Choosing The Right Auto Body Repairs

Factors To Consider When Deciding To Repair Or Replace A Commerical Vehicle

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Factors To Consider When Deciding To Repair Or Replace A Commerical Vehicle

If your commercial vehicle has broken down, you may be wondering how to determine whether or not to repair or replace the vehicle. Most people know that if the cost of the repair exceeds the value of the vehicle, you should not make the repair. But often, a repair doesn’t exceed the value of the vehicle, but is still costly. Here are a few factors to keep in mind when deciding whether to repair or replace a commercial vehicle. The Age and Mileage of the Vehicle One of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether to have heavy equipment repair done to a commercial vehicle is the age and mileage of the truck. Many experts recommend that you conduct an economic lifecycle analysis on a new commercial vehicle. Taking into account the type of vehicle, it’s expected lifespan, the type of repairs it will need over the course of its operation and the estimated decrease in value of the vehicle will help you decide when an optimum time to sell the vehicle will be. Most businesses want to sell their commercial vehicles while they still have value to them, instead of simply continuing to use them until they die. An economic lifecycle analysis will help you determine at what age or mileage you should think about selling a commercial vehicle. If your commercial vehicle is nearing that age or mileage range and needs a costly repair, you may be better off selling it, rather than repairing it. How Well-Maintained the Vehicle Is Another factor to keep in mind when deciding whether to repair or replace a commercial vehicle is how well-maintained the vehicle is. Generally speaking, a strict maintenance schedule will reduce the likelihood of catastrophic failures or heavy equipment repairs. It can’t prevent them all, as parts will go bad or wear out. But when you properly maintain the parts, you can extend the lifespan of the part, or typically know that a part is beginning to wear and will need to be replaced in the future. If you have kept up with recommended maintenance, you likely have a good idea as to what repairs the vehicle will need in the future and how costly those repairs may be. This gives you a good idea as to whether this repair will keep the vehicle running for some time, or whether more repairs are needed down the line. If lots of repairs are needed, it may be time to sell the vehicle. Unfortunately, if you haven’t kept up with maintenance, you have no idea what repairs may be needed in the future. In these cases, you may be best selling the vehicle if a costly repair is needed now, as another may be lurking right around the corner. How Many Repairs the Vehicle Has Had and What Those Repairs Were The last factor to keep in mind when deciding whether to repair or replace a commercial vehicle is how many repairs the vehicle has had recently and what those repairs were. Generally speaking, you don’t want to find yourself in a position where smaller repairs begin to add up and exceed the value of a commercial vehicle. If your commercial car or truck seems to need repairs frequently, it may be time to replace it. However, at...

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4 Ways To Prevent Auto Glass Insurance Claim Voids & Denials

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Prevent Auto Glass Insurance Claim Voids & Denials

When a crack or chip appears in your windshield, it may seem easier to ignore the problem or attempt a repair yourself. By doing this, you could actually void your insurance claim and pay for the full repairs out of your own pocket. It may seem like a hassle at first, but you can ensure that your windshield is professionally repaired by an auto body repair shop and have it fully covered through an insurance claim. Before jumping ahead for a quick fix or solution, you should avoid doing the following four things that could cause your claim to be denied. Do-It-Yourself Kits Whether it’s a late-night infomercial or the random end cap at your local big box store, you may be tempted to offer a temporary solution to your windshield woes with a do-it-yourself kit. These kits advertise the ability to fill cracks or chips, but it is not the same technology or tools offered by auto body professionals. If you’ve never repaired a windshield before, your use of the kit could actually end up doing more damage or not fully fix the repair. When you go to get the repair done, your insurance may deny your claim due to the manipulation or extra damage that was caused. Going to an auto-glass professional as soon as possible will help you get the claim through and repair your windshield quickly. Additional quick fix options like plastic bags, duct tape, or other home materials are not sufficient enough and could lead to more damage. An auto glass repair specialist may recognize that these methods were used and include them in the service report that is sent to your insurance company. Extended Windshield Use If your vehicle is driving fine, it may seem easy to ignore a small crack and continue to operate the car. Not only could this make the damage worse on your windshield, but it could result in tickets or fines. If the insurance company knows about the extended use, it may deny your claim and hold you personally liable for any additional damage that has occurred. As the vehicle owner, it is your responsibility to file the claim and repair the windshield in a timely manner. Within the first couple of days of damage, you should contact a repair shop. False Claim Details Improperly or lazily filing your insurance claim can result in a claim denial as well. By keeping track of as many details as possible, you can ensure that the claim goes smoothly and your windshield is replaced through your coverage. Important details you should keep track of include the date of the damage, images of the damage, and the professional location where you want it repaired. The location of the incident is also needed. This includes where your car was parked, vandalized, or hit by random road debris like a rock. When taking images of your cracked windshield, add a date stamp to the image so it covers both factors in one file. State Laws & Guidelines Every state has different laws and guidelines when it comes to windshield repair and replacement. If you do not follow these guidelines, you could end up getting your claim denied. This is why it’s best to choose auto glass repair specialists that are certified and have experience...

