Jim and Sean Guthrie, the father and son team of Car Crafters, share their experiences regarding intergenerational learning for January’s issue of COLLISION REPORTER from I-CAR. Having worked together for 11 years, the Guthries speak about how learning from one another, as well as from their colleagues, allows them to successfully continue providing high-quality and professional repairs to their customers. 2018 marks Car Crafters’ 36th year in business, and it’s plain to see why. Car Crafters is focused on creating an environment that encourages growth and communication, which in turn leads to better techniques and service for collision repairs.
Learn more about Jim and Sean Guthrie’s feature in the THE KNOWLEDGE ISSUE of COLLISION REPORTER by checking out the Press Release below!
Car Crafters received a prestigious award at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this year. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Car Crafters received the Russ Verona Memorial Award from I-CAR at the inaugural Collision Industry Red Carpet Awards Breakfast hosted by The Society of Collision Repair Specialists. The award is described in the nomination form:
Russ Verona was a true pioneer of professionalism in the collision industry. His dedication to the industry was apparent in all that he accomplished, his support of industry associations, and the fact that he owned and operated the first ever I-CAR Gold Class Professionals(r) designated business. Russ was a mentor, a friend, and a role model for the collision industry. The Russ Verona Memorial Award honors his memory and contributions to the industry.
Car Crafters has been an I-CAR Gold Class Shop for over 25 years. We are proud and honored to have received this award.
Spring is upon us. This means garage clean ups, house painting, and yard maintenance. It is also time to have your vehicle looked over to catch any potential problems, which may have developed during the winter.
Even if your vehicle seems to be running fine, there are many potentially unseen issues. If caught in time these can be dealt with at reasonable cost and prevent very expensive future problems. For those in the Albuquerque area, Car Crafters is the home of skilled mechanics for all your needs, including spring checkups. But what should any spring car checkup entail?
Automobiles are complicated machines. Even with normal driving conditions, parts wear down and things get thrown out of whack. Potholes can cause wheel alignment or suspension issues. Brake pads wear down with use and need replacement. These conditions can be real safety hazards and must be dealt with immediately. Technicians will properly perform your wheel alignment, as well as brake installation and brake repair.
Fluid levels in your automobile are also very important. One of the most neglected of these is the oil change. This is the best thing a vehicle owner can do to keep the motor running well. Oil lubricates the inner moving parts and over time heat and friction break it down and cause a loss in effectiveness. Regular oil changes keep engines running well. Car Crafters is the place to come to when you need an oil change in Albuquerque.
A Coolant Flush
The coolant system in your vehicle keeps things from overheating. Sometimes deposits build up inside your radiator and impede its function. Keep things flowing smooth with a coolant flush. And since the hot days of summer are not too far away, get a vehicle ac recharge while you’re at it.
Complete Vehicle Check
Road trip weather is approaching. If you’re planning an extended auto adventure, the last thing you want is to worry about if your car is going to break down. Mechanics will look things over so you’ll have peace of mind and can focus on having fun.
You can rest easy knowing Car Crafters are manufacturer certified to work on many automobile brands, including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, GM, Tesla, and Volkswagen. Car Crafters is also a pro collision center, performing windshield repair, dent repair and scratch removal and repairs, so your car will look as good as it runs. Get in touch with us today for more information.
Finding a mechanic that will take care of you and your car is a daunting task, especially if you are one of the millions of car owners who feels intimidated by all the engineering complexity under the hood. After all, how can you know if you really need new spark plugs when you don’t even know what spark plugs do?
With that in mind, how do you find a quality technicians? You can always start with trusted sources, like friends and family, but there are a few additional options as well:
Check out review sites like Angie’s List and Better Business Bureau
These organizations are in the business of reviewing other businesses. So if you want a tried and true analysis of an auto repair shop’s aptitude and customer service skill, you can’t go wrong with sites like Angie’s List or the BBB. You can also view previous customer’s reviews to gain a sense of how trusted, friendly, and efficient the mechanic is that you’re considering.
Check for automotive certifications
There are a number of different associations that certify mechanics and mechanic shops for service and quality. One of the most recognized, and most respected certifications is the Automotive Service Excellence award. So if you see the “ASE” logo on an auto shop’s website, then you can rest assured the mechanics are knowledgeable, talented, and dedicated to providing you with professional auto repair and maintenance.
Visit the shop and assess before bringing your car in.
You wouldn’t buy a house without seeing it first, or consent to a surgery without reviewing all your options beforehand, and you don’t have to take your car to a mechanic without stopping by to visit first. So don’t hesitate to drop in, chat with the mechanics, and get a better sense of how things operate before making a commitment.
Luckily if you’re in the Albuquerque or Rio Rancho area and are looking for a top-notch auto mechanic, Car Crafter’s exceeds all of these considerations. Not only does Car Crafters have the ASE certification, but we are certified by Ford, Nissan, and Infiniti for collision repair, and it have received the Assured Performance as well as the Gold Class Collision Repair certifications.
Now all you have to do is swing by any one of Car Crafters locations and you’ll have the best mechanic and collision repair Albuquerque has to offer!
