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Car Issues You Should Not Fix Yourself

Posted on: February 7th, 2019 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

Car Issues You Should Not Fix YourselfThe internet is a pretty big place, and you can find more or less any information you want out there anymore. While this is extremely beneficial in a lot of ways, it has spurred the creation of a DIY society that, unfortunately, assumes similar knowledge across those reading articles and watching videos. When it comes to automotive repair, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. So if something’s up with your vehicle and you’re thinking about trying the DIY route, maybe stop and reconsider. And if you’re battling anything on the list below, call your trusted repair shop first, don’t even begin the YouTube search. There are just some car issues you should not fix yourself.

Windshield Replacement

There are so many options out there for windshield crack patches, and depending on the chip or crack, these might actually be viable options for you, but when it comes to replacement, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. A lot of auto insurance providers will cover this kind of replacement, or at least make it reasonably priced with your deductible, and if there is a small expense, it’s worth it to avoid a shoddy replacement job that results in a leaky windshield or worse.

Transmission

This one should be pretty obvious, but transmissions are not to be messed with. They’re complex systems that impact your vehicle’s ability to do everything, and an unsafe transmission is an unsafe vehicle, period. They’re mazes in their own right, and should only be navigated by someone with extensive experience doing so. Save your vehicle, and your fingers, the pain and take it to the shop.

Whole-Car Systems

If something’s off that’s impacting your whole vehicle, like an electric system, chances are it’s too complex for most people to tackle on their own. An apparent solution to the immediate problem might just spark an issue somewhere else. Whole-car systems need to be approached as interconnected things, which requires extensive knowledge of every piece of that puzzle. Professionals deal with these things on a daily basis and have the experience necessary to navigate even the most complex automobile issues.

Anything Airbag Related

Airbags are one of your biggest lines of defense if you find yourself in an accident, so it’s not exactly something you want to tamper with on your own. If your vehicle is showing signs of an issue with a safety system that could literally save your life in the event of a crash, let the shop handle it.

Body Repair

This one is a little more debatable, and some people are staunch on doing their own auto body repair but hear us out. Matching paints can be difficult, and if the paint isn’t applied correctly, a botched job can be easy to spot. That might be easy enough to get over, but if you’re dealing with body damage, trying to fix it yourself and failing could result in greater damage over time if a part of the body is rubbing up against more important systems, or poking into an area it shouldn’t be.

In some areas of life, DIY can be an excellent choice, but when it comes to auto repair, we recommend leaving it up to the professionals, almost always. You use your vehicle daily to get you to the places you need to be, compromising quality and longevity of a repair in order to try your hand at it at home isn’t the way to go.

Wait Is That Ice? Black Ice Dangers

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

black ice driving tipsBlack Ice Driving Tips

We’ve already experienced a few dangerous days this winter in Colorado, but as we head into the heavy snow-and-ice season that February and March so often brings in the Front Range, it’s a good time to brush up on how to handle one of the season’s most dangerous hazards with some black ice driving tips. After all, as your Denver auto body shop, we do want you to be safe out there on the ice-covered road.

What Is Black Ice

Despite it’s name, black ice is actually clear, but is named as such because it’s so thin and so clear that it’s often unidentifiable on the road. Most frequently, this slippery substance forms when the air is at or below 32 degrees at the surface of the road. These conditions cause the precipitation to freeze on contact, creating the dangerous, nearly invisible stuff.

Take Extra Precautions

There isn’t anything you can really do to prevent black ice from existing, but you can take extra precautions as a driver to make sure that you don’t fall victim to its sneakiness and find yourself in an accident or a ditch. While not foolproof, the thermometer in your vehicle can help you keep an eye on how cold the roads might be, and whether or not you need to ensure you’re keeping your eyes peeled for black ice on your commute. Some newer models even have indicators that will warn you when the roads might be icy.

Give yourself extra time when winter weather arises, to get where you need to be, and drive defensively. Stay alert. If the roads are mostly dry, but you see patches that look dark and glossy, there’s a good chance that could be black ice – proceed with caution!

