Remote starters are fantastic to have on your car in the winter. You can sit in the comfort and warmth of your own home while your car warms up every frosty morning.
However, being able to start your car without being inside of it is a benefit in all seasons.
With the warm weather approaching, we thought we’d share with you some of the many benefits of having a remote starter in your car during the summer.
1. Makes Your Car Comfortable
First and foremost, cars get hot in the summer — especially if your car is a dark color. When left sitting out in the sun on a hot day, you could start sweating the moment you get inside your vehicle.
But with a remote starter, there’s no need to worry about that. You can sit inside your air-conditioned house, or whatever location you’re at, and wait as the climate control system creates a comfortable temperature in the interior.
Then, you can get inside the vehicle without being drenched in sweat. Not to mention that if you’re out on a hot day, few things feel better than slipping right into an air-conditioned vehicle.
It’s just like the winter, but the temperatures are flipped!
2. Improves Safety
Heat isn’t just uncomfortable. It can even pose a safety threat to you and your passengers.
Many components inside the car can get quite hot — especially the metal parts like the seatbelt. However, the steering wheel and various knobs and controls you need to use can also scorch your hands.
With a remote starter, you can get the climate controls to cool everything down ahead of time. That way, you won’t burn yourself on any hot interior components.
3. Saves Time
Playing off those last two benefits, a remote starter can save you plenty of time. You can get your car cooling down several minutes ahead of time, making it super easy to hop in drive off to wherever you need to go.
If you’re considering a remote starter after learning of these fantastic benefits, come down to Car Pretty in Philadelphia. We offer Viper remote starters so you can enjoy the benefits of starting your car from afar.
Additionally, another service we offer that’s especially helpful in the summer is window tinting. Tinted windows can keep your car cooler and protect your interior from the hot summer sun. Schedule an appointment with Car Pretty to learn more about our remote starters and our window tinting services.
Plenty of people get their vehicle windows tinted every day, and it’s easy to see why. It offers the driver and their passengers a nice range of advantages.
If you’re on the fence about getting your own car some window tints, consider the following benefits in your analysis.
1. Skin Protection
Car windows themselves block out UVB rays pretty well. Windshields are also treated to help block UVA and UVB rays.
However, your side windows don’t block UVA. These are the rays that can penetrate deepest into your skin, leading to sunburns (or even skin cancer if pervasive enough).
Window tints can block out these rays, shielding everyone — especially younger children with sensitive skin — from the sun’s harmful rays.
2. Protects Your Interior
The sun’s rays also harm your interior. Sunlight can fade your dashboard and seats, making them look quite unsightly over time. The heat can also lead to cracks in these areas.
Sunlight can even lead to safety issues, such as damaging airbags and harming the weather stripping in your doors.
Again, window tints block much of the sun’s rays, so parking your car in the sun for long periods of time isn’t as much of a worry.
As the sun shines on your interior, it can make various surfaces quite hot. For example, you may burn yourself on a scorching steering wheel during a hot day. You or your passengers could burn themselves on their seatbelt’s metal components, too.
By putting some tints on your windows, you’ll keep things nice and cool inside. That also means you won’t have to wait as long for your car to reach a bearable or comfortable temperature once you start it.
4. Safety From Thieves
Thieves sometimes roam about parking lots — especially at night — looking for valuables sitting in the open inside cars. If you, for example, leave a laptop case on your car seat, a thief might break your window and take it.
Window tints can be especially helpful here. It’s already dark enough at night, so it’ll be quite hard for thieves to see through dark windows inside your vehicle. If you’re parked among many other cars, your chance of being targeted by thieves decreases.
Last but not least, tints can add style to your vehicle. Darker windows simply look cool on many types of automobiles.
Convinced about the benefits of tinting your car’s windows? Here at Car Pretty, we’d be happy to help you install tints. Our professionals work quickly and efficiently, and we also keep you informed about the laws surrounding window tints. Contact us today or come in to learn more!
Spring is finally here! Therefore, make sure you’re taking the steps necessary to prep your car for sunny weather!
1. Clean Your Car
Spring means spring cleaning. Not just for your home, either, but for your car.
The winter weather can really scuff up your vehicle. Road salt and low temperatures wreak havoc on your paint, and you can get all sorts of muddy slush stuck all around your vehicle.
If you visit a car wash, get the top-of-the-line wash to be sure you don’t miss a thing. If you’re washing it yourself, mix some baking soda with your water to help clear off road salt.
