The Latest From Ziebart

  • Protecting and Enhancing Your Used Car with Ziebart

    by Cam Walters | Sep 04, 2014

    Everybody has a different opinion when it comes to buying a vehicle. Some people refuse to drive anything except a new car, others can't justify the cost. There are also people who simply enjoy the thrill of finding a solid, low mileage vehicle for a decent price; it feels like they’ve gamed the system. The fact is, while new cars are awesome (and they truly are), there are a lot of great used cars out there with plenty of life left in them.

    While buying a used car can be a great way to save some money, it doesn’t mean it has to look or feel old; with the right amount of care, a used car can look absolutely stunning. We here at Ziebart are car people. We believe every car, new or used, deserves to look and feel its very best. We would like to let you know how you can make your used car look amazing while also extending its life.

    A Fresh Start
    The quickest and most gratifying way to make an older or used car feel brand new is by having it completely detailed. As the name implies, when a vehicle is detailed, every feature on the car is meticulously observed and cleaned. 

    With an exterior detailing, our experts will use a variety of specialized chemicals, tools, and techniques to strategically bring out the shine in your ride. We pay special attention to every hard to reach and often overlooked area including chrome, trim, wheels, tires, and glass. With a proper exterior detailing, your vehicle will look breathtaking.

    Detailing isn’t limited to the outside. It’s especially important on the interior of a used car. Somebody else occupied this space, plain and simple. Our detailing technicians will thoroughly clean and disinfect your vehicle with anti-bacterial products that kill 99% of germs and bacteria. They will also meticulously work to remove stains, grime, and blemishes from your vehicle’s interior surfaces. The end result is our customers entering into what looks and feels like a brand new vehicle.

    Shine On Like A Diamond 
    An exterior detailing is a great way to temporarily restore your vehicle’s show room shine. However, without a tough coating, you could be spending a lot of time waxing and polishing in an attempt to make your ride look fresh off the line. This is why Diamond Gloss® is a used car’s best friend.

    Diamond Gloss® is the toughest paint protection on the planet. This long lasting, resin based coating is extremely durable and will protect your vehicle’s paint from aging or oxidizing, and keep it safe from the elements like salt, road dust, and even acid rain. Before Diamond Gloss® is applied, our technicians will use a variety of specialized tools and processes to deep clean and polish your vehicle's paint to it's maximum shine and then lock in that shine with an application of Diamond Gloss®. If you want your ride turning heads, then you will want Diamond Gloss®. 

    Stop Rust In Its Tracks
    A common school of thought is that once there is any sign of rust on your vehicle, then it’s only a matter of time before it spreads. Without taking the proper precautions, this would normally be true. However, our Rust Eliminator treatment is a game changer and is the perfect option for used cars. Ziebart Rust Eliminator reacts with rust to neutralize corrosion and changes it into a protective, rust inhibiting film, all without reducing metal thickness. If you notice a small amount of rust, don’t resign your car to the junkyard; extend its life with Ziebart Rust Eliminator. 

    If you’re looking to make your used car look like the day it rolled onto the show room floor, then contact your local auto care experts at Ziebart today!

  • Car Care Tips for SUVs and Crossovers

    by Cam Walters | Aug 14, 2014
    Fact: Elbow room is awesome. Who doesn’t like having a little extra space? Our love for elbow room and open spaces could explain why for the first time, SUVs and Crossovers are surpassing sedan sales in the US. SUVs and Crossovers are great for transporting the family and gear, or just simply having an adventure.

    If you own (or are looking to purchase) an SUV or Crossover, there are some important things you need to understand about keeping it looking its best. The Auto Care Experts at Ziebart are here to give you some tips on caring for your SUV.

    A Lot of Ground to Cover
    The first thing you will notice about owning an SUV or Crossover is that there is a lot of surface area, both inside and outside. This can come as a shock to many drivers, especially if you previously owned a compact car or sedan. Because of the larger surface area of an SUV or Crossover, keeping it clean and sanitary can be a laborious task. Rather than letting the size of your vehicle prevent you from properly maintaining it, take it to your local Ziebart.  

    We recommend having an interior and exterior detailing performed on your SUV twice a year, in the spring and fall. The fall detailing will remove the summer messes from your vehicle (rain, dust, bugs, bird bombs, etc.) while also preparing it for the long winter ahead. After the harsh winter the spring detailing will remove any traces of salt and snow and will restore your ride’s summer shine. 

    Heavy Metal
    Most SUVs and Crossovers sit on beefy steel frames. This steel frame gives these vehicles their legendary ruggedness and durability. However, all this steel will mean one thing – rust. 

    The best way to protect your SUV or Crossover is with a genuine Ziebart Rust Protection treatment. Our exclusive rust protection formula and process is designed to optimally coat your vehicle’s areas that are most susceptible to rust (frame, door panels, wheel wells, etc.), preventing rust formations and keep it looking like it’s fresh off the line for years to come.  

