The Latest From Ziebart

  • 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. 

    Cellphone:
    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. 

    Flashlight:
    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.

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    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. 

    Security
    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.

    What:
    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.

    How:
    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.

    Where:
    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.).

    Why:
    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!

  • Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

    by Z Team | Feb 11, 2014

    Giving the perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be a difficult task. If your Valentine is a car lover (or maybe your Valentine is your car, we’re not judging), your hunt for the perfect gift just got a little bit easier. We compiled a list of Ziebart gift ideas that will thrill that special someone in your life!

    No one likes driving in a freezing cold car. Let your Valentine know you’re looking out for them and keep them warm from a distance with a professionally installed remote starter.

    Does your Valentine drive the little ones around? Germ Defender® is a great way to keep them healthy and protected from dangerous illnesses.

    Maybe hauling the tikes to hockey practice or taking Fido to the groomer has left their car’s interior “less than desirable.” Help them fall in love with their ride all over again with our interior detailing package.

    Looking for something a little spicier? Borrow your loved one’s car for a few hours and spice it up with our professional window tinting service, paint protection film, or exterior detailing services; it will look like a new car again!

    We haven’t forgotten about the truck lovers out there. We carry a variety of automotive accessories, including trailer hitches, step bars and more.  You could even spoil the surprise and propose a spray on bed liner as a heartfelt way to keep their truck bed protected (and looking great)!

    When all else fails, one simple and effective gift for car lovers is a Ziebart gift certificate. Since it can be applied to any Ziebart product or service, a Ziebart gift certificate is a perfect fit for your Valentine.

    Valentine’s Day is all about falling in love. These Ziebart gifts for car lovers are sure to reignite your Valentine’s passion for their vehicle and will let them know you’re thinking about them.

  • 10 Items to Get Your Car Prepared for Winter

    by Z Team | Feb 10, 2014

    The extreme cold weather that has hit much of the United States recently has caught plenty of businesses and people off-guard. Without preparation, many drivers found themselves stranded at home or on the road. Although you cannot prepare for every severe weather storm, we believe you can get your truck or car prepared for winter with several items set aside in your trunk.

    Every well prepared car should have an ice scraper, gloves and spare windshield wiper fluid somewhere in it. Each of these items will help ensure your view is clear after a sudden.

    While everyone’s parents likely told them there’s something to be said about having cat litter in your trunk due to the traction it provides, sand can be used just as well. If the storm was bad, you may not get out of a winter predicament no matter how many bags you have in there. This makes road flares, a flashlight and a small snow shovel invaluable. These items will help other drivers see you while you try to dig out, while also keeping you prepared if you find yourself stuck at night.

    Just in case you are left waiting for a tow truck or friend to help you out, consider getting your car prepared for winter by throwing some granola bars or other small foods that will stay good for several months (i.e. peanuts, pretzels, etc.).  While you’re waiting, you will likely enjoy a blanket and an extra pair of boots and gloves in case you need to conserve gas over time. Without knowing how long you’ll be waiting, a plugin car charger or portable external battery charger for your cell phone can keep you in touch until help arrives.

    Nobody wants to think about getting stranded on the road during the winter, but a small amount of preparation can make all the difference in turning around an unfortunate situation. Take just a few minutes this weekend to get your car prepared for winter and you can drive with a little more peace of mind.
  • Combat Winter Germs with Germ Defender

    by Z Team | Jan 31, 2014

    There are a variety of things that cold weather brings to the roads of the U.S.: ice, salt, road delays and more. While our rust protection services can help protect you from salt corrosion, and Z-Shield paint protection film will avoid scratches, what about the interior of your car?

    In light of the “Polar Vortex”, it is only a matter of time before the telltale sniffles in your home or office indicate that Cold Season is upon us. Though there are a number of products on the market aimed at keeping your vitamin levels up or your hands bacteria-free, there are still places for germs to exist. One of those places is your vehicle. Enter Germ Defender®.

    A cleaner commute.
    Aimed at keeping your vehicle a safe haven for you and your family, Germ Defender® is an effective, non-toxic, long-lasting protection for your interior. Germ Defender® serves as a microscopic ‘bed of nails,’ puncturing the cell walls of microbes, stopping germs in their tracks and saving your immune system. With a treatment of Germ Defender®, your car or truck will be protected against

    • MRSA
    • Staph
    • Type A Influenza (Swine Flu)
    • E. coli
    • Salmonella
    • Ringworm
    • Mold
    • Mildew
    • H1N1
    • Shigellosis 
    • And more!

    Invisible protection
    Odorless and colorless, Germ Defender® works silently on your vehicle’s interior. Most importantly, Germ Defender® is non-toxic and has received EPA approval to last a minimum of 90 days, no matter how much it’s rubbed or wiped. In fact, Germ Defender’s® effectiveness is maximized through normal cleaning.  No matter how much you use your car this holiday season, you and your passengers will be protected.

    Protection through the winter
    While effective in all seasons, Germ Defender® is a great way to help fight against a variety of colds you will come into contact with this winter. Safe for kids and pets immediately after application, there is no delay keeping you from visiting your local Ziebart franchise to discuss your auto detailing and Germ Defender® options today.

  • What to Expect from Ziebart at NADA

    by Z Team | Jan 22, 2014

    We are thrilled to be attending the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) annual convention in New Orleans this year! The NADA Convention and Expo, running January 24-27, is attended by industry experts and dealership owners from across the country, all looking to discuss the latest in automotive.



    For us, a presence for Ziebart at NADA means our company can meet with dealers from across the country and discuss potential partnership opportunities. One of the most effective ways our customers get Ziebart products on their new car or truck is through one of our U.S. franchises working with the dealership to provide seamless service. NADA provides an opportunity to find new ways to engage with dealerships, allowing customers to have their vehicle serviced with our paint protection products, undercoating or a variety of other services. This partnership ensures that their customers’ vehicles continue to look show room new. Dealerships also benefit from such partnerships as they open an additional revenue stream and diversify their offerings to their customers, two very important business components in today’s market.

    Our company’s booth at NADA provides a great opportunity for dealers, as well as general automotive enthusiasts, to speak with us about all of the great products and services we offer. We have designed our booth to be an easy source of information and discussion so come by, visit our Infused Hydration Station and find out more about what Ziebart is doing in 2014! Click here for a map of NADA – we are booth 4480 (in the upper right hand corner).

    If you will be attending NADA, let us know and we will set aside some time to talk with you about the opportunities Ziebart has to offer dealers nationwide. In the meantime, check out our website for more information about Ziebart at NADA.

    Read our latest NADA Press Release!