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Auto Painting: Was Yours Done Right?

You just splurged on auto painting for your vehicle (or maybe your insurance covered it after a fender bender). At first glance, it hopefully looks like a job well done. Look a little closer.   With effort, you can spot telltale signs of whether your auto body shop did a quality job or a subpar one. A lot can go wrong with auto painting. Factors that matter are the equipment and paint used, the painter’s skill and whether the job was rushed or not.   One of the biggest signs — which actually has nothing to do with the paint job itself ― is whether the car was clean when you picked it up. The level of cleanliness shows you how committed the shop is to customer satisfaction and how detail-oriented they are.   Plus, it’s no easy task to keep a car clean in an

Auto Body Shops Have to be Trustworthy

What do you expect from an auto body shop — and what should be a given?   It’s tough, because most people who need a body shop are shaken up from an accident (or finding out their car unexpectedly has serious damage).   You want your car back, looking brand new, as quickly as possible. You also want to be treated fairly, especially if you’re paying out of pocket for services. Auto body shop customers can be prone to making rash decisions and not doing their due diligence. That’s a huge mistake.   Not all body shops are created equally, but a reputable shop should always have transparency and willingness to talk you through options. If a shop only uses confusing jargon, isn’t communicative and doesn’t show basic customer service etiquette, you don’t wa

Choosing Your Auto Paint

Not all auto painting is created equally, and that goes for how the pros do it, too. Never try to paint a car yourself, and always shop around if you need auto painting, whether it’s a touch-up job or you want an entirely new color for your ride. A professional paint job lasts longer, is more durable and of course looks much better than what you can achieve on your own. You’ll find a variety of price points at the professional level, and ultimately getting the best results often comes down to what you’re willing to spend.   Professionals use certain economy paints; however, in the world of auto painting you really do get what you pay for. Professionals know which paint brands last longer, and that goes for the economy lines, too.   A more affordable brand

Collision Repairs Spike in December

’Tis the season for cookies, eggnog and collision repairs. December is the month when the most deadly traffic collisions occur, often due to poor weather and all those holiday parties where the mulled wine flows freely. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that 40 percent of deadly collisions on Christmas and New Year’s involve drunk driving (in Utah, there were 1,736 alcohol-related crashes in 2014). New Year’s Eve is considered one of the most dangerous evenings to be on the road — although on any day, midnight to 3 a.m. is the most hazardous time frame.   This isn’t meant to scare you into staying home for the holidays. However, December drivers need to be alert and practice defensive driving.   Other high-risk times are

Can Auto Body Shops Prevent Diminished Value Cases?

A great auto body shop can work miracles, but they can’t fully prevent a diminished value case (DVC). A DVC is a term your insurance company knows all too well, but might not be very forthcoming about.   Here’s how it works: Let’s say you just bought a brand new sedan. You’ve only put 50 miles on it when you suddenly get in a fender bender. Neither car in the crash is anywhere close to totaled, but that’s a pretty ugly ding that you have, and it calls for a skillful repair.   To you and everyone else, the car looks as good as new afterward. However, a savvy auto body shop will be able to tell that you’ve had repairs done. If you file an insurance claim, that goes on your record (and your car’s). Even though it seems brand new, it has a diminished value becau