Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!


May the New Year bring you happiness, peace, and prosperity. Wishing you a joyous 2020!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

What to Do After a Car Accident


Car accidents happen, so don't panic. Follow these steps if you ever get in one.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!


May the special joys of the Season be yours today and always.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

What If You Forget To Change Your Oil?


What if you forget to change your oil on time? Can you damage your car's engine by not changing the oil late? Do you really need to change your oil every 3,000 miles? Obviously, you should change your oil regularly, but exactly how much damage you will cause by changing the oil late? This video looks to answer this question. We'll discuss what happens to oil viscosity as it ages, and what happens to oil additives in over time.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Land Use Plays a Role in Pedestrian Freeway Fatalities - IIHS News


Land use plays a role in pedestrian freeway fatalities

Pedestrian fatalities on U.S. interstates and other freeways rose 60 percent from 2009 to 2018. Most of those killed were trying to cross the freeway in urban areas.

Monday, December 16, 2019

How To Avoid Pothole Damage


Driving through a seemingly innocent hole in the road could result in costly car damage. Before you end up at the auto shop in need of suspension repair or wheel replacement, know the five best ways to avoid pothole damage

1. Check Tires

Frequently inspect your tires to ensure they are properly inflated and do not have significant wear. If you hit a pothole with worn or underinflated tires, there is a greater risk of wheel or suspension damage. Inflate tires according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure levels. Find this information on the door jamb sticker and in your owner’s manual. Do not use the pressure levels molded on the tire sidewall. To check the tire tread depth, insert a quarter upside down into several tread grooves. If the top of Washington’s head is visible, it’s time for new tires. How to properly check tire tread

2. Inspect Suspension

Make certain struts, shock absorbers and other suspension parts are in good condition. Changes in vehicle handling, excessive vibration or uneven tire wear can indicate damaged or worn parts. Have a certified auto service technician inspect the suspension if you suspect a problem.

3. Look Ahead

Stay alert and check the road ahead to avoid potholes. Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions. Before swerving around a pothole, check your surroundings so you do not collide with another vehicle or endanger nearby pedestrians or cyclists.

4. Slow Down

If you cannot avoid a pothole, reduce your speed safely. Check the rearview mirror before braking abruptly. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds greatly increases the chance of tire, wheel and suspension component damage. Releasing the brakes just before hitting a pothole allows the wheel and tire to roll through the depression and helps minimize potential damage.

5. Beware of Puddles

Drive cautiously through puddles as they may be deep potholes filled with water.

What to Do If You Hit a Pothole and Suspect Damage

Get a Vehicle Inspection. Hard pothole impact can knock the wheels out of alignment and affect steering, or dislodge wheel weights, damage a tire or wheel, and bend or even break suspension parts. Have a qualified mechanic check the wheel alignment if the vehicle pulls to the left or right. Have the suspension inspected if you notice any new or unusual noises or vibrations.

Article Source: https://www.aaa.com/autorepair/articles/how-to-avoid-pothole-damage

Friday, December 13, 2019

How V8 Engines Work - A Simple Explanation


V8 engines operates under the same basic principles as any other gasoline four-stroke engine. First the piston pulls in air and fuel as it moves downward, then it compresses that air and fuel as the piston moves upward. A spark plug fires, igniting the air/fuel mixture and forcing the piston downward. Finally the piston pushes out the exhaust gases on its way back up, before for the cycle repeats itself.

In a V8 engine, this cycle is happening in 8 different cylinders, at different times. Instead of multiple cylinders firing at the same time, you want them to be spread out so that power delivery is smooth. For this Chevy V8, the firing or is 1, 8, 7, 2, 6, 5, 4, 3. With 8 cylinders, there is a cylinder firing for every 90 degrees of the crankshaft rotating, which means at any point in time, there are two cylinders on the power stroke.

With regards to the valvetrain, the intake air comes from the top of the engine, and into the sides of the cylinder head. The exhaust flows to the sides of the engine, exiting the exhaust valves from the cylinder head. In this LS3 model, there is a single intake valve and a single exhaust valve, though it’s also common to see engines with two intake valves and two exhaust valves. The larger valve is the intake valve, and the smaller valve is the exhaust valve.

The pushrod valvetrain gets its name from the metal pushrods which activate the rocker arms which open up the valves. The camshaft, located in the center of the V, has lobes on it which push the push rods up, opening the appropriate valves. For a full explanation of V8 engines, check out the video!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home without it Fa La La La-lying Off Your Car


This year, an estimated 84 million Americans will flock to tree lots across the country in search of the perfect Christmas tree. While finding just the right one may seem like the hard part – getting it home safely is where the real challenge begins. Just like moving furniture, appliances or other large objects, transporting a tree is no different. If not properly secured, a tree can cause vehicle damage such as scratched paint, torn door seals or distorted window frames. Even worse, it could fly off or out of the vehicle and become a danger to other drivers. In fact, a new survey from AAA found that 44% of Americans who plan to purchase a real Christmas tree this year will use unsafe methods when transporting it home – such as not using the roof rack or placing it in the bed of a pickup truck unsecured.

Losing a Christmas tree on the drive home would no doubt put a damper on the holiday season. But, more importantly, a tree that comes loose from a vehicle could also cause an accident. Previous research from AAA found that road debris caused more than 200,000 crashes during a four-year period, resulting in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths. The roads can be treacherous enough during the holiday season with increased congestion and winter weather conditions without the addition of flying Christmas trees. Luckily with a little preparation, the right tools and the right vehicle – transporting a Christmas tree is easy with these tips from AAA:

• Plan Ahead – before heading out to buy a real Christmas tree, make sure to bring strong rope or ratchet straps, an old blanket, gloves and of course – the right vehicle. One with a roof rack is ideal but a pickup truck, SUV, van or minivan can work just as well.

• Wrap & Cover It – once you’ve found the perfect tree, have the lot wrap it in netting before loading it. Loose branches can also be secured with rope or twine to help protect the tree from damage. Also, prior to loading the tree, cover the roof with an old blanket to prevent scratches to the paint and protect the car from any damage.

• Trunk First – place the tree on the roof rack or in the bed of the truck with the trunk facing the front of the car. If the vehicle does not have a roof rack and is large enough – place the tree inside.

• Secure It – tie down the tree at its bottom, center and top using strong rope or nylon ratchet straps. Avoid using the nylon offered by many tree lots. Use fixed vehicle tie-down points and loop the rope or strap around the tree trunk above a branch to prevent any side-to-side or front-to-rear movement

• Tug Test – once tied down, give the tree several strong tugs from various angles to make sure it is secured in place and will not come loose.

• Nice & Easy – drive slowly and take back roads if possible. Higher speeds can create significant airflow that can damage your tree or challenge even the best tie-down methods.

