COVID-19. The awareness post and how we can help

It’s March 16, 2020 and it seems like the whole country is going insane. Chicago streets are half-empty, downtown feels like being abandoned. All of this is due to a global Coronavirus pandemic.

As bad as it is, panic is the last thing we need right now. There’s plenty of useful information out there and precautions should not be taken lightly. By now, we have an example of other countries that thought a week ago this is not a big deal and things will settle down in a week or two. Today we see a whole different picture. The simplest advice we can give is to make minimum contact with other people, wash your hands frequently and stay home as much as you can. Even if you’re young and healthy, please remember that you’re still might be a transmitter. And those who you contact might not be as lucky.

Now, here at Carrectly we monitor the situation on an hourly basis. We want to make sure that both our team and our customers receive maximum protection in the current situation. We have implemented safety measures throughout our company that includes sanitization methods for all the touchpoints within the facility multiple times per day. Majority of our staff are now working from home so that people have minimum interactions with each other. And those who do work on-premises use all of the recommended safety procedures, such as gloves, masks, sanitizers, etc.

And here comes the best part. Our business model was created in such a way, that we don’t have to interact with our customers face-to-face unless it’s absolutely necessary. No waiting rooms full of people, no waiting lines. Our concierges simply pickup your car from you, or from a hidden place, or your building concierge. Yes, we CAN still take care of your vehicle without you leaving your home at all! It’s that simple. Also, our detailing services just received an upgrade in terms of new approved cleaning and disinfecting products that have been recommended by the CDC. This is done to make sure all of your vehicle’s touchpoints are being disinfected against germs and bacteria that could spread diseases like COVID-19.

Please stay safe and healthy. We’ll get through this together.

Carrectly team!

 

 

 

 

Ceramic coating or PPF. Which one to choose, or … both?

Here at Carrectly we love car owners who love their cars. Even more so, we love to take good care of each and every vehicle that comes to us, no matter the condition. But for those of you who really want to step up when it comes to your car protection, we have a few suggestions.

Living in Chicago definitely puts a toll on your vehicle:

  • Weather changes make you want to wash your car more often;
  • Tight parking spots often lead to bumper damage and scratches;
  • Roads as they are, don’t make your suspension and tires any happier.
  • Constant construction puts a lot of pressure on your vehicle’s paint because of the debris, dust, rock chips on the bumper and hood etc.

But no matter the hazards, there are ways to protect the paint from all of the outside contaminants. Our best suggestions are Ceramic coating and PPF. While they’re similar, there are a lot of differences between the two. Let’s break it down.

Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer applied to the exterior of the vehicle. It’s chemical components bond with the vehicle’s paint and forms a protective layer and a hydrophobic surface. The best way to describe it is that it’s protecting your paint from acidic contaminants, such as bugs and tree leaves, oxidation from UV exposure, small surface scratches. Also, it’s hydrophobic ability makes it much easier to clean the car and it stays clean for a much longer period of time. Btw, did we mention it will be shiny like you never thought possible?

PPF (Paint Protection Film) is a transparent urethane material that can be applied to any part of the car’s exterior. It protects the paint from multiple kinds of damage, such as:

  • Rock chips and scratches;
  • Swirl marks caused by regular washes (yes, a lot of washes, especially the drive-through ones, cause more damage than you might think);
  • Chemical stains by acidic contaminants;
  • Oxidation or fading from UV exposure.

As you can see, both of these products are there to keep your car’s paint protected and preserved, while making it look like new for a long period of time.

So which one to choose? It really depends on what’s your goal is and your budget. Our best suggestion is to use both. PPF for the whole car would be more expensive than Ceramic Coating. But you can always apply it only to the most vulnerable surfaces, such as front bumper, hood, side mirrors, fenders, and rear wheel arch. After that, ceramic coating is applied to the whole car. It also bonds with protecting film as well as the paint itself to provide extra protection from any contaminants.

Whatever you decide, the choice is yours. Just remember that here at Carrectly we can help you with anything and everything your car needs, simply ask.

Your car is an extension of yourself. Love it, preserve it, take care of it, and it would keep you safe, happy and satisfied for many years to come.

With love, Carrectly team.

Body Work. How to choose the right place?

You might be the best driver in the world, but you can’t always protect yourself who’s a bit less cautious on the road. Living in Chicago means there’s a lot of cars, narrow streets, tight parking spots, a lot of bumper to bumper traffic and overall many situations that can cause damage to your car. 

In those unfortunate cases you’d need to find an auto body shop that knows exactly what to do and would be able to fix the issue with ideal precision, best tools possible and in a timely manner. Here at Carrectly we’d be more than happy to provide you with that service and our customers are amongst the happiest ones. 