    Here’s another interesting unknown fact; in order to meet fuel economy standards (CAFE standards) set by the government, SUVs will often cut weight in areas like the wheel wells. This can make for an extremely noisy ride. If you would like to keep this area protected while also enjoying the benefits of a quiet and peaceful drive, consider Ziebart Sound Deadener. This is an extra thick coating of our exclusive undercoating compound designed to reduce audible road noise and vibration.

    Life Off the Beaten Path
    Many SUVs and Crossovers on the market are equipped with four wheel drive (4WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). With this feature you may be more inclined to be adventurous and take your vehicle into places you normally wouldn’t be able to go with a sedan. Whether it’s an impromptu off road campout or blazing your own trail, life off the beaten path can be rough on a vehicle’s paint. 

    To prevent Mother Nature from leaving her mark on your vehicle’s pristine finish, we recommend all SUVs have a professionally applied layer of Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film. This self-healing paint protection film is nearly invisible and will act as a buffer between your vehicle’s paint and the hazards of the outside world. 

    Owning an SUV is a blast. The extra space and freedom it provides are huge benefits. With a little help from your local Auto Care Experts at Ziebart, you and your SUV will be having adventures for a long time. Contact your

    local Ziebart today and find out how Ziebart can keep your SUV looking amazing for years to come!
  • Back To School with Ziebart

    by Cam Walters | Aug 08, 2014
    It’s August and that means one thing: back to school. This can be confirmed by looking at any end cap in every major shopping center. You are probably already starting to get your kids ready for going back to school, but there is probably another member of your family that you’re forgetting – the family vehicle. Once the kids go back to school, the family vehicle will be seeing a lot of use. 

    A day in the life of your vehicle may look a little something like this: 
    Morning: Groggy eyed kids sit in the back eating a quick breakfast on their way to school.
    Afternoon: A rush of little ones, covered in the germs of their classmates, pile into that backseat.
    Mid Afternoon: The trunk is loaded with sports equipment while the kids pile in the back for practice.
    Evening: The sticky, sweaty, smelly tikes nod off in the back as they head home. 

    Lather, rinse, repeat. Your car will do this day in and day out without a single complaint. 

    Before your family vehicle has to end its summer vacation, consider treating it to a day at Ziebart to get prepared for the long school year ahead.

    Start Fresh
    There’s nothing better than starting your morning off to a clean and organized space. This is especially true with your vehicle; getting into a pristine vehicle free of crumbs, dirt, and dust is simply a magical feeling. However, without the proper tools, cleaning the interior of vehicle can be a frustrating task (assuming you can find the time).

    Start your early morning drop-off right with an interior detailing from Ziebart. Our detailing experts have specialized tools and solutions designed to give your vehicle’s interior an unrivaled cleaning experience. 

    Give Germs Detention
    People with children know that schools are essentially germ factories. It never fails that as soon as your kids go back to school, it’s only a matter of time before everyone starts getting sick. Rather than tracking home the germs and bacteria of an entire class, stop them in your car. 

    Ziebart Germ Defender® powered by BioShield 75® is an antimicrobial surface protectant that kills germs and bacteria right on contact for up to 90 days. Keep your loved ones and yourself healthy this year with Ziebart Germ Defender®.

    Advanced Film Studies
    Sports and automotive paint do not mix well. From the zippers on equipment bags brushing against your doors, to coolers and folding chairs sliding over your rear bumper as you load the car, to your child propping their foot on your front bumper to tie their cleat, your vehicle’s paint could be expecting some battle scars.

    You can prevent these painful paint chips and scratches with an application of Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film. Z-Shield® is a nearly invisible film buffer between your vehicle’s paint and the hazards of the world around it. Z-Shield will never peel, yellow or crack and will keep your vehicle’s paint looking brand new. 

    The Relaxing Sound of Silence
    After a long day filled with science labs, chapter books, math problems, soccer balls, and lots and lots of driving, a peaceful evening drive home would be a welcomed treat for everyone… if it wasn’t for the road noise.

    Enter Ziebart Sound Deadener. Our Sound Deadener is an insulated layer of protection applied under your vehicle to help reduce road noise and vibration which originates from your tires coming into the contact with the pavement. As an added benefit, Sound Deadener also protects your vehicle's underbody from moisture, dirt, grime, and salt, which all leads to rust.

    If you’re looking to get that long overlooked member of your family ready for the back to school season, contact your local Ziebart store today! 
  • Ziebart Germ Defender® powered by Bio Shield 75®

    by Cam Walters | Jul 31, 2014

    Our Germ Defender® surface protectant was recently featured on Live in the D on Channel 4 WDIV in Detroit, MI. This segment does a great job explaining the benefits of this outstanding product and why your family car could use this treatment. Check it out!

    If you're interested in a Ziebart Germ Defender® treatment, you can contact your local Ziebart and learn how it can keep you and your love ones safe!

  • Tackling Your Post Vacation To-Do’s

    by Cam Walters | Jul 11, 2014
    Vacations are a great opportunity to escape the monotony of everyday life and clear your head. However, an unfortunate reality is that all good things must come to an end. When you return from vacation, your to-do list will still be there waiting for you. What’s even worse, you have to add another item to it: clean the vacation mess from your vehicle. 

