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Top Reasons You Should Choose Mobile Windshield Replacement

September 8th, 2020 Posted by Autobody shop, Blog No Comment yet

Having to get your car or truck windshield replaced is no fun, but having to drive to the windshield repair shop and waiting for the work to be done can make it even more of a pain. With mobile windshield repair, the technician brings tools and equipment to your location and does the work there. Here are the top six reasons why mobile windshield replacement is a great option for many people. 

  1. Mobile Windshield Replacement is Quick and Easy

In our day and age, everything is go-go-go, and it’s a drag to have slow down. That’s why mobile replacement fits into so many lifestyles. Windshield damage can literally stop you in your tracks, but it doesn’t have put your day on hold while you sit in a waiting room. With the mobile option, a repair technician comes to you with all the tools and equipment needed to replace the windshield.

In-shop replacement is fine, too; it typically takes only an hour or two, but when you go to the shop, the schedule can get sketchier because you’re competing with other customers for staff time. When the mobile technician comes to you, they concentrate their entire energy on your vehicle and get the job done quickly.

Mobile windshield repair service appointments usually take closer to one hour than two, unless the windshield frame needs extra work or you drive a very unusual vehicle that makes the process more time consuming.

The technician can even do the repair on a rainy day, as long as you have a covered area for them to work. You’ll need to keep your vehicle out of the rain before your appointment and be sure to keep it covered for at least one hour afterward to allow for proper drying and setting of the adhesives.

  1. Mobile Auto Glass Repair Cost is the Same as In-Shop

There has to be a catch right? No, there’s no catch. Most windshield shops don’t charge extra for coming to you (we don’t). They don’t skimp on tools, and they use exactly the same processes they would in the shop. You save gas money by having the technician come to you, so mobile auto glass repair actually turns out to be a little cheaper.

The average cost of windshield repair is between $100 and $400, but bear in mind that not all windshield damage requires replacement. If your damage is light enough, you may be able to have the windshield repaired—rather than replaced—for as little as $50. If you think you’re a candidate for repair, it’s best to take the vehicle to the nearest Auto Craft location and have it evaluated. In many cases,when repair is an option, your insurance company will pick up the tab. And in some instances, if the cost of the windshield is extremely high, you can make an insurance claim under the comprehensive portion of your policy, which usually carries a lower deductible

  1. You Can Watch the Work Being Done

You should never have to worry about what a reputable windshield repair shop is doing to your car, but it can be reassuring to be able to watch the technician work. And if you have questions, you can ask. Think of it as having a personal chef rather than eating at a restaurant.

If you have a passion for mechanical things, it can actually be pretty interesting watching an auto glass replacement technician work. They have to consider several aspects of the windshield’s purpose when performing a replacement, not all of which are as simple as shielding passengers from the wind and rain. You car’s windshield is considered part of the vehicle’s structural safety system, as it supports the roof and helps protect you from injury in case of a vehicle rollover. A good auto glass technician evaluates any damage to the windshield frame that could compromise that protection. The windshield is then mounted with an automotive-grade urethane adhesive that makes the upper part of the vehicle stronger while sealing out the elements.

  1. The Auto Glass Replacement is Done on Your Schedule, Wherever You Are

Whether you run a business on the go, work from home or drive to a job every day, mobile glass replacement can bring the service to you at a time that’s convenient. If you have a long meeting at a client’s office, set the appointment there, and the tech will work in the parking lot while you take care of business. If your vehicle typically sits in your employer’s parking lot all day, set the appointment for a time when it’s convenient for the technician to connect with you and get your key. If you can’t—or don’t want to—be onsite for the repair, no problem. Of course, we’ll still need your vehicle key, but you’re free to go about your schedule.

  1. It’s Safe

Safety is the most important reason to have your windshield replaced, as it compromises your vehicle’s mechanical integrity and often limits driving visibility. You should never drive your car or truck if visibility is compromised. This, alone, is enough reason to opt for mobile repair rather than in-shop auto glass replacement.

But again, the windshield is so integral to your vehicle’s safety system, that it’s always best to get the repair done sooner rather than later.

