Symmetric vs. Asymmetric Tires: Which One is Right for Your Vehicle

Symmetric vs. Asymmetric Tires

While you may be preoccupied with the upkeep of the mechanics of your car, you may not be paying attention to your tires, which could completely alter the performance of your vehicle. The type of tread on your tires has a hand in shaping everything from gas mileage to functionality in wet or snowy weather. However, many people are not aware this makes a difference. Depending on your driving habits and where you live, you have a choice between symmetric and asymmetric tires, and we’re going to help you decide which one is right for your vehicle.

Symmetric Tires

Symmetric treads are exactly what you would think they are: the same pattern across the whole tire. These are usually the kinds of tires you’ll find on standard issue cars from the dealership, but that’s not to say they have the short end of the stick. Symmetric tires are quiet and smooth, and they can be rotated in many different ways to prolong their lifespan, making them highly versatile. However, they’re not meant for high-performance driving. Their functionality meshes well with “regular” passenger cars, which is what most people are normally driving anyway so symmetric tires would be a solid choice for your vehicle.

Asymmetric Tires

Exactly the opposite of what was previously discussed, asymmetric treads have different patterns on the inner and outer sides of the tire. You can typically find them on sports cars, but drivers in wet and wintry weather conditions often equip them because asymmetric treads offer more weather versatility. The inner portion of the tire assists the vehicle with gripping the road in poor weather, and the outside has large tread blocks for maximum cornering capabilities. Although this sounds like a more worthwhile option, these tires don’t last nearly as long and can’t be rotated in as many ways as symmetric tires.

Which One is Right?

Both asymmetric and symmetric tires are excellent options. They each have different abilities and areas they excel in, so oftentimes it’s up to you, your own driving habits, and the climate in which you live. However, there is a way to have the versatility of asymmetric and the life expectancy of symmetric all in one tire. Experts say directional asymmetric tires are the right choice for your vehicle because the treads utilize directional tires’ v-pattern to guide water out, and asymmetric tires’ dry ground traction. For more information regarding directional tires and other tread patterns, check out a recent post from our team.

When it comes to deciding whether asymmetric or symmetric tires are right for your vehicle, ultimately it comes down to the way you drive and your own preferences. For a professional opinion on what choice you should make or to get the tires installed, visit a body shop you can trust like Wrecktify Collision & Repair.


How the Cold Affects Your Vehicle

How the Cold Affects Your Vehicle

We’ve all heard advice and information about how the cold affects your vehicle from someone who sees cars as uncomplicated machines that follow common sense and logic. Oftentimes, this good-intentioned advice is misleading or altogether incorrect. There’s so much science that goes into every detail about cars, from air pressure to freezing points, and the cold just makes it all more complex. Here’s what you’re most likely to encounter when dealing with extreme cold as a vehicle owner.

The Cold Can Keep Your Vehicle from Running

One particular myth travels around during wintertime concerning how the cold can affect your vehicle and it’s the notion that your car struggles to start because the fuel is frozen in your gas tank. However, unless you live in a place where the temperature drops below -100 degrees, frozen fuel is almost impossible. Moisture in your fuel line can freeze and clog up fuel pickup, but it’s not a frequent occurrence. Usually, the issues stem from spark plugs and battery voltage, which fall prey to cold weather. The best way to prevent these ailments is to: always have your gas tank at least halfway filled, get your spark plugs and ignition components checked, and check your battery’s health before winter is in full swing.

Temperature Affects Your Tire Pressure

If you remember learning about air pressure in school, your teacher probably used a balloon to illustrate the effects of temperature on air. When the air around or inside the balloon is warm or hot, the balloon expands due to the air inside expanding. The opposite happens when the air becomes cold because lower temperatures cause air to contract. Just as the balloon is at the mercy of air pressure, so are your tires. When the temperature drops, so does your tire pressure, which affects your ability to guide your vehicle. Experts recommend using an air pressure meter or visiting a mechanic as soon as the weather turns so you’re not dealing with underperforming tires later when the snow comes.