When Does it Form?

Since it can be tricky to know where black ice might be, a helpful precaution is to know more about where and when it forms. The ideal time for black ice to freeze is between sunset and sunrise when temperatures are typically at their lowest, and there is no influence of the sun to melt things away. Shaded areas, as well as bridges and overpasses, are prime areas for black ice to form, so driving with extra caution in these areas during the winter is advised.

Don’t Brake

This is probably our most important of all our black ice driving tips. If you find yourself on a patch of black ice and feel your vehicle sliding, resist the urge to brake. Chances are this will only cause you to spin further out of control and cause skidding. Instead, keep your wheel steady and straight, and try to get through the icy patch safely.

Be Careful of Overcorrection

When your vehicle begins sliding on ice, be wary of overcorrecting. Like we’ve suggested in our winter driving tips article, steering into the skid is often the safest choice, but do so carefully.

Black ice can be extremely dangerous for vehicles on the road, but with a little preparation, you can handle a run-in with the slippery stuff fairly successfully. Ideally, your city does a good enough job of salting that it’s rarely an issue, but when the winter weather rages, it’s good to know you have the knowledge to cover any salting gaps that might exist.

Skid Recovery

Posted on: January 7th, 2019 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

skid recoverySkid Recovery Tips

Winter in Colorado comes in fits and starts, and usually takes us all by surprise. When that severe winter weather hits, it’s not unusual to see more accidents, more vehicles losing control and winding up in the ditch, and more skidding. The best way to survive a skid is to never have it happen in the first place, but if you find yourself in a situation where you’re losing traction and control, there are ways to correct the issue. Still, it’s important to know that skidding is extremely dangerous, and prevention is the best way to avoid any potential negative outcomes.

Don’t Assume You Know

As it turns out, being taught skid recovery in driver’s ed doesn’t mean you’re actually prepared to handle it if it happens on the road. In fact, there’s a chance you’re worse off if you’ve been “taught” how to handle a skid in the past. It’s less important whether or not the information was technically correct or not, and more about what having that “knowledge” does for your confidence. Or, in many instances, overconfidence. The feeling that you could recover easily leads many drivers to feel like they’re invincible. One of the best ways to handle a potential skidding situation is to know that skidding is a risk, and preparing to act accordingly if you find yourself in a skid.

Hands on the Wheel

A lot of classes teach you to shift into neutral when you experience a skid, but this is almost never a beneficial thing to do. Instead, keep your hands on the wheel. You’ll need them both there to help you recover.

Eliminate the Cause

If possible, get rid of the reason you’re skidding. If you started sliding because you sped up too quickly, take your foot off the gas pedal. A lot of times, eliminating the cause may not be possible, and even if it is possible, you’re still skidding, so the next couple of steps are the most important.

Steer Into the Skid…Sometimes

If you have rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, steering into the skid is your best bet. That means you need to turn the wheel in the same direction that your wheels are going. This should help correct the direction. If you’re driving a front-wheel vehicle and begin to skid, straighten the steering wheel out.

Trust the ABS

ABS systems exist for a reason, and they can come in handy when you start to lose control. If, when you press on the brakes, you get that stuttery feeling, that’s just the ABS doing its job! Keep pressing on the brakes while you steer into the skid whenever this is possible.

Prevention First

While those tips can help you recover from a skid with (hopefully) minimum damage, prevention is where you avoid damage entirely. The best way to prevent a skid is to pay attention. Pay attention to your surroundings, pay attention to the road conditions, and drive accordingly! Don’t drive too fast, or follow other vehicles too closely, or try to come out of a stop too aggressively. Take steering easy, and slow down around turns. In short, be careful!

If you find yourself facing vehicle damage at the hands of a skid that you couldn’t quite steer out of, let the trusted team at Accurate Auto Body for your auto body repair.

