Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming South Florida Car Shows in 2016-2017

AUTS - Upcoming South Florida Auto ShowsFor car lovers and proud car owners, nothing beats a good auto show. Whether you’re a lover of international cars or a traditional muscle car enthusiast, there is no shortage of shows to suit your tastes coming up. And if you’re looking to show off your ride, there are plenty of opportunities coming up in South Florida for you to win over the crowd—and maybe even win a few awards in the process.

The 43rd Daytona Turkey Run, Daytona International Speedway – 11/24/2016

The largest car show and swap meet in America comes back to Daytona for four days of cars, food, and fun. More than 6,000 classic cars and trucks will be on site, some for show and some for sale. The event also includes 2,500 swap meet stalls, with plenty of food and artisan items for sale. The four-day event is $15 per day for general admission. The Daytona Turkey Run car show accepts all cars manufactured prior to 1980, as well as all Mustangs, Corvettes, Camaros, Chargers, Challengers, Prowlers, Vipers, and foreign exotic sports cars regardless of the year. Registration is $45. If you’re interested in selling your collector car, register for the Car Corral at the Daytona Turkey Run to set up on the infield of the Daytona International Speedway and present to interested buyers.

29th Annual Toys in the Sun Run, Sunrise – 12/04/2016

Presented by Cruisers of South Florida, the 29th annual Toys in the Sun Run car, truck, and bike show is one of the premier auto events that gives back to the local Florida community. Proceeds benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, and all presenters are required to include a new unwrapped toy with their registration fee that will be given to patients at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL. Pre-registration is $20 until November 26th. 55 “best of” awards will be given out, including 15 awards for 2000 and newer vehicles.

11th Annual Open Classic Car and Truck Show, Sunrise – 01/08/2017

Enthusiasts can get their fill of classic cars at the 11th Annual Open Classic Car and Truck Show, hosted by the Renegade Corvette Club. With an appearance from the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, food, door prizes, and raffles, the show promises to be fun for the whole family. Pre-registration is $20 until January 2. With Best of Show awards for cars and trucks as well as Best of Show Corvettes and over $300 in awards up for grabs, the event is a must for car enthusiasts.

6th Annual Corvette & Open Car & Truck Show, Coconut Creek – 03/05/2017

One of the largest car shows in South Florida in the first half of 2017, the 6th annual Corvette & Open Car & Truck Show is presented by the Corvette Club of South Florida. The show promises to give out over 160 total awards, including 70 Best of Show Corvette and 70 Best of Show Open Cars & Trucks awards. There will also be specialty awards, sponsor’s choice awards, 50-50 drawings, raffles, door prizes, and more. Net proceeds to benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Pre-registration ($25) is limited to the first 300 cars and closes February 28, 2017.

Check out this event page for a full list of upcoming car shows in South Florida. You can also search for car shows across the entire state if you’re looking for a more specific type of car show to attend or participate in.

Tips for Showing Your Ride at a Car Show

First and foremost, make sure your ride meets the requirements for the show you’re interested in showing at. There are shows for muscle cars, import cars, exotic customs cars, and more, which means you won’t be short of options for an auto show that puts your car in the best light. Once you find a car show that’s the right fit for your ride, keep these tips in mind to give yourself a better chance at winning an award.

 

