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What Should You Do If Your Car Gets Hail Damage?

December 1st, 2020 Posted by Blog, Chesapeake Auto Body Paint, Suffolk Auto Body Paint, winter car maintenance No Comment yet

Weather is oftentimes unpredictable and hail can show up out of nowhere. Frozen precipitation falls and it can come down at varying speeds, shapes, and sizes which in turn can create unique damage on an uncovered vehicle. When the hail is over and you can safely inspect your vehicle it is recommended to a professional body shop to asses the damage. They will look for the following hail damage indications:
– Dents or dings in the hood, doors, and sides of the car, or trunk.
– Cracked or broken windshield, backglass, windows, or mirrors.
– Missing or misaligned mirrors.

If you feel there is any chance you have hail damage, you can call a local repair shop to do an inspection for you. Thinking chips in a windshield are caused by hail is a common misconception. Hail will not chip the glass, it will break it. If you have small chips, they were likely caused by rocks or road debris and had gone unnoticed. Since hail has so many variables, damages could look very different on one car compared to a car one or two subdivisions over. Due to storm and wind patterns, typically one side of the vehicle is left heavily damaged and the other may be very lightly damaged. The roof is almost always as badly damaged as the heaviest side. Hail damage can range from very minor damage resulting in as little as a few dings to massive damage resulting in panel and glass replacements. A vehicle may even be deemed a total loss due to severity.

Should I Turn in a Claim for Hail Damage to My Car?

It depends on the severity of the hail damage and your deductible amount. Some hail can be repaired with PDR (Paintless Dent Removal) and that can be more cost-effective than conventional body repairs with paint. If the damage is light the repair cost may be near or below your deductible amount. Any reputable repair shop can take a quick look at your vehicle and ballpark if it will be near or above your deductible to help you make the decision. You don’t have to make a claim the day it hails if you are unsure if you should make a claim or not. Just document the day and time so when, or if, you have to make a claim you can provide the date and time details of the storm that damaged your vehicle.

Will a Hail Claim Increase My Premiums?

Coverage for hail and its effects on premiums will vary based on the carrier and state laws. Generally speaking, acts of nature are filed under the comprehensive portion of the policy and wouldn’t have a negative impact on your insurance rates. Even though your rates may not raise due to a hail claim, the number of claims made against your policy can still affect your rates if you are calculated to be a higher risk due to the number of claims or frequency of claims. It is always best to speak with your agent or insurance provider for the best answers.

Do I Have Hail Coverage on My Insurance Policy?

If you have comprehensive coverage on your vehicle you should be covered for hail damage. Comprehensive coverage can also be referred to as “other than collision”, covering nature caused incidents as well as vandalism and theft. It is always best to discuss any insurance-related questions with your agent and carrier to make sure you have the right coverage for your needs.

How to Avoid Hail Damage

As we mentioned, hail can be unpredictable and come in quick with little warning. Here are some steps to help prevent hail damage:
– Turn the alerts on for your weather app to get alerts when bad weather is coming.
– If you anticipate bad weather, try to park in a garage or covered parking area. If you are driving, stop under an overpass or pull into a covered gas station.
– If you don’t have shelter, consider investing in a hail protection blanket. This may not be 100% effective but will reduce the damage. A quick substitute is to use your vehicle’s floor mats, which can be especially helpful for protecting the windshield.

How Is Hail Damage Repaired?

As mentioned above, sometimes hail (or other dents) can be repaired using PDR. This method is effective for dents and dings that have not broken the paint on the vehicle, are not positioned on a body line (manufacturer crease), and are not too sharp/deep. PDR requires a special molded tool that’s used to massage the metal from the backside forward reshaping the metal, leaving the paint undisturbed. For damage too severe to qualify for PDR, a conventional body repair method is used to reshape the metal, fill, prime, and refinish the damaged area. A reputable repair facility can recommend the best repair method for your damages.

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Chesapeake or Portsmouth Dent Repair

January 6th, 2020 Posted by Chesapeake Auto Body Paint, chesapeake body shop, Portsmouth Auto Body Paint, portsmouth body shop, where to get dents or cracks fixed in chesapeake, virginia, where to get dents or cracks fixed in portsmouth, virginia No Comment yet

So you car has a dent, or a paint chip, or a scratch. Right now it is not a big deal. The weather in Chesapeake or Portsmouth seems pretty mild. It is easy to rationalize. What is one little dent or scratch? The car is still working, right? Unfortunately it is not that easy. That innocent paint chip may be the size of a penny now. In a few years, months, or weeks that paint chip could cost you a lot more than a penny. The only problem is by that time it will be too late.

Paint Chips, Dents, And Scratches Can Cost You A Lot

One unwanted result of that dent or scratch is it can open up your car to rust. Dents and cracks can allow moisture or water to seep past the protective layer of the paint. This of course leads to rust. Rust inevitably expands destroying the paint, sealant, and ultimately the base frame of the vehicle. As it expands that simple dent will cost a lot more to fix if you wait.

