The Secret to Finding Cheap Collision Repair in Wichita, Kansas

The Secret to Finding Cheap Collision Repair in Wichita, Kansas

Most consumers have no idea that there are two types of collision repair shops. Nor do they know that one kind has higher overhead and more insurance “red tape” to deal with than the other kind, so of course, this type of shop has to charge higher prices. It’s not always clear which one you’re dealing with unless you know what questions to ask. And the fact is, some types of vehicle damage have to be repaired at one of the more expensive shops for either insurance reasons or mechanical reasons. In this article, we’ll give you all the information you need to find cheap collision repair in Wichita, Kansas, or anywhere else, for that matter.

The full service collision repair shop model

When most of us think about body shops, we picture a facility filled with huge equipment and mechanic bays, along with the paint booths and hand tools that are necessary to do actual body work. This type of operation is called, well, a collision repair shop. But they do much more than body work. These shops also have the ability to bend massive sections of vehicle frames, plus they have full-time mechanics on duty to repair mechanical components of the vehicle in addition to the outer body. A shop of this kind is equipped to handle the big, ugly wrecks that gnarl vehicles and destroy moving parts under the hood.

The Secret to Finding Cheap Collision Repair in Wichita, Kansas - Illustration of a body shop frame bending machine.This frame bending machine costs around $35,000, a huge investment for a full service body shop. Machines for newer aluminum frames can cost more than $100,000.

Because these types of repairs are expensive, most drivers do not pay for them out of pocket, so full-service shops also spend a lot of time dealing with insurance companies, who often foot the bill. This red tape also adds to the shop’s overhead, requiring specialized staff to manage the web of compliance data required by insurers.

It’s a big, complicated operation that can require hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and large staffs, so these full service shops have to charge accordingly.

The minor collision repair alternative

There’s another type of shop that can handle a huge percentage of collision repair situations: a minor collision repair shop. (APR is this type.) These shops don’t invest in frame benders, and they spend less time dealing with insurance companies because many of their customers prefer to pay for repairs out of their own pockets to avoid insurance premium increases. With lower operating costs, these shops are able to pass on serious savings to vehicle owners, as long as the repairs fall within their range of capability.

So, what can minor collision repair do (and not do)?

A lot of mishaps affect only the outer body of the vehicle, with no damage to engine parts or frame components. For these situations, minor collision repair can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. If your damage has not affected anything inside the body, you’re probably a candidate for minor collision repair.

Some of these shops also offer more than one auto painting option. For an older vehicle, there are ways to do the paint job that take less time, and so they cost less. This alternative type of paint job—called single-stage painting—still looks great when it’s done and will continue to look great for years—plenty long enough for a less-than-new vehicle.

Repairing small areas of damage can be surprisingly affordable, with minor touchups costing $100 or less. Here’s a ballpark guide of what you might pay for some of these minor repairs:

  • Fenders – $75
  • Mirrors – $100
  • Hood – $150
  • Bumper – $325

Even larger repairs and paint jobs still cost less from a shop like APR, compared to our full-service competitors. A full vehicle, single-stage paint job can cost between $600 and $2,000 for some colors and vehicle types (a fraction of the full-service shop alternative). For more severe paint damage, the paint job may cost more at APR, but it still costs less than you would pay at a full service shop.

Insurance coverage versus paying out of pocket

Graphic of scales with pay out of pocket on one side and File a claim on the other side.

For the big, expensive accidents, it usually makes sense to file an insurance claim because most of us don’t have thousands of spare dollars laying around. And sometimes you’re required to file a claim, for example when other drivers/vehicles are involved in the accident.

If no other drivers are involved, it can make financial sense to pay for repairs out of pocket because filing a claim can make your insurance rates go up, costing you far more over the next three years than the repair price tag alone. The other potential upside is that, by not filing an insurance claim, you avoid having your accident logged into a national database of vehicle histories. This information can hurt the vehicle’s resale value, should you ever decide to sell it.

Check out our article on when to file and when not to file for more information on this topic.

If you’re lucky, paintless dent repair may do the trick

Before and after photo of paintless dent repair (PDR) on a car fender well.Before and after photo of paintless dent repair (PDR) on a car fender well.

