Settle Down With a Great Auto Repair Shop

Auto Paint JobHave you ever heard the words, “It’ll never be the same”? Though this phrase can apply to a number of situations, many people are unlucky enough to hear it in relation to their cars. If a collision has rendered your car barely recognizable, it’s time to find a trustworthy auto repair shop to resurrect your favorite set of wheels so that it can be the same again.

Time Sensitivity

Waiting for extensive car repairs isn’t known to be the quickest process in the world, thanks to the red tape and endless hoops of insurance companies and adjusters who squeeze your claim in if and when they can. (more…)

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The Best Care for Your Newly Painted Car

car paintingPaint is a relatively simple concept but can make an enormous difference in the appearance of your car. A fresh, clean layer of paint is one of the easiest ways to spot a newly purchased—or extremely well maintained—car on the road. If you live in a Southern state where the sun shines consistently year-round, the paint on your car will fade much quicker than on the cars of your friends up North, and you may find yourself itching for a fresh coat of paint to give your car that “just off the lot” look. Or perhaps you want to spice things up using a different color or added designs on your car. Chemical staining is another leading contributor to needing new car paint; acid rain can create permanent spots in the paint if not washed off regularly. Whatever your reason for seeking auto painting, you need to find professionals with the utmost expertise who can transform your car into a painted masterpiece. (more…)

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Restore Your Automobile to Its Former Glory

When speaking of cars, many people mention repairs like wheel alignment, exhaust system adjustments, and brake replacements. These repairs are vital to keep a car running smoothly with optimal performance, but there’s another important “R” of vehicle maintenance not to be forgotten: restoration. Restoration is the art of mending the degraded features of an automobile to establish its authentic form and appearance.

Automobile restoration is most valuable to people whose ideal car is a 1954 Chevy rather than a 2016 Ferrari. Restoration makes it possible to purchase a car that is 30, 50, possibly even 80 years old and make it look and run like it’s brand new. This process is an incredible feat of auto work blended with a careful art and tedious science that expert restoration specialists have down to a smooth system.

lincoln continentalWhen planning a vehicle restoration, it’s important to plan for every part of the vehicle, from the pieces under the hood- engine, transmission, exhaust, brakes, and rotors- to the style seen on the street- upholstery, paint, bumper, and headlights. The question of rust, leaks, and safety also come into play. Restoration has to make the car safe to drive and beautiful to admire.

Breathing life back into a classic car offers benefits beyond your own satisfaction of driving through town catching the gaze of many jealous eyes. Restoration will skyrocket your car’s value at sales and auctions and even promote it as a collectible. (more…)

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Selling Your Car? Here’s How to Get the Best Price Possible for Your Vehicle

suv-afterAs the old saying goes, your car loses value the minute it’s driven away from the dealership. However, just because your vehicle will never get back its original retail price doesn’t mean you can’t get a good amount for it when you choose to sell it on.

However, if your car is looking worn out and in bad condition, it’s unlikely to generate much interest, and you’ll be lucky if you can get a few hundred for it. Here’s a few tips to help you get the most for your used car without blowing your bank balance in the process.

Top Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Sale

1) Fix the paintwork. If you’ve got scratches or chips in the paintwork, this can instantly make your car look as though it’s had a few collisions, which is not the impression you want to create. Take it to a body repair specialist, who will be able to paint over the scratches, making your car appear good as new again. (more…)

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Rear End Collisions: Facts, Figures, and How You Can Avoid Them

car accident rear endIt is a sad fact that rear end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. According to data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear end collisions account for between 25 and 30 percent of all traffic accidents. That is certainly a substantial percentage, but arming yourself with knowledge and awareness can help you avoid being a statistic and facing a car that needs extensive repair—or worse.

Who’s at Fault in a Rear End Collision?

In most U.S. states, the driver of the rear ending car is found to be at fault. This means that if you rear end someone, you are likely to be liable for the cost of repairs for both cars. It is in everyone’s best interest to be aware, alert, and to consciously drive in a way that will minimize the chances of an accident. (more…)

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What to Do When You are in a Car Accident

car accidentCar accidents are incredibly common and can happen for infinite reasons. When a crash happens, even a minor one, it is easy to get flustered and forget to take care of important business. Here, we will consider tips on being prepared for an accident and what you should do right after one occurs.

Be Prepared

Firstly, it’s important to be prepared. Along with a first aid kit, you should always carry some essentials in the car with you, including:

  • A Notepad and Pen—These help when you need to take down insurance information, phone numbers, and any other pertinent details. (more…)

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Can Insurance Companies Refuse to Work with Your Shop of Choice?

car frameFinding auto body repair services you trust with all of your repair work is rare. When you do develop that bond, there should be no reason to go anywhere else for your auto repair needs. However, when an accident occurs and people start the process of filing a claim, their insurance companies may recommend another shop.

When this situation occurs, some people may feel torn between reliable work they can trust and doing as they are told by the insurance companies footing the bill. So now the question arises: can I bring my damaged automobile to the shop of my choice when I need repair work?

Laws Regarding Insurance Companies and Shops of Your Choosing

According to laws regarding insurance companies, you can never be denied going to the auto body shop of your choice when it comes to repairs. For insurance companies, it is in everyone’s best interests to get your vehicle repaired and back on the road as quickly as possible. (more…)

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Understanding an Auto Body Repair Estimate

mechanicIf you have ever been in need of auto body repair services, you know the first step towards completing the process is getting an estimate, either from your insurance company or a trusted auto body repair shop. In some cases, customers get a few estimates that can range in price and vary in the work that is listed in the initial consultation.

While some estimates are lower than others, people run into a situation where they pick the lowest cost, and halfway through the work they discover the final cost will be higher than the estimate because of additional work that needed to be done. In order to avoid this, one must understand just what an estimate entails and take steps to avoid further costs. (more…)

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Cars You Should Really Restore

lincoln continentalThere are a number of reasons why a person decides to restore a certain automobile. More often than not it is for sentimental reasons. If you’ve got the money, perhaps it’s not necessarily a bad idea to restore a model that resembles your grandfather’s AMC Gremlin. However, some people restore automobiles for economic reasons as well. If all you want to do is simply restore a car, then pick one that will give you the most bang for your buck.

Consider the following cars you really should restore: 

Pontiac GTOs from the years 1971-72 — Most of the earlier Pontiac GTO models are a bit too expensive for the average person to consider. However, these early 70’s models are still fairly yet they will also continue to rise in value like their more expensive counterparts. Except for a few minor changes here and there, these early 70’s GTOs still maintain the aura of the earlier versions and they still have the same speed as well. If they are restored correctly, the owner of one of these beauties can still expect a decent return on their investment in the coming years.  (more…)

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Paintless (and Painless) Dent Repair

Auto Paint JobPainless or paint-less dent repair refers to the process of removing diminutive dents from the surface of a vehicle. So long as the paint surface remains in contact, PDR can be used to easily repair any kind of vehicle dent. PDR can also be used to repair various car damages like minor creases, door dings, bodyline damages, large dents and hail damage.

In addition, PDR can be used in preparing vehicle panels and making them ready for repainting and thus, minimizing the use of fillers and generally reducing expenditure. Commonly known as “push for paint” or “push to paint,” it helps many companies, firms, individuals and enterprises to save the money that could have been used on purchasing new vehicles or getting more expensive repairs. (more…)

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