  • Get Your Car CRAZY Clean  You can’t win a prize with a dirty car. Go above and beyond in the days before the show, and pay attention to the details. Start with the rims and engine compartment—the places on the car most likely to get smudged or dirty. Polish the undercarriage, the surface of the car, and get the windows sparkling. Don’t forget the tires, which should have new tread and clean rims and wheel wells. Also, make sure you perform a deep interior clean since the judges will inspect the inside of your car as well.
  • Keep Rust at Bay For Florida residents and anyone living along the coast, battling rust is a continual struggle, but for those hoping to show their car at an auto show, winning that battle becomes more important. Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to rust, so keep an eye on the engine, wheel wells, and any areas of exposed metal on your car. Dirty cars don’t win awards, and neither do “rust buckets.”
  • Protect Your Car’s Paint and Finish How your car’s paint looks and shines can have a big impact on how well it does in the car show. One of the best ways you can keep your car’s factory or custom paint job looking great is with paint protection film or a clear vinyl car wrap. If you plan to keep your car’s paint exposed to the elements, make sure you bring a few touch-up tools with you to the car show to buff out or hide any small scratches, swirls, or scuff marks you find before the judges walk by.
  • Have Someone Else Drive If you have a rare collector car, consider hiring a covered automotive transportation company to get your vehicle to the auto show. There are a large number of hazards you face on the open road every day, including flying rocks, inattentive motorist, and inclement weather, but you shouldn’t risk exposing your vehicle to any of them on the day of the show—especially considering all of the hours you’ve spent getting your ride into show condition.
  • Share Your Car’s Story If you restored a junkyard find into a Best of Show caliber vehicle, bring a photo album along and keep it inside the vehicle for evidence of your hard work. It might not help you win any awards, but it will certainly create some buzz about your vehicle and help judges, attendees, and fellow presenters give you the credit you deserve.

 

If you have a car show worthy ride, Auto Super Shield can help you keep it looking great with paint protection film and luxury vinyl car wraps. We also offer carbon fiber, matte, and mirrored chrome wraps if you want to give your ride an unforgettable customized look that will have judges and attendees turning heads. Contact us online or call (561) 367-0101 to learn more about our automotive paint protection and customization products.

Rust Proofing Your Car Against Florida Weather

AUTS - Rustproofing Your CarIf you live along the coast, you know keeping your car rust free is a constant battle. From rain storms and high humidity to salty air and salty water, there are a lot of culprits that can cause your car to rust. Fortunately, it’s not a losing battle to keep your car rust-free in Florida.

Taking steps to rust-proof your car will save you a lot of time and money in the long run, especially if you plan to sell or trade-in your vehicle later on. Rust proofing can also be much less expensive than car rust repair, so it’s worth the effort and cost to protect your car against rust now instead of dealing with repairs later on.

What Causes Rust on Cars?

Rust is the more common term for oxidation, or the breakdown of iron-based metals. Oxygen in the air reacts with the surface molecules in iron, creating iron oxide. Humidity and salt can speed up the oxidation process. With long enough exposure to the elements, a car will rust away into nothing.

With the exception of your car’s underbody, most of the car’s body is protected against rust thanks to layers of primer, paint, and clear coat. That’s why body scratches need to be repaired quickly since they expose the metal underneath to the elements which can turn into rust and spread like wildfire until an entire body panel winds up needing to be replaced.

The speed which rust can attack your car and spread is different depending on which metals have been added to the non-plastic body components in your vehicle. These effects are accelerated when exposed to salt water—an inescapable fact of life for those living along the Florida coast.

Signs of Rust Damage on Your Car

The earlier you can catch car rust, the easier and less expensive it will be to fix the damage. In addition to the cost of repair, car rust can also greatly depreciate the resale value of your car, which means catching rust early can save you a lot of money in the long run when the time comes to sell or trade-in your ride.

In addition to seeing rust, here are some of the early signs to look for that might indicate car rust:

  • Chipped Paint – Although chipped paint itself doesn’t mean there’s rust, chipped paint can allow moisture to permeate the metal and cause small spots for rust to take hold.
  • Scratches – Similar to chipped paint, scratches might also not necessarily mean the oxidation process has started but they certainly improve the odds of rust damage later on.
  • Blistering Paint – Unlike chips and scratches, paint blisters can indicate that rust has already begun to develop. Look for rust-colored water spots near any paint blisters you find to confirm your suspicion of rust damage.

How to Prevent Car Rust

Rust is a concern, for sure, but it doesn’t have to be if you take some easy steps. With a little bit of effort, and maybe a small investment of money, you can keep your car rust-free and looking good for all to admire.

Keep Your Ride Clean

Dirt and grime build-up on your vehicle can accelerate the rusting process, or cause nicks and scratches where the steel and oxygen can react. Cleaning your car regularly and ensuring it’s free of exterior dirt and grime will help stop rust before it starts.