Additionally, clean out the inside. Throw out any trash and vacuum up any dirt or debris that’s laying around. If you want to go the extra mile, give your car a deep clean.
2. Replace Wipers and Fluids
Snow and ice wear on your wipers. You’ll need to replace them if they’re leaving streaks on the windshield. Luckily, wiper blades aren’t pricey. You can install them yourself in seconds, saving you even more money.
While you’re at it, top off your wiper fluid. Make sure your car is fully prepped to handle spring showers.
3. Check Your Tires
Temperature changes also cause pressure changes in your tires. Suboptimal tire pressure wastes gas (and your money), and of course, there’s the risk of getting a flat.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Check your tire pressure and make sure you go rotate your tires if you haven’t done so recently.
Also, if you have winter tires, now would be a good time to change to something more weather-appropriate. Driving winter tires in the warmer seasons build up heat, which can wear down and break the winter tires.
4. Get an Oil Change
Keep up with your regular oil changes to maximize fuel efficiency and keep things running smoothly. Make sure to follow your manufacturer’s specifications found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Don’t forget to change your oil filter as well if necessary.
Fortunately, many auto shops will top off your fluids, fill your tires, check your battery, and do many other maintenance tasks without any additional charge beyond your oil change. Take advantage if your local auto shop does so.
5. Check Your Battery
If your car battery dies, you’ll be left stranded. Get your battery checked and replaced if needed. If you aren’t sure how to do this, auto shops can do it for you.
6. Get Your Windows Tinted
Sunshine is nice, but it can fade your interior if your car is left out in the sun for long. Plus, the sun’s UVA rays can penetrate through your windows and lead to potential sunburn — especially for young children whose skin might be more sensitive.
Also, you might accidentally burn yourself touching a hot steering wheel on a particularly scorching day.
Tinting your windows can mitigate these issues, not to mention it looks nice.
Come down to Car Pretty if you’re looking for a window tinting professional in Philadelphia. We’ll not only install the tints quickly and expertly, but we’ll educate you on laws regarding tints. Contact us today or come in to learn more.
To many, cars are more than a box that gets you from Point A to Point B. Your car lets you express yourself to the outside world. A clean, shiny car shows the world you take care of your things and makes you feel proud to own the vehicle.
Not to mention that keeping your car in great shape maximizes your resale or trade-in value when it’s new car time.
Thus, you want to make an effort to keep your car looking like new.
One of the subtlest yet most effective ways to maintain a brand new appearance is to apply paint protection to your car.
Here are some benefits a simple layer of paint protection film brings you.
1. Keeps Your Car Beautiful
First and foremost for most people — paint protection keeps your car looking as if it just rolled off the lot.
It’s simple: paint protection offers a permanent protective coat guarding your paint against wear and fade. This makes your paint look glossy and shiny for much longer, which means you can feel better driving it.
2. Protects Against The Environment
The environment isn’t friendly to your vehicle. Some ways the environment causes damage include the following.
Rocks: Can knick and ding paint.
Road salt: Causes corrosion to the vehicle.
UV rays: These can fade your paint.
Bird droppings: More than an unsightly annoyance, these contain acid which can be harmful to your paint.
Fortunately, paint protection protects against these elements. It seals off paint to prevent scratches and corrosion. Meanwhile, it also reflects UV rays to minimize paint fading.
3. Makes Cleaning Easier
Paint protection film can prevent the buildup of dust on your exterior. Less dust buildup means less to clean — which means less effort spent cleaning.
4. Maintains Your Vehicle’s Resale Value
Let’s face it: many people trade in their car before it’s completely worn down to cover some of the down payment on a new car.
Are you planning on doing the same in the future? It might pay to invest in some paint protection film for your car.
Sure, you should keep all the parts running nice and smoothly if you want it to have any resale value. However, value is heavily dependent on aesthetics, too. If you can keep your car’s exterior looking glossy and new, you’ll get the most bang for your buck.
5. Cuts Repair Costs
Those knicks and dings can add up to unsightly and costly repairs. Paint protection guards against these, meaning less money spent on repairs for you.
6. It’s Completely Invisible
The best part about paint protection? No one can see it. Once you apply it to your vehicle, you can drive around as normal — no longer having to worry about every little rock you drive over or the sun’s UV rays.
Your car will continue to look gorgeous with less effort on your part.