Your Vision Can Easily Become Impaired

Those of us who have driven in freezing cold and heavy snow understand how terrifying it is to be on the road with inhibited vision, and usually, your windshield functions are part of the issue. The wipers’ rubber is not immune to freezing temperatures, so it often becomes brittle and easily broken. Or when you’re driving and all of a sudden your windshield becomes foggy, it’s because your breath can condense and freeze, even inside the car. Make sure you routinely replace your windshield wipers or install extreme weather models, and get your heating systems checked for functionality before winter hits.

When it comes to cars, the things you don’t think to take care of come back to haunt you. When you’re in need of answers and assistance from someone you can trust, visit local repair shops like Wisconsin’s Wrecktify Collision & Repair.


Cost-Benefit Analysis: To Purchase New or Used

Cost-Benefit Analysis: To Purchase New or UsedBuying a car is a stressful responsibility, oftentimes bringing people to the point of pulling their hair out. There’s just so much to analyze, where do you even begin? Usually, the first thing to decide is whether to purchase a new or used car. This is a big decision in itself because you have to evaluate the most cost-effective pick for now and in the long run. We’ve taken the time to put together a cost-benefit analysis to help you make the most educated decision for a significant piece of your life.

New Car Costs

Let’s start with the obvious: new cars are more expensive than used. You’re paying for updated technology and untouched mechanics, plus the insurance and registration costs are higher as well. And you’ll never really get your money back when you sell your car down the line. Your car takes at least a 20% hit to its value as soon as you drive it off the lot thanks to depreciation, and it continues to decrease the longer you have your car.

Used Car Costs

Of course, if you’ve thought about whether to purchase new or used cars, you’ve been reminded that you’ll be buying a vehicle with wear and tear to an unknown degree. The car will have about 50 thousand or more miles if you’re looking at a relatively light price tag. And with those miles come impending repairs every car owner has to deal with, but you’ll be dealing with them sooner. You also don’t know how the car’s been handled, so there’s a chance the vehicle is aged even further.

New Car Benefits

But of course, thanks to the nature of a cost-benefit analysis, we’re also allowed to look at the bright side of your purchase. When you’re buying new, as we said before, you’re getting the new technology. Even if you’re not into your car looking like a space ship, it adds value to it later in life if you need to sell it. And, since there’s no mechanical deterioration to assess, some people prefer buying new cars simply because it’s “easier.”

Used Car Benefits

“Used” doesn’t always mean the car’s cheap because it’s beaten and busted up. You could be looking at a two-year-old car with low mileage and still find that the price tag is significantly smaller than a new model’s. In fact, statistics show that buying a used car will reduce the cost by at least 30% of its original value. And even if the car is more than just a few years old, you can rest assured in the fact that most cars have been produced to be dependable, functioning at top-tier performance for a longer period of time.

Overall, it’s your decision to make, and where you’re willing to sacrifice. Among expert opinions such as the senior director of insights for Kelley Blue Book, finding a certified pre-owned car between two to three years old is the sweet spot for value and longevity. And for any repairs or adjustments needing to be made, visit trustworthy shops such as Wrecktify Collision Repair so your new (or used) car is in good hands and you get the most life and value out of your vehicle. Contact us today for more information!


True Professionalism in Car Restoration, The Wrecktify Way

Though finding a car repair shop with technicians you can trust is maddening, your search ends here at Wrecktify Collision & Restoration. When you need to entrust your vehicle’s repairs with someone, it should always be with people and a facility you can trust, and our crew at Wrecktify works hard to be able to share that trust with you. We operate our business with astronomical standards and true professionalism in car restoration, referred to around here as the Wrecktify Way. But what is the Wrecktify Way, and how does it set Wrecktify apart from other body shops? We believe there are three core values we focus on when building business: communication, expertise, and support.