    The warm fuzzy memories of your time away start to dwindle as all of these tasks start to compound faster than a snowball down a ski slope. Rest easy my friend; it doesn’t have to be that way. Your friends and local auto care experts at Ziebart are here to help you tackle that to-do list. 

    To-Do Task #1 - Clean out the inside of the car.
    If you did any long distance driving over your vacation, the chances are your vehicle’s interior has seen better days. From the remnants of that quick fast food stop to the luggage that rested on your hair spray for the entire drive causing it to leak in your trunk, your ride could use a little TLC. 

    Rather than burning daylight inside a hot car with your dust buster, consider having the detailing experts over at Ziebart give your car or truck’s interior a proper cleaning with an interior detailing. Our detailing experts utilize a variety of specialty tools and cleaning solutions designed to effectively bring out that new car feeling. They will thoroughly sanitize every surface in your vehicle, including those pesky hard to reach areas. 

    To-Do Task #2 - Give the car a thorough washing.
    10 hours of continuous highway driving will dull the sparkle of even the shiniest vehicles. You may be feeling guilty because, despite that quick pass through the $5 auto wash, dust, exhaust fumes, road debris, and bug guts are probably still caked on pretty thick.

    You have enough on your plate already, you shouldn’t have to spend your valuable time scraping June Bugs off your bumper. Take your vehicle to Ziebart. Our exterior detailing process is designed to remove all of the grime from your body panels, chrome, trim, wheels, tires, and glass. Our detailing technicians will meticulously clean your vehicle, restoring its original show room luster.

    To-Do Task #3 - Make time to finally polish the car.
    Like most vehicles on the road, yours is probably long overdue for a polishing. Unless you’re the karate kid, you probably don’t want to spend your evenings or weekends waxing on and waxing off. Just like you needed a vacation to feel refreshed, your car or truck needs some time away to look its best. Enter Ziebart Diamond Gloss®. Diamond Gloss® is the toughest protective paint sealant on the planet, specifically formulated to protect your paint from aging, all the while restoring and retaining that original shine. 

    If you’re looking to cross off the auto care tasks from your to-do list, contact your local Ziebart store and find out how Ziebart can help you!
  • Summer Road Trip Preparedness

    by Cam Walters | Jun 26, 2014
    With the cost of airline travel increasing, you may be considering taking a summer road trip. Road trips can be a great way to cut travel costs and experience a whole host of adventures that you wouldn’t normally experience on a plane. 

    However, road trips can leave you more prone to roadside emergencies. Getting stranded in an unfamiliar area is always a terrifying thought, that’s why you should keep the 5 P’s in mind: proper preparation prevents poor performance. Before leaving on your trip, your car should be equipped with some basic items to handle a variety of emergencies. 

    Communication is king. Your cellphone can be one of the most comforting and useful tools in a road side emergency.

    Car Cellphone Charger:
    A dead cell phone is a useless paperweight. Be sure to keep a car charger with you so that you can stay connected. 

    Fact - Emergencies don’t always happen during the day. If you need to fix a flat tire or jump your vehicle at night, a flashlight will be a necessity. 

    Jumper Cables:
    Sometimes that annoying little light in your trunk stays on and drains your battery. Jumper cables will help you get your car started again and are also a great way to meet new people!

    Flat Tire Gear:
    Make sure you cover the basics for fixing your car’s tires - jack, tire iron, spare tire, and a small manual or 12 volt pump.

    An Empty Gas Container:
    If you run out of fuel, you can walk to the nearest gas station or in extreme situations, the nearest source of civilization.

    A Tarp:
    Emergencies love to happen in inclimate weather. If you have to fix your vehicle, it’s nicer to lay on clean dry tarp rather than a muddy shoulder

    A Gallon of Filtered Fresh Water:
    In case you get stranded, you’ll need to keep hydrated. Also in case your engine overheats, water can be used to cool the radiator. 

    A Light Blanket and Pillow:
    Fatigued driving is extremely unsafe. Sometimes you might need to pull over and get some sleep and a hotel might not be close enough. 

    Before you leave for your trip, make sure you have your vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic. They will look over the critical areas of your vehicle and let you know if it can handle the journey.

    You might also want to consider having your vehicle’s windows tinted at Ziebart before you leave. You and your passengers will be spending many hours in a window seat, exposed to the sun. Your vehicle’s windows do not properly protect you from UV rays. A genuine Ziebart Window Tint will keep you and your passengers cool and protected from 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Contact your local Ziebart store today to learn more about window tinting options. 

    We hope you have a safe and fun trip!

  • Why Window Tint?

    by Cam Walters | Jun 19, 2014
    It’s common for many drivers to associate automotive window tinting with tricked out race cars or young drivers looking to add some style to their ride. While tinted windows are a great way of adding an extra ounce of character to your car or truck, there are also other added benefits to a professional window tint. 

    If you’re on the fence about window tint, consider these added benefits. 