Article Source: https://www.aaa.com/autorepair/articles/transporting-a-christmas-tree

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Get a Grip on the Right Way to Hold a Steering Wheel


AAA warns "10 and 2" is NO Longer the best way to hold a steering wheel. Learn the best way here.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Winterize a Car - Surviving a Roadside Breakdown


In this video series, automotive professionals, Ed Kriston and Jeff Boone of AAA Mid-Atlantic, will demonstrate how to inspect and prepare your vehicle for winter driving. The videos will cover several of the most important areas of your vehicle to help you get through winter and minimize the potential for breakdowns. The final segments provide safety tips in the event you find yourself stranded on the side of the road due to a breakdown. The series is designed for drivers of all levels and automotive knowledge. Ed and Jeff are ASE Certified Master Technicians.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

5 Driving Hacks To Save Money On Gas


5 easy ways to save fuel while driving. These are real driving techniques for better gas mileage.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019

Tips for the Perfect Road Trip | Consumer Reports


A road trip is one of life’s great adventures. Consumer Reports’ expert tells you what you need to do to prepare.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Car Theft Prevention Tips


Being alert and taking simple steps can help prevent a vehicle theft from happening to you. Learn more from AAA about what steps you should take so that you don't end up being a victim of car theft.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Teen Driving School | Consumer Reports


Want your teen to become a better driver? Consumer Reports’ expert explains the driving maneuvers and safety features that will help them do it.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tire Testing on Ice | Consumer Reports


Tires play a big role in how your car performs in winter weather. Consumer Reports’ expert shows you how CR tests tires for icy conditions.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

How to Choose a Collision Shop: TV Car Expert Lauren Fix


Sometimes our cars need repairs, not just rust or collision, but they also need to be repainted. The key is to find the right collision shop so you can save money and frustration. Car Coach Lauren Fix has some tips.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Car


Are you regularly following your vehicles maintenance schedule? Watch here to find out the benefits of taking care of your car.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Smarter Driver: Tips for Avoiding a Rear-End Crash


You might be able to prevent a rear-end crash if you apply a little technique to how you handle the following distance.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Pedestrian Crash Prevention Varies for Midsize Cars - IIHS News


Performance of pedestrian crash prevention varies among midsize cars

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the pedestrian crash prevention systems of 16 midsize cars. Four luxury and two nonluxury midsize cars earn a superior rating for their pedestrian crash prevention systems, while four nonluxury cars earn only a basic rating or no credit. Another six cars earn an advanced rating.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top Car-Washing Strategies | Consumer Reports


Washing a car is pretty straight-forward, right? Consumer Reports’ expert reveals the top tips for keeping your ride sparkling clean.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Prepare A Car For Extended Storage


Thinking about traveling but not planning on taking your vehicle? Here are AAA's tips on how to prepare your car for extended storage.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019

How to Talk to Your Mechanic


Knowing how to talk to your repair facility about your vehicles problem can make the process a little smoother. Watch this video to find out AAA's tips to talking with your mechanic.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

10 Most Insane Engines Of All Time


When it comes to engines, we all know that bigger is better. And throughout history, the need for bigger and more powerful engines created some of the world’s most awe-inspiring designs ever seen, some of which evolved into incredibly powerful engines that have numbers that boggle the imagination. Ever wondered what powers the biggest plans, trains, and automobiles? From huge jet engines, rockets, and even the biggest ship engine you’ll ever see, check out and enjoy these 10 biggest engines of all time.

Monday, October 14, 2019

How to Avoid a Deer Strike | Consumer Reports


More than a million deer are hit by drivers every year. Consumer Reports’ expert explains what you can do to prevent an accident.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Adjust Mirrors For Improved Safety


Make these quick adjustments to your vehicle's mirrors to help minimize blind spots and stay safer on the road.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Wet Tire Testing at CR’s Track | Consumer Reports


Not all tires grip well in rainy weather. Consumer Reports’ expert explains how CR tests the performance of tires on wet road conditions.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

How Much Weight Can Trucks Actually Tow?


In this video we’re going to be demonstrating the testing involved that goes into declaring a vehicle’s tow rating. In other words, how are tow ratings determined?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Which Auto Collision Center Should I Use


Next to your home, your car is the second largest investment you will make. You spend a great deal of time choosing that right car. And then in minutes you suddenly find yourself with a car that's been damaged in an automobile accident. As a result of the same common question continuously gets asked: "Which auto collision center should I use"?

And it's a very good question. Vehicles aren't cheap, and with such a big investment you want to be certain that the repair is done right and since you have the right to choose who will fix your car it's time to start shopping around. Whatever you do, don't let your insurance company try to bully you into using whom they want.

Different auto collision centers will have different rates, different practices, and different ways of filling out their auto repair estimate, which means you need to be alert as to how they are quoting their work. What looks like the cheapest quote may not be once you take everything into account. The auto collision center has to work with your insurance company to put things right and get you back on the road as soon as possible.

Here are just a few things to find out about. That way you can compare each of the auto collision centers on a level playing field.

What are the hours of operation and do they work with your schedule? Do they have a drop off service or a late pickup service?

Is there a guaranteed delivery date to have your car repairs completed?

Do they offer a loaner vehicle to drive while your vehicle is being repaired?

How long do they warranty their work for? Is there a lifetime guarantee and if so is it on paint?

Repairs? Labor?

What is the qualifications of the craftsman in the auto collision center?

How long has the company been in business?

What type of equipment do they have for repairs? Do they offer state of the art equipment?

Do they guarantee color match?

Do they utilize laser measuring?

Where are the centers located?

What's it going to cost?

Before you do anything, if it is at all possible it's a good idea to drop by, see the facilities, and get a quote. There are more than 35,000 auto body repair shops across the country, which can make it a bit confusing to choose. Use the tools at your disposal. The internet is an excellent resource, and having your list of questions answered can help you make the right choice.

The average auto repair takes two weeks so make sure you have made alternative arrangements with a rental car. You should also make sure you are happy with their commitment to customer satisfaction and remember you can always check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company has a good reputation.

Which auto collision center should you use? The choice is still yours but these tips should help you find the best facility for your repairs.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Keep Pets Safe In The Car


More than 86% of people that drive with their dogs don't use a restraint. Learn more about how to keep your pets safe when they are your passengers.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Green Vehicles Shine in IIHS Safety Tests - IIHS News


Tesla earns its first-ever safety award from IIHS for Model 3

ARLINGTON, Va. — Tesla has picked up its first award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as the 2019 Model 3, its less expensive sedan, qualifies for TOP SAFETY PICK+.

The Model 3 joins one other all-electric plug-in vehicle, the Audi e-tron, in the IIHS winner’s circle. A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Hyundai Nexo, also recently qualified for an award.

The Chevrolet Bolt, an all-electric small car, misses out because its headlights cause too much glare, earning a poor rating.

