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Winter Car Care Tips From The Auto Body Shop

January 3rd, 2019 Posted by auto body paint, body shop, car paint, car paint maintenance, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, suffolk body shop, tips No Comment yet

The iceman cometh and your car’s body will suffer

As a body shop there is nothing like the look of someone’s face when there beloved truck, car or suv has been restored. It is a great feeling redoing the paint job or getting dents out after a wreck. And as much as we love to do it, we want you to avoid situations that can damage that paint or exterior.

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Bring on the Winter…

The Winter months pose a threat to that car body in a lot of different ways. Some are seemingly innocent. You go outside after a snowfall and your car is covered in powdery snow and ice. Naturally you go to remove the snow. Guess what, do it wrong and you can damage the paint.

Winter Deicing And Snow Removal Without Car Body Damage Tips

Here are pitfalls you want to avoid. If you deice or scrape your car wrong, you are going to look pretty scratched and dinged up come Spring. Here are some situations to avoid:

The Car Is Covered In Snow…

You come outside and your vehicle is covered in lots of puffy snow…So you grab the snow shovel to dust that car off. You may remove the snow but that shovel will scratch the paint. Shovels have sharp metal edges that can destroy your paint job.

The Solution:

Make sure to a get a tool that says it will not scratch your car or auto body paint. What is the point of removing snow if you cost yourself thousands in repairs. You could even use your hand but make sure to avoid things with sharp edges.

Not So Nice..Ice

Say you come out and your car has a layer of ice coating the doors, hood, and just about everywhere else. You grab the ice scraper tool and scrape the windows.. Once done you decide to use the scraper tool on the car body. But before you do keep in mind, it will damage the paint.

The Solution:

Scraper tools are designed for windows, not paint. A better way is to let the car heat up and let ice melt away  independently of the scraper tool. Then use your hands to pick pieces of ice away.

Salt: Double Threat

Salt can pose two big threats.  One, it can corrode your vehicle’s body if left there for a long time. Two, if you try to rub it off it can scratch and degrade your automobile’s finish.

The Solution: Wash It Off

When you can, wash that salt off and let the water remove it from the vehicle’s body


And when you need Auto body or car body work done..Come See Us At Mack’s. We can work with your insurance carrier.

And as always..Be Safe This Winter

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References

How to Protect Your Car from Snow and Ice Damage. (2015, December 8). Retrieved from https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-protect-your-car-snow-and-ice-damage.htm

Winter Tires

Caring For Your Car Body In Winter, Starting With Tires

November 8th, 2018 Posted by body shop, tips, tires, tires, winter car maintenance No Comment yet

Regardless of the season, there are always things you need to do to care for your car’s body, paint, and overall condition. No season tests that principle to the limit…like winter. Waiting until the first patch of black ice or the first snowfall is not the time to address winter erosion for your car, truck, or suv. Even here in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, Virginia winter precipitation can wreak havoc on your car’s appearance.

But before you can even think about protecting the appearance I would focus on safety. First and foremost I would get a checklist of key items to review. Here is a link to a couple of reputable checklists.

AAA

Good old Triple A has winter tips to get you started at this auto blog link

ASE

If you have ever heard the term ASE certified than you probably recognize this acronym. It stands for automotive service excellence and offers a great auto checklist at this tire maintenance link.

Fall Tire Maintenance

Start Early..Maintain Your Car Often

There is no time when you can really ever neglect your car. The key is to be aware of it and stay on a schedule. Seasonal weather changes are great reminders that there are things you must do. Try to get in this habit and do not risk falling behind on your maintenance.

Let Us Start With Tires..

If there is one area where you really want to watch closely with your car, it is your car’s tires. While not as aesthetically stunning as a beautiful paint job, it can be the very difference between something that can mess up that paint job or auto body, if it fails to do what it is supposed to do.

Tire maintenance is as good as any area to begin your automotive winter maintenance preparation plan. And in that tire maintenance let us start with a simple but often overlooked factor, proper tire tread depth. To be on the road as it gets colder, wetter, icier and slipperier, depending on the undependable is not a wise choice.

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Tire Tread Depth

Worn out or inadequate tire treads can be a recipe for disaster. I have read about different tire tread depth tests. One involved using a coin to see if your tires are deep enough. This is great but I say take it in to your auto shop and have the professionals look at the tires on your Fall or pre winter oil change. Don’t take chances and make sure the tires are in working condition.

Tire Inflation

So let us say you have past the tire tread test and your tires have a safe amount of tread. At that point turn your focus to the air levels in the tires. This one may be trickier than you think. As weather gets cooler your tire pressure will drop naturally. With no leaks in your tire, your inflation levels may not be enough to allow you to stop safely on the road. Make sure your car care professional has checked and inflated your tires to the proper winter levels.

Naturally I cannot go over every area you need to focus on. This is a good start though, in tandem with a through winter maintenance car checklist from a reputable source.


