Taking Care of Your Performance Vehicle

The stats are in for 2022, and the world’s most expensive car is worth $4,360,000! In fact, the top ten most expensive vehicles are well over $1,000,000. Most of these cars are performance vehicles with exceptional engines, tires, and body designs.

While price is one component of a performance vehicle, there are several other factors that comprise this specialized vehicle. When things go awry, such as body damage or collisions, we need experts we can rely on for repair services.

Performance vehicles require unique repairs, upgrades, paint jobs, and much more. Luckily, we have a must-read article in store. In our complete guide, we are going to review what makes performance vehicles unique, common maintenance and repairs, and how to find a well-qualified shop.

Keep reading on for more information!

What Are Performance Vehicles?

How does a performance vehicle differ from a standard vehicle? Most experts define a performance vehicle as one that has improved or better capabilities than a typical run-of-the-mill model in terms of:

  • Speed/acceleration
  • Max speed
  • Braking
  • Cornering

Some might consider “performance” factors like a vehicle’s acceleration from 0 mph to 60 mph, engine capabilities, design, and more. Performance cars are not usually driven for practicality or daily commute. Sports and classic cars might also fall under this classification.

Another key component of a performance vehicle is aesthetics and cost. Typically, these cars cost more upfront and for other customizable options like high-quality paint jobs.

Regular Car Maintenance

For optimal performance and visual appeal, it is important to have performance vehicles regularly maintained. Some items we can perform ourselves are:

  • Checking tire pressures
  • Checking oil levels
  • Replacing windshield wipers
  • Cleaning and waxing

Regular maintenance includes oil changes, level check-ups (e.g., coolant, windshield wiper fluid), tire rotation, air filter changes, and dashboard light checks. These should be performed at regular intervals, depending on how frequently someone drives a performance car.

We should consult our car’s manual or a professional for more specifics on when to take our car in. However, most auto experts suggest having an oil change and short-term maintenance every 7,500 to 10,000 miles.

If we don’t drive our car regularly, we could aim for it at least once yearly. Long-term maintenance includes:

  • Transmission fluid checks
  • Brake and shock inspection
  • Coolant fluid exchange
  • Checking spark plugs
  • Checking serpentine belt

Lastly, replacing our batteries and tires depends on usage, seasons, and brand. If we live in a colder environment, we might also consider switching to snow or all-season tires.

Cleaning Performance Vehicles

Use mild or automotive-specific soap recommended by a quality auto shop. Opt for a soft-bristled or foam sponge to avoid any abrasions or damaged paint when cleaning. Washing by hand ensures a more thorough and gentler cleaning than some types of car washes.

When drying our vehicle, use a soft, microfiber cloth, and don’t forget to wax regularly for optimal paint protection and a glossier finish. We could also ask a qualified auto body shop about paint sealants or films that are applied to our factory paint job.

Replacing Car Parts

Inevitably, some of our performance vehicle parts will need to be replaced, whether from a collision or wear and tear. Sometimes, we may simply want a performance vehicle engine upgrade or other notable features.

Engine upgrades are increasing in popularity for sports and muscle car enthusiasts. Turbochargers, superchargers, and even complete engine replacements are more popular than ever. However, complexity, price, and torque can all impact performance and execution.

Some other common upgrades for high-performance cars are:

  • New tires
  • Cold air intake installation
  • High flow exhaust
  • Spark plugs

When looking to replace car parts, we need a well-qualified and reputable auto body repair shop. Here are some key auto body shop characteristics to look for:

  • Experienced staff
  • Online reviews
  • Technical certifications
  • Auto shop organization
  • Insurance referrals
  • Repair warranties
  • Various services
  • Location

Ultimately, we need a one-stop shop for all our performance vehicle repairs. An auto body shop should have familiarity and staff expertise to upgrade, repair, or replace specialized car parts.

Performance Vehicle Auto Body Repairs

Collision and auto body repairs are critical for keeping our performance vehicle running at full strength. If we have been in a car accident or your vehicle experienced damage from rocks or debris, an auto body repair shop can help with:

  • New paint job
  • Window replacements
  • Frame repairs
  • Exterior damage (e.g., body panels, bumpers, fenders, dents)

They also work directly with insurance companies arranging for rental cars and payments. While auto body repair shops primarily focus on collision repairs, it doesn’t entail several services that an auto repair shop does. Some common car maintenance tasks that we won’t find at an auto body repair shop are:

  • Oil changes
  • Brake replacements
  • Transmission or engine repair

We will have to visit a different technician for those repairs or replacements. Typically, we can ask a technician at an auto body repair shop who they recommend if they can’t fully service our car.

Find a Qualified Performance Vehicle Service Shop

Hance’s Uptown Collision Center specializes in auto body repairs after collisions or accidents. Performance vehicles take expertise, knowledge, and customized parts to get your car back up and running. We offer lifetime warranties on our workmanship and materials.

Additionally, we include competitive prices and valet service, so you don’t have to stress about time or money lost. Our collision center is dedicated to helping your performance vehicle look and function in pristine condition.

We have two convenient locations in Dallas and Plano, so give us a call today and let us help you get your performance vehicle fixed!

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