When should you fix the paint chips on your car?

Hello.

I fix the rock chips and scratches on cars for a living.  People tell me all kinds of reasons why they want it to be done.  Its really an emotional decision.  Yes, it will rust eventually, but thats really a long, long term thing.  Most people don’t have their car for more than 6 years, and a little rock chip here and there won’t amount to much in that time.  Over time, water and dirt and salts from mineral deposits will get under the paint and start to spread.  This can get really expensive to fix, but your car may be 20 years old before it really shows.  And of course, plastic doesn’t rust anyway.  Most panels that get rock chips are plastic.  Plastic is usually used to the front bumper (it actually covers the actual bumper, which is metal).  The part that makes the bumper look nice and pretty is plastic (not rubber).  Which reminds me, I really need to find out the technical difference between rubber and plastic.  Quite often someone asks me if the bumper is metal or rubber – ‘Ummm… it’s actually plastic’ as I’m trying to not sound snooty.  lol.

The best reason to get the rock chips on your car are to make look nicer, and to keep the value high, especially if you’re trying to sell it or need to trade it in.  Rust is a small concern.  Salt on the roads is the biggest contributor of corrosion, but that was a big deal in the 70’s and 80’s.  There’s not many states that still use salt on the roads (most northern and north eastern states do), but also car manufactures paint is much more resistant to salt and other minerals.  Even if you do see rust in paint chips, it’s only surface rust, it takes many years for it to eat in to the metal.

That being said, I have seen many cars where the owner lives right on the beach.  That’s a different story.  Corrosion can be greatly accelerated because it’s constantly being exposed to salt water.  I worked on a lady’s car that lived right on the beach in Malibu.  Her Honda Pilot was only a few years old, but the windshield would no longer fit because salt water had gotten up and under the paint causing the metal to expand and push the windshield out.  The car had to be totaled.

Okay, now that I got that out of the way…  if you want to make your car look nicer, fixing the rock chips and little scratches is a pretty easy and simple way to take a few years off.  It’s kind of like a face-lift.  I use the dr.colorchip paint system.  Most chips are pretty easy to fix, but when there’s more than a dozen or so, you may want to contact a professional.  I’ve been doing this as a profession for about 12 years, and have worked on over 40,000 cars.  I know it sounds like a lot, even I had to do the math a few times.  I mostly work for car dealerships, and on a good day, I’ll 20.  Over 12 years, that adds up.

If you have any questions about what you need to do to fix the paint chips on your car, please send me a photo and I’ll give you some pointers.  949/463-7690, or check out my website at www.carpaintchiprepair.com 

And as always, I’m always happy to give you some pointers, or tell you the best place to go to get your car fixed.  Many people automatically think the dealership is the best place.  It’s actually the worst. Send photos of your car’s damage to results@carpaintchiprepair.com