How Bed Liners Can Be Your Secret Weapon in Protecting Your Vehicle

You have a truck because you want to use it. A lot. All of it, including the bed. But taking loads to the dump, moving, using on the job site, hauling dirt or gravel, etc., all takes its toll on the bed. You give it a beating. It’s a truck after all right? If you are looking for a great way to protect the bed of your truck, installing a bed liner can be your secret weapon. Not only can you use your truck the way you want to and the way it was intended, you can help protect it from dings and scratches in the paint. The best bed liners are GatorHyde “polyurea” are a sprayed-on bed liner that extends the life of your truck bed as well as makes it look great while doing it. It protects against corrosion, damage and rust to the truck bed. The best bed liners are permanent, sturdy, tough and long lasting. Not all bed liners are created equal. Some of the plastic drop in liners can chip, break or warp. Even worse than that is that they rattle. Ever wonder what that annoying noise is as you are driving down the road? You don’t want to install that. One of the best features of your new secret weapon is the stipple texture. Aren’t you tired of your cargo shifting around in the bed, making a mess or making you climb into rearrange or grab things? The special bed liner texture not only helps protect the bed of the truck but also helps make it a great non-skid surface. When you want...

The Difference Between a Windshield Chip and a Crack

When you have to get your windshield repaired from a chick or a crack, it can be stressful. But what is the difference? Is one actually worse than the other one? Is one harder to fix? We’ll answer all that and more down below! Windshield Chip Getting a chip in your windshield is no fun. Especially when you get it on your brand new car on your way home from the car dealership (don’t ask me how I know that). Sometimes there isn’t a lot that you can do to prevent getting them. Windshield chips happen. But how? Usually they result from a rock, gravel or debris being thrown up at your car from a passing vehicle or one you are following behind. The impact of the rock shatters (but doesn’t penetrate completely) a small part of the glass on your windshield. It leaves the potential of hundreds of tiny little lines to spread out on your windshield, if the conditions are right. A windshield chip is actually pretty quick and easy to fix. After clearing the area, specialized technicians isolate the area and inject a special type of glass “glue” filler that helps prevent the chip from spreading. It’s important to get rock chips fixed right away to prevent the spreading of cracks. Cracks are much more difficult to contain. Most insurance companies will help cover the cost of three rock chips without requiring you to pay a deductible, making it quicker and cheaper than ever to get it fixed. Make sure you check your insurance policy for specific details. Windshield Crack A windshield crack is just what...

How Does Vehicle Frame Repair Actually Work?

Maybe you’ve been in an accident and they’ve mentioned to you that your frame is bent. What does that even mean? Each car or truck has a frame that the car is built around for structural purposes. This is what the main components of the car are attached to. Frame damage is more common than you would think. It actually happens in about 50% of all vehicle accidents. In fact, many customers are surprised at the amount of damage to the frame even in a lower speed crash. This is because the car is designed to take the brunt of the force to the frame to protect the passengers. The inner frame has to be repaired before any other work can be done on at the car. Think of it as the spinal column of a person. It needs to be straight and in perfect working order for the vehicle to work correctly. Auto body repair shops typically have equipment that makes it easier, faster, cheaper and safer than ever to straighten your car frame. The equipment uses hydraulics and torque to pull and adjust the frame back to its original specifications. Auto body repair shops use these machines because the amount of strength and force to do it by hand is simply not possible. First, your car is up on a platform for the machine to work. Then the machine uses either lasers or other sensors to determine the amount of damage it has sustained. This helps the company determine how long it will take to fix the vehicle and what the costs associated with fixing it will...