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Full-Time RV Guide: Preparation Tips For Collisions

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Full-Time RV Guide: Preparation Tips For Collisions

If you live full-time in your RV, there are a few important things you should do to prepare yourself in case you lose your home, such as in a collision. It’s important to be prepared for the possibility, just as you would if you were living in a home or rental unit. Here are a few suggestions to prepare yourself in case a collision leaves you temporarily homeless. Have enough insurance coverage You’ll need to have insurance coverage for full-time living in your RV, which is generally a bit more detailed than a regular-use RV owner would need. Most insurance companies have an established set of parameters that are recommended for full-time RVers like you. Typically, this includes personal liability, medical coverage, and loss of the property of an RV park. Sometimes, the insurance also covers items you may have in a self-storage facility. Other coverage you may want to consider that may help if you need to temporarily relocate while RV collision repairs are being made includes temporary housing and the use of a rental vehicle. Check out a site like for more information on RV collision repairs. Keep important documents in a fire safe box It’s important to keep all your documents and financial records in a fire safe box. A collision in your RV could cause an explosion or a fire to erupt, especially if your propane tank and/or lines are ruptured. Your important documents can be protected in case there is a fire that consumes your RV. In this box, you’ll want to have copies of your insurance and registration documents so there will be no delays to get your RV repaired at a collision shop. Keep this box in a storage compartment that is easily accessible from the outdoors so you have a better chance of reaching it in case of a fire or there is a risk of fire and you need to evacuate the RV as quickly as possible. Alternatively, you can keep this immediately inside an entrance door of your RV. Keep a backpack of essentials readily available Keep essentials in a backpack so you can grab it when you need to evacuate your RV. This can also be kept in the same storage compartment or area as your fire safe box. In this bag, it’s a good idea to keep a supply of medication that will last several days until you can get a refill filled at a nearby pharmacy. Other essentials you should consider putting into this bag include: at least one or two changes of underwear and socks for each person in your family some bottled water and protein bars a charged cell phone battery or a solar-powered cell phone charger cash to pay for immediate expenses, particularly roadside assistance It’s important to keep in mind that you may not be able to access your personal belongings while the RV is in the repair shop, at least not in the first day or so until the mechanics are able to make sure it’s safe for you to enter the RV to retrieve necessary items. Therefore, it may be a good idea to keep enough clothing for several days in this bug-out bag. Pre-program important numbers & information into your cell phone Since you may need to call for emergency...

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Pimp Your Ride By Dipping Your Ride: The 101 On Coating Your Automobile With Plastic

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pimp Your Ride By Dipping Your Ride: The 101 On Coating Your Automobile With Plastic