Of all the repair techniques currently in use, paintless dent repair (PDR) is by far the least expensive, assuming it’s a viable alternative for your vehicle. While traditional body work requires grinding, putty fillers and repainting, PDR preserves the original paint. For this reason, it’s not an option for situations where the paint is damaged or where there are creases in the body.

PDR technicians use small, semi-surgical looking tools to push and “massage” dents out. This technique is many times faster than traditional body work, takes far less time and costs a lot less. PDR can run as little as $60 for a small dent, and the average bill for this type of repair is about $250.

Learn more about PDR.

Cheap auto collision repair can be a reality

With options like minor collision repair and PDR,not all car accidents have to break the bank (or raise your insurance rates). If you’re unsure what type of damage your vehicle has, call us at (316) 262-8888 or bring it by our shop at 1100 S. Washington in Wichita.

3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle

3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle

3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle - Photo of a toy car with a man’s hands cupped around it to protect it.

You just got your vehicle washed and waxed, and it looks awesome; waxing does amazing things for a vehicle’s appearance. It also protects auto paint from the elements, but this protection only goes so far. Unless you wax frequently, your paint is once again exposed to water, bugs, bird droppings and atmospheric chemicals within two to four weeks. In this article, we’ll share a couple of ways you can protect the exterior of your car or truck that assure a beautiful paint finish for years to come.

The 4 worst things to leave (uncleaned) on vehicle paint

3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle - Photo of a naughty pigeon flying over a car hood with a poopie look in its eye.

Dead bugs, tree sap, bird droppings and atmospheric contaminants are four of the most corrosive materials that typically find their way onto car paint.

  1. Dead bugs – Yes, bug guts are gross, but they’re also chemically destructive to auto paint. When a bug meets its end on the front of your vehicle, the carcass starts secreting enzymes as part of the decomposition process, and these enzymes eat paint. If you leave bug smears on your car for too long, it’s not enough to clean them off; they literally carve tiny pits into the paint, which can only be corrected with polishing. Fortunately, polishing is a part of APR’s detailing services, which we’ll discuss below.
  2. Bird droppings – Probably everyone’s least favorite stain to find on their vehicle, bird droppings are also extremely corrosive to clear coat and paint finishes. This should be cleaned immediately because the uric acid they contain quickly eats through wax, clear coat and paint alike.Once the droppings dry, you may need to soak them with WD-40 for a few minutes before gently cleaning with soap and water.You can also purchase commercial bug and sap removers to get the job done.
  3. Tree sap – If you park under trees, you’ve seen what tree sap can do to a windshield. Only slightly less visible is the dulling effect it has on auto paint. Sap isn’t as corrosive as bird droppings and bug carcasses, but in time, it can damage you’re your paint just as badly. It’s also easier to remove than bugs an bird droppings; just scrub gently with soapy water. If the sap is particularly hard, it can help to park the car in warm sunlight for a few minutes to soften it up. Never use alcohol, as this can dissolve the surface of the paint and mar the finish.
  4. Atmospheric contaminants can also damage automotive paint, working their way into the surface molecules of the finish. These include industrial fallout (particles in the air around industrial facilities) and all the various, nasty chemicals in the air that we call “smog.” Because these contaminants are so fine, they’re difficult to wash away with soap and water once they get into the grain of the paint, but they definitely dull it. The best solution is a clay bar, which is included in APR’s detailing services.

Exterior detailing goes beyond washing and waxing

Professional exterior detailing is more than a wash and wax, although these are included in the service. Detailing not only lifts atmospheric contaminants from the paint, it also includes minor paint buffing to polish out light scratches and the etching that can result from leaving bug carcasses and bird droppings on the vehicle for too long. Professional detailing also does a better job of removing road tar and chemicals than most of us can accomplish at home. Once the vehicle is clean, professional auto detailers apply sealants to selected areas of the interior and exterior that protect against ultraviolet radiation, which fades paint over time.

There’s another advantage of letting a pro detail your car every few months. They clean places most of us miss (or don’t have the right tools to reach).

Urethanefilm is the ultimate paint protection

3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle - Graphic showing the areas of a vehicle that can be protected with urethane rock chip protection film.