The 411 on Paintless Dent Repair

So you’ve had a little trouble. Maybe you backed into the trashcans, or your kid’s bike, or the light pole. Maybe you don’t want to admit it and you’re blaming that person in the supermarket for leaving a dent on your car. Don’t worry! There are lots of ways to get out dents, and the best way is paintless dent repair. But what does that mean? Don’t I want paint on my dent? Of course, paintless dent repair just means that we are able to smooth, pop or fix your dent without needing to replace or repaint the paint in the damaged area. That means that our repair will be quicker, faster and best of all, cheaper! So How Does Paintless Dent Repair Work? The first step in paintless dent repair is determining if you are a candidate for this type of repair. Commonly used for hail damage, dings from doors, minor creases, large dents or damage to the body line, the application is limited based on the paint already on the vehicle and the dent itself. A good way to tell if your dent is a candidate for paintless dent repair is if the dent is shallow. Also, if the paint is not stretched, you may be able to use this type of repair, even if it is several inches wide. Sharp dents and creases may not be candidates – but you can bring your car in and we’ll give you a free estimate so you know for sure. We then use specialized tools to restore the dent to how it looked originally, be working with the metal...

5 Tips to Help You Choose The Right Auto Body Shop

When you are looking to get your car fixed – whether it’s a dent, or your entire front end – you want to find the best auto body shop that you can. But how do you know if it’s a good body shop? Here’s five tips to help you pick a winner: #1 Estimates. Does the auto body shop that you are looking at provide free estimates? A professional shop will always give you an estimate in advance (before beginning any work) and will usually provide this to you in writing. That way you will know exactly what are getting for your money. You’ll know what is included and what isn’t. #2 Reputation. Does the auto body shop that you are researching have a good reputation? How long have they been in business for? Do they have referrals or testimonials from previous clients and customers? Are they well known in the community that they serve? #3 Quality of Parts. What types of parts will they use to repair your vehicle? Will they be using new or used parts? Are OEM parts important to you? If so, will they be using those types of parts on your repair? #4 People. You can tell a lot about someone and their business from some simple conversations. Are they willing to answer all your questions? Do you feel rushed or do they make you feel that your business is important to them? Are they busy? A busy shop can be a good indication that they provide quality work. Repeat customers help show that the auto body shop is performing at or above their...

Does a Bent Frame Total a Car?

If you have experienced an automobile accident that bent the frame of your vehicle, you may be wondering if your car is completely totaled. In low-speed automobile accidents, you may not discover that your frame is bent unless a bumper is removed during repairs. Trust a Professional to Assess the Damage Properly You will be surprised and pleased to discover that a bent frame does not necessarily equal a totaled car! However, it is important that your collision damage is accessed properly from the beginning, or your insurance estimate may become compromised, adding more money and hassle to the already stressful experience of an auto accident. Auto frame repair needs to be carefully assessed and executed by expert auto repair technicians. It requires state of the art diagnostics and employs auto repair technology specific to auto frame repair. What Goes in to Repairing a Bent Frame? The frame of your car ensures that many aspects of your vehicle are working correctly, including proper wheel alignment, that your tires and brakes wear evenly, and that your car drives smoothly overall. For all these reasons, it’s important that you take your vehicle to an auto frame repair shop that really knows what they’re doing. A bent frame can be repaired in several ways. In some cases, portions of the frame may need to be cut and welded. This method is used primarily on older vehicles that don’t have a crumple zone in their design.     In newer vehicles that do have a crumple zone, there may be sections of the bent frame that need to be replaced Long story short, a bent...

DIY Windshield Replacement – Why You Should Trust a Professional

A cracked windshield is more than a nuisance: it’s a safety hazard. When your windshield has significant damage, it needs to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. While it may be tempting to try and fix your windshield yourself, it may ultimately cause more damage to your windshield and end up costing you more money in repairs and replacement costs. Here’s why you should leave windshield replacement to the professionals. DIY windshield kits are available online and at your local auto supply store. They are easy to get. But they fail to give you all the tools and expertise you need for proper windshield replacement. Why Professional Windshield Repair is Your Best Option Taking your vehicle to a professional auto repair service center insures that your windshield will be repaired or replaced correctly the first time. The materials used will be sure to meet safety standards and to completely seal up all leaks, preventing wind noise. DIY kits and repairs simply can’t guarantee the same standards. Safety should be your biggest priority when it comes to your vehicle. Your windshield gives your vehicle up to 60% of its structural support. Because of this, windshield repair is not something to be taken lightly. It’s not as simple as replacing a headlight. If you try to use a DIY kit and use it improperly, you may very well cause more substantial damage to the windshield. What started as a windshield repair may now call for an entire windshield replacement. To ensure the safety of you and your passengers, the best thing to do for a damaged windshield is to...