References

Prepare Your Tires for Winter Weather – The Allstate Blog. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://blog.allstate.com/prepare-your-tires-for-winter-weather/

Preparing Your Tires for Winter | Plymouth Rock Assurance. (2017, December 4). Retrieved from https://blog.plymouthrock.com/preparing-tires-winter/

Causes Of Wheel Noise

Mysterious Noises Coming From Your Tires…

June 1st, 2018 Posted by body shop, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, tips, tires No Comment yet

There is no end to the maintenance you have to consider when you own a car, truck, or anything with pistons and an axle. There are hundreds of parts, lots of friction, and inevitable wear and tear. And no area is that more evident, than with your tires.

Even if your tires are not flat they seem to always be communicating to you something is not right. From all types of vibrations to other ominous noises, they always need something. And the minute we sense them, we turn into tire detectives to resolve the problem before we get a flat tire or worse.

So here is a quick checklist of things that could be causing the tire noise or vibration menace:

  • Wheel bearings are malfunctioning
  • Faulty Ball Joints
  • Faulty Tie Ends
  • Tires are worn down
  • Tires are poorly inflated
  • Poorly balanced tires
  • Faulty Brake Disc
  • Faulty Brake Pads
  • Bad Axle

Wow that is a lot. Getting it fixed, while tedious, can prevent even bigger problems with your vehicle, so take care of those tires.


Sources

Autotechnician. “The Causes Noise and Vibration in Wheels Areas.” Car Maintenance Tips, 18 Mar. 2018, cartreatments.com/noise-and-vibration-in-wheel-area/.

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Car Sun Damage

April 12th, 2018 Posted by body shop, car sun damage, tips No Comment yet

With Winter ending, the sun will soon be blazing across Western Branch, Chesapeake, And Portsmouth. As a body shop located in the Western Branch And Portsmouth Area, we understand damage, to any part of a car. Just because the sun is not a 2000 lb Toyota smashing into your side, does not mean it cannot hurt your vehicle. And this damage can hurt you at re-sale or just in your general satisfaction with your car or truck.

car repair for sun damageIn fact from the minute your car’s paint gets exposed to sunlight, the potential for long term sun damage begins. And it is not just the exterior. As heat builds up in the car interior the upholstery fades, cracks, and takes on damage. These all become expensive eye sores that hurt resale value.

Protecting The Exterior

A simple remedy to prevent paint damage to the car exterior is to regularly wash and wax your car. This keeps harmful pollutants, dirt and minerals off the paint and insulates it from future damage

Protecting The Interior

A simple interior windshield cover can keep the outrageous heat levels down in your vehicle. This simple remedy can help you protect your upholstery for years to come. Also park in places with natural shade. Why incur sun damage that you do not have too.

Here is a video with some quick easy reminders on why you need to protect your car interior and exterior from ongoing sun damage

Need Body Or Auto Body Repair In Western Branch?

Maybe you have had too much sun exposure to your car. If that is the case, we are here to help. We specialize in the restoration of interiors and exteriors of many types of vehicles. This includes trucks and cars. We also work with insurance companies.


repair sun damage to carReferences

“How To Protect Your Car From Sun Damage.” Autobytel.com, www.autobytel.com/car-ownership/maintenance-repair/how-to-protect-your-car-from-sun-damage-121619/.

“Protect Your Car from the Damaging Effects of Sun and Heat.” State Farm® – Simple Insights®, State Farm, 3 Apr. 2018, www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/auto-and-vehicles/protect-your-car-from-the-damaging-effects-of-sun-and-heat.

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Body Shop Tips: Getting The Estimate

March 6th, 2018 Posted by body shop, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, suffolk body shop, tips No Comment yet

body shop in chesapeake, vaGetting An Estimate for Body Work On Your Car

One thing to never forget, is that the process of getting an estimate is vital to your wallet. This is, in itself, is an art form. The most obvious ramification of this is to visit more than one body shop in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Or Virginia Beach. This sounds easy but when your car needs to be fixed you may feel rushed. Don’t do it. Patience is a virtue when selecting an auto body repair shop. In fact the lack of patience could cost you thousands of wasted dollars and leave you with sub par work. So maybe a better way to phrase it is:

Have Patience When Selecting Your Auto Shop And Get Multiple Estimates

So you got the autobody estimates, now what…

Not all the estimates look the same. You probably notice line items do not match up perfectly. So take the estimates back to the shops and ask them why one item is on another quote and not the one they gave you. This process will do a lot for you. First you will see how they handle objections. Second, you can make sure you are actually getting a good deal with that lower total quote.

body shop in chesapeakeMaybe that lower total quote isn’t lower at all…

Make sure it is an apples to apples comparison. Are they using brand name parts or generics. How many of your type of car have they worked on. Naturally if you have restored twenty Hyundai’s, you will know a lot more about the nuances of doing them than someone who has never fixed one. I say take it a step further. Ask for a reference from someone who had a similar car to yours. It does not hurt to ask.

