What You Should Know About Visual Damage Reports

Visual damage reports are estimates taken by auto body shops and mechanics to set a price on repairing your vehicle after you got into an accident. There are numerous items that go into it, but how do you know what should and shouldn’t be in that report? Follow these tips to make sure that you get the proper repairs done to your vehicle. What To Do Before a Visual Damage Report First, before you even take the vehicle into the body shop there are some things you should do. Immediately after the accident, take photos of the damage to your car and the car you got into an accident with: this will help the body shop and, more importantly, your insurance company, to make the proper estimate. Next, it is suggested to take the vehicle through a car wash in order to wipe any excess debris from the car. This can help you with further understanding the damage to your vehicle, the locations of the damage on the vehicle, and helps you take cleaner pictures for the body shop and insurance company. Getting Your Visual Damage Report Done Now to getting the actual report done by a body shop. Just as with medicine, it is always best to get multiple opinions. But don’t be immediately put off by one body shop using higher estimates than another. Look closely at the report and talk to the mechanic: what may be going on is that store uses newer parts while another uses “aftermarket” parts. On top of this, one shop could have the resources to replace an entire part, while another...

Is Hail Damage Covered By Insurance?

Extreme weather can cause extreme havoc on your vehicle’s exterior. From dents to shattered glass hail damage repair is never fun to deal with.  When your vehicle is damaged by hail, you’ll want to get it repaired as quickly as possible.   But an unexpected repair means unexpected costs. Who’s going to pay for it? It wasn’t your fault! Who can you send a bill to, Mother Nature? Relax! Your hail damage may just be covered by your vehicle’s insurance policy.   If you have comprehensive coverage on your vehicle, then hail damage is most likely covered. This type of policy covers your vehicle for items that need repair not linked to a collision. This can include things such as dents and dings from hail and damage from tree branches or other debris. Did water get into your vehicle because of damage from hail or a storm? Your interior is likely also covered with your comprehensive coverage.   However, to use your comprehensive coverage, you’ll need to pay your deductible first. This means that if your deductible is $250 then you’ll need to pay the first $250 of the repair and then the insurance company will pay the rest.   If you have damage, always talk to your insurance company first. They can tell you what is covered and what is not under your insurance policy. If the hail damage is covered for repair, they will instruct you on where to take your vehicle to be repaired or instruct you how to get an estimate at a shop of your choice. They may even send someone out to assess...

4 Easy Tips to Avoid a Cracked Windshield

Driving can be hazardous to your windshield’s health. After all, there are so many things beating against it all the time. Wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail and that is just the weather. What about dust, bugs, the occasional bird and the dreaded gravel or rock? Without the windshield to protect you, driving at relatively slow speeds could be quite dangerous and painful. Don’t believe me? Stick your head out the window the next time you drive for a bit. Don’t forget to keep your mouth closed. You car’s windshield is there to protect you – so make sure that you protect it in return – or you’ll end up with windshield repair before you know it.   Distance The first tip and one of the most important is to give yourself a little bit more space. When you leave more following room between you and the car in  front of you, you are farther away from any projectiles that they seems to  kick up in their wake. Ever driven behind a semi-truck or another vehicle and you can hear the dings and hits as they kick up part of their load or just dirt and gravel from the road? Your natural response is to ease off the gas and stay away from them. When you give them a bit more space, the rocks seem to land in front of your vehicle instead of making contact with your windshield. While some trucks have mud flaps or other protective equipment behind their tires, it’s no guarantee. If you give yourself plenty of room from the car in front of you, that’s...

Expert Paint Matching Revealed

When you have damage that needs to be repaired, how do you know that the repair is going to match? Will your bumper stand out like a sore thumb? Will your new door be white while the rest of your vehicle is red? Don’t worry! With expert paint matching, it’s now possible to get the exact color that your vehicle came with! In fact, paint matching can occur with every imaginable color out there, even custom colors. But how do we do it? Here’s a few of our secrets when it comes to auto paint matching. First, we take some important information about your car. This includes the basics like, year, make and model. We’ll also use the VIN. For example, a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS in white could have a different paint code than a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Manufacturers like to give their paint colors interesting names like Summit White or Beluga Brown. To set themselves apart they may even use strange names like Pontiac’s Verdoro  Green or Ford’s Freudian Gilt. Strange names aside, we need the exact information about your car to determine the correct color. The VIN helps because sometimes (although rarely) there is more than one color in the same year or the same color with slight variations. Once we have that information, we’ll do some prep work to match it even  further. We’ll spot check an area on the car with our expert paint matching technology. This means that we’ll find a good spot, buff out some of the contaminants and polish it up. Then we can use an expert auto paint matching camera...

How to Take the Headache out of Windshield Repairs

Windshield Repair Stressing You Out? Is your windshield damaged? Does it have a crack, chips or peeling? Can you not see as well as you should? When you have a cracked or chipped windshield, it’s never any fun to have to get it repaired or replaced. You might worry about the expense or the safety or a repaired windshield. Did you know that our expert technicians inspect all your car windows to ensure that they are completely safe? If your vehicle has a window or windshield that can be repaired, we’ll never recommend replacement.   Did you know that you can schedule or book your windshield repair or replacement? You can make an appointment so that we know that you will be coming in and can give you our undivided attention. When you arrive we can inspect your windshield to see if it needs to be replaced. If it does need to be replaced, we can check our large selection of in stock windshields. We can even order your specific vehicle’s window or windshield glass in advance, reducing the amount of time that you’ll need to leave your vehicle at the shop while we install it. Is your insurance company going to be covering the cost of your windshield repair? We take care of all the insurance paperwork to make sure that the repairs are approved up front, completed with ease and billed correctly. This saves YOU a lot of time and headache dealing with getting paperwork to and from us to the insurance company, signing paperwork, faxing or making copies and getting it all done right the first...