    Rays Banned
    It’s a scientific fact that prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to skin cancer. Another interesting item to consider is that, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a study shows that the amount of time someone spends in their car can increase their risk of skin cancer. The reason for this is because car windows do a poor job of blocking UVA Rays which penetrate deep layers of skin.

    Ziebart Window Tint is a great way to protect yourself and your passengers from prolonged exposure to UV Rays. All of Ziebart’s window tint film will block out over 99% of UVA and UVB rays. 

    Glare Be Gone
    The warm summer weather means that many of us will be more inclined to take leisurely summer drives. However, we’ve all experienced that uncomfortable moment where the sun rests in that one annoying spot in the corner of your eye, impairing your vision and making the drive a whole lot less pleasant. 

    This situation is easily prevented with a window tint. Our high performance CT Window Tint offers superior glare reduction and also won’t disrupt your radio signals. This means a more comfortable and safe summer drive filled with relaxation and crystal clear music!

    Keeping a Cool Head
    One of the worst parts about driving in the summer is the oven-like rush of heat that washes over you when you open your car doors. This is usually followed by impatiently sitting in the sweltering heat while your AC works overtime to cool things down. 

    Window tint will help reduce this uncomfortable experience during the hot summer months. Ziebart’s HPM (High Performance Metallized) window tint does an outstanding job at rejecting heat, so your car will be considerably cooler when you enter it. 

    Warmer weather also means that many of us will be transporting valuable cargo in our vehicles. From the casual backpack with a laptop left in the backseat, to carpenters driving their tools to the job site, to musicians hauling gear to a performance, the security of your possessions is most likely a big concern for you. No matter how quick it is left unattended, we are all uncomfortable with leaving valuable items in our vehicles.

    Window tint is a great way to deter tempted individuals from seeing the valuable possessions inside your vehicle. Our PD (Premium Dyed) window tint is an affordable security solution that looks great on any vehicle.   

    Whatever your window tinting needs are, a quality tint job is most critical. A Ziebart window tint is precisely cut using our computerized Z-Cutting System®, and our highly trained technicians meticulously apply the film for a perfect look. Finally, our window tint is backed by an industry leading warranty. 

    If you’re considering window tint for your car or truck, contact your local Ziebart store today!

  • 5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas with Ziebart

    by Cam Walters | May 30, 2014

    Father’s day is only a couple weeks away. While the desire to procrastinate and buy a last minute gift may be compelling, we urge you to make this Father’s Day one to remember. Rather than another tie, bathrobe or coffee mug, get your dad a gift that he’ll brag about for years to come.

    Window Tint
    Is your dad “a character”? Is he witty, cool, sophisticated, and always the life of the party? Well, shouldn't his car reflect his unique personality? Window tint is a great way to add a little extra ounce of character and class to his car or truck. Not only will your dad look cool in his tinted vehicle, but he will also feel cool. Ziebart’s window tint film provides superior heat and ultra violet ray rejection.

    Our window tint is precision cut by our patented Z-Cutting System® and expertly applied by our highly trained technicians. A window tint at Ziebart is guaranteed to never bubble or change color, and will keep his vehicle looking and feeling cool for years to come.

    Vehicle Detailing
    Some of the dads out there might be a little messy. From the cup of coffee that spilled and dried into a sticky streak, to that bag of mulch that accidentally tore open and spilled in the trunk, to the mud caked to the outside from showing off his 4 wheel drive, his vehicle has probably seen better days.

    That’s where the detailing experts at Ziebart come in. No matter how messy or dirty his car or truck has become, our detailing experts will meticulously clean every hard to reach surface, interior or exterior, so that it looks almost as good as the day it rolled off the lot.

    Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film
    Maybe your dad is a perfectionist. The thought of a paint chip or scratch on his pristine beauty would be enough to move him to tears. You can prevent him from ever having to feel this heartache.

    Our newest product, Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film, is designed to protect a vehicle’s paint from the scratches, nicks and chips of every day life. It’s the thickest, and most optically clear film on the market, yet is pliable enough to cover highly curved surfaces. Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film is also precision cut by our patented Z-Cutting System® ensuring optimal coverage.

    Sprayed-on Bed Liner
    If your dad works hard and plays hard, his truck probably does too. A Sprayed-on Bed Liner from Ziebart may be the perfect gift.

    An original Rhino-Lining® Sprayed-on Bed Liner will protect the bed of his truck no matter what he uses it for. Whether he’s a hard working contractor or a weekend warrior, Ziebart and Rhino-Linings® has him covered.

    Gift Certificate
    If you’re still unsure of what to get him, then get him the ultimate gift: a Ziebart Online Gift Certificate. On June 5th, 2014 we will be holding our first ever Father’s Day Special with our Online Gift Certificates. For every $50 you spend, you’ll receive an additional $10 free! You work hard for your money, get more for it.

    For more father’s day gift idea’s, contact your local Ziebart store and talk with one of our experts. With a Ziebart Father’s Day present, you can rest assured that your dad will be bragging about his awesome gift for years to come! 
  • Ziebart's 2014 Father's Day Special!

    by Cam Walters | May 22, 2014

    Fact: Dads are awesome.

