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4 Questions To Help You Find A Great Auto Body Repair Shop After An Accident

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Questions To Help You Find A Great Auto Body Repair Shop After An Accident

If you’re in an auto accident, the first thing to do is make sure you and everyone who was in the car with you is alright. Of course, you should seek medical attention immediately if anyone is injured. Once you know everyone is alright, you’ll need to decide where to take your car to be repaired. Here are four questions to help you find a great auto body repair shop near you. Can You See Cars They’ve Painted Recently? If your car has been in an accident, its paint is likely chipped and scraped. Anywhere the paint has been damaged needs to be repainted, because chips and scrapes both reduce a car’s value and make it prone to rust. To assess how well an auto body repair shop will repaint your car, ask to see cars that they’ve recently painted. The quality of work done on these vehicles will show you what you can expect the shop to do when repainting your automobile. When assessing vehicle’s’ paint jobs, you’ll want to do the following: check to see that all chips and scrapes have been painted over make sure the color of the repainted area perfectly matches the vehicle’s original color look around the door jambs for neat, clean-cut edges You don’t want to see marks that weren’t painted over, a color that isn’t a perfect match, or sloppy work around the doors. Do They Provide a Loaner Car While the Work is Being Done? According to Auto Insurance Center, repairing cars after minor accidents can take 5 to 10 days, and repairs after major accidents can take as long as two months — or longer. If you need to rent a car while yours is being worked on, the cost of your rental vehicle could quickly add up. If your auto insurance company is providing a free rental car, then how long repairing your car takes might not be too important. If your coverage doesn’t include a rental vehicle, though, you’ll want to find a repair shop that offers a loaner vehicle. Going to a shop that provides a complimentary loaner car will save you from having to pay for a rental vehicle. What Does Their Road Test Include? After all the work on your car is done, a service technician will likely take your car out for a road test. This is a final check that lets the technician make sure your automobile is working correctly and has been properly repaired. The more extensive the road test is, the more likely a technician is to notice any potential issues with your vehicle. The road test should include more than driving your car around the block at 30 miles per hour. It should include taking your car on city streets, the highway and idling for a few minutes, as these are all routine things you’ll do while driving. If there are any problems, they’ll likely surface during a longer road test that includes all of these things. Finding them before you get your car back could save you from making another trip to the auto body repair shop for an issue that wasn’t properly addressed. Will They Bill the Insurance Company Directly? Many auto body repair companies will bill insurance companies directly, although some don’t. If a shop doesn’t...

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Ways To Reduce The Frequency In Which You Need Heavy Equipment Repair

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ways To Reduce The Frequency In Which You Need Heavy Equipment Repair

If you own a construction company, you likely own one or more pieces of heavy equipment. These machines can make completing a construction job easier and require less labor from your employees. Bulldozers, excavators, pipe layers, skidders, cranes and rollers all complete specific tasks quickly. However, over time, these pieces of heavy equipment may encounter problems and need to be repaired. Repairs can leave you unable to complete tasks at your job site until the piece of machinery is repaired and working again. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the frequency in which you need heavy equipment repair. Here are a few different ways you can do that. Follow All Preventative Maintenance Recommendations One of the most effective ways to reduce the frequency in which you need heavy equipment repair is to follow all manufacturer preventative maintenance recommendations. The recommendations vary based on the type of machinery, manufacturer and how often the equipment is used. But typical recommendations include inspections at specific intervals and oil and fluid changes. As you look for a heavy equipment maintenance company, find one that offers a computerized tracking system. This system will help both you and the maintenance company easily determine what maintenance has been done and what maintenance is past due on all your pieces of machinery. If you complete maintenance in-house, consider using a computerized maintenance management system to help ensure you keep track of all maintenance. Maintaining the machinery as specified by the manufacturer helps ensure that all of the parts operate as they are designed to. Having routine maintenance also allows for minor problems to be caught and repaired before they turn into bigger problems that are more expensive and take longer to fix. Install an Automatic Lubrication System Another way you can reduce the frequency with which you need heavy equipment repair is to install an automatic lubrication system or a metered lubrication system. Heavy equipment and machinery use many different parts, such as engines, motors and gears, to run effectively. These parts all need to be oiled or greased to help the parts turn and run smoothly. However, it can take a lot of time to oil these parts by hand. And unfortunately, you and your employees may get busy, and forget to do so in a timely manner. An automatic lubrication system releases a small amount of oil or grease at different intervals, helping your unit to constantly remain well-oiled and lubricated. This helps the parts work efficiently, which reduces the chances of them breaking or wearing down sooner because they lacked the oil or grease they needed. Have a Motor Oil Analysis Completed The last way you can reduce the frequency in which you need heavy equipment repair completed is by having a motor oil analysis completed. A motor oil analysis should be completed when oil changes are done on your piece of heavy equipment. A motor oil analysis can determine the viscosity of the oil as it has flowed through your heavy equipment, any contaminants present, whether any metals are present, which can be caused by parts breaking down in the unit and what additives are present and their current levels. All of this information will help paint a picture of the internal well-being of your equipment for a...

