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How Long Does Auto Body Repair Take?

Posted on: August 27th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

When you get in a car accident, you want to get your car repaired, but at the same time you need your car. You depend on it, and you don’t want to be without it for too long. Even if your insurance covers a rental for the repair period, it’s not the same.

So you want to know how long your repair is going to take before you bring the car in. Sometimes delays are related to insurance claims, but we work with your insurance company to minimize these. Then we try to get your car repair done as fast as possible.

Auto Body Repair Can Be Fast

The good news is that auto body repair can be very fast. Repairs to the car’s body can be accomplished in less than a few days. Paintless body repair can be quite fast. You will drop your car off and it might be done the same day. Even more extensive body work doesn’t take very long, until we start adding painting to the schedule.

Auto Painting Can Take Longer

painting a car during auto body repairOnce your car needs to be painted, the length of time increases. This is just a matter of physics. Paint takes time to dry, and we need to add multiple coats. This means hours of work and hours of waiting.

When we add painting to the list of repairs, the time increases. It might still only be a few days, but it might be a few weeks.

Mechanical Repairs Are Longer

Another factor that can make your repair longer is if there are other components damaged in the accident. Mechanical repairs can take significantly longer for two reasons.

First, these repairs can be harder to accomplish. Old parts might have to be removed and new parts fitted in, which is not always as easy as it should be. The new components have to be tested and adjusted.

Second, it might be hard to get the necessary parts. If the car and/or component is unusual, we might have to order it, which can take days, weeks, or, unfortunately, months. Some parts are especially hard to get, thanks to computer chip shortages and international shipping delays.

It’s important to note that with modern advanced safety systems, there are sometimes components that can be damaged even if it seems like only minor body damage.

At Accurate Auto Body, You Can Count on Our Timing

Sometimes it’s just as important to know exactly how long a repair is going to take as it is to get a quick repair. At Accurate Auto Body, our Focus on You Service™ system includes a highly accurate estimate of the time your repair is going to take. We also work around your schedule. If a car is drivable and safe, you can keep it until we get the parts and/or are ready to start working on it. If we know we’re not going to be able to touch your car until next week, for example, we’ll tell you so that you can make the decision about whether to drop it off now or later. That ensures you won’t be without your car for very long, especially if you only need paintless dent repair.

We also provide you with a highly accurate estimate of the cost of repairs. With our I-CAR Gold Class certification and extensive experience in repairs, we know what to expect for many different auto body repairs. We won’t be surprised by what we find, and because we won’t be surprised, you won’t be either. We take time to find ways to make repairs as affordable as possible. We are also happy to explain all the items on your bill, and make sure you understand all the costs.

Want to get fast, accurate, and affordable auto body repairs? Please call 303-344-2212 or use our form today for a free estimate on the cost and time for your auto body repairs.

7 Tips to Reduce the Risk of an Accident on Your Summer Road Trip

Posted on: July 26th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

7 Tips to Reduce the Risk of an Accident on Your Summer Road TripAlthough air travel, cruises, and other forms of travel are still giving many individuals cause for hesitation right now, the summer road trip remains a viable alternative for fun vacationing as we get through the pandemic. Whether you’re headed into the mountains or down along the plains from the Front Range, there are many great things to see and do within a reasonable driving distance from Denver.

However, when you head out on a road trip, you could be setting yourself up for an accident if you’re not careful. This accident could be minor, requiring just some auto body repair, or it could be serious, leading to injury for you and your family. Here are 7 simple tips to reduce your risk of getting in an accident on your summer road trip.

Familiarize Yourself with Your Car’s Safety Features

Cars are safer today than they’ve ever been. They have many safety features that can help reduce your risk of accidents. Before heading out on a road trip, take some time with your car’s manual. Figure out what safety features your car has, and how to turn them on or off. Make sure you understand both the benefits of the feature and its limitations.

You shouldn’t lean too heavily on the safety features, but using them properly could reduce your risk of accidents, according to the NHTSA.

Take Frequent Breaks

Remember that no matter how advanced the safety features, they are only intended as supports for careful and safe driving. They don’t replace you being attentive to the road and to other cars. In order to be attentive, you need to take frequent breaks while driving.

Count on stopping every couple of hours for a short break. Get out of the car, stretch, and get something to eat and/or drink. A little bit of vigorous physical activity can do wonders for your alertness level.