    No matter how old you get or how much your life changes, one thing will always stay the same: You can always depend on your dad. Your dad has always been there to cheer you on, support you, rescue you and look after you. All the while, asking for very little (if not anything) in return. 

    Just as you depend on your dad, generations of dads have come to depend on Ziebart to make their vehicle’s last and to keep them looking great.
    On June 5th 2014 (for 1 day only) Ziebart is honoring dads with our Father's Day gift certificate special. For every $50 in online gift certificates purchased, you will get an additional $10 for free!


    With a Ziebart Gift Certificate, your dad can: 

    Whatever he wants, our online gift certificates can be used at any Ziebart store and redeemed for any of our products! With our wide variety of products and locations, there is a Ziebart gift for all of the dads in your life.

    To find out more about our Father's Day Special or if you would like to be reminded of this special on June 5th, please visit our Father's Day Special page!  

    Ziebart, Dad approved for over 55 years! 
  • Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film: Everything you need to know

    by Cam Walters | May 08, 2014

    Have you ever noticed the little chips and scratches on the front of your car or truck, right above the grill? These paint chips and scratches are most commonly found on the forward facing surfaces of your vehicle and are caused from road debris colliding with your vehicle at high speeds on the freeway.

    Historically, drivers would protect their vehicles from these paint chips with a car bra. Unfortunately, those old black vinyl car bras were unsightly and covered up the attractive lines that vehicle designers worked so hard to create.

    Since we here at Ziebart eat sleep and breath automotive appearance protection, we designed a new product from the ground up, to help protect your baby from these paint chips. We are proud to introduce our Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film.

    Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film is the thickest, toughest, clearest and smoothest paint protection film in the industry and is backed by the best warranty out there.

    Our exclusive Z-Cutting System® precisely cuts the Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film to your vehicle’s exact dimensions to ensure an optimal fit. Our trained technicians will then apply the precision cut film to your vehicle.

    Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film is applied to your vehicle’s forward facing surfaces where the paint will see a high level of abrasion or abuse. These areas include (but are not limited to) your bumper, hood, door panels, rear-view mirrors, and the roof. We can also apply it to areas that are not forward facing but see wear and tear (side doors, rocker panels, door cups, rear bumpers, etc.).

    We understand that a vehicle is the second biggest investment that most people will make. We want to make sure that your car or truck looks as pristine as the day it rolled off the lot. The film is designed to act as an invisible sacrificial layer that takes the abuse, rather than your paint. Think of it like a cellphone screen protector, just on a very large scale.

    If you want to avoid the sting you feel from that first, inevitable paint chip, contact your local Ziebart store and learn more about how Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film can keep your vehicle looking new!

  • Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with Ziebart

    by Cam Walters | Apr 29, 2014
    With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start brainstorming some thoughtful gift ideas for the women in your life that do so much! Mothers and grandmothers are selfless individuals who spend so much time taking care of everyone else, that they will often end up neglecting themselves. This is usually apparent in a mom’s vehicle. If you have ever driven in a mother’s car, you’ll probably notice the toll that taking care of the kids can have. From crumbs in the backseat, to sticky spots from spilled beverages, a mom’s car has seen it all. 

    To help you out as you brainstorm, we have put together some Ziebart products that will make perfect Mother’s Day presents.

    Complete Detailing:
    Want to surprise that special woman in your life with a new car, but realized can’t quite squeeze it into the budget?  Consider a complete detailing with Ziebart. A freshly detailed car will bring back that “new car feeling” every time! Our trained technicians will go over the interior and exterior of her car with a fine tooth comb and restore its original beauty. 

    Germ Defender®:

    Most mothers (and even grandmothers) depend on their vehicles to safely transport the young ones to and from their daily activities. While airbags, seat-belts and car seats are critical for staying safe in a crash, what many people don’t realize is that a vehicle’s interior is basically a petri dish on wheels. The amount of harmful bacteria and germs on the surface of your car’s interior is staggering. But, with a Ziebart Germ Defender® treatment, we will kill 99% of all the germs on your car’s surface, and will keep it germ free for a minimum of 90 days.

    Ziebart Gift Certificate:

    If you can’t decide on the perfect Ziebart product, then a Gift Certificate is a great alternative. A Ziebart gift certificate can be redeemed at any Ziebart and used for all our products. Whether it’s a sleek new tint, a tough layer of Z-Shield Paint Protection Film®, or a remote starter, with a gift certificate she can pick out the perfect Ziebart solution!

    If you want to take care of the woman who was always there to take care of you, Ziebart is here to help. Contact your local Ziebart store and schedule your appointment today!

  • Ziebart's Tips To Help You Sell Your Car

    by Cam Walters | Apr 25, 2014
    With the warmer weather, you’ll start to notice more cars on the side of the road for sale. This is because spring and summer are great times to sell vehicles. Cars stay cleaner longer, people spend more time outside and vehicles can be displayed in high visibility areas.  

