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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.

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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.

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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


 

 

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