Urethane rock chip protection film is like a thin force field around your paint finish. It provides protection from all the corrosive chemicals mentioned above, as well as ultraviolet radiation, gravel and road debris. Urethane film is the single best protection you can give automotive paint. Also known as a car bra, rock chip protection film is cut and stretched to conform to your vehicle’s body surface to protect from any stray material that might fly your way while driving. Urethane film can be washed and waxed just like paint, and it can be removed later without damaging the vehicle’s finish.

Protect it with frequent washing and waxing

3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle - Photo of a man washing a vehicle.

Fact: most owners don’t wash and wax often enough—or they don’t do it well enough—to provide adequate, long-lasting paint protection. You can even damage you car’s paint with improper tools or techniques. If you noticefaint swirl marks blemishing your paint, this could indicate poor washing techniques that have allowed dirt to abrade the surface. Here are three tips to run with next time you wash your car.

1. Wash regularly

Cars and trucks need to be cleaned regularly because they come in contact with chemical hazards every time they’re driven. A weekly washing is advisable to remove all the bird droppings, bug remains, tar and environmental elements before they can cause damage. Make sure you’re using pads and cloths that are gentle on the paint, and be sure to rinse frequently.

It’s also smart to use two wash buckets; one with soapy water and the other for rinsing the wash pad or cloth to remove dust that’s been picked up from the vehicle. Specialized car wash kits are available that take this a step further with dirt-trap inserts for the buckets.

3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle - Photo of a 2-bucket car wash kit, including soaps, wash pad, drying cloth, buckets and dirt traps.Commercial, 2-bucket car wash kits use dirt traps that keep abrasive grime away from the wash pad after rinsing.

2. Never wash in warm, direct sunlight

Avoid sunlight and hot temperatures when you wash. Find a shady spot, or wash in the early morning because the soap can leave a residue that dries quicklyin higher temperatures.Even water alone can spot and streak if it’s allowed to air dry, which brings us to …

3. Don’t skip the drying

To prevent water spots, it’s important to dry your vehicle quickly. Even clean tap water contains minerals, and when the water evaporates, some of the minerals stay on the surface.

3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle - Close up photo of water spots on dark car hood.Water spots can be prevented by prompt drying after you wash your vehicle.

Take it up a notch

If you really love your car, look into rock chip protection film. And give us a call at (316) 262-8888 when you’re ready to have it professionally detailed. You’ll be amazed at how good it looks, and how good you’ll feel driving it.

Should You File an Insurance Claim For That Body Shop Work?

Should You File an Insurance Claim For That Body Shop Work?

Should You File an Insurance Claim For That Body Shop Work?

Filing an Insurance Claim For That Body Shop Work

You don’t always have to file an insurance claim after an accident. Yes, in some situations, you’re legally required to file. In others, it’s not mandatory, but filing may be your most cost-effective course of action. And sometimes it’s better to pay for collision repair out of pocket because it will cost less—now or in the long run—if you don’t file an insurance claim to cover the body shop work.

In this article, we’ll discuss the legalities, the pros, the cons and the basic arithmetic of insurance claims (it’s easy stuff). First, let’s cover the situations in which you are legally required to file.

When are You Required to File?

Make sure you always report an accident to your insurance company when other drivers are involved. If you are at fault for the accident, you’ll likely need the insurance payout to handle all the costs. If you are not at fault, you may need your insurance agent’s expertise in navigating whatever claims result from the accident. In either case, your insurer should be brought into the loop.

Reasons You May Not Want to File

When an accident report is filed with the police or when you file an insurance claim, there’s a good chance it will drive up your insurance rates.

When an accident report is filed with the police or when you file an insurance claim, there’s a good chance it will drive up your insurance rates. Also, it’s logged into a database of vehicle histories, and the information will later be available to potential buyers, should you ever decide to sell your vehicle. An accident report will almost certainly have a negative effect on your car’s resale value, but if no injuries and no other vehicles are involved, you don’t have to report the accident in the first place. So, when should you file, and when should you pay out of pocket?

The first consideration is the cost of the collision repair compared to the amount of your deductible—the money you have to pay out of pocket in order for the insurer to cover the rest of the cost.

Let’s take an easy example: If your deductible is $500 but the repair bill is only $250, there’s obviously no reason to file a claim because it will cost you $250, either way, so why risk driving up your rates?