  1. Mobile Glass Replacement is Guaranteed

In terms of quality, mobile replacement is every bit as effective as in-shop replacement, so of course, you get the same quality, processes and warranty in either case. But it’s on your schedule, at whatever location you choose.

Learn more or schedule an appointment by calling 757-488-5108

How Much Should You Pay For A Small Dent Repair?

August 13th, 2020 Posted by Autobody shop, Blog No Comment yet

We all know what happens when there’s a big bada boom. Calculators are brought out, seemingly endless forms are filled out, rental cars are deployed, and all the auto body technicians go to work, pulling out the big guns to rescue your vehicle from the brink of oblivion.

But what about the little dings? The ones that bruise your ego and patience more than your car? That’s where this neat technique called PDR comes in. Minor dent repair cost is significantly cheaper than full-on auto body work and – yeah, we have to admit – it’s pretty cool.

You perked right up when you heard “cheaper” didn’t you? But how do you know if it’s the right tactic for your car’s current injuries? Glad you asked. Here’s the thing – we’re experts in collision repair, but this is something different. When we talk about Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), it’s not for the kind of accident that typically brings you to our front door. It’s for the little things.

PDR employs a number of very cool, very scientific techniques that can inexpensively repair damage from day-to-day foibles like parking lot dings and dents from car doors or runaway shopping carts. It can even fix up some of those shallow craters left behind in the wake of unpredictable Kansas storms. Essentially, for any vehicular injury that doesn’t fold metal or require paint to repair, PDR might be the best choice for you.

Think of it like a soothing massage for your car. PDR technicians are trained to relieve and release the minor knots and bumps that your car acquires over time. And many times, this technique can be offered as a same-day service to get your vehicle back on the road and looking as good as new in no time. Sounds like magic? Maybe! But it’s just one more tool in the mighty arsenal of a well-trained auto body technician.

On top of all that, PDR maintains your car’s value. If you’re dreading the call to your insurance company to discuss getting rid of that elbow-shaped reminder of a late night out with Loud Cousin Larry, fret no more. If PDR is right for you and your vehicle, we can restore the body of your car without affecting your factory paint finish or the resale value of your car.

So, how much can you save? The easy answer is “a lot,” but the first step is to give us a call or use our online cost estimator to get started. Whether it’s a door ding, hail dents or some other unsightly cosmetic damage, PDR might be the cost-saving option you’re looking for to restore your car to its former glory. Now just try to stay away from any BIG bada booms.

Top Tips For Teen Drivers

June 8th, 2020 Posted by Autobody shop, Blog, tips No Comment yet

Ahem. Hey parents. We need a minute alone with the young adults in the family. You can come back later, but this Very Special Episode is just for them. If you don’t leave the room, they may not stop rolling their eyes long enough to read this whole article. We all want to prevent every possible teenage accident, right? So…bye Felicia. Old folks gone? Great. Let’s get to it.

Before you find yourself hashtagging #FML with an Instagram of your banged-up starter car, we’ve got a few pretty excellent tips on how to navigate your first years behind the wheel. Look, we know you’re a mature, responsible high schooler with just the one B-plus in Trigonometry and a part-time job at the local coffeeshop. But absolutely every driver is at-risk for accidents, especially less-experienced drivers. The last thing you need is another reason for your parents to lecture you, so we’re here to share the rookie mistakes you need to avoid.

Step 1: Get the right ride
Whether it’s a hand-me-down clunker, a junkyard rescue, or you’ve saved up enough holiday cash from Grandma over the last 15 birthdays to procure your own sweet ride, it’s vital to have a car you can rely on to be safe and dependable. Luckily there are plenty of smart people compiling safety ratings on the best car for teenagers and sharing their wisdom with the rest of us. So, before you settle on the car of your dreams, check the list to see if it also meets the top criteria for teen safety:

  1. Avoid High Horsepower
  2. Big, Heavy Car
  3. Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  4. Great Safety Rating

Step 2: Put the phone down
It’s your direct connection to everything. Fine. But every text, like, comment or snap will still be there when you get to where you’re going. And, let’s be honest – if you let all the cyber-attention accumulate for more than six minutes, your double-digit notifications are going to really make you feel special when you finally sit down to review them all. The truth is this, though: Not only is it dangerous, it’s against the law. If you need to map your destination, plug in the coordinates before you ever turn the key and keep your hands free. There’s no text that’s ever important enough to risk your life. We can quote research about the average length of distraction and how that connects to increased risk all day long. But you’ve heard that all before. So, just do yourself a favor – turn the sounds off and set the phone down.