Friday, September 20, 2019

5 Steps to Keeping a Cleaner Car


Want to make your vehicle worth more when you're ready to resell? Learn AAA's 5 steps for a cleaner car.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Two-Row Midsize SUV Comparison


Shopping for a midsize SUV? You're either in for a hand-wringing session or a good time if you like research. With so many to chose from, both two- and three-door options we at Kelley Blue Book are hoping to make the decision a little easier. If you're looking for a two-door five-seat SUV, here's a great place to start.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Why Don't We Have Self-Driving Cars Yet?


Although many new cars feature technology that partially assists with driving, we still do not have fully self-driving cars available for purchase. In addition to perfecting the technology required for them, there are a number of other factors standing in the way. They include poor road infrastructure, the communication systems needed to connect these cars with one another, and the additional traffic laws needed to regulate these vehicles.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Quick Fix: How to Remove Stickers From a Car Window | Allstate Insurance


Peeling stickers off your car’s windshield may leave behind a pesky residue. Using supplies you may have at home, here are three simple ways to remove that sticker residue for good

Friday, September 6, 2019

Collision Repair Process: What You Need to Know


If you are involved in any kind of car accident or collision, the process of getting your car repaired and back in working order can be a hassle. From insurance adjusters to finding alternative transportation and reviewing estimates, many people feel overwhelmed by the whole ordeal. When you work with a reputable collision repair shop, they will walk you through the process so that you feel comfortable and secure knowing that your vehicle will be expertly repaired for a fair price.

When you take your vehicle to a collision repair shop, the first thing that the technician will do is visually inspect the car and fill out an estimate. This inspection will not only give you a price for the repairs but will also determine how much time the repair process may take. Keep in mind that there may be hidden damage that is virtually undetectable until the vehicle is disassembled. Once all of the damage is identified, an official report will be created and serves as the blueprint for restoring your vehicle to its pre-accident condition.

Once the estimate is complete and approved by you and your insurance company, the vehicle repair process can begin. Your vehicle then enters the metal shop and is disassembled to identify any additional damage. If there is frame damage, the repair shop should have specialized machinery that is able to verify and record the condition of your frame repair. It is at this point that your vehicle is restored to factory specifications. The technicians repairs or replace any panels and the vehicle is primed and prepared to go the paint shop.

The goal of the paint department is to restore your vehicle to its factory finish and correct color match. With proper preparation, including priming, sanding, and sealing, your vehicle paint will look as beautiful as it did when you first drove it off of the lot. If you only need one or two areas repainted, the technician should be able to closely match the paint to the original so that the repaired area is virtually unnoticeable.

Once the painting process is complete, your car will be reassembled. All trim pieces and decals will be added at this point. If there was glass damage, it will be repaired or replaced. Your tires and wheel alignment will be inspected and adjusted if needed.

Your vehicle will be thoroughly inspected to ensure that every bit of damage has been fixed properly and the vehicle has been reassembled correctly. The interior and exterior will be detailed to be sure that all dust and debris has been washed away. Your new paint will be polished for extra shine. It will be given a road test to make sure that it runs well and is restored to its pre-accident condition.

The collision repair technician should be in contact with you and the insurance company if any issues or problems occur during the collision repair process. Be sure to inspect your vehicle thoroughly and feel free to ask your technician any questions you may have. They are usually more than willing to help customers with insurance issues or anything else that may trouble them.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6707630

Monday, September 2, 2019

Corby's Collision's History and Sense of Community



"Hands On" Owner / Operator Paul Troutner talks about Corby's history and sense of community. See more at http://corbysvacaville.com

Friday, August 30, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Auto Body Collision Repair: Know What to Expect Before Going to a Body Shop


After even a minor incident in a parking lot, you are likely going to need auto body collision repair in order to get your vehicle looking like new again. To make sure that you get charged fair rates, make sure you know what work needs to be done before going to the shop.

For a simple bumper replacement, the largest part of the cost is going to be the replacement parts themselves. With older cars that have plastic or fiberglass bumpers on them, this can be more difficult as the parts will be less readily available. Custom fabrication of the needed parts can be quite costly if even possible at all for your repair.

When your auto body collision repair needs consist of popping out a few dings with little cosmetic blemishes, the option to have your panels repainted will be left up to you. Remember that only painting a side panel is likely to never perfectly match the paint on the rest of your car. This can happen because of the slight fading of paint from long-term sun exposure. The difference may not be noticed until the job is done. This is why you must consider whether your auto body collision repair truly needs new paint. Modern tools can remove dings with very little in the way of cosmetic defects in the paint. Larger jobs, of course, will make repainting a necessity.

Going to the place with the biggest shop might not always be your best choice. Yes, a company with a larger staff can get the job done quicker, but you will often have to pay for the speedy service. A skilled auto body technician can be found in many of the smaller shops around town as well.

You might also want to ask friends and family before shopping for auto body collision repair so that you can hear first-hand accounts of services offered by several shops.

If your insurance is covering the repairs, make sure your chosen auto body shop is able to work with your insurance company, and have the details worked out before the work begins. This can save you headache and cost in the long run.


Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5937410

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Under The Hood - Spare Tire


Don't forget to check the air in the spare tire and the mechanism that lowers it to the ground.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

5 Benefits Of Changing Your Car's Air Filters


If you have a car, it's recommended that you change the air filter regularly. Here are some of the benefits of doing so:

You increase your car's performance

Dirty car filters reduce the amount of air that flows into the car's engine. When the amount of air in the engine is limited, the car doesn't spend the amount that it's supposed to and as a result, its performance goes down. Studies have consistently shown that cars with clean filters are by far more effective than those with dirty filters.

You protect your car from damage

Filters prevent foreign particles from getting access to the inside of the car's engine. Even when a small particle gets into the engine it can cause a lot of damage to the moving parts. The damage gets worse as more particles get into the engine. A clean car filter traps all the air debris ensuring that none gets into the engine. This protects your car from damage. Since the car and the engine aren't damaged, they last for a long time.

You increase the efficiency of the car

Studies by experts show that clean car filters increase the car's efficiency by up to 14%. The reason for this is because there is plenty of clean air in the engine thus the car doesn't strain burning fuel. Due to the efficiency, you spend less money than when the car is running on a dirty air filter.

You reduce car emissions

Dirty filters reduce airflow to the engine thus affecting emission control systems. Faulty emission control systems result in an incorrect air-fuel mixture. When the fuel mixture is too much, it can result in engine deposits resulting in a lot of emissions. In addition to the high emissions, it's also common for the car to consume more fuel than it should.

Changing the car filter

As you have seen, there are plenty of benefits that come with replacing your car filter. The cool thing with air filter replacement is that you can do it on your own. When replacing the filters, ensure that you replace them with identical ones designed for the exact match and model of car. Car filters come in different shapes, designs, and sizes; therefore, you should first remove the one in the car and buy a similar one that resembles it. For ideal results, ensure that you buy from a reputable store.