As you can see, investing in professional paint protection pays off in terms of your car’s aesthetics and resale value, not to mention your wallet.
If you’re looking to get some paint protection applied in Philadelphia, Car Pretty is happy to help. We also offer window tinting to protect your interior, complementing your paint protection nicely. Contact us today to learn more.
Our cars cost us a lot of money. You’ve got the car itself, interest (if you’ve got a loan), gas, maintenance, insurance, and so on.
With so much money going into our vehicles, we definitely want to take good care of them.
That’s where the protective film comes in.
The protective film essentially serves as an invisible barrier between your vehicle’s paint and all sorts of things that can damage it.
With that in mind, here’s why it’s important to put some protective film on your car.
It Keeps Your Car Looking Nice
First and foremost, the protective film keeps your car looking glossy, shiny, and clean. It keeps those knicks and dings from rocks and branches at bay. It also guards against possible rust and corrosion caused by road salt and the elements.
Of course, the film itself is invisible. You get all that protection for your car’s aesthetics without any weird-looking items attached to your car.
It Helps Your Car Hold Value
Some people drive their cars into the ground, but it’s hard to tell if that’ll be you many years from now when the car is done for.
There’s always a chance you sell your car or trade it in as part of your down payment on a new vehicle.
Yet aesthetic damage can put this at risk. If your car works but looks beat up, you simply aren’t going to get much for it.
So think of the protective film as a way to preserve your car’s value. Your car will lose less value if it stays looking shiny and new.
It Cuts Your Repair Costs
As we mentioned, people spend a good sum of money keeping their car in excellent shape through regular maintenance.
But the damage can happen, too. No one likes driving around in a car that’s marked up from rocks and the elements, yet repairing these things costs a good chunk of change.
Once again, the protective film serves as an excellent investment here. With protective film guarding your paint, you reduce your chances of needing a body shop to fix your car back up.
You’re well aware of the dangers too much sun exposure poses to human skin. You can get painful sunburns — and too much can even increase the risk of skin cancer.
However, your skin isn’t the only thing at risk. The UV rays that the sun emits can harm your interior in many ways. Over time, your interior may look worse, and the sun can even lead to safety or operational issues.
With that in mind, here are some ways the sun’s UV rays threaten your car’s interior.
1. Dashboard Damage and Fading
Sure, it’s nice to go for a windows-down (or roof-down if you have a convertible) drive on a warm, sunny day. However, the combination of heat and UV radiation can lead to plenty of wear and fading of your dashboard over time, especially when leaving your car out in the sun for a long period of time.
The dashboard won’t just fade, though — it can start to crack. This isn’t pretty to look at, and costly damage may even occur.
2. Electrical Component Damage
Various electrical components are at risk of damage due to the sun’s rays when left exposed to the hot sun for extended time periods. The wiring and other components can expand, break, or melt under extreme heat, leading to expensive repairs and headaches. With tinted windows, you can minimize the risk of this happening.
3. Upholstery Deterioration
Similar to your dashboard, your upholstery can deteriorate in lots of sunlight. Leather seats can stiffen and crack, while fabric may get dry and start rotting.
Additionally, the sun can bake dirt, spills, and other messes into your seats, leaving unsightly stains that are tough to remove. By keeping your car clean and installing window tints, you can minimize the risk of this happening.
4. Damage to Weather Stripping
Your rubber weather stripping around your doors keeps out the elements, as well as dust and debris. Unfortunately, the sun can cause the stripping to rot, which means your drives will get a lot less comfortable.
By shielding your interior from the sun with shade and tinted windows, you can keep your weather stripping safe.
5. Occupant Safety
On warm, sunny days, metal and rubber components can get quite hot. You and other occupants could experience burns when touching these before they have a chance to cool. This isn’t to mention possible excessive sun exposure and sunburns that young children may experience due to having more delicate skin.
Additionally, some safety features can be compromised due to excessive heat. For example, airbags can be damaged under enough heat and not work properly — leading to potentially life-threatening consequences.
At a minimum, you can keep your vehicle safe from the sun by parking it in the shade as much as possible. If you have a garage or carport parking spot, that’s excellent.
Window tints offer an additional layer of protection, blocking out rays no matter where your car is. Whether you have no protection from the sun or want to add an extra layer, come to Car Pretty and check out our window tinting services. Our professionals can both install the tints and educate you about local laws surrounding tints. Come on in today!