Find the Best Hotel for Your CO Winter Adventures

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

colorado winter lodgingColorado Winter Lodging Ideas

Winter time in Colorado is an exciting time, indeed. Whether you’re a fiend for the slopes or just like to see what the Rockies have to offer in all their snowy, wintery glory, there are countless adventures to be had all through the winter in this great state. But figuring out where you want to stay during your Colorado winter adventures can be a…. slightly less thrilling prospect. As your Denver auto body shop, we know there are so many choices, and given the unpredictability of the mountain weather this time of year, it’s important to have a spot you know can be flexible should you get snowed in an extra day (or two). Depending on what kind of experience you’re going for, there are a number of Colorado winter lodging options you can look at to create the perfect backdrop and home base for whatever you get up to in the city or the mountains this winter.

City Living

Hanging in the city has its perks. If you’re Denver-bound for a vacation or staycation, there’s always the chance you’ll get 6 inches of snow one day only to have it melt away with 60-degree temperatures three days later. If not, you’ll at least have plenty to explore in the way of good food, gorgeous museums, and countless breweries. There are a number of excellent hotels in Denver, but if you’re looking for a unique experience that exemplifies the artsy side of Denver, we’d recommend the Art, a Hotel downtown, or Moxy in Cherry Creek.

Resort Life

If spending all your free time on the slopes is your idea of the perfect Colorado winter lodging, then you’re probably familiar with ski resorts. If you can swing it, the resorts directly tied to the mountain you’ll be shredding up all day is a perfect choice and lets you really soak up the whole ski bum experience.

Get Eclectic

If you’re looking for something a little more local when you head to the mountains, try an Airbnb. It’s a great way to get a different perspective on wherever you’re visiting, and often hosts have recommendations for places to eat, visit, and check out while you’re there. You never know, you might just find a new favorite, or discover a fun new winter activity you hadn’t thought of trying before! There are also a number of boutique inns that offer different experiences than your average hotel or lodge, like the Distillery Inn in Carbondale, a 5-bedroom inn attached to Marble Distilling, for those winter tasting sessions that keep you a little too warm.

Mountain Lodge

Maybe living the ski bum life isn’t quite in your budget, but you still want that classic mountain experience, there are a number of mountain lodges that aren’t directly affiliated with the slopes they’re closest to that might offer a more affordable price and a slightly more rustic experience. Shop around and see the cool features lodges offer for yourself!

The Classics

When all else fails, there are always the family-friendly classics like Holiday Inn Express, or the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. These won’t be so robust on the features or unique decor, but they are a tried and true option for the weary traveler who got caught in the snow or just needs a place to rest their head for the night before heading onto the next adventure.

No matter what you’re looking for, there is lodging to suit your needs in Colorado. Where are your favorite places to stay when you get to adventuring in the winter?

What’s the Deal With Bird’s Eye View Cameras?

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

car bird's eye view cameraCar Bird’s Eye View Camera – What The?

Automotive technology is evolving quickly, and there are no signs of it slowing down. Some of the advancements may be flashes in the pan, while others are bound to stick around for the foreseeable future. Tech that makes a driver’s life easier and safer is almost always a sure bet, and one more recent development from Toyota promises to do just that – but what’s really the deal behind this kinda-crazy-cool piece of tech? Let’s look a little closer and see how it can help you avoid auto body repair.

What the Heck is a Bird’s Eye View Camera?

The car bird’s eye view camera was created to give drivers a seamless, high-def, panoramic view of the surroundings of the vehicle. It can do this in both overhead and moving views, providing a new level of vehicle-camera integration. The panoramic images are created using four cameras – one in the front, one on each side mirror, and one on the rear (this is the one drivers are probably most familiar with, as it’s been employed in backup cameras for years now). What the display shows vary based on what you have the car shifted into. In park, it displays a 360 overhead view as well as can show you the 360 “see-through” view. When in reverse, it continues to show the overhead view while also showing the traditional backup camera view. It also offers different displays and features for when you’re in drive and neutral as well.

How Can it Help Drivers?