Divide the Driving Duty and/or Limit Your Hours Driving

No matter how many times you take a break, at a certain point your body is done and needs to stop driving for the day. For this reason, you should only put in so many hours on the road each day. If you want to go more miles each day, you will need to divide the driving duty between drivers.

But use caution: you can’t really count on driving twice as long if you have two drivers. Most people have a natural biorhythm that makes it impossible to stay awake and alert all night. Even with two drivers, you need to count on stopping overnight if you want to minimize your accident risk.

Delegate Duties

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on summer road trips (after drowsy driving). Try to minimize distractions by delegating some of the other duties in the car to the person who isn’t driving. Let them handle the radio, the climate control, navigation, food, and other things that need to be done. As the driver, you should put your full focus on driving.

Pull Over for Navigation

7 Tips to Reduce the Risk of an Accident on Your Summer Road TripTrying to navigate unfamiliar roadways is another leading cause of accidents. Rather than risking an accident by trying a dangerous maneuver when you have to take a surprise turn, it’s a good idea to pull over to make sure you understand upcoming maneuvers when entering an unfamiliar place.

This is especially true if you’re driving alone, but a good idea even if you have someone else navigating. The speed at which you must sometimes change lanes leads to pressure that often causes miscommunication. You take that out of the equation when you pull over and go over navigation with the car safely out of traffic.

Take Advantage of Overlooks

You’re taking a road trip to see more of this wonderful country of ours, so it’s understandable that you might want to gawk at all the beautiful scenery, especially when others in the car are raving about them. You can take a quick glance out the window at the scenery, but if you really want to see it, take the time to pull over and get a good look. Otherwise, you risk having your eyes off the road for too long, which can lead to accidents.

Use a Spotter for Backing in or out

One type of accident that often needs collision repair is backing into an obstacle or another car. You can reduce this risk by utilizing a spotter.

This is a good idea even if you’re accustomed to backing up all the time. You’re in an unfamiliar place, and your vehicle may be packed high with luggage for the road trip. Maybe you’re even towing a trailer. A spotter can tell you about obstacles you might not have noticed or just can’t see from your seat. Backup cameras definitely help these days, but they don’t see everything.

Choose Accurate Auto Body for Your Collision Repair

Even if you’re the most careful driver you can be on a summer road trip, accidents happen. When this occurs, you want to find an auto body shop capable of giving you the repairs you need, on time and on budget.

This is an essential part of our Focus on You Service™ system. We will give you a good estimate of the time and cost of your repairs and get them completed on time and on budget. We also work around your schedule to minimize the disruption in your life. Our mechanics are I-CAR Gold Class certified, with training from Toyota and Honda, so we’re qualified to handle your repairs, including repairs of delicate safety systems.

To get a free estimate on your collision repair, please call 303-344-2212 or use our online contact form to set up an appointment with Accurate Auto Body. We serve individuals in Denver, Aurora and throughout the surrounding areas of Colorado.

 

Best Vehicle Safety Technology to Reduce Your Risk of an Accident

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

At Accurate Auto Body, we are an auto body shop that cares. As much as we would love to fix your car in our shop, we would love it even more if you were able to avoid an accident. That’s why we talk a lot about the safety equipment that can help you avoid accidents so you don’t need auto body repair.

The safest vehicles of 2021 are some of the safest of all time, and have many advanced safety features. With so many advanced safety features these days, though, it’s hard to know which ones are really worth investing in. Here are the crash avoidance features recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Forward Collision Warning

Ideally, you will be watching the road and know if you’re at risk of hitting another vehicle. However, your attention might waver for one reason or another, and you need to be warned about possible accidents. A forward collision warning monitors your speed and the speed and distance of vehicles in front of you. If you’re too close, the system warns you so that you can take appropriate action.

This system can also keep you from inadvertently tailgating other cars. That’s good, because nothing will put you on the wrong side of an insurance claim than rear-ending a car because of careless driving.

Lane Departure Warning

vehicle safety featuresThis system is looking from your car to find the lane markings on the road. It will then warn you if you start to drift out of your lane. This can help you avoid drifting into parallel or oncoming traffic. However, it doesn’t act to stop the problem, it just provides a warning, which might be a sound, an indicator on the dash, or both.