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Bike Lane Design Can Leave Cyclists At Risk - IIHS News


Some protected bike lanes leave cyclists vulnerable to injury

ARLINGTON, Va. — Bike lanes separated from the roadway by physical barriers make cyclists feel safer and encourage more people to ride. But a new IIHS study shows that protected bike lanes vary in terms of injury risk. Factors such as the number of driveways or alleys intersecting the lanes and whether the lanes are one- or two direction affect the likelihood of a crash or fall.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Car Parts Basics: the Serpentine Belt | Allstate Insurance


The serpentine belt is an important part of your car's engine: it helps make some of the the car's other systems work. The Humble Mechanic helps explain how it functions and how it might fail.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Happy Customers are Corby's Collision's Top Priority!



"Hands On" Owner / Operator, Paul Troutner, of Corby's Collision in Vacaville,  California discusses happy customers and alignments.

For more information, please visit http://corbysvacaville.com/

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Cars With Big Engines Top Stolen Vehicle List


Dodge cars with big engines top HLDI’s list of most stolen vehicles

Arlington, Va. — Two large cars known for their powerful engines — the Dodge Charger HEMI and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat — top the Highway Loss Data Institute’s list of vehicles most likely to be stolen.

Both vehicles have claim rates for whole-vehicle theft that are more than 5 times the average for 2016-18 models, as does the Infiniti Q50, a midsize luxury sedan. Nearly all 20 models with the highest theft rates are either vehicles with big engines, luxury vehicles or pickups.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Eight Affordable Sports Cars for 2019


Sure we love Lamborghinis and Ferraris as much as the next gazillionaire, but we live in the real world like most people. So, is there a sports car out there for folks with champagne taste but a beer budget? Perhaps the Kelley Blue Book editorial staff can help you answer that question. Micah Muzio, take it away!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Take Control: Choose the Right Body Shop


After a collision, choose your own body shop. Your car was damaged. You have the right to choose the repair shop you want, which may or may not be on the insurance company's "referral" list. This video will help you ask the three most important questions to ask a body shop before dropping your vehicle off for repairs.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Top 5 Safe Driving Tips


The roads can be dangerous! And, of course, we all want each other to get home safely. Here are CARFAX's Top 5 Safe Driving Tips!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Headlight Testing | Consumer Reports


Properly functioning headlights are a vital part of car safety. Consumer Reports’ expert explains how CR puts them to the test.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

How to Pack Your Car Like a Pro | Consumer Reports


Ever feel like you just don’t have enough cargo space in your car? Consumer Reports’ expert offers tips for maximizing space—while keeping you safe—on your next road trip

Monday, July 15, 2019

How to Avoid a Collision With a Wrong-Way Driver


A driver coming straight at you the wrong way on a highway is a frightening experience. Videos on the internet show the terrifying results like one of a white SUV flying down a Florida highway the wrong way before a sudden collision that resulted in the deaths of the drunk SUV driver and four University of Southern Florida Students in the other car. There are 300 to 400 wrong-way driving deaths every year in the United States, which are often caused by a confused driver.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Is an Electric or Hybrid Car Right for You? | Consumer Reports


With longer range batteries and more places to charge, electric cars are becoming a popular choice for drivers who want to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels. Consumer Reports’ expert explains what you need to know about this technology.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

What to Do After a Car Accident


Car accidents happen, so don't panic. Follow these steps if you ever get in one.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Decoding Dashboard Warning Lights | Consumer Reports


You might have noticed the gallery of icons on your dashboard when you start your car. Consumer Reports’ expert explains what those warning lights mean.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy 4th of July!


"America is another name for opportunity." 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, June 30, 2019

What Are the Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents?


What are the most common causes of auto accidents? Safety experts agree that the number-one cause of accidents is human error.

Almost all crashes can be prevented by more careful behavior and responsible conduct and driving habits. In more recent years, this is commonly known as "Distracted Driving" and it takes on many different forms.

The most common mistakes drivers make include drinking and driving; speeding; drag racing other vehicles; driving while fatigued; and distractions involving applying make-up, talking, singing, passenger misconduct or immaturity, eating or drinking, texting, browsing social media sites or other activities involving smart phones. But in many cases, simply not paying attention and being mentally distracted by personal matters can cause drivers to drift out of the lane, run red lights and stop signs or break other basic traffic rules.

These "Distractions" and many others have caused many, many terrible, needless and life-changing accidents that were otherwise avoidable or preventable.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

2019 Cars.com American-Made Index


What's the most American-made car for 2019? Find out in the 2019 Cars.com American-Made Index.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Smarter Driver: Tips for Avoiding a Rear-End Crash


You might be able to prevent a rear-end crash if you apply a little technique to how you handle the following distance.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Confusion About Automated Systems


When people hear names like "Autopilot" and "Super Cruise," they often think it's OK to tune out behind the wheel. That's not how these automated systems were intended to be used, however. Automation in today's vehicles still requires the driver's full attention, but not everyone understands that.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

12 Most Insane Roads In The World


When someone says “road”, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the local road you use every day to commute on your way to school or work. We don’t think much of roads because they are pretty common and a part of our everyday lives.

It’s true that they all serve the same purpose, helping us get from point A to point B in the shortest time possible, but some roads need to go through extremely harsh and treacherous places to help people get to their desired destination.

Stay with us and learn what the 12 most insane roads in the world are.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Make Your Car Like New Again With Expert Service From Your Local Auto Body Repair Shop


Cars can suffer damage due to all kinds of situations, from collisions to plain old wear and tear. Fortunately, auto body shops can address almost any car body or frame issue you bring in and can help you get your car back in perfect condition.

No matter how the damage to your car originated, a damaged vehicle looks unattractive and can send the wrong message to the world about the people who own and drive it. Leaving repairs undone can also lead to further, more dangerous, and costlier damage, and can be a safety hazard to drivers and passengers alike. This is why it's so important to contact an auto body repairer as soon as there's a problem. Experts in car body paint and structural repairs will be able to evaluate what needs to be done and take care of your car or truck with an eye to timeliness and workmanship so that you can get your car back in top shape as soon as possible.

Whether you were in a collision on the road, or another person nicked your car's paint job while you were parked, chipped auto paint can be a real pain. First of all, it affects the overall look of your car in a hugely negative way. And secondly, if left untreated, it can lead to more extensive chipping and, eventually, to rust that can deteriorate the whole body of the car. There are products on the market that let you deal with automotive paint issues on your own, but getting an exact match to your car's original color and quality of the paintwork is nearly impossible. If you go the DIY route and the color match is even slightly off, your car will end up looking worse than it did before! Avoid these pitfalls by contacting a car paint specialist as soon as you know that there's a problem. These professionals have the knowledge, tools, and experience to tackle whatever car painting project you need so that you can get your car back to looking its best, and you can drive secure in the knowledge that you've forestalled any further damage.

