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.