Automatic Emergency Braking

This type of system is similar to the forward collision warning in that it monitors your speed and the speed and distance between your car and those in front of you. Unlike forward collision warning, though, automatic emergency braking actually engages the brakes to stop the car, preventing an accident when you are about to have one.

This feature may include or be called “dynamic brake support.” Dynamic brake support might either engage the brake directly, or cause more brake power to be applied than you might apply manually.

What about Other Features?

What about other available safety features? Does this mean they’re not worth buying? Not necessarily. The NHTSA notes that all safety features can potentially help you avoid accidents, and it has good words about many of them. However, the above ones are those that have enough theoretical and practical support to justify NHTSA’s endorsement for now. In the future, it’s likely that more technologies will be recognized.

If You Did Have an Accident, Choose Accurate Auto Body

Sometimes, all the safety features in the world can’t protect you from an accident. If that’s the case, you need auto collision repair at a trusted auto body shop. Make Accurate Auto Body your choice.

Our mechanics are I-CAR Gold Class certified, with regular, ongoing training from Honda and Toyota on the best practices in auto repair. We are highly qualified to handle all the repairs on your vehicle. This includes repairing those advanced safety features, which might have components in the body that were damaged in even a minor crash.

In addition, we practice our Focus on You Service™ system. This means we give you a guaranteed quote and a guaranteed completion time. Plus, we educate you on all your options so you can make an educated choice on what repairs are necessary. We strive hard to fix your vehicle the first time, and we’ll work around your schedule.

Want to learn more about what sets Accurate Auto Body apart from other auto body shops in the Denver area? Please call 303-344-2212 or use our online form today for a free estimate.

 

Tips to Avoid Damage to Your Vehicle when Off-Roading

Posted on: June 30th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

We all love to get out of Denver and up into the hills, and that’s a problem. Even in the mountains, it seems like there’s often too many people in Colorado. And that’s part of the reason why many people are trying off-roading. It seems like it’s the only way you can really get away from the crowds. Plus, it’s amazing, dirty, exhausting fun.

However, off-roading does come with risks. If you’re not careful, you can badly dent your vehicle and be in need of an auto body shop when you get home. Updating and expanding our prior collision repair center tips for off-roading, here are some tips that can help you reduce the risk of serious damage to your car when you go off-roading.

Check Your Gear Before You Go

Tips to Avoid Damage to Your Vehicle when Off-RoadingOne of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from damage is making sure you have all the gear you need, and that it’s all in good shape.

Most important, of course, are your tires. You need tires that are rated for the trail you’re taking, and they should be in good shape. Worn tread can eliminate the benefit of trail-rated tires. Also, if you don’t go off-roading very often, be aware that the rubber in your tires can degrade over time, especially if they’re not stored properly.

Check all your fluids and give your brake system a careful inspection. You want to make sure you’re going to be able to stop on a very steep slope. There are many situations where bad brakes can mean you need collision repair.

You should make sure you’re carrying traction aids like wood blocks. You’ll also regret it if you don’t have a high-lift jack, tow strap, and winch. Don’t forget to be prepared for personal emergencies: a first-aid kit and supplies like food, water, and clothing to stay alive if you get really stuck.

Know Your Route

Take the time to learn your route before you go. At a minimum, read about the trail and check it out on topo maps. Better yet, talk to someone who’s driven it before. Ideally, go with someone who’s driven the trail before.

Don’t forget to account for the weather. Know what the weather’s been like and pay attention to the current condition of the trail.

Your responsibility to know the route doesn’t end once you get on the trail. Sometimes you or someone else in your group has to get out and scout ahead. This is especially important wherever there is standing water. Unless you’ve seen somebody go through a puddle today, verify the depth manually by walking it and/or probing with a stick.

Don’t Go Alone

We’ve mentioned above that it’s good to have a companion who knows your trail. But even if you know a trail, you shouldn’t travel alone. A friend can help scout or spot for you when you’re trying to take a tough, technical trail.

Having another vehicle handy can really help get you out of tight spots.

At a minimum, always tell someone staying behind where you’re going and when you expect to be back, so they can send help if something goes wrong.

Know Your Limits

Tips to Avoid Damage to Your Vehicle when Off-RoadingIt’s important to know your limits on the trail. Just because someone else can make it up a slope doesn’t mean that you can, too. They might have better equipment. They might be more experienced off-road drivers. They might have come on a day with better conditions. You have to be prepared to look at a trail and turn around, if possible.

