The products that you use to wash and wax your car will have a significant impact on how long the paint on your car looks nice. If you use products containing certain ingredients, the clear-coat can fail and leave your car looking terrible. So, what ingredients should you find by reading the labels on each product? What should you be looking for to protect the finish of your car and what should you avoid using at all times? These and many other questions about the care of your car's paint can be found right here on my auto body blog.
When you have been involved in an accident or collision, repairing the damage to your car is important. Even minor damage to the vehicle can have long-term effects, but taking the car to a collision repair shop can uncover issues you did see and ensure that the repairs are done right, so the vehicle is safe to drive again.
Many collisions with cars on the road are minor fender benders, and you might not think that there is enough damage to your vehicle to warrant taking it into a collision repair center. Modern cars are designed differently, and part of that means that panels on the vehicle absorbed impacts differently than even twenty years ago.
The panels crush or bend as they absorb the impact, and many times the amount of impact required to cause a change in the car's geometry is a lot lower than you might think. The only way to be sure that there is no critical damage to the vehicle is to take it to a collision repair shop and have an auto body technician inspect it.
The impact to your car may have been light, but the uniframe or suspension under the car may have damage that you can't see without measuring it. In many cases, the collision repair shop will do the inspection and give you an estimate for the work, so it is better to have the car checked than to wait and have a problem with it later.
Once the tech at the collision repair shop has finished the estimate, they can start to make repairs on the car for you. If there is significant damage to the vehicle, the cost of repairing it could be substantial, and you will need to get the insurance company involved.
The repairs may take several weeks if there is a lot to do, and if there is frame damage or the car needs painting after the repairs are done, that can add to the time. Try and be patient with the collision repair shop while they are working on the car. Calling every day to check the status will not make them work faster.
Many collision repair centers have people that deal with the insurance company and can even bill the insurance directly for you. If you have a deductible to pay, the insurance company may pay the bill, minus the deductible, and you will need to take care of the rest.
Some shops will let you pay the remaining balance in payment or put it on a credit card but check with them as soon as you know there is a balance so that you don't have to leave your car at the shop once the work is complete.