What Should You Do In Spring? - The Best Time For A Paint Job

March is the month of spring and the comfortable weather comes with the grass growing below your feet and birds flying in the sky. Many car owners are also considering how to reward their cars after all the hard work in winter. Dr. Mobil will give you a few tips. The comfortable temperature in spring is the perfect time to touch up the paint!
Why spring?
You will probably ask, "Why spring?"

First of all, low temperature and strong winds in winter increase the damage to the paint of the vehicle. Just think about all the broken branches, melted snow and stones lifted by strong wind, all hitting the top of the car easily. Furthermore, in cities with heavy snow the lower part of the car also suffers corrosion caused by the salt used in melting the snow.

Secondly, the coming summer will bring high-temperature and high humidity, which accelerates corrosion of vehicles. As a result, it is only wise to seize the opportunity of the relatively dry and comfortable spring to touch up paint.

How to apply appropriate repair to paint

Damage to the paint and the car vary in extent. How do you decide whether a touch up is needed? Dr. Mobil gives you a general standard to prevent further damage to the vehicle.

Generally, for small white scratches on the paint no touch up is necessary. You only need to apply wax and, in serious cases, polish the car.

If it is even more serious, you will see the paint underneath which is usually dark green-gray.You might even see the material of the body of the car. The repair depends on the location of the scratch. In general, bumpers and rear mirrors are made of engineering plastics which do not rust. As damage to the paint will only affect the appearance and not the functionality of the car, you can choose whether you want to touch up the paint. If the paint of the metal parts of the car is damaged, it must be repaired as soon as possible. Otherwise, the steel plate of the car will rust when exposed to air. You will not be able to stop the corrosion even if you repair the paint later.

Smart use of insurance to save cost! After deciding to repair the paint, look at how to make good use of vehicle insurance. When it comes to paint repair for vehicles, there are usually two types of insurance - car damage and scratches.

If damage to the paint is caused by collision, you can claim the cost from the insurance. You can claim insurance no matter how minor the collision is. As a result, you can use car damage insurance for repairing paint damage on the front and rear bumpers, fender, etc.

For paint damage on doors, roof and pillar A, etc., these are clearly not caused by traffic accidents and they can only be covered by scratch and dent insurance. As a result, as long as the damage does not involve metal repair, and it is just paint and spray, scratch and dent insurance can almost cover everything. However, it has the following limitations:

  1. Only valid for new cars of less than five years old
  2. Limited number of plates which can be repaired (usually 4)
  3. High insurance premium; not worth it if you do not claim for two or three years

Scratch and dent insurance is special as it does not involve the handling of serious accidents. You need to consider whether it is good value for money. Dr. Mobil's recommendation on this is: You do not have to rush into buying scratch and dent insurance when you buy a new car. Wait for 2 to 3 years and decide according to your needs. Plan carefully and make every penny count!

Finally, Dr. Mobil's summary for today:

  1. If you do not repair whenever there is damage, you should at least touch up the paint in springtime.
  2. Damage involving the metal parts needs to be repaired quickly.
  3. Paint repair can be covered by insurance. It is advisable to get scratch insurance for vehicles of 3-5 years old in order to make full use of the insurance.


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