Bird’s eye view cameras have the opportunity to give drivers a better perspective of the space around them. This is likely to come in most handy when navigating tight spaces and uncertain turns. Sometimes, the rearview mirrors and looking at your surroundings just doesn’t give you the full picture of your space and your vehicle. Especially in tight spaces, it can be difficult for drivers to maneuver, and collisions with retaining walls, tight corners, and unexpected objects happen regularly. This technology offers the potential to lessen those collisions greatly.

Do You Need One?

As with most more advanced vehicle technology, the answer here is no. You don’t strictly NEED this tech in order to drive safely. However, if you’re a driver who struggles with spatial awareness and has found yourself with vehicle damage thanks to a tight space in the past, it might be worth considering investing in a vehicle with the tech. We’re always a fan of automotive technology that keeps drivers safer on the roads and in tough driving situations.

Learn more about Accurate Auto Body Shop in metro Denver.

Should I Trust the Tech?

New technology usually has some glitches to work through, and though each piece of tech is thoroughly tested before it’s released to the masses, it’s hard to learn what needs to be fixed until it’s been used on the roads by a large number of people. It’s fair to have a small amount of reservation, as the bird’s eye view is created by compiling images from 4 different cameras seamlessly, and not by a little drone following you around from above your vehicle everywhere you go (thank goodness!) That means there’s math involved in creating the composite image you see on your screen, and anywhere this is the case, there’s a chance that things can go wonky. Think about the panoramic photo setting on your phone camera. If something moves while you’re taking the picture, it can look completely wrong in the finished product. We don’t anticipate issues of that level with this tech, but it’s always a good idea to trust your vehicle’s technology with a grain of salt. No number of cameras are an adequate substitute for proper training and practice driving a vehicle in all types of situations.

What do you think of this interesting advancement in vehicle tech? Would you purchase a vehicle featuring the bird’s eye view camera?

Are Monthly Car Wash Memberships Worth It?

Posted on: November 29th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

car wash membershipsCar Wash Memberships – Are They Worth It?

Washing the car- that thing on the to-do list that sometimes you take a couple weeks too long to actually check off. Especially this time of year, when the temperatures drop and the idea of getting your car wet, even with the powerful dryers some car washes have, seems like a recipe for frozen doors. And yet, keeping your vehicle clean and getting it washed regularly is an important part of vehicle ownership. It prevents rust and unnecessary wear and tear that dirt, grime, slush, and sprayback from the salt on the road after winter weather can cause – which can be contributing factors for auto body repair. If you’ve looked into car washes lately, you’ve probably noticed a car wash or two offering monthly memberships. Are these kinds of car wash memberships really worth it? Well, as with any sort of subscription, the answer depends, and there are a few things you should consider.

Weigh Your Options

If one of your local car wash spots offers a monthly membership program, chances are another one does, too. Do your research and see what kinds of options, and at what price points are available to you before you make your decision. That way you know what is available to you, and, depending on which shop is closest to you (making it more convenient) you may even be able to use the other programs’ components as leverage to negotiate an additional feature. We don’t make any promises, but hey, it’s worth a shot, right?

What’s Included

Take special note of what’s included in the membership, and if there are different levels of membership what the cost difference is, as well as the difference in price between the services offered in each membership on a single-wash scale. Often, the memberships are created with the hopes of saving drivers money, but it’s important to take a critical look at the value of the membership to make sure it’s really worth it, too.

How Often Will You Go, Really?

Here’s the real bottom line. If you’re considering a monthly car wash membership, you need to make sure you’re using it enough to get your money’s worth. If you sign up and then forget to take your vehicle through the wash for….three months….then no, it’s not worth your money. But if you’re serious about keeping your vehicle clean or are using this membership as an excuse to get more serious about that, you should be good. Do the math – how many regular washes, or premium if some of those premium features are included in the membership would it take for you to spend more on washes in a month than it costs for the membership? Is that a number of times you can see yourself washing your vehicle in a month? Is that a number of times your vehicle NEEDS to be washed in a month? If the answer to those last two questions is yes, then you’ve probably got a pretty good value on your hands!