Auto body shops spend a lot of time banging out dents from cars that drove up a slope, then slid or tumbled down. Not to mention all the undercarriage damage from taking paths when you have insufficient clearance.

Accept That You’re Going to Get Damage

However, it’s important to resign yourself to getting some body damage when you go off-roading. Between the rocks and trees, you’re likely going to hit something, have something fall on your car, or get hit by something churned up by another vehicle.

Keep in mind that unless you purchased a specific policy, your insurance won’t cover off-road damage, and you’ll be looking at getting repairs without insurance coverage.

Hopefully, if you follow all the tips above, it will just be cosmetic damage that requires minimal auto body work like paintless dent repair. Maybe if you’re lucky, you might not need anything more than some cleaning and beautification for your car after off-roading.

Don’t Trust Your Off-Road Vehicle to Just Any Auto Body Shop

Your off-road vehicle is a high-performance machine. You’ve put a lot of time and money into getting it just right.  You want to make sure the auto body shop you take it to will treat it with the respect it deserves.

At Accurate Auto Body, we understand that your off-road vehicle isn’t just another car. We have the technical skill to handle any complex repairs your vehicle might need, as you can tell from our I-CAR Gold Class and other certifications. But we also pay attention to what’s important to you. That’s the key to our Focus on You Service System™. We listen to what’s important to you and make sure repairs get completed the way you want them, on time, and on quote.

To get a free estimate on your vehicle’s repair, please call 303-344-2212 or contact Accurate Auto Body online today. We serve customers in Denver, Aurora and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

 

Safest Vehicles in 2021

Posted on: June 21st, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

With their speed and size, cars can be deadly. However, technology is making them safer all the time. They are getting so safe, in fact, that the people who evaluate the safety of cars keep increasing the standards and adding new ranks of safety. Now the safest cars receive a Top Safety Pick + ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Modern cars are safer in part because they don’t just absorb damage in an accident; they help you avoid accidents. The drawback is that if you do get in an accident, these high-tech safety features can be hard to repair and, you need an auto body repair shop that’s capable of handling them. Fortunately, with cars as safe as these, you may never need to visit a collision repair shop.

2021 Mazda 3

Safest Vehicles in 2021This compact sedan (also available as a hatchback) earned a Top Safety Pick +, has reasonable fuel economy, and a good 5-year cost-to-own. That’s due in part to its high initial quality and reliability.

2021 Subaru Legacy

This midsize sedan not only earned the Top Safety Pick +, it got five stars from the NHTSA in front, side, and rollover tests. Not only that, but it has an excellent 5-year cost to own.

2021 Honda Insight

One of the pioneers of the hybrid car revolution, reinvented as a Prius clone, the Insight is now back as a standard compact hybrid sedan.  It retains its impressive fuel economy and adds outstanding safety.

2021 Mazda 6

This midsize sedan earned the Top Safety Pick + as well as 5 stars from the NHTSA in the front and side crash tests. The only places this doesn’t excel are in its headlights (which range from adequate to good), and pedestrian avoidance systems, which are merely “advanced,” not “superior.”

2021 Honda Accord

With 5-star ratings from the NHTSA all around as well as a Top Safety Pick +, the Honda Accord is one of the safest cars available. It has a diverse suite of standard safety features. A bit pricier than some of the other mid-sizes on the list, it is nonetheless a great value.

2021 Toyota Camry

Safest Vehicles in 2021Another midsize sedan that earns 5-star ratings all around and Top Safety Pick +, the Camry also includes many standard safety features. Though It’s not the favorite in its class, it is less expensive than the Accord and has an excellent cost-to-own.

2021 Honda Odyssey

This Honda van earns 5 stars from the NHTSA on front and side collision tests, though it only gets 4-stars on rollover tests. It also earns a Top Safety Pick + from the IIHS.

2021 Ram 1500

Pickups can have trouble with rollover risk, but that doesn’t stop this Ram from earning a Top Safety Pick + from the IIHS. It also got a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA, though it received only 4 stars in front and rollover crash testing.

2021 Volvo XC60

This car received the best ratings in the NHTSA testing of any luxury SUV, as well as achieving the status of a Top Safety Pick +. The only tarnishing marks here are headlights and the ease of LATCH systems.

