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  • “How To Tell If You Can Trust Your Auto Body Shop”
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    “How To Tell If You Can Trust Your Auto Body Shop”

    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

  • “You Have A Choice for Your Auto Body Repair!”

    “You Have A Choice for Your Auto Body Repair!”

    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

  • “Used Parts Vs. Original Manufacturer (OEM) parts: Does it Matter?”

    “Used Parts Vs. Original Manufacturer (OEM) parts: Does it Matter?”

      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

  • “Tire Care For Safety and Longer Wear”

    “Tire Care For Safety and Longer Wear”

    Bad tires can be a big contributor to an accident.  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

  • “5 Tips to Avoid a Collision With A Deer and Car Repair”

    “5 Tips to Avoid a Collision With A Deer and Car Repair”

        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 accidents 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

  • “What to Expect From Your Auto Body Shop….”

    “What to Expect From Your Auto Body Shop….”

    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

  • “Why Use ‘Paintless’ Dent Repair”?

    “Why Use ‘Paintless’ Dent Repair”?

    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.

  • “ Waive An Insurance Deductible. Is It Possible?”
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    “ Waive An Insurance Deductible. Is It Possible?”

      People sometimes ask how a body shop can waive an 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

  • “Self-Driving Cars—Safe or Not?”

    “Self-Driving Cars—Safe or Not?”

    There have been many articles over the last few years discussing the pro’s and con’s of  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, who first

  • “Avoid the Auto Insurance Tactic: ‘Delay, Deny, Defend’”

    “Avoid the Auto Insurance Tactic: ‘Delay, Deny, Defend’”

      Not all insurance companies are created equal.  This post isn’t meant to point fingers at a particular insurer but the above insurance 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

  • “Collision Repair: How To Protect Yourself and Your Finances”

    “Collision Repair: How To Protect Yourself and Your Finances”

    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 and auto body repair.  Insurers

  • “How To Tell if Your Car Was Repaired Correctly After a Collision”

    “How To Tell if Your Car Was Repaired Correctly After a Collision”

    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 looks like

  • “What Insurance Companies DON’T Tell You About Collision Repair”

    “What Insurance Companies DON’T Tell You About Collision Repair”

    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

  • “Know Your Auto Body Shop Before You Need Them!”

    “Know Your Auto Body Shop Before You Need Them!”

    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

  • “Insurance Photo Option for Car Collision Claims—Good or Bad?”
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    “Insurance Photo Option for Car Collision Claims—Good or Bad?”

    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 insurance photo option 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

  • “5 Questions to Ask Your Body Shop After a Collision”

    “5 Questions to Ask Your Body Shop After a Collision”

    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 all body shops

  • “Beating Mid-Summer Arizona Heat: Tips for Summer Car Care”

    “Beating Mid-Summer Arizona Heat: Tips for Summer Car Care”

    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

  • “How Online Reviews Can Help You Choose an Auto Body Shop”

    “How Online Reviews Can Help You Choose an Auto Body Shop”

    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: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly…”

    “Driverless Cars: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly…”

          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.      

  • “Professional Car Detailing—More Than Meets the Eye!”

    “Professional Car Detailing—More Than Meets the Eye!”

           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

  • “Small Scratch And Dent Repair For Your Vehicle”

    “Small Scratch And Dent Repair For Your Vehicle”

    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

  • “Avoiding Tire Blowout Related Collisions”

    “Avoiding Tire Blowout Related Collisions”

    Tire blowouts are one of the most common causes of car accidents. These crashes often happen at high rates of speed, resulting in physical damage to the vehicle and injuries to its driver. The National Transportation Safety Board says that on average, 500 people die every year in tire-related passenger vehicle crashes and 19,000 of

  • “Auto Body Shop vs Auto Repair Shop: Knowing Who to Call”

    “Auto Body Shop vs Auto Repair Shop: Knowing Who to Call”

       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

  • “Keeping Up With Vehicle Recalls”

    “Keeping Up With Vehicle Recalls”

    In 2016, vehicle 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.