Ask About Extra Perks

Again, we can’t guarantee anything here, and most car washes with monthly membership programs lay out all the perks in the details of the membership itself, but if you’re looking for a little something to sweeten the deal, ask about any extra perks that might not be listed in the membership details. Maybe you get a special birthday gift, or free air fresheners twice a year, or maybe they’ll offer you a discount on detailing if you keep the membership for a whole year. Who knows?! But it’s worth asking about.

Regardless of the perks and the details of the membership, if you decide this is a good move for you and your vehicle, don’t forget our biggest piece of advice: Use the thing, already! Get the most bang for your buck and relish the fact that you’re driving a spotless car more or less all the time.

When You Should Actually Use 4WD and When You Shouldn’t

Posted on: November 27th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

when to use 4wdWhen To Use 4WD

As winter weather rears its head again, we find ourselves checking our tires a little more closely, looking into the features our vehicle might have to help us get through the winter weather without having to drastically alter the way we travel. For some, those 4WD systems are looking awfully tempting nowadays, but before you activate that feature, as your auto body shop we urge you to consider a few things. There are some instances where it’s useful, and some instances where it really ends up doing more harm than good.

Know the Difference

First things first, you need to know what you’re working with. 4WD systems are typically only found in larger vehicles, like trucks and SUVs. Many vehicles now come with AWD (all-wheel drive) which is a different system entirely. Before you consider putting your vehicle into 4WD, it might be a good idea to make sure you actually HAVE a 4WD system to turn on. Once you have that sorted out, you can look into when you should actually be utilizing the system.

Off the Beaten Path

On the whole, there are very few times you should actually utilize your 4WD system. One of them, perhaps the most obvious, is when you’re going off-road. When your tires are officially off the pavement, and you’re dealing with uncertain terrain, that’s when this system really shines. Of course, if you’ve never really off-roaded before, we recommend taking it slow and simple to start, until you get used to how the combination of utilizing your 4WD system and driving off road causes your vehicle to handle differently, but once you get the hang of it, it can be a great way to fulfill your inner adventurer and make that system work as intended.

Deep Snow

Now, for the one on most driver’s minds this time of year – snow. 4WD may help you get through deeper snow, and afford you better traction while you navigate those wintery roads. Bear in mind, this isn’t for a light dusting. We’re talking those six-inch nights that lead to dicey commutes the following morning. And, regardless of whether or not that 4WD is giving you an added boost on the roads that are still snow-covered, it’s no excuse for taking the proper driving precautions to account for the less-than-ideal conditions you’ll be driving in.

Beware of Ice

Because, as helpful as 4WD may be in the snow, it doesn’t do a lick of good if you hit a patch of ice. 4WD will not make you stop any faster than any other driving system. Ice is still slippery, no matter what, and if you’re using your 4WD as an excuse to drive without care in winter driving conditions, you could find yourself in a wreck pretty quickly.

Choose Wisely

It’s important to know when to use this system and when not to, because putting your vehicle into 4WD when it’s not required can cause serious damage. If it’s engaged while you’re driving on dry, paved roads, you are likely causing damage to the 4WD components and putting yourself in a position where the system might not work when you need it to.

It may not be the most exciting thing, but reserving that 4WD system for the times when it’s actually needed is the best way to extend the capabilities of what that system can offer you as well as the life of your vehicle. Knowing you can count on the system in deep snow (but not ice!) and during those off-road adventures is worth the peace of mind, but don’t neglect to make sure you have quality tires with the right amount of traction (do the penny test to make sure they aren’t too bald!) as well.

 

Be Prepared for All Seasons

Posted on: November 8th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

automotive preparednessAll Season Automotive Preparedness

Part of owning a vehicle is knowing how to be prepared. As your auto body shop about preparing yourself for different scenarios, but today we want to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Rather than getting prepared for a specific situation, have you done a year-round check on your automotive preparedness recently? If you don’t know what you’re dealing with, consider the following things to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for whatever is thrown your way, no matter what season it might be.