Communication

One of the most frustrating things to deal with when you need something fixed on your car is the lack of communication and integrity in certain establishments. The stigma surrounding car repair shops is that they are dishonest about the rehabilitation and work they are doing. Some even make adjustments to other parts of your car that you will have to come to them to repair later, and they get away with it by keeping you in the dark about their plans and operations on your vehicles. At Wrecktify, we value communication above all else by walking you through every step of the repair. A body shop manager will even update you with photos and documentation throughout the restoration process so you’re one hundred percent in the loop with everything we do. We take pride in our work and want you to be able to understand everything we do to your car inside and out.

Expertise

No matter what car you bring in, no matter what or how severe the problem is, Wrecktify technicians can take care of it. All the expert mechanics have a passion for rehabilitating beaten and broken down automobiles, and the excellent, high-quality results are evidence of that passion. And, to hold ourselves to our standard of perfection, we implement quality checks at every stage of the restoration process. We guarantee the fixes we make will last for years to come, and we even offer a written lifetime guarantee to everyone who comes to us for service.

Care and Support

A major part of the Wrecktify Way is going above and beyond for our customers. One hundred percent customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal, and taking care of you outside the shop is something we commit to as well. So not only do we give you an estimate within fifteen minutes of inspection and keep you updated the whole time we have your car, but we also work with all insurance providers. We even have an agreement with Hertz car rentals so you have transportation while your wheels are out of commission. Your happiness is the name of our game, and support is how we play.

At Wrecktify, perfection isn’t a dream or a goal we strive for – it’s just what we do. When our master mechanics commit to the Wrecktify Way, they commit to excellence, and that’s our guarantee to you. Whether you want to restore an old car or you need repairs for a broken one, we’re more than happy to have you covered. Call our shop to make an appointment to see how collision repair is done the Wrecktify Way.

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Preventative Vehicle Maintenance: It’s a MUST!

Cars are expensive. And, not just the purchasing of the actual car. Big-time repairs can be bank-account dissolvers and nearly impossible to handle financially. And the frustrating truth is that some of the most expensive, complex issues you’re dealing with can be easily prevented, but most people either don’t think they have the time, or they don’t think about it until it’s too late. By investing in preventative maintenance, time and money can be saved, as well as improving your car’s current performance and extending its life.

So What Is It?

Preventative maintenance is like squashing all the little bugs before they grow into the monsters that destroy your car. The actual term can be applied to almost anything, from vehicles to businesses, or even to relationships. But specifically, regarding your car, preventative maintenance is all the little things you don’t really want to do: oil changes, checking tire pressure, and routine inspections.

Why Invest In Preventative Maintenance?

All these things seem trivial, and putting them off seems enticing, but the truth is that the last minute repairs that come from procrastinating can be exponentially more expensive than they originally would be. To extend the life of your car and improve its performance, you have to treat it like you’d treat your own body. Going in for routine doctor’s visits will help make sure you’re in good health, as well as catch any impending health disaster early, the same way taking your car in for inspections will ensure your car is in tip-top shape. Paying for the little nitpicky procedures may not be financially ideal at the moment, but it’s much more palatable than the heavy duty repairs you’d have to pay for later.

How to “Do” It

The best way to take care of your car is by setting up a schedule for maintenance, and the most overlooked way of knowing what to do and when is by reading your owner’s manual. It has the exact timing of the checkups you need to have done, all personalized for your vehicle. And, if you want to be both productive and cost-effective, you can learn to do most of it by yourself since it’s all the lower-tier inspections. It may take some research, but knowing how to change your own oil or even replace your own spark plugs will do wonders for both your car and your bank account.

Whether you’re a wait-until-the-last-minute kind of person or you’re already on the preventative maintenance grind, Wrecktify’s team of experts is ready and at your service. No matter the size or the severity of the issue, they can handle whatever you throw their way. You can schedule appointments for inspections, repairs, replacements, and everything in between by visiting the Wrecktify website or calling the shop and speaking directly with one of the technicians. We’re ready to help you take the next step in caring for your car.