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Preparation & Safety Tips For Collisions In Your RV

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparation & Safety Tips For Collisions In Your RV

Whether you live full-time in your RV or just use it to travel, it’s important that you are prepared in case of a collision and know what to do. Here are a few important ways to prepare and helpful tips that can help keep you and your family safe after a collision in your RV. 3 Ways to Prepare for a Collision Here are 3 important ways to prepare yourself in case you have an accident in your RV. Know the weight. The weight of your RV can make a huge difference on what type of towing services are available to you after a collision. When you call for a towing service, you’ll need to give them the weight of the RV so they will be able to send an appropriately-sized tow truck. You can pull into any highway weighing station to have your RV weighed. It’s a good idea to do this in the beginning leg of each of your travels. Have towing insurance. Often, towing services charge by weight and size, which can mean you’ll be hit with a substantial cost. And most towing services require payment up front, usually in cash. However, you won’t have to worry about having enough cash on hand if you have towing insurance. It’s a good idea to obtain towing insurance through a nationwide company, especially if you plan on touring extensively, because nationwide companies are readily accepted by most towing companies. Store a bug-out bag. It’s a good idea to stock a bug-out bag with essentials so you can grab it after an accident. Depending on the amount of damage, you may not be able to enter your RV to get essentials until after all repairs are made. You’ll want to pack the bag with clothing, hygiene products, medication, and copies of your RV insurance and registration papers. Place the bag in a plastic storage container to protect it from water damage and/or impact. Put orange cones and/or flares into the container so you can use them to alert other drivers. Put the container in a storage compartment underneath your RV for easy access. 3 Ways to Be Safe for After a Collision If you get into an accident, there are 3 important things to do to that will help keep you and your loved ones safe, as well as others on the roadway. Stay out of the RV. Do not get back into the RV after an accident. Fumes from a ruptured sewage storage tank and leaks from the propane tank and/or fuel tank could cause dangerous health implications and are potential risks of an explosion. Also, any structural damage to the RV can make it unsafe until after repairs are made to the framing of the RV. Clear the roadway of accident debris, if possible. In South Dakota, the occupants from a car were injured after their vehicle hit a tire that came off of an RV after an accident. Therefore, it’s a good idea to prevent additional accidents at the crash scene by removing debris from the roadway. If this is not possible, try to alert the oncoming traffic by placing orange cones or a flare in front of the debris. Wait behind the accident scene. Do not wait beside or in front of the RV, especially...

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Hail Damage And Your Car: What To Do When Mother Nature Pummels Your Baby

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hail Damage And Your Car: What To Do When Mother Nature Pummels Your Baby