If you're dealing with something more serious than a paintwork issue, getting professional help is a must. Not only are there aesthetic matters to consider, but there are a number of safety issues in question when it comes to repairing the actual structure of a car. If you're dealing with dents, the cosmetic aspect is probably the most important. It's unpleasant and distracting to drive around in a dented vehicle, but a body repair expert can take care of everything from a small ding from a golf ball to a huge dent from a collision, all without causing further damage to the car or the paintwork. These professionals can also handle more intense issues such as frame repair and straightening. After a car has been in a collision, the car frame is often damaged or misaligned. In the worst cases, this can make the car undrivable, and in all cases, it can compromise the overall safety of your vehicle. Using specialized machinery, repair experts can realign your car's frame so that your car works properly and complies with necessary safety standards.

If your car is damaged, don't wait--call your local auto body and repair shop today. Whether you need a minimal touch-up to your paint, or major repairs after a collision, professional body shops will be able to ensure that your car looks great and is protected as much as possible against future damage.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What to Do When Your Brakes Go Out | Allstate Insurance


If you're concerned you don't know what to do if your car's brakes fail, don't panic. Prepare yourself for such a situation by familiarizing yourself with some tips to help you stop as safely as possible.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Top Car Safety Tips for Your Big Summer Trip!


As you get ready for that summer vacation, don't forget about your vehicle. The last thing you want to do is pack up the family, hit the road, and then have your car break down. Can you say, "worst vacation ever??" You don't always have to call the pros. There are some easy tasks you can do yourself to avoid problems when you hit the road.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

Under The Hood - Headlight Care


The importance of maintaining your headlight lens for safety while driving.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Mistakes You Could Be Making With Your Car's A/C


The season for sticky summer driving is almost upon us. Your first instinct upon getting in a hot car may be to crank the A/C to max and point the vents straight at your face— but you’d be mistaken. If you want to get the most mileage out of your vehicle's air conditioning, Matt Schmitz has mistakes to avoid to keep your cool in this week’s segment of Driving Smart.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2019 Full-Size Pickup Truck Comparison


Okay, we know this is going to boil a lot of pots, but what kind of reviewers would we be if we didn't compare trucks! Specifically, we're looking at the 2019 Ram 1500, the 2019 Ford F-150 and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Quite the competitive set, these three are always up for a good arm wrestle. Hey Micah Muzio, what's the deal with these three frenemies?

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Spring Car Care Tips!


We know you are ready for consistently warm weather, but is your car? Lauren Fix has great tips on how to get your car ready for spring.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Battle of the American Sports Coupes


Eenie, meenie, miney, whoa! Look at all that American muscle. How do you decide between a Dodge Challenger R/T, a Chevrolet Camaro and a Ford Mustang that are all around $40,000? Glad you asked, because Micah Muzio from Kelley Blue Book has answers.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

How to Choose a Collision Shop: TV Car Expert Lauren Fix


Sometimes our cars need repairs, not just rust or collision, but they also need to be repainted. The key is to find the right collision shop so you can save money and frustration. Car Coach Lauren Fix has some tips.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hydroplaning | Consumer Reports


Hyrdroplaning is one of the scariest experiences a driver will face. Consumer Reports experts reveal how to regain control of your wheels.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Top 6 Things to Look For In A Collision Repair Shop


Where would we be without collision repair shops? They can do wonders for an automobile. They can shape it, change it, paint it, and even relieve it of dents and scratches that take away from the beauty of your automobile.

It doesn't matter how the damage occurred, what does matter is you choosing the auto body shop to make your car right again. They are hard to come by. Not all body shops are the same. For example, choosing the one your insurance company told you to will only result in a minimum repair to your car. The insurance company has a "deal" with the repair shop. It doesn't mean they will do a good job on your automobile.

You need to look for a repair shop that does great work for a fair price. Yes, it's going to cost to right the wrongs with your car, but if you choose the right autobody repair shop, then you'll be very satisfied with the work they do. Here's a list of 6 things they should to look for in a great collision repair shop.
  1. Be sure they give you an estimate. Most of the time, your insurance company will do this, and then send you to their preferred shop. However, you can take your car to any repair shop you want, but sometimes on you might have to pay a little more than the insurance pays. In the long run, it will be more than worth it.

  2. Don't let "cheap" influence you! The cost is usually what everyone looks at first, however, if they use a can a spray paint, how's your car going to look when they are done? Check around and see what type of work they do - first - before you let them have your car.

  3. Parts may take a while to get there. Don't drop your automobile off until they have all the parts they need to finish the repairs. Otherwise, it may take several weeks before you get your car back.

  4. Technology check. With today's technology, they should be able to hook your auto up and know exactly what and how to fix any problem with the damage on your car. Don't let them use putty to fill in the blanks.

  5. Be sure they use the best paint. Some of the repair shops will try to slip some nasty paint onto your auto. Check their paint supply to be sure it's going to last on your car. Some of the paint these days will only last a year or so before it starts to wear off.

  6. Look for the warranty or guarantee. They should have a good one that will cover any type of work they do on your automobile. It should cover the paint, dents and starches, body work, and labor.
Looking for a collision repair shop is time consuming, but once you find the right one, you'll be glad you chose them. Your car will look like new again and no one will be able to see that any work has been done at all. Also, ask around and get others opinion of the auto body repair shop you choose for your auto. That's the best type of shop to have fix your car.


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Friday, May 10, 2019

Regular Gas vs. Premium Gas | Consumer Reports


Think expensive gas means increased power and better fuel economy? Consumer Reports reveals what you need to know before you fill up at the pump.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

What to do in an Accident | Allstate Accident Safety Tips



Car accidents are stressful events that seem to raise dozens of questions at once: Should I call the police? Should I move my car? Is it safe to drive home? This video will guide you through the most important decisions you need to make before and after you've been in a collision.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Car Maintenance Myths | Consumer Reports


There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to keeping your car running smoothly. Consumer Reports’ expert explains the truth behind some of the biggest maintenance myths.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Best Practices for Proper Headlight Maintenance


Your vehicle's headlights are a vital safety component being that they are one of your first lines of defense while navigating the road at night. Without proper visibility, drivers have trouble seeing where they are going, putting them at risk of collision. It is critically important to regularly inspect your lights for any needed adjustments or repairs, and to follow the best practices for vehicular headlight safety.

Continue reading to learn what you should be doing to make sure your headlights stay in great condition, and where to get the expert automotive advice you can trust.

Choose Quality Headlights

You can opt for basic headlights, but keep in mind that there is a whole market of higher-quality parts to choose from. Higher-grade headlights come with options such as whiter lights, enhanced visibility, extended depth perception, reduced glare, improved contrast, and more. Depending on your individual needs, you may be safer with a higher quality headlight set.

Don't Let Them Burn Out

Replace your headlights before they have a chance to burn out completely. Check them regularly, at night, for differences in brightness and color. If you notice a decrease in vibrancy, or simply cannot remember when the last time your headlights were replaced, get them replaced immediately.

Always Buy in Pairs

Even if only one headlight is burnt out or dim, it is important to always replace them both at the same time. This is more cost-effective and safer. A new bulb paired with an older bulb can produce uneven lighting on the road. This is not only dangerous for a driver and their passengers, but for other drivers on the road as well.