What Goes Into a Collision Repair Estimate?

Being in a car accident is overwhelming. There are so many things to take care of! Making sure you and your loved ones are safe, seeing that immediate medical injuries are attended to by professionals and that you have the insurance information of the others involved in the accident. And on top of all these things, you have to get a collision repair estimate. You may be wondering how auto body shops assess what needs to happen to your car and how much it costs. Here’s what goes into a collision repair estimate. Assessment of the Damage to Your Vehicle First, all possible damage to the car needs to be assessed. The exterior of your car may have taken the brunt of the impact in the collision, but there may be damage to the exterior as well, such as wires that need to be replaced. You’ll want to document what happened at the site of the accident with your phone. Pick an Auto Body Shop You Can Trust It is best to then drive your car (or have it towed) to an auto body shop you can trust. Contact your car insurance agent to get a list of local auto body shops that on their list. Or, you can always stop by and our experts can help you with your claim. While using online collision repair estimate tools may be tempting, the only way to really know what needs to be done and how much it will cost is to visit an auto body shop. When you take your car in, professional technicians will assess the damage to the frame of...

Windshield Replacement vs. Windshield Repair

Most of us have experienced a cracked windshield. Sometimes it occurs in a small, snowflake like pattern. Other times, it might be a large crack that continues to travel over the width of the windshield as time passes. Either way, having a crack in your windshield is annoying! You may be holding off taking your car into the shop to have the windshield inspected for fear that it needs to be replaced completely. It’s true that in the past, windshield replacement was the remedy for most cracks. But with advances in modern technology, chances are better than ever that you can have your windshield repaired instead of replaced. The decision between windshield repair of replacement is largely based on three things: the severity of the damage, the location of the damage and the size of the damage. Severity of damage. If you have been in a collision, it’s possible that your windshield has sustained enough damage that it needs to be replaced. Less severe damage can likely be repaired. Size of damage. If the size of the damage is less than a quarter (for rock chips) or less than three inches long, chances are the windshield can be repaired instead of replaced. Some windshield repair facilities have the means to repair cracks up to twelve inches long! Location of damage. The closer a crack is to the edge of your windshield, the more damage it may cause and the greater the possibility the entire windshield may need to be replaced. Also, if the damage is in your field of vision as a driver, it may be more challenging to...

Bed Liners for Pickup Trucks

Why Do I Need a Bed Liner? When you own a pickup truck, you want to protect that investment as much as possible while still having the freedom to haul all kinds of things in the bed of your truck. In order to keep your vehicle safe from harm while using the bed of the truck to its full potential, it may be time to think about installing a bed liner. Think of all the things you haul in your pickup each day- cords of firewood, tool kits, furniture, rocks for the yard- the list goes on and on. Over time, everything you put into the bed of your pickup will take its toll on the paint inside your truck bed, causing scratches and dents. By purchasing a bed liner for your truck, you can protect the body of your truck and keep it looking new for many years down the road. What Kinds of Bed Liners Are There? Not all bed liners are created equal. Some bed liners are plastic drop-ins, which, as its name implies, are dropped into your truck bed. Drop-in bed liners cushion your load, which is handy if you are hauling any breakables or other items of value, as well as promote water drainage. Other bed liners can just be sprayed right into your truck bed to coat the bed itself and protect the body of the truck from damage. Spray-in liners are permanent and easy to clean. Other types of bed liners include BedRugs, which are cushioned roll-on foam bed liners which absorb impact, protect your truck bed from dents and dings, and...