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How to File an Auto Collision Claim

Posted on: February 23rd, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

Auto insurance claim formGetting involved in a car accident can be very stressful. There are many important actions that must be taken following the collision, including filing a claim with your insurance company to cover repairs to your vehicle. By understanding how the claims process works, you’ll be able to make the experience less overwhelming. The following tips will help ensure you know what to do.

Steps to Take Immediately Following the Accident

It’s important to gather proper documentation immediately following the collision to ensure the claims process goes smoothly. Make sure you take the following steps before leaving the scene of the accident:

  • Call the police and request an officer come to fill out an accident report
  • Exchange information with the other driver (name, contact information, driver’s license number, vehicle registration information, insurance information)
  • Take photos of the damage to both vehicles
  • Record the names and contact information of any witnesses

Steps for Filing an Auto Insurance Claim

There is a process that must be followed when filing an auto collision claim. Make sure you take the steps listed below.

Contact Your Insurance Company

You’re required to report the car accident to your insurance company in a timely manner. Answer the insurance agent’s questions honestly, but never admit fault. In addition, don’t sign any waivers without speaking to a lawyer or accept an initial settlement offer without confirming the total extent of the damage to your vehicle.

When you speak with your insurance company, you may need to provide the following details:

  • Date, time and location of the car accident
  • Name, contact information and insurance information for all other drivers involved in the collision
  • Photos of the damage to your vehicle
  • Details of the accident
  • Copies of any police reports associated with the collision

Review Your Policy Coverage

It’s important to understand what your insurance policy covers. This will ensure you know what to expect from the claims process. Some important items to review include:

  • The amount of your deductible
  • Your coverage limits for each category of coverage you purchased
  • Whether you have rental car reimbursement
  • Whether you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (this may be important if you were hit by a driver with inadequate insurance coverage to pay for the damage to your vehicle)

Work with Your Insurance Adjuster

Your insurance company will assign an adjuster to handle your claim. The adjuster will typically contact you to schedule a time to evaluate the damage to your vehicle and discuss next steps. The adjuster may also ask you to provide any information you may have regarding the events of the accident, including photos, the police report and contact information of witnesses.

Get a Repair Estimate from an Auto Body Shop

vehicle repair estimateYou’ll need to get a repair estimate from an auto body shop. While your insurance company may recommend a collision repair shop, you have the right to work with the body shop of your choice. Once you receive an estimate, the insurance adjuster will compare their initial assessment of necessary repairs with the body shop’s recommendations in order to arrive at a settlement offer.

If your vehicle is fully paid off, the settlement check will be made out to you and you will be free to handle repairs in any manner you’d like. If you still owe money on the vehicle or if you lease your car, the settlement check will be made out jointly to you and the collision repair shop to ensure all necessary repairs are made. This step protects the interests of the vehicle’s lien holder.

Repair Your Vehicle

Once your claim has been approved and the settlement check has been issued, you can bring your vehicle to the auto body shop to complete the repairs. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for paying the deductible on your policy. This amount will be withheld from the final settlement check.

If your insurance policy includes rental reimbursement, you’ll be able to arrange for a rental car up to the daily limits of this coverage. If you choose a vehicle that exceeds this daily limit, you’ll be responsible for paying the difference.

Accurate Auto Body Can Help

Accurate Auto Body has been providing comprehensive collision repair services for over 25 years. During this time, we’ve earned a reputation as one of the top auto body shops in the Denver metro area.

We offer customized auto repair consulting that will provide you with a detailed estimate and an explanation of the different repair options available to you. Our team regularly handles insurance claims. We work with all insurance companies and have the experience necessary to ensure your claim is approved quickly.

When you work with Accurate Auto Body, you’ll benefit from our Focus on You Service System™, which ensures you receive:

  • Personalized attention throughout the entire repair process
  • Guaranteed pricing
  • Faster turnaround times
  • Flexible appointments to accommodate your schedule
  • Guaranteed delivery dates
  • Repair updates delivered in your desired method of communication (phone, text, email)
  • Full auto insurance coordination

Schedule an Appointment

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Accurate Auto Body serves customers in Aurora and throughout the Denver area.