Keep Your Car Waxed

Getting a car wax service or regularly waxing your car at home can help prevent rust from taking hold. Maintaining the paint’s finish can protect your vehicle from oxidation, and you’ll definitely appreciate the deep, long-lasting shine of a freshly waxed car.

Watch Out for Scratches and Dents

When cleaning your car, always check for the signs of damage where oxidation can begin. Be sure to check inside the doors, in the wheel wells, in drain holes in the body panels and doors—everywhere. Keeping a close eye out for rust can help you catch and stop it before it does serious damage to your vehicle.

Add an Extra Layer of Protection

Prevention and maintenance are the best defenses against car rust, but there’s no greater form of prevention than paint protection film or a vinyl car wrap. These wraps and films provide an extra layer of protection against dings, scuffs, scratches, and other minor body damage your car is subjected to on a daily basis.

Don’t let your hot ride become a rust bucket—contact Auto Super Shield to learn more about our paint protection film and luxury vinyl car wrap products. Contact us online or call (561) 367-0101 to learn more about the benefits of paint protection film and vinyl car wrap and how they can maintain the appearance, value, and integrity of your vehicle.

Automotive Paint’s Worst Enemies

AUTS - Paints Worst EnemiesThere are few worse feelings than walking out to your beloved vehicle only to spot a ‘mystery scratch,’ a scratch you know wasn’t there yesterday, but there it is, ruining the perfect look of your car. Paint damage on a car can be embarrassing, as well as costly to fix—especially if the scratch is deep enough to cause the metal underneath to rust. Car paint damage is definitely unsightly, and it can even lower the resale value of your car.

The list of things that can cause car paint damage is long and varied. Everything from bird droppings to coffee can cause your car’s paint job to lose some of its luster and shine. If you’re main concern as a car owner is keeping your ride looking great, it helps to understand some of the biggest enemies your vehicle faces on a daily basis. Below are some of the worst offenders when it comes to causing car paint damage.

Bug Stains

Splattered bugs are a fact of life if you are a car owner. When bug meets car, few people worry about how the car will come out, but splattered bugs can do real damage to your car’s paint if left uncleaned. Bugs are highly acidic and can eat into the car paint if left uncleaned for too long.

The best way to combat bug damage is to clean the remains off your vehicle regularly. The longer bugs stay smashed on your fender, the harder they’re going to be to remove. Keep your car paint bug-splatter-damage free by cleaning them off with bug and tar remover and a cloth. You can also install a car bra on your front bumper to minimize bug splatter, or better yet vinyl car wrap or paint protection film to give your vehicle all-around bug protection.

Bird Droppings

Bugs aren’t the only creatures whose leftovers can cause damage to your car paint job. Not only do bird droppings leave a stain on your paint but once they have dried onto the surface of your car they become more of a challenge to remove. Now you are at risk of staining and scratching your car’s paint job while trying to get the bird droppings cleaned up. The best way to prevent staining or scratches is to clean the droppings with a damp cloth as soon as you notice them. Also, try to avoid parking underneath trees if you can help it. Paint protection film applied to the roof of your car can also protect your ride from the damaging effects of bird droppings.

Soda and Coffee

Even the most loving of car owners has occasionally left a cup of coffee or soda sitting on the roof of their car – only temporarily of course – when they needed an extra free hand to get the kids or belongings into the car. Be very careful not to spill anything onto your car. Soda and coffee are both highly acidic, and if left uncleaned, can eat into your car’s paint. If you do spill, clean it up immediately with a cloth and wash down the area. Although you should always clean up spilled coffee or soda immediately, spills often happen when you’re in a rush and taking the time to diligently clean up every spot isn’t feasible.

Having a paint protection film on your car can give you peace of mind about the state of your paint, even if you have to make the morning commute with no coffee. Paint protection film creates a clear barrier between your car’s paint and the outside world, helping prevent the stains, scratches and car paint damage driving your car every day can cause.

Rouge Carts and Careless Parking

You love your car dearly, but not everyone cares as much about maintaining that perfect paint sheen. When out and about in your ride, avoid parking near the cart-collecting area of any parking lot—a runaway cart can do a number on your car paint. You should also avoid squeezing into parking spaces or parking too close to other vehicles. If you can, look for a more secluded parking spot. It might be a bit more of a walk, but you’re less likely to have a nasty surprise waiting for you when you come back.