Did you recently get your windows tinted? Good choice. Window tints enhance your car’s look, protects you and your interior from the sun’s UV rays, keeps the interior cool, and make your car less of a target for thieves at night.
With the right care, a professionally-installed window tint can last up to 10 years. Make sure you know these window tint maintenances do’s and don’ts to make your tints last as long as possible.
Clean Your Tints
You can and should clean your tints regularly — about every other week. Otherwise, dirt and debris can build up. This buildup can lead to unsightly staining or streaks.
Wash and Dry With Microfiber Cloths or a Squeegee
Tints are durable enough to withstand regular elements, but you could scratch them through direct contact if you aren’t careful. When washing your car, use a microfiber cloth or squeegee to tend to your windows.
Avoid Direct Sunlight After Washing
Window tints are meant to keep your interior safe from the sun, but they need to dry first before you stick your car in sunlight. Otherwise, the sun could dry your car unevenly and create plenty of staining and streaks.
Instead, let your car dry in a shaded area, such as in a garage or under a carport.
Use the Wrong Cleaning Chemicals
Some cleaning chemicals — ammonia-based cleaners in particular — are a bit too harsh for your window tints. Using them can wear down the tints prematurely, meaning you’ll have to go install new tints much sooner.
The tint-friendly solution is to use either soap and water or a cleaner with natural/naturally-derived ingredients.
Skip the Interior
Most people focus their cleaning efforts on the exterior of their vehicles. You should too, but remember, tints are installed on your window’s inner pane. Take some extra time to gently clean the inside of your window with your soap and water/naturally-derived cleaner and microfiber cloth.
Tend to the Edges
It’s odd that you’d want to avoid cleaning an area, but your tint is most vulnerable at its edges. If you attempt to clean the edges of the tint, you risk damaging this area.
That said, there will be times when junk builds up at the edges of your tint. In this case, be as gentle as humanly possible. Use a soft cloth and be delicate when cleaning.
If you’re looking for professional window tinting services in Philadelphia, you’ve come to the right place. Car Pretty has been satisfying customers with quality workmanship for over 2 decades. We don’t just install the tints — we also educate you about the legalities of having tints on your car. If you’re interested in our tinting services, please contact us today.
Having your car break down in the winter is both more inconvenient and more dangerous. If you aren’t prepared, you’ll at best shiver for a while. At worst, you could get frostbite or hypothermia.
Obviously, you should have nonperishable foods, bottled water, and spare sets of warm winter clothes. However, there are some specific gadgets you should have with you as well. Here are a few.
First Aid Kit
You should have a first aid kit in your car’s trunk no matter the season. It’ll come in handy if you ever get in an accident or hurt yourself working on your car on the side of the road.
Plenty of drivers have jumper cables with them, but you don’t want to take that chance. Keep a set of jumper cables stored in your car, and know where to attach them and how to jump your car should you ever need to.
Don’t worry: jumper cables aren’t too expensive. It’s better to buy them and be prepared than to have your car towed, anyway.
LED Flashlight and Extra Batteries
Any emergency kit should contain a flashlight and a few spare batteries. These are helpful in locating things in your car, seeing under your car or looking around under the hood, and they offer general visibility if it’s dark out.
The flashlight can even be used to signal to other vehicles that can help in case your phone dies or gets lost.
One flashlight is sufficient, but have two if you can to be extra safe.
Alternatively, you can use a hand crank flashlight if you don’t want to carry batteries.
If your car breaks down or you get stuck, your phone is quite valuable, as it lets you call someone for help.
But only if it has battery life left.
When it gets cold out, the battery may not have as much capacity. Thus, it’s vital to have a spare phone charger or two in your car.
If you ever get a flat tire on the road, you’ll want to have a fix-a-flat on hand to get yourself back up and driving. It’s much easier than changing a tire.
That said, fix-a-flats are temporary. They’re only meant to last several miles so you can reach a tire shop and get a new tire.
Keep in mind that fix-a-flats need to stay warm before use. Consider keeping it in your cabin, rather than in the trunk.
One gadget that’s helpful to have outside of emergencies is a remote starter on your vehicle. A remote starter lets you turn on your car ahead of time — allowing you to defrost your windshield and windows, warm up your engines, and get your cabin to a comfortable temperature.
If you’d like a remote started on your car so you can enjoy the luxury of starting your car without being in it, come down to Car Pretty. We’re happy to help!