7 Tips for Collision Repair after a Winter Car Accident

Posted on: February 16th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

two damaged vehicles after a winter car accidentAfter a slow start to winter, we’re beginning to see some snowier weather both in the Denver area and up in the mountains. For the many ski aficionados in the Denver area, this is a cause for joy. However, the snowy and icy roads also increase the likelihood of a car accident. If you’re involved in an accident this winter, you’ll need to fix any damage to your vehicle to ensure it works properly. The following tips will help you navigate the collision repair process.

Call 911 Before Leaving the Accident Scene

The first thing you should always do after a car accident is make sure no one has been seriously injured. If someone has been badly hurt, dial 911 immediately to request emergency medical assistance.

Even when no one appears to have suffered a serious injury, you should always call the police and request an officer be dispatched to the scene. This is an important step since the official police report serves as an important piece of documentation of the accident. In many instances, the police report will provide insight regarding who was at fault, and this information will be very helpful when you file a claim with your insurance company.

Sometimes the other driver may ask you to avoid calling the police, especially in situations where the accident didn’t result in large scale property damage or a serious injury. However, it’s always best to ask for a police officer to evaluate the accident scene and file a report. This is especially true if you believe the other driver caused the accident.

Exchange Information with the Other Driver

Before leaving the scene of the accident, make sure you exchange the following information with the other driver:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Vehicle registration information
  • License plate number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Insurance information

If there are any witnesses present, record their names and contact information as well.

Avoid Discussing Fault

Never discuss fault or apologize when speaking with the other driver or a police officer at the scene of the accident. Any admission of fault on your part can potentially impact your insurance claim. It’s best to let the police and the insurance agents analyze the accident evidence in order to determine fault.

Take Pictures of Vehicle Damage

man taking cell phone photos of car accident damageIf it’s safe to do so while you’re still at the accident scene, take photos of the damage to both vehicles. If possible, take photographs of the positioning of each vehicle and any indicators, such as skid marks, which may help determine who was at fault. These photos will be helpful when filing an insurance claim and when dealing with the auto body shop.

Notify Your Insurance Company

You’re required to notify your insurance company of the accident within a timely manner. Answer all questions honestly, but don’t admit fault to the insurance adjuster. In many instances, the insurance company may want to schedule an appointment for an adjuster to examine the damage to your vehicle.

Get Several Collision Repair Estimates

Before fixing your vehicle, your insurance company will want you to get a collision repair estimate breaking down the cost of all necessary repairs. It’s always best to get estimates from 2-3 collision repair shops. This will allow you to compare the list of necessary repairs as well as the prices quoted for each item. When you have several estimates, it will give you a better understanding of what truly needs to be done. Keep in mind that your insurance company may also want their adjuster to provide you with an estimate before signing off on repairs.

The auto body shop should detail the following information as part of the estimate:

  • An itemized list of all necessary repairs
  • Which parts need to be replaced
  • Whether replacement parts will be new or second-hand
  • Whether original manufacturer parts or generic parts will be used

While cost is generally a factor for most people, it should not be the only factor. In many instances, you’ll get what you pay for. When you choose the lowest estimate, you may run the risk of receiving poorer quality repair work.

Choose a Collision Repair Shop

auto body mechanic examining vehicle repair workOnce you have your estimates and the insurance company has signed off on the repairs, you’ll need to choose an auto body shop to work with. In some instances, your insurance company may recommend a collision shop for you to use. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not required to work with their preferred shop. You should always choose the body shop you believe will provide the best quality collision repair work.

Before choosing an auto body shop, check out their reviews online. This will allow you to learn about the experiences of other customers. Be wary of working with a shop that has numerous poor reviews.