When it comes to bodywork, you could do it cheaply OR you could do it properly. We believe in doing the work the proper way. Simply repairing and repainting only the damaged panel might not be enough. Most of the time to make it look like nothing ever happened, we’d need to blend it in with a nearby door or other panels to match the color perfectly. Otherwise, you’d be able to see the difference in the paint job and that’s not how we do things. 

Here’s an example of the paint job gone wrong. Believe it or not, the color is actually the same, however, blending in with the front door and rear panel didn’t happen and this is the result:

Just recently we have finished a panel on a beautiful Audi S5 with blending in. Here’s what came out of it:

And another Toyota we worked on a couple of months ago came out beautifully as it should:

In short, it’s not an easy process and it’s very unfortunate when these things happen. But with the correct tools and people who know how to properly get the job done, we at Carrectly got you covered. And whatever bodywork, dent repair or anything else car related you might need, we’ll get it fixed the best way possible and make your car looks like nothing ever happened.

Stay Safe and remember: treat your car how you would treat your girlfriend (boyfriend) and it will keep you happy for many years to come.

Car detailing: Super cleaning or waste of money?

When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, the first thing that comes to mind is overall mechanical health, tires, brakes, oil changes, etc. But protecting the aesthetics, super cleaning, and paint protection of the vehicle is important as well. Living in Chicago, with all of its charms and unpredictable weather, a car wash feels almost like a weekly routine. But is a regular car wash really enough to protect your car for years to come? Or do you need an advanced, thorough car detailing every once in a while? We are breaking it down for you to clarify the difference between the two to explain why it is not a waste of money and you should invest in its maintenance. 

Car wash:
A good car wash definitely makes your car look refreshed, both in and out. Exterior gets power washed followed by a good hand wash with soap and then drying. Interior (including trunk) receives a good vacuuming, both mats and carpets, dusting off all of the panels and doors, cleansing all the windows. Simple, good, and clean! 

Detailing:
On the surface it might look like it just adds a little extra shine, takes more time and costs more money. But the fact is it is so much more than that! First, there’s exterior and interior detailing. While every shop does things a little differently, there are some common steps being taken to make sure every single inch of your car is being cleaned. Let’s take a look. 

Exterior detailing
What is the first thing you notice when approaching a vehicle? Correct – it’s exterior. When it shines brightly, it’s pleasing to the eye and attention grabber for sure. At Carrectly, we make sure that your car is brought to its “like new” condition and that it shines bright like a diamond. And we take these steps to achieve it:

  • Presoak with foam to remove debris and oil from the surface
  • Clay bar service to remove contaminants and pollutants from the surface of the car’s paint
  • Thoroughly BUFF the outside, POLISH, and apply few layers of WAX and a protective sealant to remove all minor surface scratches and swirl marks
  • Restore the shine and protect the paint
  • Degrease wheels, dress exterior moldings, bumpers and tires
  • Cleanse all glass
  • Undercarriage wash

Interior detailing
While a detailed exterior protects your paint and pleases the eye, interior detailing makes you feel good when you’re inside the car. And it’s what on the inside that matters, right? You’ll get this like-new feeling and would definitely appreciate how tidy, fresh and clean your car would be. To achieve this we go through a few simple steps with every single car, regardless of how clean or dirty it is:

  • Steam cleaning of all fabric surfaces (carpets, mats, seats, headliner and door panels) with hot water extractor
  • Deep cleaning of leather and plastic surfaces; dash, console, vents, trim, all cracks and crevices to lift out dirt
  • Shampoo and dry all floor mats
  • Glass and mirrors cleaned
  • Treat and apply leather conditioner
  • Final steps of quality control, re-vacuum, and dry interior with high-velocity fans

 

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As you can see, the difference between a regular car wash and detailing is drastic. We highly recommend detailing your vehicle at least once or twice a year to make sure it is properly protected. So keep it clean and remember: the better you take care of your car – the better it will serve you!

What to do when you have a flat tire?

 

It’s a very unpleasant situation when you’re driving down the road or even worse – the highway, and all of a sudden you hit a pothole (tell us about those in the city) or find a nail and  your tire goes flat. Right away you’ll definitely feel the change in how your car behaves, especially if it’s the front tire. There’s only a small piece of rubber between the rim and the road and it’s being worn out very quickly. Even though all of this might sound scary, here are some tips on how to prevent it from happening as well as what to do when it occurs. 

Preventative maintenance.