Temperatures are dropping and the snow’s coming down. You might be bundling up accordingly, but is your car prepared for winter as well? Failing to prepare your car for the winter season can make driving dangerous.
Make sure you follow these steps to winterize your car.
1. Check Your Tire Pressure and Tread
When the air gets cold, tire pressure drops. Insufficient tire pressure can be perilous on winter roads. Check your tire pressure and fill each one up to the proper amount stated in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Additionally, make sure you check your tire treads and rotate your tires regularly. To check your treads, stick a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing you. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, your tires need replacing.
2. Change Your Antifreeze and Oil
You should be checking and changing your oil regularly regardless of the season. Make sure to knock that out as soon as possible if you haven’t recently.
However, antifreeze becomes important in the winter as well. It prevents your engine from becoming too cold to do its job (and also prevents radiator water from boiling over in hot temperatures, fun fact).
Make sure you change out your antifreeze.
3. Check Your Battery
Automobile battery capacity decreases when temperatures drop. The last thing you want is for your battery to die while you’re out in the cold. Bring your vehicle to a professional and have them take a look at all your battery’s cables and fluids.
4. Pack an Emergency Kit
Bad things can happen no matter how prepared you are for the winter. If you end up stranded in the cold, it’s vital to have an emergency kit packed in your car. Make sure your kit has the following in it:
Winter gloves, mittens, hats, socks, and blankets
Hand warmers (optional, but recommended)
Ice scraper and snow brush
Flashlight (hand-cranked or battery-powered with spare batteries)
Bag of sand or kitty litter for traction (if you get stuck)
5. Get a Remote Starter
Few things feel worse than scraping your windshield in the freezing cold, then getting into a frigid car with an icy steering wheel. It’s uncomfortable, but it also means you have to be out the door a few minutes earlier to get to your destination on time.
Not with a remote starter. Just push the button 5-10 minutes before you leave, and your car will welcome you with a cozy interior and clear windshields.
It’s not just for your convenience, though, but for the health of your engine and transmission. Sure, modern cars may not need to idle for several minutes. However, you still need to take it easy on braking and accelerating for the first few minutes of driving. If you start your car ahead of time and let it warm up, you won’t need to wait as long.
Get yourself a remote starter from Car Pretty today to make frozen windshields and painfully-cold steering wheels a thing of the past.
Maintaining a vehicle is a lot of work, especially since there are so many moving parts.
One piece of particular importance is the headlights. These help you see ahead of your vehicle in less than ideal lighting conditions. Plus, you can use them to communicate information with other drivers — such as their brights are on.
Consequently, you want to protect these vital components of your vehicle — and that’s what headlight covers and protective films are for. Here are some benefits of using either one.
The most obvious benefit of putting covers or film on your headlights is safety. If your headlights are damaged, driving at night becomes much more dangerous. By putting covers on, you can reduce the chances of your headlights being damaged from any rocks or sticks your car kicks up.
Film can help defend against knicks and scratches, too — not to mention all the bugs that come out in the summer.
The sun also poses a threat to your safety on the road — at least when it comes to headlights. Over time, the sun’s rays can cause your headlights to become hazy and yellow, reducing your visibility on the road.
Both headlight covers and films keep these rays from causing this discoloration.
The one downside to films, however, is that you have to replace them once you take them off. Still, the safety benefits here outweigh the costs.
Once again, that hazy, yellow color is not a very appealing look. Protecting your headlights with covers or film keeps your headlights looking sparkly clean and new.
The less damage to your car, the more it’ll be worth if you ever decide to sell it or trade it in for another car. In this case, you could better preserve your car by placing headlight covers or protective film over the headlights.
Buying headlight covers is a wise investment. It can spare you a large repair bill should you need a replacement headlight in the future.
On top of that, headlight covers are much easier to install than a brand new headlight. Having headlight covers on hand at all times will save you both money and stress.
Maintaining both protective covers and film is easy. If you have covers, you’ll need to wipe them down occasionally with a damp microfiber cloth — and avoid soap or chemicals. These will leave behind residue.
It’s the same story with film. However, if you don’t drive much or you’re predominantly on city streets, then you’ll need to wipe the film down even less.
Come on into Car Pretty if you need headlight protection in Philadelphia. We offer protective films and covers in a variety of colors and styles to add some distinction to your vehicle while keeping your headlights safe. Contact us today if you’re interested!