Speaking Of Car Repair References..

Word of mouth and reviews still are critical in this process. Early in the process of searching for an autobody repair dealer, start getting lots of feedback in the form of reviews and recommendations. There is a lot to lose, so it is worth it to spend lots of time getting this kind of information.

Focus On Quality..Not Just The Bottom Line

It is tempting to focus on the lowest quote number. But that kind of quote can mean shoddy parts, poor service, and subpar work. In the long run, you did not save a dime. See the big picture when you are selecting. Choose the greatest value to you and your car, in the short and long term.


References

HOW TO FIND A TRUSTWORTHY AUTO BODY SHOP — THE SIMPLE DOLLAR

In-text: (The Simple Dollar, 2018)

Your Bibliography: The Simple Dollar. (2018). How to Find a Trustworthy Auto Body Shop — The Simple Dollar. [online] Available at: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/car-insurance-auto-body/ [Accessed 28 Feb. 2018].

 

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More Tips To Choose The Best Body Shop

November 16th, 2017 Posted by body shop, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, tips No Comment yet

 When your car is damaged you want it repaired right, without hassles or excessive charges. The most effective way to do this is to make sure you spend a lot of time in the research and selection process of choosing the right Auto body repair shop in Chesapeake or Portsmouth.

I mean go online and see how many different shops there are that claim to be able to repair your vehicles like it was before the accident or fender bender. You will see scores of places offering to do the work. So what do you do?

Here are a few more tips to help you:

portsmouth body shopThe Proof Is In The Pudding

Ask to see some of the projects they did. They will have pictures of before and after projects. Ask them how long the specific project took and the cost. You can never go wrong asking questions about the work. In addition to asking questions about the work ask for references. References

A good auto body shop will take pride in the work they do. In fact that is a little bit of an understatement. For those who do it is satisfying to take an automobile with wear and tear, or accident damage and make it beautiful again. Or that look in the customer’s eye when they see the shiny glow of a new paint job. So that being the case ask for references.

chesapeake auto body shopAsk For Verification From Happy Customers

Ask to contact a few of the customers who have had work done. They can give you the reassurance you need before entrusting your car repair project to anyone. Also an ACTUAL customer will probably volunteer things you did not even think to ask. Remember, they have gone through the process and can tell you what to expect

In fact, even if you have already made up your mind who to use, talk to a happy customer from that shop. Ask them what things they would have done differently. They may mention things they wish they had added to the job or things they didn’t even know to ask about before.

Another tip

Don’t Overpay..

I talked about this in a former post. Here is a link to some tips to keep you from paying more than you need to on your car repair. The article talks about places where you are paying for things you may not realize and I do not mean just on the car.

Here is the link


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Contact us for an effortless quote. We work with auto insurers and we work with you!


Sources

Moor, T. (2017, August 25). How Can I Find a Reputable Auto Body Shop? Retrieved November 07, 2017, from https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-can-i-find-reputable-auto-body-shop.htm

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Body Shop: Choosing The Right Auto Repair Garage in Portsmouth or Chesapeake

October 13th, 2017 Posted by Blog, body shop, Cars for Sale, tips No Comment yet

I have never met anyone who loved looking for a body shop. Once perusing Portsmouth, Chesapeake, or Suffolk body shops you may not get the same magical feeling you had when you were shopping for that new car. The new car that is now damaged and needs repair. It probably feels more like getting a doctor than anything else.

On top of that most people in Hampton Roads have no idea what to look for, what to watch out for, and what to expect. It is new territory. Well hopefully this article will give you some key information to add to your repertoire of experience. I will say that I could not possibly go over every thing you need to know here. I am saying that knowledge is power and any tidbit can help you get the best price, value, experience, and deal.

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Am I paying for more than I bargained for?

This question may seem a little sinister but I am referring to overhead costs that you are paying for that you really shouldn’t. I saw an article by Edmunds that mentioned you are paying for that great location a body shop is in. Yes, one body shop may be pristine with a coffee machine, new couches, television, and other mini amenities except there is one problem. The problem:

good value body shop in portsmouth, virginiaYou Are Paying For It

Yes those fantastic freebies are not free. They are costs being passed back to you in the form of higher fees. It also means a garage or auto body repair shop may be more aggressive in selling more things than you may need. Hey, overhead is overhead. It has to be payed for somewhere and businesses are there to make money, not give things away.

Did I mention Labor?

All labor is not created equal. In fact one auto body repair in one part of town may have to pay more to staff than another. And guess what…those costs are passed on to you. Do not judge a book by it’s cover, labor in one part of town will cost more if costs more to live in that area.

The solution

Check out Mack’s Body Shop. Our prices are reasonable and our prices are great! Contact us for an estimate. We work with insurance companies as well.


Our Location

We are conveniently located in Portsmouth, Virginia