In addition to working with a reliable collision repair shop that has a strong reputation, you should always ask for a written guarantee associated with any work performed. This will give you piece of mind that repairs will be completed correctly.

Before the shop begins work on your vehicle, discuss protocol for how they will handle any unexpected repairs not listed as part of the estimate. You should also speak with your insurance company to make sure they cover these extra repairs. Once the work has been completed, examine the vehicle carefully before taking it home. If you’re not satisfied with the repairs, work with the body shop to make sure they address any issues you may have.

Accurate Auto Body Can Help

If you’re involved in a car accident this winter, Accurate Auto Body can help. We have more than 25 years of experience, and we offer comprehensive collision repair services to address any damage your vehicle has sustained.

You’ll benefit from our exclusive Focus On You Service System™ which ensures you receive the exceptional quality service you deserve. When you work with Accurate Auto Body, you can count on:

  • Highly personalized attention throughout the repair process
  • Guaranteed pricing
  • Faster turnaround times
  • Guaranteed delivery dates
  • Auto repair consulting to ensure you understand all of your options
  • Flexible scheduling options
  • Repair update options that meet your unique needs
  • Full auto insurance coordination

By placing the needs of our clients first, we’re able to deliver the exceptional customer service you deserve. Our goal is to provide the finest quality collision repairs in order to restore your vehicle to its pre-accident condition. Our technicians have extensive experience working on all makes and models of vehicles, ensuring we’re able to address any items that are unique to your specific vehicle.

If you don’t have collision insurance, we can still help. Our team regularly handles repairs that don’t go through insurance, and we’ll work with you on a repair plan that fits within your budget.

Schedule an Appointment

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Accurate Auto Body serves customers in Aurora and throughout the Denver metro area.

Important Insurance Coverage for Winter Driving

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

The Denver and Aurora area gets a fair amount of snow most winters. While this may make for fun days building snowmen with the kids, it also creates hazards for drivers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, each year:

  • 24% of weather-related car accidents occur on snowy, icy or slushy roads
  • 15% of weather-related car accidents take place during a snow or sleet storm
  • Over 2,200 fatalities and 192,000 injuries occur during these winter weather-related car accidents

car accident on a highway during winter driving conditionsIt’s easy to lose control of your vehicle on an icy road and crash into a guardrail or another vehicle. Snow also makes it harder to stop your vehicle, creating additional risks for accidents. However, your vehicle can also get damaged while you’re not driving. It’s common for tree branches loaded down with snow and ice to break off and damage vehicles beneath them.

In all of these situations, you may be faced with costly vehicle repairs. It’s important to have the proper insurance coverage to minimize your financial burden in the event your car is damaged from winter weather issues.

Covering Repair Costs to Your Vehicle

There are two different types of insurance coverage that will pay for damage to your vehicle:

  • Collision Coverage – This coverage pays for repairs to your vehicle after an accident. It covers damage from collisions with both a vehicle and other objects, such as a guardrail or utility pole.
  • Comprehensive Coverage – This coverage pays for weather-related vehicle damage not caused by an accident. Damage from snowy tree branches and other objects that fall on your vehicle would be covered under comprehensive insurance, as would cracks in your windshield that expand during freezing temperatures. In addition, comprehensive insurance will provide reimbursement after vandalism, floods, theft, fire and collisions with an animal.

Both of these insurance coverages are typically optional, but they are worth having if your vehicle is relatively new and still holds a fair amount of value. In some instances, such as when you owe money on a car loan or you’re leasing the vehicle, the leasing company or lender may require you to purchase these types of insurance coverage.

Covering Property Damage and Injuries You Cause to Others

Even the most experienced winter drivers will sometimes lose control of their vehicle on an icy road, resulting in an accident. If you injure someone or cause damage to another driver’s vehicle during the accident, your liability insurance will pay for all their medical bills and property damage.

