until no traces of sap remain.

These are just a few things that can affect the appearance of your paintwork, the elements, eggs, fuel, even skin can all impact its appearance. Protecting the finish of your car can be helped by frequently washing and waxing your motor. If you find that your motor has sustained paint damage you’re unable to repair, get in touch with the expert team at Auto Medics on 01494 533 534.

Car Paintwork Repair High Wycombe

paintwork repair high wycombeAuto Medics are here to bust the myth that damage to your car’s paint work costs the earth to repair! We can confirm that it doesn’t and therefore such damage need not affect your no claims bonus or insurance premium.

Paintwork Specialist High Wycombe

First things first, if your car has been tagged with graffiti try washing your car with warm soapy water as some paint types are water soluble. Those that aren’t can sometimes be partially removed if the paint hasn’t dried completely. If you decide to Google DIY methods to remove graffiti it’s likely you will be inundated with removal options, however, be careful about applying such remedies to the paint work of your vehicle as many suggested solutions can cause further damage to the paint work of your car.

Professional repair does not cost as much as you might think… Shelling out for your insurance excess and inevitable insurance premium hike can often cost more than if you had come straight to Auto Medicsbody repair specialists in High Wycombe.

Paintwork Repair High Wycombe

Our car body repair shop in High Wycombe boasts fully qualified and skilled paint work technicians available to repair paint work damage caused accidentally or by vandals throwing stones or bricks, scraping with keys or spraying graffiti.

For SMART repairs such as paint work damage, we offer a mobile service, which means we come to a place convenient to you at an agreed time.  We ensure we will use the right method to have your car paint work looking as good as new and where paint work is required our technicians ensure an exact colour match.

Should you find yourself in need of a paint work expert at competitive, affordable prices, get in touch with Auto Medics, paint work repair specialists in High Wycombe, call us on 01494 533 534.