How to Fix a Scratch on Your Car

Mistakes happen. That’s why you can expect to find yourself in a situation at some point in your life where you have a scratch on your car. While it may not even be your fault, you will be left paying for the damage. If you learn how to fix it yourself, you’ll save a lot of money. Here’s how to fix a scratch on your car.

 

Establish Depth. How deep is the scratch on your car? There are four levels on the surface of your car: clear coat, color, primer, and steel. If you’re scratch is on the clear coat or color, it will be easy to fix at home.

Wash the Area. If your car is dirty while you’re fixing the scratch, the dirt on your car could lead to more scratches.

Sand the Area. Lightly sand the area with 2000-grit sandpaper. Wipe the surface when finished.

Rubbing Compound. Apply rubbing compound to the area with a buffer pad.

Polish. Use a buffer to polish the area.

Wash and Wax. Wash the area once again, and then wax it to seal the paint.

 

If you follow these simple steps, you can fix simple scratches at home with ease and save yourself some money.

Safe Driving Tips for the New Year

Now that 2016 is over, everyone is setting goals for themselves for 2017. While weight loss and making more money are usually toward the top of the list, consider a less common resolution: safe driving. Here are a few simple tips to help keep you safe in the New Year.

Avoid Speeding

While it may seem like driving over the speed limit gets you to your destination faster, the difference in time isn’t worth the increased risk of an accident. Arriving to your destination five minutes early isn’t worth yours or someone else’s life.

Put Down the Phone

There is no text as important as keeping yourself and those around you safe. If you really can’t stay off of your phone, look into picking up a car that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This technology allows you to control your phone with your voice and through the infotainment system.

Drive Sober

While this should go without saying, driving under the influence remains one of the most common causes of accidents on the road. If you’ve had too much, call an Uber. If you’re friend has had too much, help them get home safely.

By following these simple safe driving tips, you will increase your odds of remaining free of accidents in the New Year.