Colorado requires the following minimum liability insurance coverages for all drivers:

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
  • $15,000 per accident for property damage

While this is the minimum amount of coverage you must carry by law, it’s generally a good idea to purchase higher levels of liability coverage. In the event of a serious accident, these minimum coverage levels are unlikely to pay for all repairs and medical bills, and you’ll be responsible to pay for the rest out of pocket.

Covering Injuries to Yourself and Your Passengers

The liability coverage discussed above can also be used to pay for injuries sustained by you and your passengers in an accident you cause. In addition, you have the option to purchase MedPay coverage which can be used to receive compensation for injuries, regardless of who is responsible for the accident. Carrying MedPay coverage can potentially expedite reimbursement after an accident.

Protection Against Uninsured Drivers

woman calls for roadside assitance in a snow-covered carWhile Colorado state law requires all drivers to carry minimum levels of liability coverage, not all drivers comply with this mandate. In addition, many other drivers will comply, but only purchase minimum levels of coverage. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage provides an important protection if you’re involved in a car accident caused by a driver with insufficient insurance coverage to pay for your medical bills and property damage.

You’ll be able to receive reimbursement for all repairs and medical expenses up to the limits of the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage you purchased with your policy. This coverage is important to have, as it can protect you from financial hardship in the event of a serious injury.

Other Important Coverages for Winter Accidents

The following types of insurance coverage can be helpful in winter weather:

  • Roadside Assistance Insurance – Vehicle breakdowns and other issues are common during the winter. If your car gets stuck in the snow, your battery is drained by freezing temperatures or you experience any other issue, roadside assistance coverage will reimburse you for the costs associated with these problems.
  • Rental Reimbursement Insurance – It often takes time to get your vehicle repaired and back on the road. If you need a rental car for several weeks, it can become expensive. Rental reimbursement insurance will cover the costs of your rental car up to the limits of the coverage you purchase. This can save you a lot of money.

Accurate Auto Body Can Help after a Winter Car Accident

Accurate Auto Body provides comprehensive collision repair services to restore your vehicle to its pre-accident condition. Our Focus on You Service System™ has been created with your needs in mind in order to deliver the exceptional experience you deserve. As part of this system, you’ll receive:

  • Unparalleled levels of personalized attention
  • Detailed information educating you on all of your options
  • Guaranteed pricing
  • Guaranteed completion dates
  • Faster turnaround times
  • Quality repairs performed correctly the first time
  • Repair appointments that accommodate your schedule
  • Assistance with auto insurance claims

Schedule an Appointment

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Accurate Auto Body serves customers in Aurora and throughout the Denver metro area.

 

5 Factors to Consider When Getting an Auto Body Repair Estimate

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

auto body repair mechanic performing an estimateThe first step involved in repairing your vehicle after a car accident is to get an estimate from a body shop. This process can be overwhelming if you’re not certain how to navigate it. You’ll need to balance cost, quality and timing considerations when determining the right body shop to restore your vehicle to its proper condition. The following factors will help you evaluate the estimates you receive to ensure you understand your options before choosing a body shop.

Research Body Shops in Your Area

It’s always a good idea to get estimates from several different body shops. This allows you to compare quotes and ensures you have enough information to make the right decision. The goal should be to work with a body shop that performs quality work at a reasonable price. But how will you know which shops provide this value? You’ll need to do your research.

The following tips will help guide your research:

  • Ask friends and family members about their experiences working with body shops in your area. These word-of-mouth recommendations are often a useful place to start your research.
  • Read online reviews of local body shops to see what others have said about the quality of work they received.
  • Once you’ve identified a few body shops to consider, check the websites from reputable industry organizations such as Auto Alliance and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists to see if they can provide any additional information about these body shops.

Beware of Online Estimator Tools

While it might be tempting to use some of the online estimator tools available to get a sense of what your repairs should cost, you’re unlikely to gain any useful information from them. It’s important to understand that these tools are basing their rough estimates on information you provide. Unless you have expertise in the area of auto body repair, you most likely won’t be able to provide the accurate information necessary to get a decent estimate from these tools.