Just how with everything else in life, you should hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. There are few very simple steps you can do to make sure you won’t get caught off guard when a flat tire happens: 

  • Check on your spare tire and make sure it’s in good working order and inflated. Keep in mind that most of the regular tires are at 30-35 psi, while spares go up to 60 or 70 psi.
  • Make sure you have a proper wrench to unscrew those lug nuts to change the tire in case you need to.
  • Always carry a WD40 in your toolbox. It’s only a few bucks at a local auto parts store, but it might save you in case those tires haven’t been changed in a long time and lug nuts just don’t want to get unscrewed.
  • Buy a small inflation kit that connects to your 12v auto plug (cigarette lighter). In most cases if you caught a nail, this kit will help you inflate the tire. This way you can safely drive to a tire shop without the need to call a towing service (which is very expensive if not covered by your insurance).

What to do.

Now that you’re prepared, here are a few things you can do when it actually happens:

  • Safely pull to the side of the road as far from other cars as possible and turn your hazards on. If you have a reflective triangle, put it about 10 ft behind your car. This way others can see you and won’t bump into you. Always remember – safety first!
  • Try to fix it yourself. As stated earlier, if you have an inflation kit – use it. In most cases it’s enough to get you to the nearest tire shop. If that doesn’t help – you’ll need a spare tire, a jack (located in the trunk) and a wrench. Never done it before? Simply look it up on YouTube and you’ll find all the video instructions to get it done. 
  • Not feeling confident doing it yourself? You can always try to ask for help from a friend or just a random stranger passing by. You’ll be surprised, but there’s quite a few people who are willing to help those in need. 
  • Check with your insurance if they cover road-side assistance. If so, simply request it and wait, though this might take a few hours and might not be the best option. 
  • 911 often offers help if you give them a call, so don’t be afraid to do so. 
  • And the Best Option: If you’re in Chicago, call Carrectly. We are on demand car service and we will come to you (usually less than an hour), will try to inflate it first with our tool kit. If that doesn’t work, we’ll change a spare for you. Then we’ll take it to the shop for a fix or a tire change and return the vehicle back within a very short time frame. All while you’re continuing with your day and not spending any time dealing with these little life issues. 

Remember to stay safe!

How to Jump a Car Battery – 8 Easy Steps

With cold weather of Chicago winter making a comeback, dead batteries are still something we see a lot of our customers dealing with. If you’ve never done it before, figuring out how to jump a car battery can be a bit intimidating.
But as it turns out, jump starting your car’s battery is actually a very simple procedure. Thought we'd give you a quick 2 minute guide on how to jump it. Here:

  • Find Another Car.
    Enlist the help of someone willing to lend their perfectly healthy car to jumpstart your dead battery. Position the car so that it’s facing yours and pop open the hood on both. Be sure the other car’s engine is off.
  • Remove the Plastic Terminal Covers From Both Batteries.
  • Positive to Positive (Red, +).
    Take those scary looking jumper cables in hand and remember: positive to positive, negative to negative. With this in mind, connect one positive cable clamp (red color) to the positive battery terminal on the dead car, and then connect the other end to the positive terminal on the working battery.
  • Negative to Negative (Black, -).
    Connect the negative cable clamp to the negative battery terminal on the car with the working battery. Connect the other negative cable clamp (black color) to any solid metal part under the hood of the car with the dead battery. This serves as a safe “ground.”
  • Turn on the Car with the Working Battery & Rev the Engine.
  • Turn Key to Start the Dead Car.
    Wait a few minutes with engine running to give the dead battery a bit of a charge. Then, start a car with a dead battery.
    The borrowed charge from the operational battery should give it enough of a boost to start it. If not, wait another couple minutes and try again.
  • Remove the Battery Cable Connections in Reverse Order.
    Keep the car running. The start by removing the negative ground on the formerly dead battery. Next, remove the negative clamp from the booster car’s battery, followed by the positive clamp from the booster car. Finally, remove the positive clamp from your jumped battery.
  • Drive Around.
    Don’t turn off your engine. In order for it to recharge fully, you should leave your vehicle running for at least a half hour before turning it off – otherwise, it may not start back up and you’ll need to do it all over again. If your battery is around 5 years old - it is most likely that it is time to replace it.

We hope you find this helpful, but would never have to use this advice.
Don't forget, if you ever need a battery replacement - we are Carrectly can run that errand for you.

How it all started.

The Idea

It all started with a personal problem of finding a reliable mechanic and taking a car for service. Carrectly became a solution: a team that solves these universal hassles for others. We believe in innovation, simplicity and convenience and we resolve to reinvent the auto service industry.

How

With more available technology and less free time, people’s expectations for quality and simplicity are higher than ever. Yet, the auto maintenance experience continues to lag behind. Carrectly uses research, technology, and logistics to fix the lack of transparency and convenience of the auto maintenance business. We connect trusted service providers with customers who value their time – one pickup, fantastic service, and drop-off at a time.