Install Headlights On Your Own

You don't necessarily need to spend extra money on professional headlight replacement services if you are a handy person. There are several online tutorials that will show you how to replace headlight bulbs with ease. However, if you are not a project-type or handyman-type person, it is not recommended to install headlights on your own.

Talk to a Mechanic

Even if you are a handy person, or know a thing or two about auto repair, it is best to talk to your trusted mechanic about proper automotive maintenance and care. They will guide you in the right direction, and recommend a maintenance schedule that you can do on your own.

Additional types of car maintenance that you should always keep up with include fluid changes, tire rotations, battery replacements, filter replacements, coolant flushes, engine tune-ups, body waxing, windshield wiper replacements, and more.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Make Your Car Last | Consumer Reports


Cars these days can run for 200,000 miles and more. Here’s what you can do to get the maximum life out of your vehicle.

Monday, April 22, 2019

SUVs Dominate at New York Auto Show


Auto shows may be waning in importance as companies find other ways to introduce new products, but the New York International Auto Show still has a healthy list of new vehicle debuts, most of them SUVs.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

First Car for your Teen | Consumer Reports


Buying your first car is one of the most exciting times for a teenager—and one of the most nerve-racking for a parent. Here’s what to look for when shopping for that first vehicle.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

AAA Don’t Drive Intexticated PSA


Whether it’s texting, calling, navigating, or something else, using your cellphone while driving can be dangerous. In fact, texting and driving can have the same consequences as drinking and driving: deaths and injuries. Help reduce the number of these preventable tragedies by putting down your phone—because lives depend on it. You don’t drive intoxicated, so don’t drive intoxicated.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Tire Tread Test | Consumer Reports


Not sure if it’s time for new tires? CR’s expert explains how George Washington and Abraham Lincoln can help.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Avoidance Maneuver Testing | Consumer Reports


How important is car handling when it comes to emergency maneuvering? Consumer Reports’ experts take to the test track to find out.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

What to Look For in Auto Body Repair Shops


For most drivers, getting their vehicle repaired can often be a stressful time. When many people think of auto repair shops, they often think of scoundrels who will try to milk them for as much money as they can. Fortunately, good and honest auto body repair shops are easy to find. You just have to know what to look for and what questions to ask when researching auto shops.

The following are a number of tips on what to look for in an auto body repair shop:

1. One place to search for information about an auto repair shop is to check online. The internet is a great source of finding the history of an auto repair shop. You can go to such sites as the Better Business Bureau, a consumer report site, and Angie's list, to see if there is a history of complaints. As well, you can also find reviews of auto repair shops written by customers.

2. Before you have a problem with your vehicle, visit a number of auto repair shops to assess the shop. Look for cleanliness, proper lighting that allows mechanics to see small dents and such, and if the mechanics have licenses and certifications. Do you see any special awards? Does the equipment look current and well maintained? As well, you can talk to the employees to assess their professionalism.

3. When you are at an auto shop, look at the vehicles that they have worked on. Are there good paint jobs? Are all the panels aligned correctly? You should talk to the mechanics to find out what they do if you are unhappy with the repair work. Will the mechanic repair a problem they did not fix the first time at no charge? Or, will there be extra fees? How long is the warranty? How long will it take for the repairs to be completed? Ask about their fees and if they get quality parts.

After you have your car returned from repair, make sure you examine it right away to make sure repair was done and look for anything unusual or does not seem right. If you do find something wrong, take it back to the auto repair shop right away. Take the car for a test drive to listen for any unusual sounds or something not working properly. As well, before the mechanic starts working on your vehicle, make sure they know how much you are willing to pay and if they find something else that is wrong, they should call you to tell you and how much it will cost to fix.

There are many honest and professional auto shops out there. The key to finding the best auto repair shop that meets your needs is to do your research, ask the right questions, and always get a price quote before the mechanic starts working on your vehicle. Choosing a good auto body repair shop will save you a lot of headaches and money, and you will have peace of mind knowing you are getting a good repair.


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Monday, April 1, 2019

How to Jump Start a Car | Allstate Insurance


Every car may have a dead battery from time to time, but you can be prepared to get it running again. From having jumper cables in your car to calling for assistance, here's what you need to know about jump starting a car.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Corby's Collision's History and Sense of Community



"Hands On" Owner / Operator Paul Troutner talks about Corby's history and sense of community. See more at http://corbysvacaville.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Most Pickups Need Better Passenger-Side Protection


Most pickups need better passenger-side protection

ARLINGTON, Va. — The majority of pickups recently put through the passenger-side small overlap front test struggled to maintain their structure, but two trucks — the Ford F-150 and the Nissan Titan — earn a good rating.

The F-150 and the Titan join the Ram 1500, whose good rating in the test was released late last year.

The Honda Ridgeline, which earns an acceptable rating in the passenger-side test, is the only pickup so far to qualify for the 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK award, thanks to available good-rated headlights, which the other models all lack, and available superior-rated front crash prevention. The Ridgeline qualifies for the award only when equipped with those features.

The Toyota Tacoma also earns an acceptable rating in the passenger-side test, but it falls short of an award because of headlights.

In total, IIHS has rated 11 crew cab pickups in the passenger-side test — four small and seven large. The Toyota Tundra, a large pickup, earns the only poor rating, while five of the trucks rate marginal.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Considerations When Looking for Body Shops


If you have been involved in a collision or just have some minor exterior damage to your car from wear and tear, you will need to look into the various body shops in your area that can make the necessary repairs.

Estimates: Most body shops will offer free estimates for their work, and getting several quotes is the best way to avoid overcharges. Get all of the details in writing. Even though it's just an estimate, you want to be able to compare apples to apples among different mechanics. In some cases, one mechanic may even try to match an estimate if they can.

Experience and reputation for repair work: Even in the digital age, nothing beats word-of-mouth recommendations. You can also check with your local consumer organizations to get a better understanding of their reputation. To narrow the field even further, you need to know the extent of the damage. If the damage is structural, make sure your choice has the experience needed to take care of all the repairs and not just the exterior issues.

Insurance company relationship: Most insurance companies have built up relationships with specific auto body shops. These contracts help the insurance provider save money because they have negotiated lower parts and labor rates. The business your insurance company recommends also meets certain training and certification requirements. This, however, is just a recommendation. If you do not feel completely comfortable and confident with their work, do not be afraid to tell the insurance representative that you want to go to another shop. In the end, they must respect your wishes. It's the law.

Warranty: A reputable business should have no problem standing behind their work. There may be separate metalwork, painting, decal, and mechanical repair warranties, providing comprehensive coverage. Choose a shop that will guarantee their parts and service. Some will even provide a lifetime guarantee for certain services.

Other services: Ask what other services are included or available for an additional fee. While some may focus their work to structural and exterior detailing, other shops may be able to take care of your car's inspection, oil change, or other maintenance measures.