When looking at the damage to your vehicle, it may seem like most of the repairs will be relatively minor. However, there may be hidden damage that can’t be identified without a more thorough evaluation of the vehicle. The reverse may also be true: you may think the damage to your car is quite extensive, but modern technology may allow for simple repairs.

The only way to get an accurate estimate of the repairs you’ll need is to work with a trained professional who knows what to look for and what the proper parts will cost.

Don’t Let the Insurance Company Dictate the Repair Process

mechanic writes auto body repair estimateIt’s common for insurance companies to try and get you to work with their preferred auto body shop. In some instances, this may be fine. However, it’s important to understand that the insurance company’s goal is to minimize the amount of money they spend, not to ensure you receive the best quality work. As a result, many insurance-recommended body shops will use aftermarket (cheaper, lower quality) parts or cut corners in order to keep the price down and remain the insurance company’s preferred service provider.

You have the right to choose the body shop that performs your repairs. Don’t let the insurance company force you to use their desired shop. When negotiating with your insurance company, stand your ground and make sure they allow you to have final say on who works on your vehicle.

Don’t Base Your Decision Strictly on Price

After receiving several different estimates, you may find the costs vary greatly on each estimate. While it may be tempting to choose the body shop offering the lowest price, you may come to regret this decision after repairs are made. While cost is certainly a factor in your decision, quality should be prioritized over price.

A lower estimate may use cheaper parts that may be less durable and of lower quality. In addition, they may be more likely to do sloppy work (evaluating reviews for the body shop will help you determine if this is something to be concerned about). A higher estimate doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting ripped off. In some instances, you may find that you’ll receive better quality work from the body shop that charges a little more.

Research will be crucial to determining whether you’re sacrificing quality for a lower price. This will ensure you make a fully informed decision regarding who will deliver the best value on your repairs.

Important Information to Receive in Your Estimate

Most auto body shops will perform an estimate for free. The process usually takes around 30 minutes to complete. Always ask for a written, itemized estimate from the body shop. This should include:

  • A detailed assessment of all damage that needs to be repaired
  • Costs for materials and parts
  • Costs for labor (including estimated labor hours)

Accurate Auto Body Can Help

Accurate Auto Body provides high quality collision repair services at an affordable price. Over the past 25 years, we’ve developed a reputation as one of the top auto body shops in Aurora and Denver.

Our Focus on You Service System™ ensures your needs are met throughout every stage of the repair process. As part of this exclusive system, you’ll receive:

  • Unparalleled levels of personalized attention
  • Faster turnaround times
  • Guaranteed pricing
  • Comprehensive auto repair consulting to educate you about your options
  • Full auto insurance coordination
  • Repairs made around your schedule
  • Repair updates provided in your preferred method (phone, text, email, web)

We’re happy to perform a free repair estimate and discuss your options in detail. Please contact us today to schedule your estimate. Accurate Auto Body serves customers in Aurora and throughout the Denver metro area.

Uninsured Drivers and Vehicle Repair

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

uninsured auto body repairWhen you have been in the auto body repair business for as long as we have, you see a thing or two, as they say in the Farmer’s Insurance ads. Unfortunately, we all too often see our customers get into an auto collision where the other party does not have insurance. So, what happens when the other party is not carrying insurance, or it is a hit and run situation?

Understanding Auto Insurance

The first thing we need to take a look at is auto insurance itself. Fortunately, most drivers do carry insurance, so it is the law. However, enough people drive without insurance so some states require drivers to have uninsured motorist coverage. And, in most states, insurance companies are at least required to offer uninsured motorist coverage. As the name implies, uninsured motorist coverage helps protect you should you have a collision with an uninsured driver. Usually, uninsured coverage helps out more if you are injured and the other motorist, assuming they are at fault, has no insurance. In which case, your uninsured motorist policy can help pay for your injuries, as well as damages to your vehicle.