If your car paint is damaged by a cart or vehicle, first assess the damage. Car paint damage that only affects the clear coat can be repaired with some gentle buffing and cleaning. If the scratch is deeper and shows a white or silver color, get a bottle of touch up paint in a color matching your vehicle, apply to the scratch, and buff away until the paint is even. Of course, this is another benefit of paint protection film since it prevents most minor scratches and chips that would otherwise break the surface of your car’s paint job.

The Ultimate in Car Paint Protection

Having a paint protection film can give you an even greater sense of security knowing that if a piece of small road debris unexpectedly flies your way or a bird relieves itself on the hood of your car and you can’t get to it right away, you’ve got an extra layer of protection between you and the paint damaging world. To learn more about the benefits of paint protection film, contact Auto Super Shield, Florida’s premier PPF installer.

Contact us online or call us at (561) 367-0101 to learn more about our amazing paint protection films and luxury vinyl car wraps.

How Long Does Vinyl Wrap Last on a Car?

AUTS - How Long Does Vinyl Wrap LastVinyl car wraps provide a barrier of protection that will keep your vehicle’s original paint job pristine for years. How many? The expected performance life of a quality vinyl wrap is between 5 and 7 years if properly maintained. “Performance life” refers to the length of time the wrap will look good and stay adhered to your vehicle. This means your car will have a barrier of protection for the better part of a decade after installation. Of course, there are some factors that can affect the lifespan of the vinyl wrap installed on your car.

Here’s a closer look at some of these factors that can affect the performance life of a vinyl wrap.

Factors that Affect the Lifespan of a Vinyl Car Wrap

Although vinyl car wraps are generally expected to last 7 years on average, there are some factors at play that can move the needle in either direction. In other words, a vinyl wrap might last longer or shorter than the industry average based on a number of factors, most of which are in your control. The factors that can influence a vinyl wrap’s performance life include:

  • Brand – As with anything else, you get what you pay for when it comes to vinyl car wraps. High-performance, top-tier vinyl wraps often carry much longer manufacturer warranties because the makers are confident in the lifespan of their product compared to cheaper options. If you’re thinking about vinyl wrap to protect your luxury vehicle, spending a bit more on a quality product from 3M or similar leading brands is the best thing you can do for your ride.
  • Installation – Where you have vinyl wrap installed can be just as important as the brand in terms of the wrap’s performance life. An experienced and professional installer will make sure there are no flaws with the vinyl wrap, such as bubbles or creases, that might cause the wrap to come up sooner than expected. In addition to a longer lifespan, a professional installation will also look much better than a vinyl wrap that’s sloppily thrown on your car by inexperienced amateurs using the wrong tools and techniques.
  • Wear and Tear – Although vinyl wraps will protect your car’s paint from sun damage and mild scratches and abrasions, it’s not designed the same as paint protection film and can become degraded by prolonged wear and tear. Exposure to sun and heat, for example, can sometimes cause the film’s adhesive to degrade and as a result cause the wrap to start peeling. If you’re looking into vinyl wraps to change the color of your car or make it stand out with some custom graphics, consider installing paint protection film over the vinyl wrap to add an additional barrier of protection against the elements.

More Questions about Vinyl Wraps?

Vinyl wraps are becoming more popular among automotive enthusiasts, but they’re still relatively new to the casual driver. If you’re thinking about having a vinyl wrap installed on your ride, you might have more questions than just how long wraps last. Fortunately, the experts here at Auto Super Shield have answers. Contact us online or call 561-367-0101 to learn more.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair Car Scratches?

AUTS - Cost to Repair Car ScratchesThere are few things more frustrating and concerning than spending thousands of dollars on vehicle maintenance only to have your car’s look ruined with a scratch. Even a tiny scratch can ruin the look of an otherwise beautiful paint job, especially if it’s on a very noticeable spot or the rest of your vehicle is otherwise pristine. The good news is that no scratch is too hard to repair; the bad news is that scratch repair can be quite expensive depending on the location and size of the damage.