Owning and operating a vehicle can be stressful and expensive. From the initial purchase price and regular maintenance to auto insurance and increasing gas prices, it is easy to see the stressful nature of having a vehicle. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on maintaining the body of your car or truck. Considering the vehicle’s paint may quickly fade or develop rust, protecting the body is imperative. With most owners keeping their vehicles for an average of 9.4 years, protecting the auto body while enhancing its overall look is essential for maintenance. Using this guide, you can protect and enhance your vehicle’s body. The 101 on Auto Body Dips Professional auto body technicians utilize a specialized spray gun to apply a plastic or rubber coating to your vehicle’s exterior. While it is a liquid, the paint coats your vehicle’s body, rims, and trim work in an even manner. Benefits of Dipping While surprising to hear, plastic, vinyl, or rubber dipping offers many benefits for your vehicle, including the following: Protection – Your vehicle may be under warranty, but rust protection runs out around the 6-year mark. After this time, you will be responsible for removing the rust and repairing body damage. To protect your vehicle and your bank account from this repair, consider dipping. Auto body dips create a hard outer shell for your vehicle that prevents moisture and the possible development of rust. Restoration – If your vehicle’s paint is already fading or the body is deteriorating due to rust or corrosion, an auto body dip can restore its look. In addition, the coating will prevent further damage to your vehicle’s body. Customized Look – Auto body dips are available in a variety of colors and tones, so there is an option suited to your personality and needs. Consider a glossy red coating to make a statement on the road or a matte black finish that is sleek and stylish. Fortunately, coatings are not permanent, so your vehicle can benefit from a variety of custom looks. Do-It-Yourself Dipping Investing in professionals for auto body dipping is smart if you lack experience. However, if you have patience and can put in the time and effort, applying the coating yourself is possible. Use the following steps do dip your vehicle on your own: Prep – Your vehicle’s exterior should be smooth before applying the coating. Remove dead insects, stubborn patches of dirt, and stuck-on debris using a soft-bristled brush. If you have patches of rust on the body, work a sheet of fine sandpaper over the surface to remove the rust. Be sure to wear safety goggles to prevent metal slivers from entering your eyes. Clean – After removing tough residue and rust, wash your vehicle’s exterior using a soft sponge, warm water, and a few drops of car wash soap. Be sure to rinse off all soap using your garden hose. Use a chamois cloth or towels to dry. For best results, allow your vehicle to air dry overnight. Protect – Apply painter’s tape to the areas you do not want to coat with the plastic, vinyl, or rubber. Place a strip of tape around hardware, lights, window frames, and emblems. This tape keeps the areas clean and free from the coating during the spray application. Apply...

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Want To Paint Your Car? Factors To Keep In Mind As You Select A Color

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want To Paint Your Car? Factors To Keep In Mind As You Select A Color

If you are tired of the color of your car, you may be thinking about painting it. This can help hide the age of the car, improve its appearance or make you happier with your car. However, before you select an auto paint color, there are a few factors you should keep in mind. This helps ensure the paint color is ideal for your situation. Whether the Color Will Affect Your Auto Insurance Costs Believe or not but the color of your car can affect how much your auto insurance company charges you for car insurance. As such, before you paint your car, talk to your insurance company and find out what colors may end up costing you more, and what colors cost less. While the exact colors vary from insurance company to insurance company, generally speaking, bold colors, such as red and orange, will cost you more. This is because these color cars tend to get pulled over more often, which may impact your driving record. Darker colored cars, such as black and navy, may also cost you more. This is because these cars are harder to see in the dark, which increases the risk of them being involved in an accident. Light colors of automobiles, such as white and silver, have low rates associated with them because they are easy to spot in the dark, yet don’t stand out to police officers. How Much Time and Money You Want to Invest in Painting Your Car Another factor to carefully consider as you shop for an auto paint color is how much time and money you want to invest in painting your car. The paint type and color you select has an impact on both of these factors. Keep these tips in mind as you select a paint color: The darker you go, the more coats of paint you will have to place on your car. Because of this, dark colors often use more paint and take longer to apply.  Factory one-tone colors are the fastest and cheapest to apply. Specialized paints or paint jobs, such as two-tone paint jobs, metal flakes, metallics, pearl or chameleon colors, are more expensive and take longer to apply.  The lighter you go in color, the more obvious minor dent and dings will be. Due to this, you may have to fill in more dents and dings if you select a lighter color than if you select a darker color. This ultimately increases the length of time it takes to prep your car for painting.  The Climate Where you Live The last factor you want to keep in mind as you shop for a new paint color for your car is the climate where you currently reside. The color of your car can help your car stay a tad warmer in the winter or a touch cooler in the summer.  If you live somewhere where it gets hot in the summer, you may want to stick to a light color for your automobile. White, silver and light tan cars stay up to ten degrees cooler on a hot day than black or navy cars. On the flip side, dark colors retain heat, which can help them stay a few degrees warmer on a cool day, based on how much sunlight is present. ...

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