    If you’re looking to sell your car or truck and upgrade, here are some simple and cost effective things that you can do to attract more attention and maybe even increase its value.

    It’s all About the Details

    A shiny, newer looking vehicle will attract more eyes than a grimy and stained vehicle. We recommend that you have your car professionally detailed at your local Ziebart. A complete detailing at Ziebart will meticulously go over every area of your vehicle, restoring its original shine and giving it a “like new” feeling. 

    Add Some Character
    A great way to make your vehicle more attractive to potential buyers is by having the windows tinted. A Ziebart Window Tint comes in a variety of different shades. Your local Ziebart dealer will help you pick out the shade that adds the perfect amount of character to your vehicle.  An added benfit of window tinting is that it will block out 99% of harmful UV rays and keep the vehicle cooler in the warmer months. 

    Eliminate the Rust
    Older cars, if not properly protected from the start, can accumulate rust. A treatment of Ziebart Rust Eliminator will react with the rust, neutralizing the corrosion and prevent it from progressing. Since Ziebart is the oldest and most trusted name in the rust protection industry, this treatment can actually act as a selling point for the vehicle and add value to it.

    Get Rid of Chips
    Windshield chips are a big safety hazard and can be a big detractor for potential buyers. If the chip turns into a crack, the windshield will have to be replaced; that can be expensive. If the car you’re selling has any chips in the windshield, be sure to have the chips repaired.  A Ziebart Chip Repair will prevent chips from forming into crack. Our Chip Repair is fast, simple and is often times covered by your car insurance.

    For other ways to make your car more attractive to potential buyers and add value to it, take it to your local Ziebart. Our trained technicians will be able to assess the vehicle and let you know the best course of action! We wish you the best of luck!


  • National Car Care Month with Ziebart

    by Z Team | Apr 08, 2014
    Now that we are well into April, many people will be getting ready to cross items off of their to-do lists and improve the appearance of their homes. However, what people often fail to remember is that their vehicle bore the brunt of this nasty winter. A car or truck is often the second biggest investment for people, yet that investment often gets mistakenly overlooked for spring cleaning. 

    Since April is National Car Care Month, we have identified three ways that Ziebart can take care of your vehicle and make it look its best!
    1. Remove the Salt: 
      Record setting levels of salt were poured onto the roads this past winter. This means that your car has been exposed to ridiculously high levels of salt. Having your vehicle’s exterior detailed with Ziebart will ensure that the road salt will be removed before it accelerates corrosion.
    2. Out with the old:
      Be honest; the inside of your car has probably seen better days. Between the road salt on your floor mats, spilled coffee in your cup holder, and a dashboard that hasn’t been wiped or sanitized in who knows how long, your interior is ready for a good scrubbing. With a Ziebart interior detailing, our professional detailers will go through your vehicle’s interior with a fine tooth comb and ensure that every nook and cranny is clean and sanitized. 
    3. Shield your car from debris:
      If you look on the side of the road, you’ll probably notice there is a ton of loose debris created by plow trucks. Every particle and pebble is a potential paint chip waiting to happen. This is where our Z-Shield Paint Protection Film comes into play. Z-Shield will protect your car’s paint from high speed debris that will inevitably get kicked up on your car from other drivers.
    These three simple items will give you peace of mind and make your ride feel like a brand new vehicle. Be sure to talk with your local Ziebart and find out how we can help you take extra care of your car or truck during National Car Care Month! 
  • What is Auto Detailing?

    by Z Team | Mar 27, 2014

    It’s an important question that vehicle owners might ask themselves: which option is the best for having my car looking, and feeling, as good as it deserves? While the corner car wash might try to entice you with a quick run through their machines, the truth is that your vehicle deserves better. That’s where auto detailing enters the picture. To help you make the right decision for your car or truck, Ziebart is here to help provide clarity and answer, “what is auto detailing?”

    At its core, auto detailing involves an effective, in-depth cleaning of a vehicle’s interior and/or exterior. For the interior, we use specialized processes, professional grade cleaning chemicals and tools which are capable of getting into all of your vehicle’s “nooks and crannies”. The experts at Ziebart leave no stone unturned. 

    Auto detailing can also leave a lasting impact on your vehicle’s exterior. Effective detailing goes beyond the standard “car wash clean”. It involves the use of special equipment designed to maximize results and help ensure that your car or truck shines bright. Car washes can leave unwanted swirls and scratches with their dirty brushes. However, Ziebart technicians will ensure that your vehicle’s paint is left looking better than ever. 

    The following video helps capture the various steps involved in the auto detailing process:

    Ziebart also offers a variety of enhanced services, including Germ Defender, which will provide an additional layer of protection and peace of mind to you and your passengers. 

    So what is auto detailing from Ziebart? A chance to enjoy the feeling of a brand new vehicle again… and again… and again. No matter if you had your car stored until spring or have been driving it every day, the refresh provided by our auto detailing experts will breathe new life into your vehicle. Visit any of our Ziebart locations to find out more about what detailing can do for you. 