In fact I put a time progression video from Youtube to further illustrate how extensive the damage is going to get. It shows a piece of steel and how much damage can occur on it over time if exposed. Essentially that non assuming little dent or crack can expand over a much larger portion of the vehicle. This could cost thousands to fix and will really hurt the resale value of the vehicle.

Even More Damage Than Just Paint

Potentially long term damage to the metal can more than just cost you a new paint job. That damage to to the metal could weaken the structural integrity of the vehicle. This could potentially compromise the protection from the vehicle in a fender bender or accident.

Take Those Dents Seriously

The key to avoiding this kind of trouble is to take those dents and cracks seriously. Get them checked out before they go from small problems to large ones. Come to Mack’s Body Shop and get an estimate. In the long run it will be a lot cheaper than having to repaint your whole vehicle.

Contact Mack’s Body Shop Today


Sources

“Why You Should Fix A Car Dent Sooner Rather Than Later – Fix Auto USA.” Auto Body Shop | Collision Repair Experts – Fix Auto USA, 12 Aug. 2019, fixautousa.com/blog/5-reasons-repair-car-dent-sooner-later/.

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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.

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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.

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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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Things You Can Do In Chesapeake While Your Car Is At Our Auto Body Shop

August 30th, 2019 Posted by chesapeake body shop No Comment yet

Things you can do in Chesapeake, Virginia while Macks Auto Body Shop works on your car is a humorous look at your most valuable asset…time. I am reading articles and watching videos on the do it yourself auto body repair movement. They are interesting and exhausting to watch. Grinding, screwing, pounding, sanding, painting, and scores of other things are awaiting you in these do it yourself auto body obstacle courses. This is not like changing the air filter. Let the experts in Chesapeake and Portsmouth do the job!

Macks Auto Body Repair In Portsmouth Can Do The JobChesapeake auto body repair shop and body shop

Our shop is located near the Portsmouth Chesapeake border, not to far from Western Branch in Chesapeake. We are specialists in getting your car, truck, and suv to look the way it did before the accident, hail storm, or unkind door in the parking lot dented it. It is hours of hard work and is not the realm of the do it yourself hobbyist. We are also easy to work with.

Our Auto Body Shop Works With Insurance Companies

Mack’s Auto Body Works With Local Insurance Companies All Across Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, And Virginia Beach. Your time is valuable. Get a quote from us. If you look at all the time you are going to spend working on that vehicle you might realize that those hours are better spent somewhere else. Likewise, you may get into the project and realize you are over your head, which is not fun. There might be expensive tools you have to purchase that really are not cost effective when you add it all up.

Meanwhile Here Are 5 Things In Chesapeake You Can Enjoy While We Do The Heavy Lifting

  1. You can take all that money you are not spending on specialized auto body repair tools and go to a movie at Chesapeake Square Mall
  2. With all your extra time that you are not unscrewing pieces of the headlight, go bowling at Western Branch Lanes
  3. Instead of paint fumes you can take fido for a jaunt at one of Chesapeake Virginia’s dog parks
  4. Without the exhaustion of pounding out a dent, you can conserve that energy and go check out a new book at the Chesapeake’s Russell Memorial Library
  5. Most of all you can go have fun and not have to worry how to put your autobody project back together

Looking For Auto Body Repair, Body Shop Work, Or Dent Repair?

Save time and stress and contact Macks Auto Body.

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A Simple Process To Get You Back On The Road At Mack’s Body Shop

March 21st, 2019 Posted by chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop No Comment yet

Here are just a few of the ways we give personalized detailed service to everyone who entrusts Mack’s Body Shop to fix, restore or paint their vehicle.

Examining Your Vehicle. Assessing The Damage

Whether we are inspecting your vehicle for an estimate, or we are beginning the process of restoration, we make sure to review every car or truck that enters this body shop to make sure we successfully assess and remedy the damage to your vehicle.

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Attention To Detail Is The Key To Body Shop Restoration

Another critical thing we do here at Mack’s Body Shop in Portsmouth is make sure to focus on the details. When an accident has left your favorite car, truck, or suv scarred, our job is to make sure we understand the damage and remedy the problem.Chesapeake Virginia Body Shop

Every Vehicle That Comes Into Our Body Shop Is Special

We take our time to make sure that your vehicle is coming back to you in the way you remember it. Before the fender bender of course. Our thorough step by step restoration process ensures that your vehicle will be restored to its natural beauty, without dents, gashes, or chipped paint.

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Meet Our Body Shop Mascot

And what body shop would be complete without a mascot!

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Every Body Shop Project Is Different

Contact us for a quote. We are not part of a chain of body shops but are a family owned business.


 

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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

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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