2021 Subaru Forester

If you are looking for a more affordable and smaller SUV, consider the Subaru Forester. Not only is it a Top Safety Pick + for the IIHS, it scores 5 stars from the NHTSA in front and side impact, with a solid 4-star rating for rollover.

Looking for an Auto Shop After a Crash?

If you were involved in an accident in a new car, collision repair should include fixing the advanced safety systems. That’s why you should choose Accurate Auto Body. In addition to our exclusive Focus on You Service System™, we are certified by both Toyota and Honda, and we maintain I-CAR Gold Class to meet the most rigorous standards for an auto body shop. Continuously updated, this means that we’re prepared to take on even the most advanced repairs for your car.

Please call 303-344-2212 or contact us today for a free estimate. Accurate Auto Body provides comprehensive auto collision services in Denver and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

Advanced Technology Systems and Collision Repair: What You Need to Know

Posted on: May 26th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

advanced technology in a modern carThe first cars were essentially wagons—boxes on wheels—with an engine doing the work of horses. These vehicles were dangerous, and the fatalities per vehicle mile were high. If we had the same level of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled in 2021 as in 1921, we would see about 780,000 people killed on the road. But thanks to safety technology, the actual figure is likely to be less than 40,000, nearly a 95% reduction.

However, this reduction in car fatalities comes at a price in advanced technology built into the car. This technology is delicate and can be damaged when your car is in an accident. There are several things to know about these advanced technologies when you take your car to get fixed after a collision.

Technology Is Distributed Throughout the Car

First, it’s important to understand that advanced technology in your car isn’t just located in a central computer. Cameras, RADAR, LiDAR, and more are located throughout the car. You can find it in bumpers, doors, wheel wells, and more, with dedicated sub-processors situated nearby to coordinate the systems needed to respond in an emergency. Some technology is either embedded in or attached to the windshield.

This means that what looks like a minor fender-bender could damage some of the advanced features on your car.

Repairing Technology Is Important

It’s also important to know that you should not neglect advanced technology when getting your car repaired after a collision. These systems matter, and they’re integrated. If you don’t repair all your advanced systems, the impact could be bigger than you think, and it might be unpredictable. Some systems, such as brakes, might not work properly if some of the advanced systems connected to them aren’t repaired properly.

Some repairs might also be required by your insurance company in order to continue coverage. This means that you should prioritize fixing these systems when take your car in for collision repair.

Not All Shops Can Make High-Tech Repairs

auto body shop repairing a vehicle with advanced technologyIt’s not easy for auto body shops to stay up-to-date when it comes to advanced technologies. Some shops are not capable of keeping pace with the growth of technology. Others may have decided to neglect advanced technology altogether. They focus on doing low-tech collision repair and might neglect the advanced systems or refer you to someplace else to get that part of the repair done.

When you’re choosing an auto body shop, ask them about their repair capabilities. Check to make sure they’ve been certified by auto manufacturers for advanced technology repairs, and make sure those certifications are current.

Advanced Technology Can Increase the Cost of Repairs

We mentioned above that advanced technology is the cost of reducing the risk of car accidents and fatalities. Ultimately, that translates into a cost in dollars when you buy a car – and when you repair a car. It can be expensive to repair the advanced technology in your car that’s been damaged by an accident.

The additional cost comes from many places:

  • Mechanics have to train to handle the advanced technology
  • High-tech repairs require high-tech tools
  • It takes time to diagnose the technology to determine what needs to be repaired
  • It takes time to replace delicate components
  • The components can be expensive to replace.

High-Tech Collision Repairs without Surprises

Accurate Auto Body is prepared to handle your high-tech repairs. We have iCar Gold Certification, with ongoing training to handle the most advanced systems. In addition, we have ongoing training from Honda and Toyota on their latest innovations.

At Accurate Auto Body, our Focus on You™ Service System means that we strive to eliminate surprises in your collision repair. We will give you a guaranteed estimate of both the time and money required to repair your car. We will also explain the estimate in a jargon-free way so you can understand what is being repaired and why, including advanced technology systems.

We will work around your schedule to make the repairs as convenient as possible, and we will work with your insurance company to make sure the true cost of repairs is covered according to the limits of your policy.

If you are looking for an auto body shop in Denver capable of high-tech repairs, please contact Accurate Auto Body today for a free quote.