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) there were over 5,500 significant hail storms in 2014. You may have witnessed the damage caused by these tiny balls of frozen rain firsthand, and were thankful your car was safely in the garage. Unfortunately, that may not always be the case. From working with the insurance company to deciding if your car is salvageable, here is what to do after your car suffers hail damage: Contacting the Insurance Company Before you pick up the phone and contact your insurance agent, make sure to document all the damage to your vehicle. Take extensive pictures of your vehicle and write down the time you noticed the damage and where your car was parked. Next, it’s time to actually call your insurance agent and explain exactly what happened. Be thorough and let the agent know you have pictures and an accurate description of the damage. Your agent will then explain what to do next, the amount of coverage you have and if you’ll have to pay a deductible. The amount you’ll have to pay to satisfy your deductible will vary depending on your coverage and provider, but expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $1000, or more. If the damage is extensive, your insurance agent will help you determine if your car is worth fixing. In most cases, this determination is made after the vehicle is thoroughly examined by a mechanic. If it would cost more to fix your vehicle than it is worth in its present, hail damaged state, your insurance company will probably consider it a total loss. In this case, you will be given a check for the value of your car, which could be used as a handsome down payment on your next dream vehicle. How Much Will It Cost? If your insurance company has determined your car is worth fixing, it’s time to contact a specialist to determine just how much it will cost to eliminate all those unsightly dings. According to Auto Trends Magazine, the average cost to repair a hail damaged vehicle was around $2,500. The amount you’ll have to pay out of pocket will depend on your insurance provider and coverage. The cost of repairing the damage will also depend on which technique the specialist utilizes. If there are only a few dings and dents that haven’t compromised the panel’s finish, the mechanic might utilize paintless dent repair, or PDR. This technique involves using a specialized tool that uses pressure and suction to remove the dent without damaging the panel or your paint job. However, if the damage to the panels is more extensive, the specialist may have to utilize more traditional methods to make your car look new again. This usually involves removing the panels that are severely damaged and replacing them with new ones. These new panels will then need to be painted to match your vehicle’s existing finish. The cost to repair your vehicle and the time it will take to eliminate all those dents and dings will vary. Your mechanic will provide you a detailed estimate to help you determine if you want to fix your vehicle, of if you’re better off selling it. Walking outside after a storm to discover your hail damaged vehicle can be scary – especially if...

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Car Looking A Little Worse For The Wear? Flatten Those Dings With Paintless Dent Removal

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Car Looking A Little Worse For The Wear? Flatten Those Dings With Paintless Dent Removal

If your car has one or two little dents in the panels, you might be putting off having them repaired because you don’t want to spend a lot of money fixing aesthetic problems. Even if you don’t have a problem spending the money, perhaps you’re too busy to lose your car for several days while it sits in the shop getting fixed. If you’re faced with these concerns, you might be overlooking a quick and inexpensive option to fix your car’s minor damage: paintless dent removal. When Is Paintless Dent Removal A Good Choice? Typically, the shallower a dent or ding is, the easier it is to remove without delving into an extended repair process. This is due to the malleability of the panel metal of your car. Deep dents, even if they aren’t very wide across, stretch the metal so much that it sometimes can’t be simply pushed or pulled back into shape. On the other hand, dents only one or two inches deep can usually be paintlessly repaired even if they are several inches wide. The majority of everyday panel damage is small enough to be remedied with paintless dent removal, or PDR. Dents and dings caused by hail storms and doors bumping into each other in parking lots are no problem for a skilled mechanic. Small damage caused by sports balls, like basketballs hitting your car in the driveway or a stray golf ball bouncing off of your hood are also usually not a problem. Unfortunately, if your paint is chipped or cracked, having the dent pushed out will not fix your paint job. However, it can provide an inexpensive repair option if you aren’t bothered by small damage to your car’s paint. How Does PDR Work? For a mechanic trained in PDR skills, some dents can be totally removed in a matter of minutes. However, the key to any successful PDR process is to be as thorough as possible. First, using a bright LED light or a fluorescent bulb, the mechanic will identify the full shape of the dent or ding. This is done to locate the bottom point, and to get a feeling for the direction of force required to push the ding back out.  Depending on the location of the damage, the technician will either remove any inside parts of the panel and push the ding out from the inside or pull it out from the outside with a specialized glue tool. Either way, the key to smoothly flattening the dent is to apply slow, even pressure to the lowest point. Once the majority of the dent is fixed, your mechanic will tap any remaining bumps or uneven areas back into shape. In nearly all cases, the process takes less than two hours and results in a panel that appears to have never been damaged at all. What Are The Benefits Of Choosing PDR? PDR is significantly less expensive than traditional repair procedures both in material costs and in service fees. Because your car does not have to be repainted, you won’t need to pay for any additional paint. Plus, avoiding the hassle of sanding down damaged panels, applying new paint, and waiting for it to dry can drastically cut the number of service hours for which you’re liable to the mechanic. You...

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