Vehicle Maintenance Tips from Experts

Vehicle Maintenance Tips in the Durham Region

For vehicle maintenance tips in the Durham Region. Turn to the experienced team at Alliance Collision. Keeping your vehicle operating properly and looking its best are out top priorities. Once you have received a new finish at our facility, we will provide you with the information you need to make sure your vehicle stays road-ready all year around.

Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Hand Washing

Hand wash your vehicle with a non-detergent liquid soap and wipe it down with a clean cloth. In winter, wash with warm water to avoid freezing. Avoid mechanical car washes when possible as they can actually damage your vehicle’s finish.

Regular Maintenance and Cleaning

If gasoline, antifreeze or windshield washer liquid spills and makes contact with your finish, clean and remove it immediately. For cleaning natural materials, such as mud, tree sap and bird droppings, quickly remove them with mild soap and water. During the winter, snow and ice must be removed with a brush instead of a scraper, as that can scratch your finish.

Paint Touch-Ups

If you notice scratches or paint chips caused by stones or other road hazards, you must immediately make the necessary paint touch-up. This will prevent any further damage and avoid rust formation in the affected areas.

Waxing and Polishing

You must wait at least 30 days before waxing and polishing after a panel has been refinished. For the best result, carefully hand-polish your finish using a mild and non-abrasive cleaning wax.

Tips for Maintaining Your Finish

For the first 30 days after painting:

  • Hand-wash the vehicle often, using fresh water only
  • Avoid parking under trees as sap and bird droppings may damage the finish, rinse them off as soon as possible

For the first 120 days after painting:

  • To remove heavy soil, use mild liquid soap - do not use detergent
  • Do not polish or wax your vehicle for 120 days

For long term paint protection:

  • Park in a sheltered area whenever possible
  • Never use a scraper to remove ice or snow from painted surfaces
  • Never let gasoline or antifreeze stand on painted surfaces, rinse them with water as soon as possible
  • Never wash your vehicle in the hot sun
  • Never wipe the finish with a dry cloth - always use water
  • Avoid use of abrasive cleaners, chemicals or brushes

For questions concerning your vehicle's finish maintenance, consult Alliance Collision, your NAPA certified bodyshop. We will be pleased to advise you and recommend just the right high-quality BODYPRO maintenance product for you. Contact the team at Alliance Collision to learn more.


Alliance Collision

961 Dillingham Rd

Pickering, ON, L1W 1Z7

Phone: 905-420-3501

Fax: 905-420-7559



Monday - Tuesday 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Wednesday 08:00 AM - 06:30 PM

Thursday 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Friday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Saturday - Sunday Closed


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