It can get a little more complicated. For example, if you have a $1,000 deductible, and the repair cost is $1,500, it may at first seem wise to make a claim, to save yourself $500 right now. But here’s the thing: if your insurance company raises your rates, so that your monthly premium goes higher—it will stay higher for three years. An accident can increase your rates by as much as 86 percent and add up to literally thousands of dollars out of your pocket over that three-year period.

Your insurance policy papers will tell you how much your deductible is (and if you don’t have it handy, you can ask your agent; there’s no penalty for making a phone call to them, and most agents will give you genuinely good advice on whether or not to file the claim without they, themselves, reporting anything to the insurance company), so the first step is to confirm the amount of your deductible.

Next, get a repair estimate so you can compare the amount to your deductible. If you’re considering paying the repair cost out of pocket, this will show you what you’re dealing with in terms of immediate payout. At this point, you may want to call your agent again and get an idea of how much your premiums may increase as a result of the accident. This will tell you how much the claim will cost you over the next three years, in addition to the initial out-of-pocket payment.

Of course, not everyone has the cash in hand to deal with the immediate repair costs, so that can complicate the situation, as well. If it’s not major collision repair—meaning that there is no engine or frame damage, APR can usually save you a lot of money compared to other shops when you bypass insurance, so be sure and get an estimate from us.

Liability Insurance Coverage

If you’re at fault for an accident, liability insurance pays for damages and injuries to the other party, but not for any damages to your vehicle. If you live anywhere but Virginia or New Hampshire, state law requires you to carry liability insurance. If you have an accident in which no one is injured and no other vehicles or property are damaged, you’ll definitely have to pay for the repairs to your vehicle, so there’s no reason to report it to your insurance company.

Save Time and Money

Paying for collision repair out of pocket is an option for you, you can save both time and money by handling it without an insurance claim.

If paying for collision repair out of pocket is an option for you, you can save both time and money by handling it without an insurance claim. Not only could the repair process be cheaper than your deductible, but avoiding a claim can help maintain your car’s resale value and keep its accident history clean. At APR, we specialize in out-of-pocket repairs, and because we don’t spend as much time as a lot of shops wading through the red tape of insurance claims, our pricing is extremely affordable. Give us a call when you need help. We’ll help you make the best of a tough situation.

Car Protection Films: Myth & Facts

Car Protection Films: Myth & Facts

Every vehicle paint job, no matter how beautiful it is in the beginning, takes a beating over time. Weather, dust, gravel and atmospheric elements chip, fade and generally dull the paint; it’s inevitable—and sad. But there is a way to slow the process: car protection film (also called rock chip protection film). Properly installed, this high-tech plastic membrane is invisible, and it can help shield your paint job from abrasives, gravel, chemicals and the dulling effects of ultraviolet radiation. But with the variety of films and application methods out there, you may have heard mixed reviews about the technology. In this article, we’ll take a look at some myths and facts regarding car protection films, so you can make an informed decision if you’re considering it for your vehicle.

Take a look at some myths and facts regarding car protection films, so you can make an informed decision if you’re considering it for your vehicle.

What Is Paint Protection Film?

Paint protection film is a durable, high-grade, colorless urethane film. Whether it’s applied to most of the car or only to the high-impact areas, this film can protect your car from abuse for years. High-impact areas include but are not limited to: side mirrors, rocker panels, bumpers and basically any surface facing the front or bottom of the vehicle. Not only does the film shield your paint from unwanted damage, but because it’s completely clear,it allows your car’s paint job to shine through.

How It Works

Urethane is a tough and versatile polymer. Unlike many films and plastics, urethane is not brittle and does not crack and break down over time. It’s so flexible, in fact, that it can be stretched and shaped around the curves of a vehicle body. It seals out moisture to prevent the growth of mildew and fungus. And it’s so strong that the same technology is used to protect boats, ships, mining equipment, helicopter blades and aerospace components.

Car paint protection film is very flexible, in fact, that it can be stretched and shaped around the curves of a vehicle body. It seals out moisture to prevent the growth of mildew and fungus.

The Myths

There’s a lot of information out there about paint protection films, both good and bad. Let’s take a look at a few myths that shouldn’t dissuade you from considering the technology for your car or truck.

Paint Protection Film Discolors over time(False)

You may have heard stories about a film that has discolored and no longer matches the paint on untreated areas. Don’t worry: this was true until about a decade ago, but research has long since shown that it wasn’t the film yellowing; it was the adhesive used to bind the film to the body of the car. With some early adhesives, UV rays caused oxidation, resulting in the discoloration.