Even though auto body shops are not needed until an accident happens, it pays to do a little research beforehand, so that when the time comes, you are prepared. Some auto body shops even offer 24/7 emergency towing services, which can be a lifesaver if your car is too damaged to drive. With some research, your car will be back in driving condition for a fair price.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tips for Finding a Collision Repair Service


You've been in an auto accident and you've escaped unscathed, but what about your car? You need to find a trusted collision repair center that can fix your car, both cosmetically and mechanically. You don't want to employ an unreliable mechanic and waste money on repair after repair, nor do you want your car covered in mismatched or cheap, flaky paint. Use this guide to learn how to identify a good collision repair center and avoid unreliable service.

Naturally, the biggest concern when your car needs body work is cost. Estimates from different body shops can differ dramatically, but choosing the cheaper option may result in a poor quality job. Use these tips to help distinguish between when it's alright to take a lower price and when it's too risky.

Word-of-Mouth

Listen to any recommendations from your friends, family, and acquaintances. They may have had a successful experience with a collision repair shop and may even have a contact number. This gives you a chance to find local businesses which may not be listed on the internet. Small, family-owned shops offer a more involved experience by allowing you one-on-one access to the individuals working on your car.

Location and Overhead

Labor charges make up a healthy chunk of the overall cost. Collision repair shops charge anywhere from $40 an hour to $70 an hour or more, depending on the location. Corporate body shops may have higher rates in order to support a large front-office work staff. Some may feel more comfortable doing business in an office setting with a front desk clerk, but estimates tend to increase according to the company's overhead. A shop with a small number of employees may be easier on your wallet.

Shop for Estimates

In order to make sure you get the best price, you can at a repair center you trust, take your car to multiple shops and ask for quotes. This will help you avoid being overcharged. If there is a particular shop you really like, but their price is too high, try to find a few lower estimates and see if they'll consider bargaining. Remember, the cheapest estimate isn't always the best option.

Warranties and Insurance

Make sure your collision repair center provides written warranty for their work and ask about warranty details before making any agreements. At the minimum, the warranty should last for one year. If you've heard of places offering lifetime warranties, consider it an advertising tactic. Yes, the warranty technically lasts a lifetime; however, the contracts include a copious amount of regulations and stipulations. You should also ask if the repair center carries fire and theft insurance in case your car is damaged, destroyed, or stolen while being repaired.

Follow Your Intuition

Finally, trust what your intuition tells you about each shop you consider and the employees you encounter. If the facility is dirty and disorganized, you can expect sloppy bodywork. Take care in selecting a collision repair center and remember these tips during your search. Good luck!


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Sunday, March 17, 2019

How to Safely Share the Road with Cyclists | Allstate Insurance


If cyclists and drivers don’t know how to share the road, it may lead to a dangerous situation. Before you get in your vehicle, consider these tips for safely sharing the roads with bicycles.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

5 Ways to Make Your Old Car Feel New Again


You don’t have to buy a new car to enjoy that new-car feeling. Here are 5 tips on how to make your old car feel showroom fresh.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Using a Cellphone in the Car | Consumer Reports


The best bet is to not use your phone when operating a car—but smartphone navigation and Bluetooth is a common feature nowadays. Here’s what you need to know to stay while on the road.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Reducing Pedestrian Crashes is the Goal of New IIHS Ratings - IIHS News


Most small SUVs earn top ratings for pedestrian crash prevention in new test program

ARLINGTON, Va. — Reducing pedestrian crashes is the goal of the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings of automatic emergency braking systems that can detect and brake for people on foot. In the first tests of 2018–19 vehicles with this crash avoidance feature, 9 of 11 small SUVs evaluated earn an advanced or superior rating for pedestrian crash prevention.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Lowest-Rated Cars of 2019 | Consumer Reports


When shopping for a car, knowing which one to avoid is just as important as finding the right vehicle. Combining our data on reliability, owner satisfaction, and the results of dozens of tests, here are the lowest rated cars by Overall Score.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Winter Driving Tips | Consumer Reports


There are over 2,000 crashes in wintery conditions. Consumer Reports’ expert offers essential tips to help get you where you’re going safely.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Auto Body Collision Repair: Know What to Expect Before Going to a Body Shop


After even a minor incident in a parking lot, you are likely going to need auto body collision repair in order to get your vehicle looking like new again. To make sure that you get charged fair rates, make sure you know what work needs to be done before going to the shop.

For a simple bumper replacement, the largest part of the cost is going to be the replacement parts themselves. With older cars that have plastic or fiberglass bumpers on them, this can be more difficult as the parts will be less readily available. Custom fabrication of the needed parts can be quite costly if even possible at all for your repair.

When your auto body collision repair needs consist of popping out a few dings with little cosmetic blemishes, the option to have your panels repainted will be left up to you. Remember that only painting a side panel is likely to never perfectly match the paint on the rest of your car. This can happen because of the slight fading of paint from long-term sun exposure. The difference may not be noticed until the job is done. This is why you must consider whether your auto body collision repair truly needs new paint. Modern tools can remove dings with very little in the way of cosmetic defects in the paint. Larger jobs, of course, will make repainting a necessity.

Going to the place with the biggest shop might not always be your best choice. Yes, a company with a larger staff can get the job done quicker, but you will often have to pay for the speedy service. A skilled auto body technician can be found in many of the smaller shops around town as well.

You might also want to ask friends and family before shopping for auto body collision repair so that you can hear first-hand accounts of services offered by several shops.

If your insurance is covering the repairs, make sure your chosen auto body shop is able to work with your insurance company, and have the details worked out before the work begins. This can save you headache and cost in the long run.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

What To Do If An Animal Runs In Front Of You


Wild animals are always unexpected on the roadways and all pose a risk to drivers. Here are AAA's tips on what to do if an animal runs in front of your vehicle.

Friday, February 15, 2019

How to Pack Your Car Like a Pro | Consumer Reports


Ever feel like you just don’t have enough cargo space in your car? Consumer Reports’ expert offers tips for maximizing space—while keeping you safe—on your next road trip

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Take Control: Choose the Right Body Shop


After a collision, choose your own body shop. Your car was damaged. You have the right to choose the repair shop you want, which may or may not be on the insurance company's "referral" list. This video will help you ask the three most important questions to ask a body shop before dropping your vehicle off for repairs.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Driving Tips for Wet Roads


Wet pavement contributes to over 1 million crashes each year! Here are some tips if you're caught driving in the rain.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Off-Road Challenge | Consumer Reports


Some automotive manufacturers claim their cars have off-road capabilities. Consumer Reports’ expert puts these vehicles to the test at the CR test track.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sharing the Road with Motorcycles & Bicycles


The California DMV shares tips on sharing the road with motorcycles and bicycles.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Best Car Safety Features | Consumer Reports


There are many ways to prevent car accidents. Consumer Reports looks at the latest technology designed to save people’s lives.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Distracted Driving


Drivers' cellphone habits have been changing. Our latest study shows how.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Smarter Driver: Tips for Avoiding a Rear-End Crash


You might be able to prevent a rear-end crash if you apply a little technique to how you handle the following distance.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

5 Car Care Hacks: What Your Auto Body Shop Wants You to Know


While auto body shop professionals are happy to help with tiny and large problems alike, some car problems can be prevented or at least delayed. A great mechanic wants to empower car owners with knowledge of how to take great care of their vehicles. They should follow these five car care hacks to enjoy logging many miles to come in their automobile.