When your car is overdue for a service but you are too busy or short on cash, sometimes you may choose to let the vehicle run for a few hundred miles before bringing it in the repair shop. However, you should know that it is in your best interest to get your vehicle an oil change as soon as it’s time. If you wish to keep the performance of your car at an optimal level and extend the life of the engine, don’t wait to take your car in!
1. Boosts your safety
One of the primary reasons for having your car serviced is to ensure that it is safe for driving. Getting a regular oil change is vital, and during that time the mechanics should also perform a routine check to make sure there are no other underlying issues that may arise while you drive. This includes checking the brakes, your air and cabin filters, and the air pressure in your tires. If they discover an issue that needs immediate attention, you will be glad you took your vehicle in for servicing rather than continuing to drive a potentially dangerous car.
2. Maintains the value of your vehicle
There is a noticeable difference between a well-maintained car and one that appears neglected. If you plan on using the car’s trade-in value sometime in your future when purchasing a new car, how well you took care if it, not just aesthetically, will be taken into consideration. If you have taken good care of the car, it will have a high market value and you’ll get a better trade-in value rather than just scrap parts.
3. Lowers your running costs
Any experienced motorist can appreciate the value of car maintenance. They understand that if problems are diagnosed and rectified on time, it can save a lot of money, time, and most importantly, stress! Getting your vehicle regularly serviced means you won’t be running it down like so many other motorists do. Running on low fuel, running on tires with little to no treading, running with no coolant – these are things that can and will increase the amount of money you put into your car over time.
If you’re worried that your vehicle might be overdue for a servicing, then stop by the mechanic Albuquerque trusts – Car Crafters! With 7 locations around the state, you’re never too far away from a high-quality auto inspection!
CarCrafters proudly accepted the 2016 Excellence in Steel & Advanced Material Repair Award at the Achievement in Collision Repair Excellence (ACE) Awards, presented by VeriFacts Automotive on November 1st.
VeriFacts Automotive, a third-party collision repair assessor, selected over a hundred finalists across the nation to compete for their select collision repair awards. According to VeriFacts Director of Sales, Chris Dismukes, “The winners for these awards were picked from the best in the industry. We’ve verified that they possess a drive and commitment towards the safety and proper repair of vehicles for the ultimate benefit of the consumer. At the end of the day, ensuring safe repairs and protection of the consumer is what VeriFacts strives for and ultimately commends.”
The award ceremony took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Sean Guthrie, President of CarCrafters, accepted the award on Car Crafters behalf. You can watch the recorded live stream of the awards presentation on VeriFacts facebook.
CarCrafters would like to thank VeriFacts Automotive and their executive committee for choosing CarCrafters for their prestigious award. Also a big thank you and congratulations to our team at CarCrafters for their outstanding work.
To view the official VeriFacts press release, please click here.
The radiator on your car plays an important role throughout the year. It helps keep the engine cool while you’re driving or even when the car is idling, and it also prevents the engine from freezing up during winter when your car is sitting parked. Over time, however, this car part can dirty: the antifreeze or combination of water and antifreeze inside it may become contaminated with impurities that make keeping the engine cool and running difficult. It’s when this happens that you need to consider visiting a mechanic shop in Albuquerque for a coolant flush.
Benefits of coolant flushes in Albuquerque
Driving habits, the type of antifreeze you use, and extreme outside temperatures will help determine how often your radiator needs to be flushed. During a coolant flush, old antifreeze is pushed out, along with any contaminants that may harm your radiator or your engine. This simple maintenance step can greatly improve the life of your car and offers many benefits.
Removal of rust
Scale deposits and rust can build up in your radiator over time. Coolant flushes in Albuquerque help remove these deposits as the old antifreeze and water are pushed out. By getting rid of the scale deposits and rust inside the radiator, you reduce the chances of radiator damage and engine overheating.
Protect against rust
Once the rust is gone, along with the old antifreeze, you don’t want it coming back. New antifreeze will be introduced into the system, which will contain additives that help prevent rust from forming on the inside of the radiator again.
Coolant system inspection
A coolant flush often involves more than just flushing out old antifreeze. While your car is in the mechanic shop in Albuquerque, your mechanic will also look for leaks in the radiator system that could lead to further radiator or engine damage.
As your auto mechanic in Albuquerque introduces new coolant to the radiator system, the water pump is lubricated by the additives in the antifreeze. This helps keep the water pump running longer and better.
Get rid of contaminants
One of the most beneficial reasons behind a coolant flush is the removal of old contaminants that may be present in the car’s existing coolant. These contaminants are dangerous to the car’s system, as they cause the coolant to lose its anti-corrosive properties. This can lead to rust buildup and radiator corrosion over time if it is not taken care of. A coolant flush gets rid of the contaminants.
Owning a car is liberating, but maintaining it can be stressful, especially when things go wrong while out on the road and you’re faced with an expensive tow bill. By contacting Car Crafters in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a regular service you can nip these five most likely mechanical problems in the bud, and keep your vehicle running at optimum performance.
1. Brake trouble
If your brakes are making alarming noises, such as squealing, this is definitely a sign that something is afoot; the brake pads could be worn down and might need replacing, for example. Take notice of whether the brakes are pressing down normally. Is it taking too much or too little foot pressure to get them working? That should be another red flag highlighting that the brakes need to be looked at by a professional quickly.