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The Importance Of Using The Proper Fuel In Your Car

When filling up their cars’ gas tanks, people will oftentimes choose the cheapest type of fuel simply because it’s easier on the wallet. They all keep the car running, so what’s the big deal? Getting cheaper gas will be fine in the meantime, but it could be affecting your car in ways that you may not even notice until further down the road. There is an assortment of different types of fuel you’ll encounter at gas stations, and understanding the importance of using the proper fuel will help you take better care of your vehicle.

Diesel Fuel

This may seem like basic knowledge, but many people don’t know there’s a difference between diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline. Each fuel goes through combustion, which is essentially the process of igniting the fuel. Diesel is ignited by way of super-heated compressed air, while gasoline requires the combination of compressed air and fuel ignited by a spark. If you put diesel in a system designed for regular gas, the car will simply stop running because the engine cannot combust diesel fuel. Your vehicle will have to be towed and drained of the errant fuel, which is tedious and costly, often ranging from $500 to $1000.

Different Gasoline Grades

Unleaded gasoline is used most frequently in passenger vehicles but the different grades or levels of gasoline aren’t usually addressed. Drivers will usually see the higher price tag on the “plus” or “premium” options and immediately select the “regular” gas. What’s the difference, and how do you know what kind is best for your car?

Each grade of gasoline is defined by its octane rating. The higher the octane number, the more compression the fuel can withstand before detonating (igniting). In broad terms, fuels with a higher octane rating are used in high-performance gasoline engines that require higher compression ratios.

Every engine has different requirements or suggestions as to what will help it run properly and efficiently. In order to find out exactly what octane rating is best for your vehicle, the information can often be found inside the owner’s manual, by contacting the vehicle’s manufacturer or talking to an expert like the mechanics at Wrecktify Collision.

When you load your car with its optimal fuel octane rating or if you jump to the next “level”, your fuel efficiency and engine performance could be enhanced, depending on the vehicle and engine model. However, if you use a gasoline with a lower octane rating than recommended, there are long-term negative effects on your engine that range from the emissions system to power to mileage and overall performance.

In order to care for your car and its engine, contact the technicians at Wrecktify, where you’ll receive expert opinions on fuel usage and how to repair the damage done by using the wrong fuel.


Wreckitfy Collision! A Green County Body Shop

Wrecktify doesn’t just settle for simply being a body shop. We take pride in going above and beyond for our Green County customers and anyone else who walks through our doors. Our carefully selected technicians are proficient in the art of vehicular body work and passionate about what they do. But some of the people we see don’t know where to begin in the realm of car repairs or upkeep, or even really know exactly what a body shop is. And that’s totally normal – we’re here to help in any way we can. At Wrecktify, our goal is to make you comfortable as well as give you the service you need, and explaining why we do what we do is the best way to make that possible.

What is a body shop?

A body shop is a place where repairs to cars and other vehicles are performed. At Wrecktify, we take “body shop” to a whole other level. That’s why our location in Green County is a hot spot for people all around Wisconsin and even northern Illinois. Anything car related, we’ve got you covered, and we don’t just stop at conventional repairs. Our technicians are skilled in full body repairs, vintage restorations, and also minor cosmetic touch-ups. An extensive amount of care goes into each process, and we love to talk about what we can do to assist you.

Collision Repair

Car accidents are the worst, plain and simple… Since we restore entire vehicles from top to bottom, anything short of a total loss, we can handle! We work with you every step of the way to ensure you’re secure and confident in us and how we handle your vehicle’s collision repair. Whether the damage is minor or major, we’re prepared to help you in any way we can.

Restoration

Full vehicle restorations aren’t for the faint of heart. You need to have knowledge of every part of a vehicle to complete a project from beginning to end. Some of our clients don’t possess that knowledge, so we handle all the work allowing our them to watch the progression of their vehicle from a bucket of bolts to a brand new piece of machinery with all the feels and aesthetics from the day it first rolled off the production line… Plus or minus a few modifications!

