Body shop professionals see it every winter. The snow and ice often trick the inexperienced drivers into collisions. Even more experienced drivers get surprised from time to time, from black ice or unexpected melts that freeze or other drivers that hit them.
As Madison’s premier spot auto body repair shop, we want to help Madison WI drivers avoid as many dents, dings and collisions as possible. However, when those minor collisions do occur and you need a body shop, we are prepared to be your body shop of record, providing the best repair options for your situation. Continue reading
Selecting an auto body shop to provide the body repair you need is not quite as straight forward as buying a car.
When you bought your car, most likely you did a little homework. You were able to…
- Consult consumer reviews
- Check reliability ratings
- Review crash-safety ratings
- Assess the value of features available
- Judge trunk space and legroom
- Test drive models you were interested in
- Get your friends’ opinions
When you are considering an auto body repair after an accident, there are many things to consider.
If your body repair is going to be covered by insurance, often times insurance companies insist a body shop uses OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. The insurance company goal is to make the insured individual whole by specifying your body shop use replacement parts be from the manufacturer.
However, when you are doing a body repair on a car and not filing an insurance claim, budget can influence how parts are selected. OEM parts for auto body repair are usually more expensive than using replacement parts manufactured by a third party. These parts are often called “aftermarket” parts. Aftermarket parts are almost always less expensive and are created to match the same specifications as the OEM parts. Continue reading
Volatile summer storms in Madison WI can result in car hail damage.
And, depending on the actual extent of your car hail damage, you may have a tough choice to make. Do you go through the insurance claims process, live with the hail damage or fix it yourself without an insurance claim using paintless dent repair techniques?
Assuming your car hail damage isn’t so severe your car is totaled, an insurance claim may be something to consider. If you are going to contact your insurance company about your car hail damage, the following steps will assist you in the process.
Contacting Your Insurer About Your Car Hail Damage In Madison WI Continue reading
Auto body repair sometimes requires replacing damaged parts with new parts. Selecting the correct “new” parts is as much an art as it is a science.
When technicians are planning an auto body repair, they are most concerned with the Fit, Function and Finish of the replacement parts. After all, the goal of the repair is to make it look as good as possible given the damage it has and the budget the car owner has. Continue reading
Selecting the right auto body shop can save you thousands of dollars.
It is fairly common to get an estimate from an auto body shop that is very different from another. Depending on the damage to be repaired, the amounts can swing wildly. Then the questions start.
• Will you really get what you are paying for?
• Will the lower estimate be of equal quality work?
• Is there more than one repair for each type of damage?
• Do I really need a “perfect” repair for this car?
Detailing your car is an easy concept to understand. However, to actually detail a vehicle and achieve the results a car detailing professional can is another challenge all together.
The first question to ask yourself is, ‘what do I think I know?’. This question is often very difficult to answer because you ‘don’t know what you don’t know’. And, not knowing when it comes to car paint and finishes can be expensive. Consider the following – Continue reading
To many drivers, a car paint repair is seen as a complete refinishing covering multiple panels of a vehicle. The desired result is having a finish looking as if it just came out of the factory. And, in many cases that is exactly what is done, especially when the repair is done in a body shop.
The reality is the finish your car has when delivered had better be preserved in a photo, because there is a chance it will never quite look like that again in Madison WI.
Types of Car Paint Repair
The perfect paint repair for a vehicle has a different definition depending on the owner.
The equation for a perfect repair is as follows – Owner’s circumstance + a chosen type of repair = perfect repair. This differs from a single, insurance driven body shop repair. At AutoColor the definition of a proper car paint repair is up to the vehicle owner. Continue reading
Car scratch repair can range from the smallest, superficial marks in a car’s clear coat to key marks or deeper scratches reaching the metal of a panel.
Car scratch repair can be approached in several ways. The good news is car owners have options. From the smallest superficial car wash scratches to the notorious key scratch, the one size fits all repair solution offered by many auto body shops and collision centers for car scratch repair is often overkill and doesn’t necessarily suit the needs of the customer or their vehicle.
The methods used for car scratch repair by a specially trained technician can vary depending on a couple of variables.
The first variable is the depth of a scratch. Very shallow scratches such as those in the clear coat (# 1 in illustration) can be polished out. A skilled professional can polish around the scratch because the clear coat is still thick enough under the deepest point of the scratch to allow for scratch removal by polishing (which is abrasive in nature).