  • “Safety Tips That Can Help You Avoid a Collision”

    “Safety Tips That Can Help You Avoid a Collision”

    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

  • “Long Term Vehicle Storage: How to Prep Your Car or Truck”

          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 vehicle storage options for their cars and trucks. One mistake that owners often make

  • “3 Reasons Why DIY Towing Isn’t a Good Idea”

      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 payment,

  • “7 Steps Drivers Should Take After an Accident”

    “7 Steps Drivers Should Take After an Accident”

    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

  • “Curb Check-4 Reasons To Never Ignore It!”

        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 contact

  • “New Vehicle Technologies: Shaping The Future”

             Collisions cost the U.S. $871 billion dollars each year. Funded by consumers through insurance premiums and tax dollars, the costs outlined in this staggering statistic provided by the NHTSA represent the real consequences traffic accidents can bring about. So what, if anything,  can be done to prevent collisions and lower the

  • “The Importance of Bumper Repair”

                    Your car’s bumper is critical component. Contrary to popular belief, although they aren’t safety features, bumpers do have a specific role and appropriate bumper repair is very important for reasons listed below.        According to the NHTAS, they are “designed to protect the hood, trunk,

  • “How to Prevent Backover Accidents”

           Every year, thousands of children are killed or seriously injured in backover accidents. These are accidents that occur when reversing driver fails to see a child in their path and strikes or runs over them with a vehicle.  Though most don’t think of this type of collision as common, every week in

  • “How to Choose The Best Car Insurance”

             All car insurance is not created equal. Anyone who has ever dealt with a difficult insurance agency knows this to be fact. Unfortunately, most of the time it is only after a crash occurs that a driver realizes that their policy isn’t worth the paper it is written on. At that

  • “Three Questions to Ask For A Rental Car”

        Although every collision is different, there are certain issues that most drivers have to deal with after a collision. One of the most common is securing a rental car while auto repairs are being made. Though the process shouldn’t be stressful, it can cause anxiety when there are added expenses or the process

  • “Traveling Tips for Holiday Drivers”

    Tis the season..for car repairs? Nothing says holiday time like traveling to be with family and friends. But wintertime travel can come with costly repairs that put a damper on the family fun, especially if you’re not prepared for them. If you’re one of the 50 million people traveling during this holiday season, keep the

  • “Drowsy Driving Collisions and How to Avoid Them”

      1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and over $12.5 billion in monetary damage in related collisions every year. These are the statistics of drowsy driving. Even more so than driving under the influence, driving while sleepy is a common occurrence. According to research gathered by Drowsydriving.org, drowsy driving crashes are a serious risk to our young people

  • “Totaled Vehicle: What Does This Mean?”

        Coping with the aftermath of a collision is difficult no matter what level of damage a vehicle has sustained. This stress can increase significantly when a vehicle is declared a total loss by an insurance company. Although this is a fairly common situation, it’s important to know what it means for a vehicle

  • “What to Do After an Out of Town Car Crash”

      Nothing is scarier than a car accident. Except maybe a car crash that happens out of town. Collisions can bring up intense and overwhelming feelings of fear and helplessness. When a crash occurs in a place that’s unfamiliar, those emotions intensify. Each state has varying laws about what steps to take after an accident.

  • “4 Things Not To Do After a Collision Repair”

    o You wrecked your car and then had it repaired by a qualified repair shop. Now that your car is back to pristine condition, you’re ready to get back to life (and the road) as usual. Like most drivers, you don’t realize that there is a period of “recoup” time that follows certain repairs. Putting

  • “Frame Repair After a Collision”

    You step out of your vehicle after a collision and scan the exterior of your car for crash-related damage. Like most of us, you’re concerned with the scratches, dents, and other surface damage that are in plain sight. But after an accident, the worst of the damage may be hidden deeper and related to the

  • Original Manufacturer Parts and Insurance Companies

    Original Manufacturer Parts and Insurance Companies

        Original manufacturer parts are important.  After an accident, it’s likely that you will have contact with at least two businesses: the insurance company handling your claim and the auto body shop handling your repairs. Although it would seem as if these guys would be partners, insurance companies and real auto body repair experts

  • “Auto Body Repair: Dent vs. Ding”

    You walk out of the grocery store and place your bags in the trunk. When opening the driver’s side door, you notice something that wasn’t there before. There’s a ding: dead center. In a previous blog, we talked about the fact that dents can be purely superficial. They can also hide more profound damage. But

  • “Roadside Assistance Coverage-Get It!”