Step 3: Get smarter
Maybe the last thing you think you want to do is sit at another desk in another classroom. Voluntarily. But seriously, the last thing you actually want is to total your primary source of transportation because you just didn’t have the tools you needed to be a safer driver. So consider taking some accident prevention courses through the Virginia Insurance Department. You’ll be smarter, safer and heck, the potential discount on your car insurance ain’t half bad either.

Step 4: Slow down
When you’re on the road, it’s easy enough to recognize you’re cruising past the speed limit. It might be fun, but you know it’s not safe. But truly, more speed-related incidents occur where posted limits aren’t as obvious: parking lots and private property. They’re like a hornet’s nest of inattentive drivers, pedestrians and tightly packed obstacles.  All it takes a little bit of a lead foot to earn your first fender bender badge. And when it comes to parking lot accidents, there’s a high likelihood that a term called comparative negligence will rear its ugly head. All that means is that with nobody to blame, your insurance bill takes the hit.

Step 5: Stay focused
Whether it’s the radio dial, a cellphone, a car full of friends or hazardous visits from unexpected woodland creatures, a distracted teen driver is a dangerous teen driver. Focus on the road and ride solo as often as possible. Risk for accident increases considerably for every teen passenger in a car with a teen behind the wheel.

These tips are no guarantee you’ll be 100 percent safe in your first years of driving. But they’re a great place to start. Now, go tell your parents they can come back inside. It’s hot out there.

Re-Opening Update

May 5th, 2020 Posted by Autobody shop, Blog No Comment yet

Amidst social distancing, shelter in place rules, working from home and school closures, our days are different and our challenges, unique. Parents are trying to figure out how they can work and educate their children at the same time. The elderly and home-bound are more isolated than ever before. Grocery stores and retailers are facing extraordinary demands on supply chains and millions of people are finding themselves with dramatically reduced work or no job at all.

As a result, collectively our lives have drastically changed and our concern – for ourselves, for our communities and for one another – is heightened.

We want you to know we are in this with you and committed to serving our community with the upmost attention to safety – both for our operators, team members, staff, and their families. As we navigate this ever evolving and challenging situation, we want to share with you some of the principles we are using to inform our decisions specifically during these difficult times.

In the coming weeks, you may see some businesses open their doors for again and begin operating as usual. Guests may notice changes inside our business, including plexiglass partitions and hand sanitizer stations available. We will provide contactless purchases and ordering. We will ask guests to practice social distancing as they wait in line. Look for signage to help you navigate any operational changes within our restaurant.

We put the health of guests and team members first and continue to follow relevant state and local health guidelines. In all of these changes, practicing safe-service is our first priority.

As some states begin to ease restrictions on the closure of local businesses, we are going to take additional time to review our operations and ensure we have necessary precautions in place to protect our guests and team members before we reopen fully. In the meantime, you can still enjoy our services through online ordering.

In accordance with CDC recommendations, our restaurant began supplying staff with face masks or other face coverings. In addition, we have set up multiple hand sanitizing stations for our staff to frequently sanitize their hands.

We look forward to continuing to serve you and our local community even with the changes that have taken place.

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Car Body Paint Bleeding Tips

October 22nd, 2019 Posted by auto body paint, Autobody shop, body shop, car paint, car paint maintenance, Chesapeake Auto Body Paint, chesapeake body shop, Portsmouth Auto Body Paint, portsmouth body shop, Suffolk Auto Body Paint, suffolk body shop No Comment yet

As an autobody shop serving Chesapeake and Portsmouth our goal is generally to get your car, truck, or suv looking good. That usually means things like removing dents, fixing cosmetic damage, and of course restoring car body paint. In the auto body painting realm, there are a number of issues that may need repair on your cars surface. One major issue we will address here is auto body paint bleeding.

A Review Of Autobody Shop Paint Bleeding

If you have not read our article on what auto body paint bleeding is, check it out for a quick review. Bleeding is a cosmetic condition that obscures the top layer of auto paint. It is an eyesore but can be fixed. Whether or not you are a do it yourself auto body repair aficionado, or you just want to be an informed customer, I put some resources here to help you.