  • Spring Car Tips for a Better Commute

    by Z Team | Mar 20, 2014

    Warmer weather is a welcome sign for all of us who have faced a rough winter. With the prospect of driving with the windows down and not needing to start your car before your morning drive, spring is tantalizingly close. In honor of spring’s arrival, we have put together several spring car tips to help you avoid problems and enjoy having winter in the rear-view mirror.

    One of the easiest spring car tips to implement immediately is cleaning. Take a trash bag with you to your car and clean out underneath your seats, in your trunk, along the door jams and anywhere else where winter’s trash may have invaded your vehicle. You can bring your car into any of our Ziebart locations to have a professional erase winter’s mark on the interior and exterior of your car as well. By getting your car clean before the warm weather comes, you can enjoy future drives that much more.

    Another simple and effective spring car tip to put into effect is to establish a list of essential items to stock in your vehicle. This list should include items like engine coolant, motor oil, wiper fluid, tire plugs and pump, a simple tool kit, jumper cables, a tarp, hand sanitizer, tissues, and writing supplies (essential in the event of an accident). Be sure to keep these items in an easy to access container in your vehicle! 

    Whether you have had your car in storage or weathered the winter with it every day, be sure to start your spring off right and have a bumper-to-bumper assessment done on it. By taking your vehicle in for a maintenance check, you can find out what damage the winter may have brought on, as well as attend to any repairs or replacement part needs early on in the year. This includes any windshield repair you may need due to the potholes and road debris that are a mainstay of winter and spring.

    While winter has its own driving challenges, spring can also make the roads unpredictable and dangerous. As April showers approach, be sure to go over these safety tips about how to handle driving in the rain and controlling your vehicle while hydroplaning. No matter how many years you have been on the road, there is always something to be gained by reviewing spring driving tips!

    Though these are just a few of the various spring car care tips you can utilize, there’s no limit to the number of improvements and customizations you can make to your car or truck. For more information about what you can do for your vehicle this spring, visit a Ziebart location to speak with a car care expert today.
  • Car Mess: Cleaning Up Life’s Auto Mishaps

    by Z Team | Mar 13, 2014
    Spills happen. From an unsecured drive-thru drink lid to your niece’s cereal snack, even with the best intentions you can find a car mess on your hands. If you are on a roadtrip, or even on your way to work, you may not have too many options for cleaning up. While you should always go to the pros (us!) for help, here are some quick tips for cleaning up in a pinch that can help limit the problem until you can get a more complete solution. 

    The most common car mess that you are probably facing right now is the rock-salt and winter crud covering the exterior of your vehicle. Over time, the sludge and crud can lock onto your car and look awful. Pushing yourself to regularly use a simple touchless car wash can temporarily renew your car or truck’s looks while also helping prevent immediate salt damage. As we have noted, a car wash isn’t a complete solution for avoiding rust damage but it can definitely help in the short-term to remove salt and clean up the road’s mess.

    To clean up spills and stains, you should check the manufacturer's recommendations to your interior. However, there is an assortment of different methods to get a variety of stains out. The fact remains that taking action is key to limit the damage of a spill. For the best results, though, visit a Ziebart location and speak with one of our trained technicians on what cleaning options we can provide to help erase the mess.

    One car mess that can be quite unforgiving is the smell left behind by food that’s been… left behind. The residual odor of old takeout or a dropped snack can quickly spoil your morning commute. Eliminating the odor in your car does not have to take forever and can be done with a little bit of effort and the right tools (or cleaning supplies in this case). If you find yourself overmatched, you can always come by one of our stores and let the pros help you fight back against an unwanted smell. 

    Our auto detailing options take the sting out of car messes mentioned above and more, helping your car look as great as it deserves. Ziebart specialists can help you with interior and exterior detailing solutions, putting you back on the road with confidence in your vehicle. Spills happen and, for some, a little bit of research and ingenuity can help prevent damage. Rest easy, though, that for messes involving more than just a mild challenge, Ziebart has you covered.

    * Check your owners manual for fabric and leather care tips and warnings prior to treating surfaces. 

  • Winter Potholes and Windshield Chip Repair

    by Z Team | Mar 05, 2014

    If you live in a colder part of the U.S., your morning commute is likely filled with one of the hazards of winter: potholes. Potholes are caused by shifts in temperature and moisture. These concrete craters can lead to a jarring wake-up or, for some people, road debris hitting their vehicle. While our paint protection film can help prevent damage to the body of your car or truck, your windshield may not be so lucky. If you have suffered glass damage this winter from a pothole, it’s important to take your car or truck in for a windshield chip repair before it requires full replacement.

    A windshield chip is a small break in your glass that has bigger implications. Because the glass has been weakened, a change in temperature or pressure on the glass can transform a chip into a major crack. This is why it’s critical to get a chip repaired as soon as possible.    

    Quick changes in temperature can cause glass to expand and contract in a way that can turn a small chip into a major crack overnight. If your car or truck has fallen victim to a random rock or piece of road, bring it to a local Ziebart location for a windshield chip repair. Jumping on the chip early can lead to major savings, be it from a waived deductible (by most insurance companies – see your policy for coverage) or saving you the cost of replacing your windshield.


