When Can I Wash my Car?

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July 8, 2015

If you’ve recently been in a wreck, you might be wondering, “when can I wash my car after it’s had body work done?”

That’s a good question, because there are definitely some dos and don’ts about caring for your car if it’s recently been worked on, at least during the first 90 after picking it up. You wouldn’t want to ruin a brand new paint job just because you didn’t know not to take it to the car wash!

During the first 30 days after you’ve had body work done, follow these recommendations and precautions:

DO:

  • Wash the vehicle by hand with cool water and a very mild car wash solution using a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Always use clean fresh water.
  • Wash your vehicle in the shade.

DON’T:

  • Do not use a commercial car wash. Stiff brushes or sponges could mar the finish and damage the surface.
  • Do not “dry wipe” your vehicle. Dry wiping can scratch the finish.
  • Do not drive on gravel roads. Chipping the finish is easily done in the first 30 days.
  • Avoid parking under trees and utility lines which are likely to attract birds. Bird droppings have a high acid content and will damage a freshly painted surface. Also, tree sap can mar or spot a freshly painted surface.
  • Do not spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, or windshield solvent on the new finish.
  • Do not scrape ice or snow from the newly painted surface.

After 90 days there’s really only one precaution:

DON’T:

  • Do not wax or polish the vehicle. This will allow the finish to dry and harden completely.

Follow these instructions and your car will be looking so good you’ll forget it’s ever had body work done on it.

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FAQs

What forms of payment do you accept?

The easiest and most convenient way to pay for your portion of the repairs to your vehicle is to endorse your insurance claim check and submit it to the shop. Of course, cash and checks are always welcome. Credit cards may also be used. We accept Visa, Master Card and Discover. For more information, please see our Payment Policy.

Who do I pay my deductible to?

If your deductible is not waived, it will be your responsibility to pay us when you pick up your vehicle. If you aren’t sure about your deductible, you can call your agent and he can tell you whether your insurance company has waived your deductible or whether it will be your responsibility.

Where do I get a claim number?

Claim numbers are issued by your insurance company at the time you report your accident. Just jot it down and bring it in with you when you come in to begin the repair process, we will do the rest.

When will my car be complete?

You will be notified by phone when your vehicle is ready to be picked up. You can also check this website. You will see a message next to the last picture of your vehicle telling you that your vehicle is ready to be picked up. Feel free to call or e-mail your advisor during the repair process if you have questions or concerns.

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Tomika Nibbs

I would certainly use you again if necessary. Hope not, but you did great job!

Frank Grier

My car looks beautiful and the repairs were completed sooner than estimated. Dropping my car off and picking it up was simple and pleasant because Wanda is awesome. Thanks for all you guys do!

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COVID-19 Procedures

In these uncertain times, everyone’s “usual” is anything but usual. Please know that we are continuing to monitor the evolution of COVID-19 in our communities and our utmost concern is for the continued safety and wellbeing of our staff and you: our valued customer.

 

Auto Repair has been deemed by federal and local governments as an “essential service”.  Paint and

body repair falls under this umbrella, thus we remain open and ready to serve you.

 

Now may be a great time to bring your car in for the repair that you couldn’t fit into your schedule previously. We have a full staff on-hand at all of our locations and now offer additional services to aid in preventing exposure during the repair process:

  • We will arrange for pick-up and/or delivery of your vehicle so that you never have to leave the comfort and security of your home.
  • Interior common spaces such as car seats and steering wheels will be covered with protective plastic while your vehicle is in our shop.
  • The interior of your vehicle will be chemically sanitized before it leaves our shop.
  • Our commitment to your satisfaction is still guaranteed. We work closely with your insurance provider, keeping you informed along the entire process and are solely committed to your satisfaction and safety.

Thank you for your business and please be safe in this time of uncertainty.

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