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I have never been someone who loves to deal with car problems, which is why I was really stressed when I came across car trouble. I was left wondering what to do about the situation, so I started working with different places to get to the bottom of the issue. I turned to a professional mechanic for help, and it was really nice to find out that my car didn't have any serious problems. I wanted to start a little website all about understanding and resolving automotive issues, since you never know when they will pop up and cause trouble.



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It's Those Little Things -- That Cause Scratches In Your Car's Paint

by Sophia Banks

When you find little, faint scratches on your car, it's enough to make you scream. Yes, it's kind of a first-world problem, but the faint scratches are there, and they make your vehicle look terrible. You've got to figure out what caused the scratches so that you can prevent more from forming. But if you don't recall what could have happened to the car, or if the car was parked in your garage, that may seem impossible. It's not, really; a number of simple things can create those scratches.

You Set a Box on the Trunk, Didn't You

Are the scratches all going approximately the same way, and are they only on a flat part of the car, like the top of the trunk or hood? Did you set a box there for a few minutes when moving items into or out of your car?

Car bodies are made to be increasingly tough now, but paint finishes.... Well, they're still a bit fragile. And if the box was kind of heavy, chances are you slid it toward you a bit when you picked it up off the car. And if there was a lot of old tape and some rough areas on the bottom of the box, voila -- you've got scratches.

The Wrong Car Brush

Brushing off a car has become a popular way to clean cars without taking them through car washes and using water. If you use the wrong brush, however, such as one with stiff bristles, you could end up scratching that finish. A very light touch with a brush shouldn't harm the car's paint. But if you vigorously sweep off leaves and other gunk and press down rather hard with the brush to ensure you pick up everything, then you could leave small, faint scratches in random sections of the paint.

Not Brushing off Debris Before Going to the Car Wash

Even water-based car washes can cause problems for your car's finish. It's very common for people to head to a car wash when their car is covered with tree debris, ash from brush fires, and so on, yet all that debris is scratchy. Even the ash is scratchy; it's not smooth and snow-like as far as your car is concerned. When you run the car through the car wash without brushing off the debris, you run the risk of scratching the finish.

So, get a properly soft car duster, dust off your car before washing it, and stop putting heavy boxes on the trunk top, even for a few seconds. And take your car into an auto body or collision repair shop, like Collisions Plus Performance, because they can work on fixing the paint.