    Next time you get behind the wheel and see a pothole, be sure that you carefully avoid it for the sake of your whole vehicle. However, if you do find yourself the victim of a damaged windshield, be proactive in getting a windshield chip repair done as soon as possible. Your car, and wallet, will thank you!

  • Remote Starters for Winter and Spring

    by Z Team | Feb 25, 2014

    As you have undoubtedly noticed, the morning commute can be an extremely cold start to your day. Between the cold seat, the chilly air and ice-covered windows, you're probably wishing for a solution. Instead of shopping for a new vehicle, remote starters are a fast and cost effective solution to your winter blues.

    With a wide assortment of models out there, remote starters can seem difficult to navigate for the best deal with the right features. We previously highlighted remote starter information you should use when making a purchase. Three key components to look for in quality remote starters include the ability to:

    • Open your trunk and lock (and unlock) your doors
    • Locate your vehicle using the ‘horn’ feature
    • Turn your vehicle on or off from a reasonable distance

    The horn feature can be very important in the winter and spring as the weather remains colder than desirable and makes for an unwelcome ‘search’ period in your grocery store or shopping center parking lot.

    Remote starters aren’t just for cold, dreary days. In the spring and summer, just as you would set your vehicle’s fan to high heat to get your car or truck warmed up, you can also have it set to turn on the air conditioning. This allows for a cool and comfortable ride.

    Find out more about Ziebart remote starters and which model best fits your unique needs by speaking with a knowledgeable professional at your nearest Ziebart location.

  • Spring Break Driving Tips from Ziebart

    by Z Team | Feb 20, 2014

    If there’s one good thing coming out of winter, it’s that vacation season is right around the corner for students and families alike. Spring Break means an opportunity to put a pause on winter and enjoy time in a place far-away, preferably warm. With airfare prices continuing to rise, driving to your destination is the next best solution and is the basis for our Spring Break driving tips when planning your escape.

    Any time that you plan on driving significant miles with your vehicle, it is important to be sure it will be able to take you where you are going (and back). Having a mechanic do a full diagnosis of your car or truck is important before any long distance trip and is perhaps the most important Spring Break driving tip to follow. Check your tires and breaks for wear and tare and get your oil changed before you jump behind the wheel for the long haul. 


    If you are traveling with friends, finding out who is willing to drive and for how long is something to get out of the way before the trip. This can help avoid frustration of having one driver do too much work, as well as avoiding the danger of fatigued driving.

    Before taking off for your Spring Break, consider getting your car or truck protected from the worst the road has to offer. Paint protection film and Sound Deadener can help keep your vehicle looking great and lessen the noise on the open road. Window tint can also help you avoid uneven tan lines from driving, as well as kill the glare for passengers.

    Finally, be sure to make extra copies of your car or truck’s key. By having more than one in your party, you can avoid an “oops” moment that would put a halt on your trip.

    These are just a few Spring Break driving tips that you might come across while preparing for your journey. We hope that they help you enjoy your escape out on the open road. Have a great Spring Break and be sure to get your car or truck’s interior detailed after you get back to help clean up any spills or messes that may have occurred on your trip!

  • Road Salt: Why Car Washes Aren’t Enough

    by Z Team | Feb 18, 2014

    2014 has been a winter for the record books. Between the Polar Vortex, record breaking snowfall and extreme temperatures, one thing is guaranteed: your car has been bombarded with road salt.

    It’s a common belief with car owners that running a car through the local $5 car wash is effective in preventing road salt damage and will keep your car or truck protected.  While weekly car washes are great, it doesn’t change the fact that, without taking the proper precautions, road salt damage will still occur.

    A Salty Solution

    It’s basic chemistry, salt dissolves in water.  If you drove your vehicle over a wet road or sloshed through a puddle this winter, you have exposed your car to road salt damage. What’s worse, salt water (as opposed to rock salt) can creep into the nooks and crannies that most car washes simply can’t reach or that they would never think to clean. Luckily for you, Ziebart has been successfully combating road salt damage for over half a century with services like Exterior Detailing,Undercoating, and Rust Protection

    Peppered With Salt

    Getting road salt damage in your undercarriage isn’t the only winter threat on the roads. As the salt trucks come toward you in the other lane, your vehicle is vulnerable to the rock salt being thrown at extreme rates (and high speeds). Solid rock salt colliding with your vehicle at 110 mph is bound to make some scratches. Avoid road salt scratches with Ziebart Paint Protection Film.

    An Inside Job

    Salt doesn’t have to attack your car from the outside. Chances are, salt has been tracked into your car from your shoes, jacket, ice scraper and more. Once this road salt dissolves, gravity is going to push salt water down through your carpet and begin working its corrosive charm on your floor panels. Ziebart Interior Detailing is a great way to stop the road salt from destroying your car from the inside, as well as make your vehicle look good as new for your daily commute.  

    If you want to know how you can further protect your vehicle from salt damage (beyond a weekly car wash), contact your local Ziebart franchise!