Detailing

The most frequently used services we offer are our detailing packages. More than just going through the local car wash, we make sure we clean every nook and cranny on the inside and outside of your car. We offer an array of packages to ensure every need is met. The experts at the shop recommend regular detailing in order to prevent damage to the car’s exterior or underside.

We understand that not everyone is “well versed” in the world of automobiles. Everyone was the same way at one point! But once you understand the basics of your cars needs and what taking good care of a car entails, the prospect of visiting a body shop and talking the issues through seems less daunting. At Wrecktify, we want to be accessible to anyone who needs help. Our Green County body shop is a destination for anyone in the towns of Monroe, Albany, New Glarus, Monticello, Exeter, or anyone who wants their car to be exceptionally taken care of. Call our shop to make an appointment with the experts today and get the service and expertise you expect.


How to Wax a Car

Waxing Your Car

Waxing the exterior of your vehicle gives it that fresh, enviable shine, and even protects the paint job from damage and oxidation. But a DIY job can go incredibly wrong if you don’t know exactly when and how to wax your car. That’s why the technicians at Wrecktify are professionally trained in the art of waxing, and they recommend you utilize their expertise when the time comes for a touch-up. There is an intricate, sometimes extensive process to go through in order to wax a car, and knowing it will help you understand why Wrecktify experts do what they do and how well they do it.

Pre-Wax Prep

As with almost anything, the prepping phase is just as important as the actual “main course,” possibly even more so. Before the wax touches your car, the exterior has to be spotless so the wax will adhere to the paint instead of the grime, allowing the results last longer. Applying polishing solution will be the next step. There could be scratches or uneven coloring on the paint not easily seen by the naked eye, and this step will help provide a more flawless finish. Finally, make sure the process is done in a cool, contained environment. Temperature changes or warmer climates may hinder the effectiveness of the wax, so it’s often recommended to wax your car in your garage where there is limited light and controlled conditions. Wrecktify’s technicians have mastered the art of how to wax a car. We maintain a perfect waxing environment so the end product is beyond what you even hoped for.

Finishing the Job

Finding the perfect wax for your car can be tricky, expensive, and confusing. How do you know which one will do the trick? At Wrecktify, we have access to the best products on the market to take the guesswork out of the process for you. But if you’re looking into the products yourself, remember, you get what you pay for. Typically, experts suggest purchasing waxes with genuine Carnauba even though they have a larger price tag. The cheaper “cleaner wax” is risky because it is abrasive and could melt away the clear coat on your car. Spray waxes only last a couple of weeks at best. While waxing, use the foam applicator that’s included with most waxes. Add a silver dollar sized dollop of wax to the foam applicator, and apply in a circular, overlapping motion to a 2×2 ft area at a time. Then, wait a few minutes until the wax is dried, and use a microfiber towel to buff away the dried wax in a circular motion similar to the application process. A good wax job is applied and buffed meticulously, which is exactly how the Wrecktify technicians are trained. Our team members are determined to deliver the best results possible, and they have the skill to back it up.

Waxing your car yourself, while possible, is a complicated process. So when your car’s in need of a touch-up, Wrecktify has you covered. We offer several detailing packages starting at just $135, with options ranging from simple to elaborate so that all your car’s needs are met. Our technicians are passionate about cars and helping you keep yours in tip-top shape. Contact us for an appointment today!


Your Madison Collision Repair Service Shop

We realize not everyone is familiar with what a collision repair service does in general, much less our business in specific. So for those who have not been introduced to the car restoration world, meet your local repair shop in Madison, Wisconsin. We’re Wrecktify, and we offer quality services unmatched by any other repair shop you’ll come across. Our technicians are well trained and have a passion for restoring and repairing vehicles, which shows in the high-quality work we produce. Our business focuses on three aspects of car maintenance: detailing, collision repair, and restoration. Whether you’re a classic car fanatic or someone who wants to keep their vehicle looking nice and in good shape, we have the right service package to fit your needs.