Autobody Paint Resources For Bleeding Issues

Here are some links to some comprehensive lists of car or truck paint bleeding issues.

What Is Involved In Repairing Car Paint Bleed?

Here is a link to an article that goes into the steps you need to take to prep and repair your car’s finish. It looks like something a do it yourselfer could do. It is also something your local body shop, like Mack’s, can take care of pretty easily.

Repairing Car Paint Bleed

Car Paint Bleeding Article For The Pro

I saw an article on paint bleeding that is intended for the body shop professional. While technical, it is a good read for anyone curious about this car body shop issue.

Car body paint bleeding article

Bleeding And Blending Car Paint

This article is another technical article on blending different paint together. It seems more technical than just a simple do it yourself auto boy repair task. The link is below.

Auto body paint bleeding article

 

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Auto Body Shop Paint Issues: Bleeding

October 22nd, 2019 Posted by auto body paint, Autobody shop, car paint, car paint maintenance, Chesapeake Auto Body Paint, chesapeake body shop, Portsmouth Auto Body Paint, portsmouth body shop No Comment yet

When someone in a body shop or auto body shop says that your car is bleeding it might not be as good or as bad as you think. On the one hand bleeding is referring to your paint, which means your car is still running and is not a danger to yourself or others. That is good. On the other hand, bleeding means something is wrong with the paint and you have to deal with it or your car’s paint job is going to continue to look terrible. That is not so good.

What Is Auto Body Paint Bleeding?

Bleeding refers to a condition on your auto body paint where the original paint color is showing through a newer top paint color layer. Naturally the combination of both colors together is not going to look very good. The culprit is probably a poor job of removing the old paint. This undoubtedly will require work. Likewise, we have a solution for this problem.

Macks Body Shop Can Stop The Bleeding

Mack’s Body Shop can stop the bleeding. Granted, stopping the “bleeding”, referring to your auto body paint can sound a little dramatic on the surface. Regardless, it is true. We have years of experience restoring car body paint. The key is deciding you do not want to deal with car paint bleeding anymore. Come let us give you a quote. We accept multiple insurance companies.

Our Location: Close to Western Branch, North Suffolk And Chesapeake

We are easy to find right on Portsmouth Boulevard. We are located in Portsmouth but are accessible to Western Branch, North Suffolk, Western Branch And other parts of Chesapeake, Check us out and get your car, suv, or truck back to the original finish. And of course, no bleeding.


 

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Autobody Shop Tips: Watch Those Costs

September 26th, 2019 Posted by Autobody shop, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, suffolk body shop No Comment yet

When choosing your Autobody shop looks can be deceiving. Beautiful buildings, complimentary coffee service and seemingly endless amenities can lull you into a false sense of security. All of these benefits seem to be under the guise that they are free as part of your auto body repair. Well I may have some unpleasant news:

Your paying for those services

A business has to make a profit. That means those costs have to be passed on to the customer somewhere. The reality is you could receive a higher quote for work you could have done cheaper at another autobody shop.

What Matters For Auto Body Repairbody shop in chesapeake

Unless cost is not an issue, what matters is the work that is done in parts of the building that you will not be in. Planning, grinding, painting and hours of meticulous work go into restoring your car, truck, or suv. And what matters is you drive away with a beautifully restored car and truck at the lowest price point you can get for good quality body work.

So What That Cup Of Coffee Really Costs

So when you walk in the door of your Autobody Shop look around. Every employee, every office worker, every square foot of the land that building is on, and even that deluxe coffee machine is being added to the cost somewhere. So make sure that cup of coffee, or the belief that it is free, is not costing you hundreds of dollars you don’t need to pay.

Shop Around And Compare Auto Body Costs For Yourselfsaving money at the autobody shop

Check out Macks Auto Body Shop in Portsmouth and get a quote on your car or truck body repair. We work with different insurance companies. We also are focused on streamlining costs, so we can pass the cost savings unto you!

Our Autobody Shop Location

Here is our location in Portsmouth. We are very close to Western Branch and North Suffolk as well from this location

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