1. Tending to Tires

It's easy to trust that tires will keep spinning until the driver feels one go flat, but car owners can extend the longevity of their tires with a bit of extra care. They should wipe off brake dust on a regular basis, meaning at least once per week. If brake dust builds up, it's a little-known fact that it can bake into the wheels of an automobile if left on for too long. They should rely on a damp sponge and soapy water to clear off the dust.

That's not all it takes to keep tires in great shape. They should check the car's tire pressure regularly, or have a professional mechanic do so if they're not familiar with the ins and outs of tire pressure. Also, having their tread depth checked and tires rotated regularly is advisable.

2. Keeping Their Cool

Many people don't know that it's important to flush their motor vehicle's cooling system at least once per year, and they should change the coolant then as well as whenever it's needed throughout the year. Automobile owners need to trust a professional mechanic for this job, and they can ensure that grime, corrosion, and other deposits don't build up in the car's cooling system.

3. Letting Their Light Shine

Car owners should check their headlights and brake lights regularly to make sure these lights are in excellent working order. Not only can broken lights result in tickets, but they can also present a hazard on the road. Both the headlights and brake lights can be quickly tested at an auto body shop, and when there is a problem, it's usually easy to fix as long as vehicle owners catch it before it causes problems on the road.

4. Showing Pride in the Car's Appearance

One crucial aspect of taking the best care of a car is also keeping it clean. Whether they own a small car, a huge SUV, or anything in between, automobile owners should get a regular car wash and wax. They need to schedule a vehicle wash every week or at least every other week. Also, if they notice immediate issues, such as a bird relieving itself on the top of their car, it's important to wash the excrement away as soon as possible. Bird waste can actually damage a car's paint job, so cleaning up the mess right away is essential.

5. Paying Attention to Warnings

If drivers notice a warning light on their dashboard, they need to resist the temptation to look the other way. Whether it's a check engine light, a temperature light, an oil light, or something else, car owners should take their vehicle to an auto body shop to check on the problem right away. The earlier they catch an issue, the easier and less expensive it may be to fix.

Finally, automobile owners need to keep in mind that they can prevent some trips to the auto body shop for repairs by taking optimal care of their car. They need to take action today to keep their vehicle in pristine condition.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How to Prep Your Car for Winter | Allstate Insurance


The ice, snow and cold temps that come with winter can affect your vehicle and driving conditions. Help make sure you and your car are ready — follow these tips for preparing your vehicle for winter

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Dangers of Over-Inflated and Under-Inflated Tires


There are many reasons why you should take good care of your car. Not only is your vehicle a very expensive investment that you want to last for as long as possible, but your safety can also be at risk if your car is not performing at its best. One of the most overlooked factory scheduled car maintenance requirements for ALL vehicles is tire care.

Tires should be in good condition at all times. And as soon as they begin to show signs of wear and tear, it is time to have them replaced. In between tire replacement, your tires require regular rotations and balancing, as well as daily air pressure monitoring.

If you fail to take good care of your tires, they can begin to lose their ability to do their job, which can put your safety at risk. Tire pressure is a common problem that can influence your overall tire performance and safety. Be sure to routinely inspect your tires for proper inflation; you don't want them to be over or under-inflated.

The Dangers of Under-Inflated Tires

Bulges can form in the tire walls, which can weaken areas of the tires, and put them at a higher risk of blowing out on the road.

Under-inflated tires will cause reduced fuel efficiency, which affects a driver's budget and vehicle reliability.

Under-inflated tires will impede vehicular mobility, which can be dangerous in the defensive driving scenario and inclement weather, and while navigating small spaces.

The Dangers of Over-Inflated Tires

Over-inflated tires can cause an increase air temperature within them, which can lead to sudden blowouts while driving. They can also lead to an imbalance of contact on the road among all four tires, which can hinder vehicular mobility and handling.

According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

A tire that is 25% above the recommended air pressure is 2 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

A tire that is 25% below the recommended tire pressure is 3 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

There are virtually 11,000 tire-related motor vehicle accidents every year.

Nearly 75% of roadside flats are a result of improper tire pressure.

Flat Tire?

If you get a flat as a result of over or under-inflation, you can try to repair it yourself if you have a spare tire or an emergency roadside kit. If you are not capable of repairing or changing your flat, you can contact a local towing company for 24-hour roadside assistance service.

They can respond to your location within a short amount of time, repair your tire, or tow you to the location of your choice. Whether it is 3 o'clock in the morning or 5:30 rush hour, they have the resources to get you back on the road in no time at all.


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Which Auto Collision Center Should I Use


Next to your home, your car is the second largest investment you will make. You spend a great deal of time choosing that right car. And then in minutes you suddenly find yourself with a car that's been damaged in an automobile accident. As a result of the same common question continuously gets asked: "Which auto collision center should I use"?

And it's a very good question. Vehicles aren't cheap, and with such a big investment you want to be certain that the repair is done right and since you have the right to choose who will fix your car it's time to start shopping around. Whatever you do, don't let your insurance company try to bully you into using whom they want.

Different auto collision centers will have different rates, different practices, and different ways of filling out their auto repair estimate, which means you need to be alert as to how they are quoting their work. What looks like the cheapest quote may not be once you take everything into account. The auto collision center has to work with your insurance company to put things right and get you back on the road as soon as possible.

Here are just a few things to find out about. That way you can compare each of the auto collision centers on a level playing field.

What are the hours of operation and do they work with your schedule? Do they have a drop off service or a late pickup service?

Is there a guaranteed delivery date to have your car repairs completed?

Do they offer a loaner vehicle to drive while your vehicle is being repaired?

How long do they warranty their work for? Is there a lifetime guarantee and if so is it on paint?

Repairs? Labor?

What is the qualifications of the craftsman in the auto collision center?

How long has the company been in business?

What type of equipment do they have for repairs? Do they offer state of the art equipment?

Do they guarantee color match?

Do they utilize laser measuring?

Where are the centers located?

What's it going to cost?

Before you do anything, if it is at all possible it's a good idea to drop by, see the facilities, and get a quote. There are more than 35,000 auto body repair shops across the country, which can make it a bit confusing to choose. Use the tools at your disposal. The internet is an excellent resource, and having your list of questions answered can help you make the right choice.

The average auto repair takes two weeks so make sure you have made alternative arrangements with a rental car. You should also make sure you are happy with their commitment to customer satisfaction and remember you can always check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company has a good reputation.

Which auto collision center should you use? The choice is still yours but these tips should help you find the best facility for your repairs.

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