But this is a thing of the past if you buy a high quality film. The premium car films/adhesives now used by reputable installers are UV resistant, which prevents discoloration. If you see discolored film on a vehicle today, it means the installer either used an outdated or very low quality film product. So it’s important to work with an experienced shop that has plenty of positive customer reviews.

Films are not Durable Enough (False)

Another rumor is that paint protection film isn’t as tough as advertised. But the fact is that this technology was originally developed to stand up to the toughest situations and environments encountered by military equipment. Sure, there are limits to any technology, but a high-quality film provides an astonishing amount of protection.

Protective Films Don’t Last Long (False)

The fact that high-quality films come with manufacturer warranties speaks volumes. It’s not in their financial interest to replace a product that wears out after a few years.

High-quality car paint protection films come with manufacturer warranties.

The Facts

Now that we’ve laid to rest some of the myths about urethane protection films, let’s take a look at the facts:

Paint Holds its Luster Longer with Urethane Protection

Because urethane protects from chips, dust abrasion, atmospheric chemicals and UV radiation, your car’s paint job will last longer, maybe several years longer if you protect it with urethane. This is true of both gloss and matte finishes.

A Well-Installed Film Should Last Years

When you have urethane film professionally installed, you can expect it to look good for at least 5-7 years under normal driving conditions.

Paint Protection Film is Self Healing

Car protection films are made up of multiple layers, and the top layer is a clear coat made of continuously remoldable plastic, which allows the film to heal itself, literally flowing back together over small areas of damage. The next layer is the tough urethane film, and the bottom layer is the adhesive, designed to be as flexible as the urethane itself.

Car protection films are made up of multiple layers.

Automotive paint protection film layers

The Film Can Be Removed

When high quality films are removed,the acrylic adhesives leave no residue, and they do not peel paint off.

It Does Require Some Maintenance

Urethane film is truly amazing, but it’s not an indestructible force field. You should wash your car regularly to prevent chemical build-up, and bird droppings should be cleaned off as soon as possible. But with regular maintenance, a high quality film will protect your vehicle for many years to come.

Auto Detailing Inside & Out

Auto Detailing Inside & Out

Everyone likes a clean vehicle, but a wash and a vacuum areas far as most of us go. While normal washing provides a superficial cleanse, auto detailing is a deep cleansing that includes stain removal, odor removal and the application of products that protect and preserve the vehicle for months to come. Auto detailing can have a stunning effect on a vehicle’s condition, and it even maintains resale value. In this article, we’ll talk about what to expect when you get a complete auto detailing job, inside and out.

Get a complete auto detailing job, inside and out.

What Is Auto Detailing?

Auto detailing is a multifaceted process that starts with a deep and thorough cleansing of carpets, upholstery and hard surfaces inside the vehicle. On the exterior, detailing includes a wash and wax, but can also focus on minor paint touch ups. Restoration can also be a part of auto detailing, bringing back carpet and upholstery to like-new appearance. The last stage may be the most important: the application of chemical shields to many parts of the interior and exterior to protect paint, chrome, wheels, vinyl and upholstery. This preserves the condition of your vehicle and helps to maintain resale value.

Why Detailing is Important

Your vehicle is a major investment that deserves to be protected, and many of the factors that deteriorate your car’s appearance can be combated with regular detailing. Most of us drive our cars every day, week after week, year after year, through cold weather, snow storms, heat waves, and of course, lots of rain.

All these elements take a toll on the exterior, gradually deteriorating the paint finish and metal parts. Detailing mitigates this onslaught by removing corrosive, ground-in grime and arresting the corrosive process before it gets worse. Protective chemicals are applied to seal out further corrosion, but these wear off after a few months, so it’s important to detail your vehicle regularly to keep it looking great.

APR can detail your vehicle after cold weather, snow storms, heat waves, and of course, lots of rain.

The interior also comes in contact with its fair share of grime; food and drink spills, body oils, and plain old dirt that blows in or is tracked into the vehicle. Vinyl, carpets and upholstery break down more quickly as these abrasive contaminants are ground in. The sun’s ultraviolet rays do their share of damage, as well, breaking down vinyl and leather surfaces and causing upholstery to fade. Professional detailers use industrial products and equipment to remove ground-in dirt, then they apply sealants that keep dirt and UV rays from causing further harm.