Collision Coverage

In most cases, if the other driver is at fault for the accident, but they have no insurance, your collision coverage will pay to repair your vehicle. However, it will not cover your injuries. So, if you are good and carry auto insurance, in most cases, you are covered for repair even if that other party has no insurance.

However, your insurance company will want to seek out payment somehow from the other party. This is why the insurance companies for both drivers like to sit down and determine which party is at fault. They can then weigh how much of their insurance will be allocated to the repair of your vehicle versus the other party’s insurance.

In the case where the other motorist is uninsured, while your coverage may cover the repair, you may later see an increase in premiums you pay for your coverage. That is why it is a good idea to go ahead and take advantage of uninsured motorist coverage, just in case.

Repairing your Vehicle Without Insurance

Sometimes you may choose, for varying reasons, not to repair your vehicle using your insurance. Perhaps you are afraid they will increase your premiums, or maybe you feel that the repair could be less than your deductible, so it is not worth it (however, collision repair is very unlikely to be less than the deductible). You may also choose to repair without insurance because the car was declared totaled, but you still want the vehicle repaired. In any of the cases above, most auto body shops will perform the repairs, but you will be the one paying. In which case, work closely with them on the estimate and truly understand the repair’s full nature. Also, understand that if you choose to repair a vehicle your insurance declared totaled and paid you the value of your car, you may not be able to insure that vehicle once repaired.

If you have a question about uninsured vehicle repairs and your options, give us a call at 303-344-2212. We are happy to help. And, if need be, take advantage of our free estimates.

Dent Repair After a Ski Weekend Fender Bender

Posted on: December 14th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

fender bender skiingIf you are lucky enough this year to secure a reservation to hit the slopes, you still need to pack your patience as you take on I-70 traffic. Even with fewer skiers hitting the road this year, there are still plenty of backups and slow conditions because, well, it’s Colorado, and the interstate can get covered with ice and snow. This combination of poor road conditions and traffic is often a recipe for fender benders. We say fender benders, as most collisions in snowy conditions are not as severe as many collisions we see at higher speeds in the city. So, sometimes these fender benders result in more dent repair than anything else.

You Got Into a Fender Bender – Now What?

Even if you think the collision is minor and a simple fender bender, you will still need to follow all the same practices as a typical collision. These practices include:

  1. Make sure you are OK, and no one is hurt
  2. Pull off to the side of the road
  3. Exchange insurance information with the other party
  4. Get names and contact information from any witnesses that may have stopped
  5. Please take pictures of your vehicle and theirs with your smartphone as a precaution
  6. If the vehicle is drivable and there are no injuries, get back on the road
  7. If the damage is more severe or there are injuries, wait for the State Patrol and other emergency responders for help

Get Your Dent Repair Estimate

As we mentioned earlier, many collisions are fender benders, and some may be little more than requiring dent repair – especially if you can drive your vehicle down the mountain and get safely home. Once you are home, call your insurance company and file a claim. Then, you can find a reputable auto body shop to get an estimate.

A reputable auto body shop will not just take your word for it that you “just have a dent” after a collision. Expect that a good shop will assess if there could be more structural or suspension damage lingering under the dent damage itself.

Hopefully, it is Just a Dent

After you and your insurance approve the estimate, your dent repair work can get scheduled. If you were in a collision and the dent is large, you can expect more of a traditional auto body repair process, including new paint and color matching. If the dent is smaller, such as with hail damage, the auto body shop can often implement paintless dent repair.

If you found yourself in a weekend fender bender while going or returning from the slopes, give us a call. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and get you scheduled for a free estimate. Call 303-344-2212 or fill out our free estimate form online.

Choosing a Collision Repair Shop: 5 Tips

Posted on: November 30th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

Over the lifetime of your car, the odds are very good that you will need a body shop. The average driver gets involved in a car accident every twelve years, so if you own a car for ten years, you’ll probably get in an accident with your car. Add in factors like hail—very common in Aurora—and other sources of damage to your car, and it’s virtually certain that you’re going to need a repair shop for this car.