 

Detailing

The most basic and commonly used service is our detailing packages. They span both interior and exterior, from deep cleaning to a simple wash and wax. These are regular tune-ups we recommend everyone take advantage of so their car is in the best shape possible. There’s a difference between having your car washed and having it detailed, and detailing takes your car and its appearance to the next level. With four different price options, you’ll find a package just right for you and your car.

Collision Repair

Our collision repair services provide unparalleled flexibility in every way. We’re able to work with all insurance companies to keep you covered, and our expert technicians are trained to work with any car, no matter the make or model. Every type of damage you could be dealing with, from simple dents to frame straightening and alignment, we can handle with ease. No job is too big for us to take on! We even help you with rental services while your car is in our care. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to providing exceptional repair service. When you’re dealing with the frustrating experience of a car wreck, we try to alleviate as much stress as possible and take care of the problem the only way we know how: the right way.

Restoration

For the classic car, street racer, or hot rod collector, we offer restoration services unequaled by anyone else in the business. Our technicians have a passion for vintage cars, and their workmanship shows it. They are able to take on the big jobs such as engine, transmission, and axle rebuilds, and the cosmetic repairs including body and paint work. Wrecktify restoration experts possess painstaking attention to detail so every job is done with the highest quality craftsmanship.

We offer a wide variety of services with unmatched flexibility and mastery. Whether you’re looking to give your car a bit of a facelift or you’re in need of a complete rebuild and repair, we’ve got you covered. So now that we’ve been informally introduced, we hope to meet you in person soon! Visit our website to set up an appointment or stop by today. The Madison collision repair service experts at Wrecktify are excited to bring your dream car to life.


Are Directional Tires Worth the Cost?

If you’re thinking about the possibility of purchasing directional tires, the first thing you’re likely to notice is the cost of this type of tire is higher than other tires. Don’t let the price tag stop you from at least considering the benefits of installing directional tires on your car. The experts at Wrecktify Collision & Repair want you to understand and be able to fully assess the decision at hand.

Directional tires possess a variety of benefits and purposes, and in order to decide whether or not to utilize them, we want you to know all about the benefits they provide.

Why So Expensive?

The key “con” of directional tires is typically the price. But what makes these tires more expensive than symmetric or asymmetric tires? The answer is surprisingly straightforward: the rubber compounds that allow the tires to reach a higher performance level and grip the road better is what boosts the price tag. Simply put, directional tires are more expensive because they’re just better!

Safetydirectional tires

Directional tires are made to be ideal for all types of weather and the sometimes crazy swings in temperatures that come around seasonal changes. When the roads are wet, the V-shaped pattern of the treads pushes the water to the outsides of the tires. This enables consistent traction on the pavement and reduces the risk of your car slipping or hydroplaning. Whether the weather calls for snow, rain, or sunshine, directional tires will ensure you and your family will remain safe when you’re on the road. It’s a significant plus.

Handling

Even if you aren’t going to be dealing with a large amount of rain and snow, directional tires are the best for optimal handling on dry pavement. These are the tires you’ll find on race cars and professional drivers’ cars so you can expect to have a heightened driving experience. In other words, directional tires can make any car just a little more fun to drive. When you’re driving at a higher speed, you can rely on your tires to maintain control and stability on the road, again ensuring that you remain safe in your car.

Fuel Efficiency

Because directional tires have better traction and handling, they will increase your car’s fuel efficiency. Of course, your driving patterns and acceleration habits will affect your gas mileage regardless of the type of tires. However, directional tires have less “rolling resistance” because of their design, and therefore require less force to accelerate out of a turn or at traffic light.

Though the price tag on these tires is oftentimes daunting to potential buyers in comparison to the standard symmetric or asymmetric tire patterns, most experts would say directional tires are worth the extra investment. For the safety of you and your family and an overall superior driving experience, these tires will live up to the hype. Our technicians at Wrecktify would be more than happy to share their expertise and experience with you, so don’t hesitate to call!

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