North Shore Times : February 7th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 22 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 7, 2013 PEACE OF MIND = 5 YEAR WARRANTY + 3 YEAR FREE SERVICING Koleos SUV From $37,990 plus on road costs Megane From $34,990 plus on road costs When you purchase a new vehicle you want to ensure it will give you years of enjoyable, worry-free motoring. For a limited time when you choose a Renault Megane Hatch or Koleos SUV that's exactly what you get. PLUS to celebrate Renault engines powering Sebastian Vettel to Formula 1 victory in 2012 we are giving you the chance to see him in action in 2013. Take a test drive before 28 February and you are in the draw to win a weekend in Melbourne at the Australian Grand Prix* *Terms and conditions apply. Offer expires 31/03/2013. www.renaultoffers.co.nz 120,000 ARCHIBALD AND SHORTER 257 Gt South Road and Matai Street Greenlane Ph 0800 001 362 ROVERLAND 20 Wairau Road Glenfield Ph 0800 001 363 www.archibaldandshorter.com 5138216AA $120 FULL SERVICE FREE FREE Includes: $40 SAVE SPECIAL CAM BELT REPLACEMENT $ FROM180(Scan this to learn more) Autoland NORTH SHORE A fresh new concept in vehicle servicing 17 Parkway Drive - Off Constellation Mairangi Bay Phone: 477 2744 Email: email@example.com Website: www.autoland.net.nz 5019460AC 5C/5 Douglas Alexander Parade, Albany Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.finaltouch.co.nz Ph: 358 1141 or Gordon mob 0274 901 770 www.finaltouch.co.nz EMBARRASSING SCRATCHES? DULL FADED PAINT? STONE CHIPS? JUST LOOKING A BIT TIRED? IS THE ANSWER! ... and can transform the look of your vehicle whatever the type or color it may be • Polishing, paint repair and valet • Unique stone-chip and scratch repairs • Top quality products for great lasting results "The best car yards choose us and now you can too" Maintaining your car's appearance Whether you detail your car to keep it looking its best or to retain a higher resale value there is no question that time spent looking after the appearance does improve the look, feel and value of the car. Here are a few of basic cleaning tips to keep your car looking great. • A clean car protects against dirt, and other contaminants picked up from the road every day. Regular washing is a key to keeping these contaminants from causing damage to your paint finish. • Wash your car in a shady spot or on a cloudy day. If a car is not kept cool while washing, the water will evaporate too quickly and could possibly leave spots. • Use proper car shampoo (not dishwashing liquid) and follow the manufacturer's instructions for the proper shampoo to water ratio. Start with the wheels, and wash them thoroughly. Use a lot of soapy water and a brush on the wheels and tyres to remove deep down dirt. Rinse, and then use a sponge or washcloth to follow-up. Take extra care with bonded brake dust and perhaps invest in a specific wheel cleaner if brake dust is a real problem. • A Sheepskin or Microfibre mitt is ideal for use on the vehicles paintwork; these materials have a large number of fine filaments that draw dirt and grime away from the surface. Wash from the top down, and rinse the car often. Use a final rinse of free flowing water (nozzle off the hose) to allow the water to sheet off the car and minimise drying time and water spotting... • A clay-bar will deep clean the paint and remove blemishes such as tar, water spots and insect remains a sw e l lau n w a n t e dp r e v i o u s wax residue and other bonded contaminants from the paint surface - Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions • Regular waxing is the best way for you to protect your paint from the elements. Rain, road grime, pollution and the inevitable bird droppings can all compromise your car's thin paint finish so a sacrificial wax layer is invaluable. Apply wax a panel at a time with a soft applicator pad for a thin even covering -- Let it dry and buff it to a smooth shine. Wax usually dries in a few minutes, and a microfiber or soft terry cotton towel is ideal to buff the panel. One coat of wax will provide great protection, however... for an exceptional protective shine, you may choose to apply a second coat of wax after a reasonable drying/setup time. • Touch up the Stonechips and scratches -- Chips and scratches not only look horrible but they encourage rust. You can touch them in yourself with your factory touchup paint or get the experts from Final Touch to do it when you notice that there are a few starting to gather. • Dressing the plastics, rubbers and mouldings will help prevent fading, bleaching and cracking. A few extra dollars spent on a quality dressing will save you money in the long run as while silicone will provide a temporary shine there are things in it that cause long