Best Solutions to Paint Your Car After Hail Damage

Posted on: May 19th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

car damaged in a hail stormWe are in the height of hail season in Colorado. Depending on where you live in the Denver Metro Area, you’ve probably already seen a hailstorm or two, possibly one that’s bad enough to damage your car and its paint.

If that’s the case, you might be looking for advice on how to restore your car’s appearance after hail damage. Here are the best solutions for car painting after hail damage.

Maybe You Don’t Need to Paint

Are you sure you need to paint the car after hail damage? Just because the car is badly dented, it doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily going to need to paint it. Instead, most hail damage can be restored with paintless dent repair (sometimes called PDR). In paintless dent repair, dents are pulled out in a way that doesn’t require painting the car.

The advantage of paintless dent repair is that it leaves your car’s factory paint job alone. Even after damage, your car’s factory installed paint job is probably sturdier than a paint job you’d get at home, possibly even than you’d get at an auto collision shop.

Let a Pro Do It

However, if you’re convinced that your car needs or would benefit from painting, take it to an auto collision shop for repainting. The process of repainting a car after hail damage is difficult (see below), with a lot of room for error. It’s also time-consuming if you don’t have the time, tools, or assistance to get it done quickly. A pro can get your car repainted quickly which means that you won’t be without a vehicle and won’t be driving your car while it’s in various stages of repair.

You’ll also get a better quality job. The results from a professional paint job will last much longer than the paint job you apply yourself.

Do It Yourself

If you’re insistent on repainting your own car after hail damage, here’s the step-by-step guide to getting it done.

Sand

First, you have to sand the damaged area to remove old paint, smooth the area, and prepare for dent repair. Sand the surface of the entire panel, trying to get it as smooth as possible. Start with an 80 grit and keep working finer. Once you’ve smoothed with a 220 grit paper, you’re ready for filling, though you should get to 400, 600, or even 1000 grit before painting.

Fill

Once you’ve roughed off the old paint, hopefully not reaching bare metal in very many places, it’s time to apply the fill. Mix the body filler according to directions, then apply it smoothly and evenly across the surface using a wide applicator knife. Try to avoid creating bubbles and make the surface as smooth as possible.

Repeat

Once you apply the body filler, it’s time to sand again. You’re trying to make the surface smooth enough for painting, but don’t be surprised if you have to go back and add filler again. Sanding will likely reveal air pockets in the filler, and it can be hard to create a smooth transition between fill and metal.

Find the Proper Paint Color

hail damage to the hood of a vehicleAs you’re getting close to achieving the smooth surface you can paint, it’s time to figure out the proper color for your car. Most cars these days have a paint code from the factory on them. But where it is depends on the car. It might be in the driver’s side door jamb, on the driver’s sun visor, under the driver’s seat, in the glove compartment, near the radiator or someplace else in the engine compartment, in the well for the spare tire, or other places. If you’re lucky, it’ll also be in the owner’s manual.

Once you find the code, you can order matching paint.

Mix Until It Really Matches

However, it’s unlikely that the paint you ordered will actually match the paint of your car. That’s largely because of variations in paint batches, so you’ll have to mix the paint color until it actually matches the rest of the car.

Be Prepared to Do It Again

As we mentioned above, repainting your car at home is unlikely to give you a quality, durable paint job. So you have to be prepared to repaint the damaged panel in a few years. Keep track of any information and tools you used to do the job the first time.

Why Choose Accurate Auto Body for Your Hail Damage

If your car has hail damage, an auto collision shop will give you much better repairs than you can do at home and might not even require painting the car.

At Accurate Auto Body, our Focus on You™ Service System means that we will give you an accurate estimate of what it will cost to fix your car, both in time and money. We can work around your schedule so you can have a minimum disruption to your life. We work with your insurance company so you don’t have to.

For a free estimate on your car’s hail damage, please contact Accurate Auto Body in Denver.

Most Dangerous Intersections in Denver Metro Area

Posted on: April 28th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

Denver’s become a terrible place to drive. Hundreds of reported crashes a day across the metro area snarl traffic on our roads. At Accurate Auto Body, we see the results of these crashes in twisted metal, shattered glass, and popped plastic panels.

But the crashes aren’t evenly distributed around the area. Instead, there are a few intersections where crashes occur frequently. This means you might want to steer clear of these locations or approach them with caution and an awareness of what makes these intersections so dangerous.