Cars that are misaligned can be quite dangerous. Is your steering wheel pulling too much to the right or left side? Is the pressure in your tires correct, yet the steering is still listing to one side or another? If so, you likely need to have your car re-aligned.
3. Coolant and antifreeze system
Your car should always contain the correct levels of antifreeze, especially in winter, in case of poor weather. It’s simple to check this yourself, but if you’re not sure, a specialist mechanic can give your vehicle the once-over for you.
4. Oil changes
Oil is the lifeblood of the vehicle and not topping it up can completely ruin a car. It is a matter of remembering and keeping up with it at regular intervals. The oil should be changed every 5,000 miles if you regularly drive in severe weather, and every 10,000 in more temperate conditions. Contact us if you’re not sure how to monitor your levels.
5. Diesel mechanic problems
Trucks and some buses are powered by diesel. They require periodic maintenance, as do gasoline-powered vehicles. Sometimes, they need upgrades of catalytic converters to keep the emissions clean. In particular, they need to have the filters changed on time, or they will stop running efficiently.
In addition to solving these five common mechanical problems, Car Crafters provides a variety of other services, including body overhaul, glass repair and mechanical adjustments. Body overhaul includes scratch, dent and fender repair. Car Crafters also assists with repairs that occurred due to inclement weather conditions, like hail.
Living in Albuquerque, you’ll experience nearly all the seasons in their entirety. Sure, the summers are longer than up north, but snow comes from time to time, often leaving a beautiful display of white against the brown of the typical landscape. In all this change, you need to make sure you stay on top of your vehicle. Keeping your vehicle looking great is more than just typical maintenance.
Here are a few different, but simple, ways you can keep your vehicle looking great, throughout the year, and year after year.
Spot wash to prevent paint fading
You’ve probably seen vehicles around town where the hood and even the roof of the car seem to look bleached out, as if the paint itself has started to fade. This isn’t just because of the constant, steady sun; it actually has a lot to do with the window washing fluid you use. Repainting the vehicle can be expensive, so avoid this by washing your car at least every few weeks. Even if you don’t have the time to give it a full wash, hose your vehicle down to try and clear off some of the chemical residue.
During the winter months, you’ll want to wash your vehicle after snowstorms. Thankfully, we don’t have to deal with too much salt usage on the road, but even the slightest bit of salt helps rust to develop on your car’s under carriage. Always wash the vehicle after driving on salted roads to free and clear off this salt from underneath.
The right cleaners
Keeping the interior clear is just as important as cleaning the exterior in maintaining a beautiful vehicle. Outside of tossing up a window shade while parking, you need to also use the right cleaners inside of the vehicle. Check the labels carefully, as some cleaners are designed for plastic, others are made for leather, and some are tailored for polishing up electronics. Using the wrong cleaner can leave spots on your leather, a damaged screen or other problems; using the right cleaner helps prevent unnecessary interior damage to your vehicle and allows you to avoid expensive internal replacements and repairs.
The above are simple maintenance tips you can easily undertake yourself. For anything more serious, such as dent repair, call on us at Car Crafters.
Cars don’t last forever, but they can last longer than average with the right care and attention. Follow the tips below to not only get more miles in, but save big bucks at the auto repair shop.
1. Get your vehicle serviced regularly
This one might seem obvious but it’s still important. Your vehicle’s service manual includes a guide for regular maintenance and following it can prevent a lot of issues. Be sure to check it closely, as some replacements will be based on time rather than mileage.
2. Keep a repair fund
Unexpected car expenses can throw a wrench in your plans, and waiting too long to get problems fixed can cause even more problems in the long run. Put a little money away at a time so auto repairs don’t break the bank.
3. Change the air filter
It’s the little things sometimes. Dirty or clogged air filters can lead to engine trouble and lower gas mileage. A quick fix to prevent big problems!
4. Keep it clean
A paint job doesn’t just make your car look good, it protects and deflects. Washing away salt, irritants and grime from the body and undercarriage can keep your car looking and running great longer. Bonus: getting up close and personal with your car gives you the opportunity to notice small problems before they become larger ones.
5. Keep battery connections clear
Batteries keep your car going, so you need to keep them going. Check the wiring and connections for corrosion. If it looks crusty or like coral, take a wire brush to it.
6. Flush the coolant system
Flushing and changing the coolant once a year will keep your cooling system in good shape and prevent corrosion and break down.
7. Take it easy
Driving calmly can keep you and your car running longer. Occasionally hitting the gas isn’t going to hurt anything but being easy on the brakes and engine is best.
8. Choose a trusted auto shop
Having a relationship with your mechanic or a regular auto repair shop is key to keeping your car on the road for longer. Getting into an auto repair shop is often easier and faster than getting into a dealership. Also, feeling comfortable calling with a question or concern is going to save you time and trouble.
Car Crafters in Albuquerque can help you keep your car driving for longer, from a simple air filter change to large, and sometimes inevitable repairs. Car maintenance can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be, so call a Car Crafters location and get started.