Our customers love their cars and want to keep them looking their best. I have found that a
clean car puts me in a better mood.
Here are a few tips that the pros use that we can all take advantage of.
Make sure you are using a good quality car soap that is “wax safe”. Never use dish soap as that
can strip the wax and is not good for your paint. Make sure you use a soft cloth like a diaper.
Make sure there is no grit or anything that might scratch your paint.
Use a trusted brand of wax. Be sure to use lots of water. Clean wheels often to avoid dirt build
up that will be more difficult to remove. Avoid pressure washing wheels which can damage
Vacuum your car regularly to keep dirt from building up. Take care of spills right away with a
product designed for car interiors.
1. Always work in the shade. A pop-up canopy is great. Make sure it is secure so a wind
won’t blow it over.
2. Use cotton swabs to clean dust from vents.
3. Use fine grade clay bars only on dark colors. Clay can cause scuff marks if the grade is
too heavy. When in doubt, leave this to a professional.
4. When applying polish and wax, only do one panel at a time.
5. To get streaks and spots off glass, use water that has gone through a carbon filter like
Brita. Put it in a spray bottle and after you have cleaned with a traditional glass cleaner,
go back over it with the filtered water and a microfiber. Be sure to use glass cleaner
without ammonia, like Glass Plus.
We can always recommend a professional detailer.
Safe Driving Tips
If you are eating in your vehicle while driving, you are focusing on your food and not on your driving. You are not only chewing and swallowing; you are also opening packages, unwrapping and re-wrapping food, reaching, leaning, spilling, wiping, and cleaning yourself or your vehicle. These are quite a number of distractions for one driver on one trip. You are safer when you stop to eat or drink. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop, rest from driving, and enjoy your meal.
Are You Being Driven to Distraction?
What do children, friends, and pets all have in common? All can be dangerous distractions while driving.
Teach your young children that driving is an important job and that you must concentrate when you are behind the wheel. Buckle up your children properly. (more…)
From CA Department of Motor Vehicles
Distractions Are Everywhere
Driving is a skill that requires your full attention to safely control your vehicle and respond to events happening on the roads around you. Driving involves constant and complex coordination between your mind and body. Events or things that prevent you from operating your car safely are distractions. There are 3 types of distractions and they are anything that takes your:
- Eyes off the road (visual).
- Mind off the road (cognitive).
- Hands off the steering wheel (manual).
When you think about the actions you make in your vehicle, other than just driving, you can see that they often involve more than one type of distraction. For instance, if you change your radio station, you take a hand off the steering wheel to press a button and take your eyes off the road to look at what button you want to press. (more…)
The Cappuccino Cruisers Classic Car Club/Cruse In was established in 1995 and does not include any membership dues nor are there any club officers. There are just a lot of friendly people willing to help out when the need arises. They are a very community oriented group, regularly participating in Orangevale Pow Wow Days, Citrus Heights Red, White& Blue, and Folsom Veteran’s Day parades. They have been called upon to celebrate grand openings, (more…)
The Dent Shoppe was happy to donate used hoods and doors from customers’ repairs for a Burning Man project. The mutant vehicle, Playacuda, has been part of Burning Man art for many years. Every year the owners make changes to the vehicle to bring smiles and good times to the temporary utopia that is Burning Man. This new mutation will accommodate about 14 riders with LED lights and unique detailing. I got a test ride (more…)
In our busy lives, common curtesy can be overlooked. We teach our children to be honest and take responsibility for our actions. Those same values apply if we accidently bump another vehicle. Since we are an auto repair facility, we see lots of cars with varying degrees of damage. Many folks are shocked when they find damage to their vehicle with no indication of what happened.
If you bump a car, and the owner is not present, leave a note. If you see someone bump a vehicle, jot down the license plate number and any other description, date and time. This is considered a hit and run and is against the law. (more…)
Trunk or Treat is a benefit for the Twin Lakes food Bank. There was a Halloween parade, great music, nicely decorated vehicles, costume contests and fun for all.
Thanks for the donated canned food that will go to the Twin Lakes Food Bank of Folsom. Thanks to the Mustang club for supporting the event. Thanks to Ray and the Cappuccino Cruisers for putting on this fun event for the community.”
The Dent Shoppe in Folsom is celebrating 13 years in business with a charity drive for the Twin Lakes Food Bank. During the week of October 10th through 15th, they will be donating 10% of revenues to the Food Bank.
Sandra and Gabe run a true family business. They offer a service called paintless dent removal. The technique allows technicians to remove dents and dings without the use of bondo or paint. Most dent removal jobs cost between $75 and $250 (more…)
If it sounds too good to be true . . .
If you are approached in a parking lot by someone offering to fix your dent on the spot, run the other way. There is no legitimate dent repair person that will aggressively persist to fix your dent on the spot.
We hear stories all the time of people who tell us that that they were approached by someone offering a dent repair on the spot for a low price. The price is negotiated down, and down until it sounds too good to pass up. After a few minutes, the vehicle is damaged beyond a simple repair. There may be sharp poke marks in the metal, cracked paint, or poor body work. Some tricksters will even apply roofing tar or some other substance to hide the additional damage that they have caused. The customer is then told to leave that on for a couple of days and wash it off and the dent will be gone. The damage becomes far greater and the correct repair cost will be much higher after their “fix.”
The local police are looking out for these criminals. If you are approached, get their license plate number as you politely tell them you are not interested in their services. They have even stolen business cards from our shop to swindle folks. What a dirty trick. Please don’t be a victim.
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2015
Information: (916) 296-3368
Contact: Sandra Coleman
Dent Shoppe Celebrates 12th Anniversary with Canned Food Drive
The Dent Shoppe in Folsom is celebrating 12 years in business with a charity drive for the Twin Lakes Food Bank. During the week of November 7th through 14th, they will be donating 10% of revenues to the Food Bank.
Sandra and Gabe run a true family business. They offer a service called paintless dent removal. The technique allows technicians to remove dents and dings without the use of bondo or paint. Most dent removal jobs cost between $75 and $250 and take about an hour. Over the last few years they have expanded their offerings. Sandra added, “We provide expert paint and body work too. Our in-house color matching system allows us to create the correct shade and just the right amount of paint for each job. That saves our customers money.” The Dent Shoppe team can remove dents, repair and paint bumpers, and provide expert body work. They also fix curbed wheels, recondition foggy headlamps and service windshield chips. “Customers love the one stop shop,” said Gabe. “That’s how we differentiate ourselves and add value.”
The Dent Shoppe is located at 9521 Greenback Lane at Madison in Folsom. Look for the big purple sign, Paintless Dent Removal. Business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to 2:00pm. No appointment is necessary for a free estimate. They can be reached at (916) 296-3368 or www.dentshoppe.com.