term damage to plastics if overused. • Keeping the outside of your car clean is only half the job. The inside is threatened by many of the same contaminants that can damage your car's exterior, as well as anything your feet drag in from outside, rubbish and the crumbs from the pie you grabbed on the go. Regular vacuuming of the floors, upholstery, mats and under the seats will help keep your car's interior clean and hygienic. A narrow hose-end attachment will get into tight crevices such as between the centre console and the seats which can be a collection point for dirt and crumbs. • Use soapy water to scrub and rinse rubber mats and hose them off but make sure they're dry before you put them back in the car. • Clean the inside of the glass with a quality glass cleaner to remove any dirty, filmy build-up and when the glass is dry, polish it with a lint free cloth or perhaps even crumpled newspaper which does a surprisingly good job. • Use a clean damp cloth to wipe down areas such as the dashboard, centre console, steering wheel and column and the inside of door and leather surfaces. It pays to be a little careful around clear plastics such as your speedo' cluster as these can scratch quite easily. • Periodic dressing of the interior plastics keeps them protected and looking sharp, we recommend 'wipe on' dressings rather than sprays. Sprays have a tendency to go on areas that you don't want them too such as carpets or your freshly cleaned glass. • Leather conditioning creams help keep your leather moisturised and supple, preventing cracking and premature wear. It is inexpensive preventative maintenance and well worth applying every now and then to keep your seats in great condition. Keeping your car looking great need not be too difficult, and the team from Final Touch are happy to help so if you are looking for advice on specific aspects of caring for your car please don't hesitate to call on Auckland, (09) 358 1141 - We'll do our best to point you in the right direction. Water Spots are awful and generally caused by failing to dry your car off after washing. When water drops evaporate any contaminants in the water dry onto the paintwork leaving a spot or a visible ring. If this happens repeatedly they can really bake into the surface and the only way to remove them becomes polishing. A good microfiber drying towel or Chamois will make quick work of clearing those water droplets and preventing that ugly spotting. A little white vinegar in your wash bucket can help reduce existing spots if they are not too serious. TIP OF THE MONTH North View our latest edition online at www.northshoretimes.co.nz Restore your car's former glory with Final Touch Want your car to look its best, but don t want to fork out the big bucks? Well here s the good news. If stone chips and scratches have been spoiling the appearance of your pride and joy, you don t need to go as far as having the car repainted. Simply take it to the retouch and polish specialists at Final Touch in Albany, who have been applying good honest touchups to dul- led paintwork, minor scratches, stonechips and carpark scrapes since 1993. While they use the best car care products available, don t think a visit to Final Touch is prohibitive. Far from it -- you can be sure of get- ting excellent value, as well as a brilliant result. As manager Gordon McKerchar says, We want to be the first name people think of when they say, hey, someone s scratched my car! And with both a mobile service and the workshop in Albany little jobs need not become an inconvenience. You could be preparing a car for sale and want to maximise its value; or just bought a vehicle and want to show it off; or have a lease car that you want to return in orig- inal condition; or notice a stonechip or someone s carpark carelessness. These are the every- day happenings that Final Touch put right, restoring your car to its original appearance, and most of what they do costs less than your insurance excess. They also do minor paint repairs to bumper scrapes or suchlike; if it s too serious for them to deal with they re happy to recommend a trust- worthy paintshop. Car collectors and owners of show cars put their faith in Final Touch, and your vehicle is treated to the same gentle paint finishes, cleaners and protective waxes as theirs. They use Meguiar s car care products, because, as Gordon says, they are the best in the world. They also stock the Meguiar s range of car care products for sale -- top quality products for the whole car from paint- work through to tyres and interior products. Final Touch is at Unit 5c, 5 Douglas Alexander Parade, Albany. Phone 358 1141. Website www.finaltouch.co.nz -- or find them on facebook.com/ FinalTouchCarCare.
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