Have Winter Tires

All-season tires won’t do the trick when it comes to all season automotive preparedness. Especially in the Front Range where the winters can get a little hairy, and if you plan on heading to the mountains at all, it’s important to have tires specifically designed to handle not only cold weather, but ice and snow as well. All-season tires can handle a mild winter, but it’s safer (and better) to swap out those regular or all-season tires for winter ones around Thanksgiving when the weather is starting to turn for the colder/snowier for the season.

Keep up With Regular Maintenance

This is one of the biggest, most important things we can recommend to any vehicle owner. Keeping up with regular maintenance (tire rotations, oil changes, etc) will not only extend the life of your vehicle, but it will allow you to catch anything that might be wrong before you find out the hard way.

Watch the Gas Tank

This applies year round, but it becomes more relevant as the temperatures cool and you find yourself facing frost in the mornings more often than not. With colder temperatures, you run the risk of your fuel freezing or gelling more easily, not to mention the dangers of running out of gas in the middle of nowhere or when you aren’t near a gas station if the temps are below freezing. We always recommend keeping your gas tank above 1/2 full, but that recommendation becomes more of a requirement when winter rolls around. Trust us, you can thank us later.

Emergency Kit

We know we’ve talked about this one before, but there really aren’t enough times to really drive home how important it is to have an emergency kit fully stocked in your vehicle at all times. What you need might differ from season to season, but we always think it’s best to keep a season-proof version available, so no matter when something goes wrong, you are fully prepared to handle it. It doesn’t hurt to test the things in the kit now and then, too, to make sure they are still working like you’d need them to in case of an emergency. Jumper cables, a tire jack, flashlights, a tool kit, food, clothes, blankets, a crank radio, and spare tires are all good choice to have stocked.

Don’t Neglect Registration

This almost goes along with regular maintenance, but few things hurt worse than getting pulled over only to realize you waited too long to get your vehicle’s registration renewed. Keep a recurring event on your calendar to remind you annually when this needs to be done (maybe put it in there a few times in case you forget) and make sure to renew it before your grace period ends. Most of the time, you can order it online and receive it in the mail without having to bother with the DMV, but if you need to make a trip there, be sure to allow yourself enough time. We all know how it goes at the DMV.

With these tips in mind, you can feel confident as the proud owner of your vehicle that you are prepared to handle anything the seasons might throw at you. What are your must-haves to keep your car/truck/van/SUV prepared year round?

Car Insurance Facts for New Drivers

Posted on: November 2nd, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

car insurance facts for new driversFor first time drivers, knowing where to start with insurance can be a tricky game. If you’re trying to figure it out for yourself, here are a few things to keep in mind as you navigate the wild world of automotive insurance with your first vehicle.

Know What’s Required

In every state, there are different requirements for what you need in order to get automotive insurance. Furthermore, you need to be familiar with the minimum amount of coverage your state requires in order for you to legally drive. Many states require liability insurance, while the rest is optional, while many other states also require personal injury protection and uninsured motorist coverage. To find out what the requirements are in your state, head to the DMV’s website.

What Does Coverage Mean?

It’s important to learn the lingo when you’re determining what insurance might be best for you. Whether you’re 16 and getting on the road as soon as you’re legally able, or you’ve been living that car-less life for a while, and are only just now getting your license and starting to drive, there’s a lot to understand in order to make sure you can get what you really need to keep your pocketbook safe in the event of injury or collision.

Coverage is just that – what’s covered by your insurance, after you hit your deductible, in the event of the incident that your coverage details. There are a number of different types of coverage. There’s collision coverage, personal injury, liability, uninsured motorist, and comprehensive coverages. What’s covered under each will vary slightly from insurance provider to insurance provider, so make sure to ask questions. Understanding the coverage you’re choosing for your automobile will save a lot of headaches if a collision occurs.

Learn more about Denver’s Accurate Auto Body Shop.

What Determines Your Rate?