By the Numbers: Dangerous Intersections

car accident at an intersection in DenverOur data about the most dangerous intersections comes from the Denver Police Department, and it was compiled by Westword from 2018-2019. The benefit is that these are hard numbers, but the disadvantage is that these are all located in Denver. While there’s a good likelihood that these are the most dangerous intersections in the area, there is a chance that some places outside the City and County might exceed these figures:

  1. W Alameda Avenue at South Santa Fe Drive: 56 accidents
  2. W Colfax Avenue at Speer Boulevard: 52 accidents
  3. W Evans Avenue at South Federal Boulevard: 47 accidents
  4. W Alameda Avenue at South Federal Boulevard: 47 accidents
  5. Quebec Street at East 36th Avenue: 44 accidents
  6. Speer Boulevard at Auraria Parkway: 44 accidents
  7. West Colfax Avenue at Kalamath Street: 38 accidents
  8. South Colorado Boulevard at East Alameda Avenue: 36 accidents
  9. Central park Boulevard at East martin Luther King Boulevard: 34 accidents
  10. Downing Street at East Colfax Avenue: 33 accidents

What Makes These Intersections So Dangerous?

Unfortunately, it’s harder to get information about the crashes at these intersections that can help us delve into why they experience so many accidents. However, there is data out there about the causes of accidents in the Denver Metro Area that can provide some insight into what makes these intersections so dangerous.

Complexity

The top two intersections in this report are highly complicated intersections. In both cases, these are large multi-lane intersections that defy the normal logic of two cross-streets. Instead, there are odd angles, multiple turn lanes, and sometimes unclear signage to indicate which lanes go where.

In both cases, these intersections are feeding into and from other major interchanges. At Alameda and Santa Fe, people are also trying to manage getting onto and off of I-25. At Colfax and Speer, people are dealing with the difficulties of Colfax and Kalamath, a beast of its own description which is itself on this list.

Congestion

It’s no secret that just the sheer volume of traffic in Denver has been growing and along with it, the number of accidents. There is good evidence that volume alone contributes to the number of accidents at Denver intersections. Evidence shows that more accidents occur in the hour between 5 and 6 pm than at any other time. Accidents are similarly elevated in the morning rush hour and at the lunch hour.

With so many cars on the road, congestion leads to people following too closely. This is a leading cause of accidents, and more than half of all car accidents are rear-end accidents.

Construction

To try to accommodate the constantly increasing number of cars and trucks on Denver’s roads, we have a constantly active series of construction projects going on. Many of these intersections have been undergoing construction for years, which makes them even more complicated and crowded.

Have You Been in an Accident?

If you’ve been in a car accident and suffered damage to your vehicle in Denver, Accurate Auto Body can help. With our exclusive Focus on You Service System™, we give our customers guaranteed quotes and completion dates so you know when your car will be ready and how much repairs will cost. Our award-winning technicians work hard to get the repairs right the first time so you don’t have to waste time on getting repairs redone. Plus, we work with your insurance company.

To get a quote about fixing the damage from your car accident, please contact Accurate Auto Body today.

Is Hail Damage Covered by My Auto Insurance?

Posted on: April 22nd, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

Every year, there are hundreds of hailstorms in Colorado with hail stones an inch or more in diameter. These storms can cause serious damage to your car. Even if you take every precaution, sooner or later one of these storms is going to get your car, leaving you with extensive hail damage.

Now you’re left to wonder: Is hail damage repair covered by my auto insurance? The answer is: it depends.

What Type of Coverage Do You Have?

hail damage to the hood of a vehicleWhether insurance will cover your hail damage depends on the type of coverage you have. Comprehensive coverage for your car will cover most damage, regardless of the cause. This includes hail damage.

However, if you have liability only coverage, damage to your car is not likely covered at all. In this situation, only the damage that your car causes to other vehicles or injuries to others caused by your car will be covered.

What’s Your Deductible?

The next question is figuring out whether your deductible will eliminate the benefit of making a claim for your damage.

The deductible is the amount you have to pay out-of-pocket before your insurance kicks in. In some cases, this can be close to or even more than the cost of fixing the damage. In that case, it might not be worth it to file a claim for the damage.

What’s Your Car Worth?

Specifically, this question relates to what your car is worth to the insurance company. Your insurance company estimates and tracks the value of cars as they age and are damaged. The insurance company might decide that the cost of repairing the damage exceeds the value of the car. Then they will “total” the car, paying you what they think the car is worth, rather than the cost of repairing the hail damage.