Although there is no way to fully prevent scratches, there are ways to reduce your risks. Knowing the common causes of car scratches will allow you to take steps to prevent them in the future. There are also more aggressive preventative measures you can take, like installing a vinyl car wrap or premium paint protection film.

Common Causes of Car Scratches

Before learning how to prevent scratches, car owners should know how scratches tend to occur in the first place. Some culprits are obvious, while others might be more of a surprise. In any case, it’s a good idea to start our discussion with a look at the most common causes of car scratches.

  • Car accidents are one of the most common causes of scratches in your car’s paint. Even a minor bump from another driver can be enough to scrape an unsightly mark into your vehicle.
  • Chips and rocks that fly loose from the road or from larger vehicles as you drive can also cause scratches. These scratches may be the hardest to prevent, as the rocks or chips are so small you may not notice you’ve been hit until you discover a new scratch in your car’s paint.
  • Although it’s important to keep your car clean, over washing or aggressively scrubbing the car’s exterior can cause scratches and swirls in the paint as you grind excess dirt on the exterior. Also, make sure you use a microfiber cloth or chamois when drying your car to prevent scratches.

How Much to Repair Car Scratches?

No two scratches are alike, and determining what your car scratch repair cost will depend on a number of factors, most importantly is the type of paint scratch damage on your car.

  • Scuffs 

    Car manufacturers apply a clear coat over the paint to improve durability and gloss, and scratches that only very lightly damage the clear coat are the easiest and cheapest to fix. Scuffs may be harder to spot than deeper scratches because there is no change in color from the scratch. This depth of scratch can usually be repaired by hand buffing or polishing. Scratch Wizard estimates auto body shops charge less than $100 on average to repair scuffs.

  • Clear-Coat Scratches 

    A mark that has more deeply scratched clear coat is a little more difficult to repair, but not by much. If there is no change in color when you look at the scratch, the primer and metal underneath the clear coat are still safe, so you won’t need any touch-up paint for the scratched area. These scratches can be polished down until they are almost invisible, but never fully removed. These types of scratches also usually cost less than $100 for professional repair at an auto body shop.

  • Paint Scratches 

    If your scratch has gone into the primer layer, you will need to use touch up paint to restore the scratched area. The scratch will likely appear white if it has come through the clear coat and the paint, reaching the primer layer underneath. Once a scratch reaches the paint layer, the entire area will need to be sanded, buffed, and repainted, which means even a small paint scratch can be expensive to fix. Scratch Wizard estimates that these types of scratches can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000 or more to repair.

  • Deep Paint Scratches

    If the scratch is severe enough—perhaps you reversed into an object or someone scraped your car as they left a parking spot—it will scratch down to the metal frame of your vehicle. These scratches should be repaired immediately, as exposed metal can rust if exposed to the elements long enough. If the scratch appears silver, it has likely hit the metal underneath the clear coat, paint, and primer. These types of scratches are the most expensive to repair, with auto body shops charging anywhere from $800 to $1,500 on average for deep paint scratch repair.

For Superior Protection Against Car Paint Scratches

There are steps you can take to prevent car scratches—parking away from cart bins, not parking too close to other cars, using a microfiber cloth or chamois when drying your vehicle—but the best preventative step you can take is to install paint protection film.

While paint protection film is not the cheapest option for preventing scratches, it is the most reliable long-term solution. Paint protection film is essentially a plastic wrap for your car. It’s applied to surfaces facing the front or bottom of the car—areas most likely to get scratched—and provides a clear coat of protection for the paint underneath. Paint protection film will take the dings and scratches that would otherwise have damaged your car’s paint.

Applying a paint protection film can save you time and money on car scratch repair, as well help protect your car against the rust that occurs when deep scratches are left unrepaired. All of this protection helps to maintain the resale value of your car and keep your ride looking sexy and pristine for years to come.

For additional information about paint protection film, contact Auto Super Shield. We are South Florida’s premier paint protection film installer, specializing in PPF for luxury and exotic vehicles. Call (561) 367-0101 to learn more.


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