How is Detailing Different than Ordinary Cleaning?

As you might guess, auto detailing is about the details, cleaning places that are hard to reach or simply overlooked. For example, wheels, wheel wells and suspension components are often neglected during a simple car wash, as are vent louvers, crevices at the edges of seats and so on. Auto detailing addresses these areas, and it can also work wonders on a paint job, eliminating dullness and light scratches and restoring the vehicle’s luster.

Part of the reason professional detailing can so dramatically transform a vehicle’s appearance is that the pros use equipment most of us don’t have; specialized brushes to remove brake dust from wheel components and the undercarriage; vacuum attachments that reach interior nooks and crannies that traditional vacuums can’t access, and steam cleaning machines that remove deep dirt from upholstery.

Professional detailers use industrial products and equipment to remove ground-in dirt, then they apply sealants that keep dirt and UV rays from causing further harm.

Exterior Detailing Techniques

Now let’s take a look at precisely what happens when you bring your car or truck to APR for detailing.

Paint Care

After a thorough cleaning,technicians use a clay bar to lift contaminants from the microscopic pores of the paint. Damaging chemicals in the atmosphere gradually work their way into paint surfaces, and this technique gently scrubs them free, revealing the original sheen beneath. If your vehicle has minor paint mars and scratches, technicians can carefully buff these out. Paint detailing, alone, can make a striking difference in the vehicle’s appearance.

Paint detailing by APR Works, alone, can make a striking difference in the vehicle’s appearance.

Wheels and Undercarriage

Wheels and undercarriage take on layers of grime from a constant barrage of dirt, mud, salt, and anything else you happen to drive through, but these areas can be difficult to clean. Professional detailers can access these areas and remove contaminants to prevent ongoing corrosion.

Chrome Trim

Oxidation will eventually rust your car’s steel and chrome parts, left unchecked. Detailers will polish these areas, removing corrosion and bringing back the original shine.

Windows and Glass

Windows become soiled over time from environmental chemicals and flying dust. Detailers clean glass thoroughly, returning it to like-new clarity.

Engine Bay

The engine bay is often neglected because most owners don’t pop the hood except to check the fluids or investigate a problem. But it’s important because regular cleaning can make it easier to find and address fluid leaks. With regular detailing, the engine and engine bay will stay cleaner, potentially increasing your vehicle’s resale value in the future.

Interior Detailing Techniques

It’s worth mentioning that the cosmetic value of interior detailing, alone, is enough reason to have it done. Most of us forget just how vibrant the upholstery and hard surfaces once were inside our vehicles, and the results of interior detailing can be dramatic. The chemical protectants used by technicians assure that these areas continue to look great for months to come. Let’s explore the specifics…

Interior Detailing Techniques by APR Works


Eating, drinking and even sitting can leave contaminants and stains trapped in the fabric of your upholstery. Detailers will restore the upholstery by deep cleaning these areas, then spraying it with a chemical that protects against stains and ultraviolet radiation.


Auto carpet stains can be very difficult to remove. Not only are food and drink spills annoying, but make up, oil and gum can be nightmares to clean. Auto detailing specialists use an arsenal of chemicals and steam cleaning machines to do a better job than most of us can do at home.

Vents, Consoles and Other Crannies

There are nooks and crannies inside your car that can be really tough to access with ordinary cleaning tools. The spaces between seats and center consoles are notoriously difficult. Auto detailersuse specialized tools and vacuum extensions that make quick work of hard-to-reach dirt and grime. They use special brushes to clean vents, removing dust that can affect interior air quality.


It’s safe to say that foul odors can have a very negative effect on your driving experience, and the longer they hang in there, the tougher they can be to remove. Deodorizing sprays and applicants are used in the final touches of a professional detailing job. For really persistent odors, technicians may also use ozone treatments, which destroy odor causing agents at the molecular level—even pet odors.

Keep Your Car Looking Young

Regular detailing extends the life of your car’s paint, wheels, vinyl and upholstery. Professional grade protectants seal out damaging elements for up to six months after the procedure. If you love your ride, this is one of the best investments you can make in your car or truck’s resale value—and your driving experience.