Let’s face it, you never actually plan to get into an accident—whether a minor fender-bender or major collision where you’ll need extensive auto body work done. This is not a business where you’re driving down a street and say, “Oh geez, I think I’ll get my front end repaired now. Oh, there’s an auto body
When you have a collision and need auto body repair, insurance companies will recommend one or more body shops to you but the choice is always yours where you want to go. Most insurance companies have repair contracts with shops in your area. They usually require the shops they work with to perform the repairs
When having your car repaired after a collision there has been extensive debate and even litigation regarding the use of after-market or used parts as opposed to original manufactured equipment (OEM) parts when performing the repairs. Depending on who you talk to, there are two sides to this argument. Critics and some body shops
Bad tires can be a big contributor to a collision. Your tires are the only connection between your car and the road so proper tire care, along with monthly inspection of them, is suggested for driving safety. Below are 3 areas of tire care you should keep tabs on: Pressure- Your owner’s manual
Deer collisions result in tens of thousands of injuries, astronomical car repair cost and death. Although deer collision statistics vary from state to state, the majority of deer collisions occur in the Midwest. However, no matter where you live, you should be aware of possibility of colliding with a deer—or other animal. The most prevalent time
When people are involved in a collision and need their car repaired many don’t know the process of how an auto body shop works. It can be little intimidating when you don’t know what to expect after a collision. Here are the steps involved in getting your car repaired: Contact your insurance company. They
Some auto body shops offer “paintless” dent repair(PDR). Whether it’s called “paintless”, “paint free” or “dentless”, the principle is the same: the technique enables the technician to not affect your vehicle’s original paint finish. The most common use of PDR is the repair of hail damage, door dings, minor creases, large dents and bodylines damage.
People sometimes ask how a body shop can waive your insurance deductible? How is it possible— or even legal—when getting your car repaired after a collision? First, it is completely legal. Although insurance companies will try to tell you otherwise—and even go as far as to say it’s fraud– once you make a claim with
There have been many articles over the last few years discussing the pro’s and con’s of driverless or “self-driving” cars. Most agree that the technology at this point isn’t perfect by any means, with many bugs still needing to be worked out. Since there are so many variables at play in this technology, even Google,
Not all insurance companies are created equal. This post isn’t meant to point fingers at a particular insurer but the above tactic is well-known for collision repair in the auto body industry and our purpose here is to alert the consumer. This goal of this documented tactic called “delay, deny, defend” is to minimize
Most people don’t think about collision repair until they need it. This makes sense since this is a service that most people don’t shop for until they need it, aside from people who have a hobby in restoring cars or want to make some body changes to their own vehicle. The collision itself, whether a
Insurance companies and aftermarket part manufacturers claim they’ve saved consumers millions of dollars by using cheaper imitation parts. In January 2013 the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America issued a special report that stated the use of aftermarket parts reduce the amount insurers had to pay on claims for collision repair. Insurers argue they need
You’ve had a collision and you’ve gone through all the steps to get your vehicle repaired. You took the car to your insurance company—or sent pictures of the damage—for an appraisal of the damage. You then got an estimate at your local body shop and had it repaired. You want it repaired so it
If you’ve been in a collision and need your car repaired many insurance companies will attempt to “steer” you toward body shops that use generic or “after-market” auto parts. These after-market parts are parts that aren’t made by the original manufacturer of your car. They are generic and the top body shops complain—rightly so— that these
Let’s face it, nobody wakes up in the morning and says, “I hope I get into a fender-bender today so I can go to my auto body shop!” Ridiculous self-talk? Definitely. But could a fender-bender happen? Absolutely. The point is body shops are similar to plumbers, electricians and lawyers. Nobody really thinks about what they
Some insurance companies are offering the option of sending photos in for collision appraisal in an effort to cut out the middle man of appraisers. This obviously saves the insurance company money on both the appraisers salary and benefits as well as the repairs themselves. However, body shops are not too keen on the idea as
After the initial shock of getting in a collision has worn off and you’ve contacted your insurance company and now need to find a body shop to repair your vehicle, there are questions that you should ask when researching the best shops to have the work done. Like any other industry not
When you think of ‘summer’, what do you picture? Trips to the beach, family cookouts, or relaxing by the pool? What about sweating on the side of the road in 100-degree heat with a steaming engine or a flat-tire? Probably not. Mid-summer car care is important! We’d bet that being a stranded motorist isn’t your
Stats show that 92% of today’s consumers read online reviews before making a purchase. So, it’s likely that before you buy a new microwave or a washer and dryer set, you’ll be scouring the internet searching for what others have to say about the product. But do you do the same thing when choosing an
Driverless cars are coming to the streets and highways sooner than later. Despite the legal wrangling between Google and Uber over the technology itself, it is predicted by some that 60% of cars on the road in the next 10 years will be driverless, although no one knows for sure.
The physical condition of your car is a huge part of your overall driving satisfaction. Whether it’s the shiny exterior or that “new car” smell, there’s no better feeling than riding in a clean vehicle. To keep your car or truck like new, it has to be cleaned on a regular basis.
If you’ve owned your car for any significant amount of time, there is a good chance that it has gained some “battle scars” along the way. Small dents and paint scratches on the doors, bumpers and hood of a vehicle are common and often go unnoticed or get ignored by owners. Sometimes they are created
Many people think that the terms ‘auto body’ and ‘auto repair’ are synonymous. After all, both types of businesses deal with damaged vehicles in some capacity and have qualified technicians that can help get your ride back on the road. However, auto body and repair shops have very different specializations. Just like you wouldn’t
In 2016, auto recalls reached an all-time high at 53.2 million vehicles. This was a 7 percent increase over the previous high of 51.1 million in 2015. Specifically, over 42 million vehicles were affected by faulty airbag inflators. This marks the largest American safety recall of all time and leading to at least 16 deaths.
A collision is something most people don’t think about until it happens. Even if the crash isn’t major, an accident can have long-lasting effects on your financial, emotional, and physical health. Doctor’s bills, increases in insurance premiums, anxiety, and expensive vehicle repairs that are the result of a collision can be overwhelming to say the
There are many reasons why a person would need to store their vehicle for an extended period of time. Trips out of the country, military deployments, moves, and even changes of seasons can lead drivers to seek long-term storage options for their cars and trucks. One mistake that owners often make is focusing solely
After a collision or vehicle break down, one of the first decisions to make is where to have your vehicle towed. This decision is coupled with another one: how to get it there. Most driver’s first call is a tow truck. But because this can be an added expense that often requires upfront
The period just following a car accident can be one of the scariest times of a person’s life. Just seconds before, you were driving along happily and then- boom- your entire world is turned upside down. In these moments, it can seem impossible to stay calm. However, remaining level headed is a must. The decisions
Bumping into a curb–or a “curb check”– is a minor driving hazard that even experienced drivers have made. When it happens, most of us think little of it and continue on our way. We certainly don’t think of it as a reason to see a collision specialist. But making