If you want, you can still take that insurance company payment and use it to repair your car. However, you will likely have to kick in some additional money to fully pay for repairs.

Affordable Hail Damage Repair

At Accurate Auto Body, we are used to dealing with insurance companies. We can help you understand your coverage and get insurance to pay according to the terms of coverage.

We also offer affordable hail damage repair when insurance isn’t picking up the bill. We offer paintless dent repair for most hail damage. This less expensive option can make your car look beautiful again at a fraction of the cost.

However, we also offer traditional hail damage repair when paintless repair isn’t an option.

Why Choose Accurate Auto Body

At Accurate Auto Body, we know that what really matters in your car repairs is you. Your car is a tool, and in fixing that tool, we are serving you. That’s why we’ve developed our Focus on You Service System™. We prioritize taking care of you by treating you with respect in our warm and welcoming office.

We also provide you with a guaranteed estimate and a guaranteed completion date for your repairs. We work around your schedule so you have your car when you need it, and we turn it around faster than other shops so you spend less time without your car. Our award-winning technicians fix your car right the first time so you don’t have to come back for repeated service or end up stranded.

And we work directly with your insurance company so you don’t have to.

To learn more about what sets us apart, make an appointment to get a free estimate at Accurate Auto Body in Denver.

 

Dent Repair after Hail Damage

Posted on: March 30th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

person holding hailstones after a stormColorado is one of the most hail-prone states in the country. We are second only to Texas in the number of insurance claims for hail damage, and a recent analysis by State Farm showed that it paid more for hail and wind damage claims in Colorado than in any other state.

There are many types of damage you might suffer from hail, but after your house’s roof, car dents are the most common. We offer some tips to avoid hail damage, but you can’t always get around it. Fortunately, it’s often easy to repair dents from hail, and your car can be almost as good as new.

Spring Is Hail Season in Colorado

Officially, forecasts say that the hail season in Colorado runs from mid-April to mid-September. However, the most damaging storms are likely to occur in mid to late spring.

Hail forms when an updraft drives water droplets into the air where the temperature is below freezing. Eventually, hailstones grow too large for the air to hold aloft, and they drop to the ground, speeding through the warm air, which starts to melt them. In the spring, the freezing temperature zones are lower than in the late summer. This means that hailstones don’t have to fall through as much warm air before hitting the ground.

Even if the updrafts aren’t as strong in the spring, this shorter melting period means that we can easily get damaging hail at this time.

How We Repair Hail Damage Dents

hail damage on the hood of a carIf your car has been damaged by hail, we will assess the damage and determine what type of repair we can use.

Sometimes, we can use paintless dent repair for hail damage. In this case, we can just pop the dents back out. This means that we can repair hail damage for a fraction of the cost of traditional repairs and do it in a fraction of the time.

However, paintless dent repair doesn’t always work for hail damage. In these cases, we have to use traditional repair techniques.

When we give you your estimate, we will tell you which type of repair is required for your hail damage. Accurate and comprehensive estimates are part of our Focus On You Service System™.

Insurance Claims for Hail Damage

As we noted above, insurance claims for hail damage are very common in Colorado. On the one hand, getting insurance to pay for your hail damage is great. After all, that’s what it’s there for. That being said, working with your insurance company can often be a nuisance. However, it’s usually necessary to ensure all hail damage repairs are performed properly without placing a strain on your budget.

That’s where we come in. We can work with your insurance company, handling most of the paperwork to make sure the repair gets paid for. We try to give you the smoothest experience with the least hassle.

Why Choose Accurate Auto Body for Your Hail Damage Repairs

At Accurate Auto Body, we are dedicated to giving our customers the best auto repair experience possible. That’s why we developed our Focus On You Service System™.

This is our promise to:

  • Explain all your repair options
  • Give you an accurate quote
  • Give you a guaranteed repair date
  • Get repairs right the first time
  • Work around your schedule

In addition, we create a welcoming, friendly atmosphere at our shop. You don’t have to be a car expert, and we’ll never make you feel ashamed of that. Instead, we’ll carefully explain your repair options in terms you can understand so that you can choose the best solution for your schedule and your budget.

Want to learn how our Focus on You Service System™ makes a difference for your hail damage repair? Please call 303-344-2212 now or use our online form to get a free estimate on your repairs.