What determines your rate is also variable state by state, and some states weigh certain variables more heavily than others. As a baseline, the things that are almost always considered when figuring out your rate are: length of time driving (sorry!), driving record (if you’ve crashed before, or have several citations on your record, your rates will likely be higher), age, and coverage levels (if you have less coverage, or higher deductibles, you are likely to have lower rates, but are open to greater out-of-pocket expenses in the event of a collision). Don’t be afraid to ask what’s being considered when you source quotes from insurance companies. It’s also a good idea to ask what kinds of discounts they offer – some offer discounts for good grades, or for things like being a member of a credit union. You never know until you ask!

Understand Bundling

Sometimes, there are savings to be had if you are in need of different types of insurance and decide to use a single provider for all of them. Ask your insurance provider (or several providers if you’re in quote-gathering mode) what discounts they offer for bundling. The most common bundles often include things like automotive and homeowners, or automotive and renter’s insurance. Look at your situation and determine if bundling might be a good option for you – and if it is, make sure to know what kind of discount you’re dealing with so you can decide if it’s really worth your while.

There’s Always More to Learn

Look, we’re not going to lie. Automotive insurance is complex. These basics will help you get started and feel comfortable having conversations with insurance providers, as well as enable you to be an advocate for yourself with a foundation of knowledge. However, if you find the topic fascinating, there is always more to learn. The DMV website is a great place to dive deeper and start to become your own personal automotive insurance expert, if that’s your thing. And if it’s not, simply making sure you have the right coverage for your peace of mind is really all you need to do.

How and Why You Should Get Those Hail Damage Dents Fixed

Posted on: October 25th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

fix hail damageWhy Fix Hail Damage

If you drive a vehicle in Colorado, you’ve definitely heard of or experienced hail damage. It’s something countless drivers deal with each year as the unpredictable Front Range storms roll in and out in 20 minutes, leaving dents and paint chips in their wake. Something we get asked a lot is whether or not fixing the hail damage is even worth it – worth the insurance claim, worth the whole process, worth the potential hike in insurance rates. We get it, it’s a hassle, like most automobile repairs, but there are a number of reasons you absolutely should fix hail damage. Here are just a few.

Hurts Resale Value

If you don’t fix hail damage and get them taken care of, and eventually want to sell your vehicle in the future, that damage could cost you big in the form of profit. Hail damage, understandably, hurts the resale value of your automobile. Because it’s so obvious, and the cosmetic can be the maker or breaker of a sale, it’s definitely a tally in the negative column when potential buyers are weighing their options. Even if you’re trying to resell it back to the dealership you got it from, or trading it into another dealership, you’ll get less cash than you would if you had gotten the dents fixed.

Risk of Rust

Those dents sometimes include paint chips, and those paint chips can lead to rust. Rust, of course, can lead to bigger issues, causing damage that goes beyond cosmetic if left to its own devices for too long. When rust starts to rear its head, you’re in the position of having to fix not one, but two problems and insurance is far less likely to help you out.

Insurance Woes

Let’s say you received some hail damage and decided to let it go, not filing a claim and deciding to live with the cosmetic damage. That might be fine and dandy, but what if you find yourself smacked with a second round of hail and want to make a claim?

Because you never claimed the first round of damage, insurance may have a harder time accepting your claim this time around, unsure of which damage was caused by which incident. Oh, and if you’ve heard those stories about people who make the claim, get the insurance money, and pocket it – think twice before attempting that particular strategy – it’s actually insurance fraud and you would be facing very serious consequences if you went down that path.

Unexpected Damage

Sometimes, hail damage goes beyond the cosmetic. Sometimes, those dents, or that hail, manage to impact things under the hood, alignment of your wheels, ball bearings, etc. The list goes on, but if you don’t get your vehicle checked out at all after a hail storm, you might be missing some serious issues that will land you in the shop with a much bigger bill down the road. There’s just no way for the average person to truly tell where the hail damage ends, and whether or not it is purely cosmetic. It’s far better to take it in and get an estimate than assuming the best and having to pay for the worst later.

Hail damage can be a major pain, but there are plenty of reasons to get it handled straight away. If you need a team you can trust, we’d be honored to help you understand the extent of your damage and be realistic with you about what the cost of the repairs might be.