    “Roadside Assistance Coverage-Get It!”

    Collisions and roadside emergencies can bring out a mixture of emotions from even the calmest driver. Even something as easy to fix as a flat tire can turn into a full-blown disaster if it happens in a place where help isn’t readily available. Recent stats show that 12% of all roadside fatalities occur on the

  • “How to Survive a Car Crash”

    Of all the disturbing events a human being can go through during their lifetime, a serious car crash is one of the most traumatic. Those who survive a serious collision often spend months picking up the pieces physically, emotionally, and financially. Sometimes, the process takes years. Then there are fatal crashes where loss of life

  • “Your Car’s Resale Value-How To Increase It”

    “Your Car’s Resale Value-How To Increase It”

      If you are a vehicle owner, it’s likely that there will come a day when you will want to trade-in or sell your car or truck. One of the most important parts of this process is determining your vehicle’s resale value. In simple times, this is your car’s worth at the time of sale

  • “The Danger of Do it Yourself Auto Body Repairs”

                    There are some auto body repairs that can be done at home. Common “do-it-yourself” ventures include paint touch-ups, repairing scratches, pulling out dents, and replacing windshields. With so many DIY repair videos on internet sites like YouTube and social media outlets, it’s tempting to save the money you

  • “What to Do About Car Paint Issues”

    “What to Do About Car Paint Issues”

    It’s frustrating to discover that the healthy coat of paint that once covered your vehicle is now fading. Peeling and rusting paint is even worse. It’s often tough to pinpoint the exact cause of paint damage. Sun damage and dings/dents are common culprits. It’s best to protect your vehicle before the damage begins, but there are

  • “Buying a Used Car? Questions to Ask…”

                  Buying a used car can be a complicated process that comes with serious risks, including the possibility of driving away with a ‘lemon.’ Getting a good deal involves more than a low price tag. To be truly satisfied long term, you’ll need to weigh your options carefully. Thankfully,

  • “Airbags-Safety and Risks”

                 Most drivers know that airbags are life-saving mechanisms that deploy when you are involved in a crash, but let’s tell you little about how they work. Though they are essential, there are risks associated with these devices. Because of the possibility of injury associated with them (and when not

  • “Regular Car Maintenance Just Makes Sense”

             We hear talk about car maintenance all the time.  This is important in all kinds of weather to prevent collisions or breakdowns.  Whether you live in the heat of the southwest or the cold of the northeast, it’s critical to take care of certain parts of your vehicle on a regular

  • Which Vehicle Will Keep You Safe in a Collision?

    Which Vehicle Will Keep You Safe in a Collision?

      Car accidents take the lives of over a million people each year, and an additional 30 million plus are injured. In the past, we have talked about how to avoid collisions as well as how to survive them, but a huge part of surviving a car crash isn’t what you do but what kind

  • “5 Strange Car Smells and What They Mean”

    “5 Strange Car Smells and What They Mean”

    One of the best ways to know if something is wrong with your vehicle is to use your five senses. If you see steam rising from your hood, hearing a clinking noise, or touching an unusually warm surface can all be warning signs that something is wrong. But what about strange car smells? Many drivers

  • “Inspecting Your Car After Auto Body Repairs”

    “Inspecting Your Car After Auto Body Repairs”

    After your car is involved in a collision or suffers body damage, finding a reputable auto body shop is a top priority. After repairs have been made, many vehicle owners feel so relieved to have their car or truck back in their possession that they don’t take the time to make sure repairs are up

  • “The Latest on Self-Driving Cars”

    “The Latest on Self-Driving Cars”

    Several months back, we covered self-driving cars in a blog post that outlined the pros and cons of these driverless vehicles. A driverless car is an autonomous vehicle designed to travel without a human driver. The idea for self-driving cars has been around for many years, but when Google announced the developing and testing of

  • “Fender Benders: What to Do if You Hit a Parked Car”

    “Fender Benders: What to Do if You Hit a Parked Car”

    When most people picture a collision, they see two drivers crashing their vehicles into each other. Sometimes there’s smoke and fireworks, other collisions are simple fender benders. You may know how to survive a car crash where another driver is at fault. But what about crashes in which only one driver is involved? Figuring out

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