Tip #1: Start Before You Need a Repair

We know that nobody wants to spend their free time doing the unfun work of choosing a collision repair shop, but trust us, it’s worth it. When you have a damaged car, you’re going to be harried and hurried, and not in the best state of mind to make a decision. You will be happy for any work you’ve done beforehand.

Obviously, you don’t have to make a final decision before you need the repair, but you can start collecting information. Listen to friends and family talk about their experiences and take notes. Even getting a short list of shops to consider will be tremendously helpful after an accident.

Tip #2: Visit the Shop

Choosing a Collision Repair Shop: 5 Tips

Choosing a Collision Repair Shop: 5 Tips

These days, you can do a lot of shopping online, but when it comes to a collision repair shop there’s no substitute for visiting in person. There are so many things you can tell about a shop that you can’t find out online.

Is the shop clean? Does it have modern equipment? The way cars are engineered these days, it can take specialized equipment to get repairs done right.

Do the people feel trustworthy? Talking to them in person and seeing how they interact with other customers will help you form an overall impression of the way the shop operates.

Visiting the shop will also give you an opportunity to look at awards and certifications that might not otherwise get mentioned.

Tip #3: Ask Smart Questions

When you visit a shop, make sure you’re not just talking to the desk staff. You should talk to some of the people who will actually be working on your car.

Ask not just how long the shop has been in business, but how long they’ve been handling your type of car, and how often they handle it, compared to other types. Ask if any of the techs have certification in handling your type of car or if they have other types of specialized training that might improve your results. For example, our technicians have received specialized training from Toyota and Honda, achieving I-Class Gold Certification, setting us apart from 90% of auto repair shops out there.

Don’t forget to ask about the shop’s policies. In particular, you want to know about what guarantees the shop offers. As part of our Focus on You Service System™, for example, we offer guaranteed pricing and a guaranteed completion date. Other guarantees are related to specific types of work done.

Tip #4: Get Multiple Quotes

The best way to protect yourself from being overcharged is getting multiple quotes for the work. You don’t want to necessarily go with the cheapest quote—and if one quote is much, much cheaper than the others, you might want to avoid it—but seeing what different shops charge will help you get the best value for your money.

We know this means committing yourself to multiple shop visits, but it’s worth it. Not only might you save thousands of dollars now, but you can protect the appearance and function of your car for years to come. That’s a major benefit.

Tip #5: Go with Your Gut

Don’t commit to getting repairs at a shop that you feel uncomfortable with, even if all the numbers look right. There are many factors you pick up on without explicitly thinking about them, and you have to trust your intuition when it’s telling you there’s something wrong, even if you can’t put your finger on what it is.

This decision is too expensive and too important to make until you feel completely comfortable with it. You have to be prepared to walk away and take your car someplace else. Only commit to a collision repair shop you have full confidence will give you the results you’re looking for.

Give Accurate Auto Body the Chance to Win Your Trust

We understand it’s a big decision: choosing someone to trust with your car. It’s a major part of your life and livelihood. But if you give us a chance, we are sure that you will see how we stand out from other shops in Aurora. You will be happy to put your car in our hands—and you’ll be glad you did when you get it back, on time, for the agreed price, with repairs done right the first time.

To learn why you should choose Accurate Auto Body for your car, please contact us today.

Colorado Traction Law: A Refresher

Posted on: November 23rd, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

With all the of the craziness of 2020, it would be understandable if you forgot about one of 2019’s big issues: a major update to Colorado’s Traction Law. However, it’s an important issue that you need to be aware of, because running afoul of it could not only put you at risk for getting stuck on the road or getting into an accident, it could land you with a hefty fine on top of your tow or repair bill.

The Law Covers All Passenger Vehicles on I-70

Colorado Traction Law: A Refresher

Colorado Traction Law: A Refresher

The most sweeping change signed into effect by Governor Jared Polis in 2019 was the expansion of the Traction Law to cover all passenger vehicles traveling on I-70 between Dotsero and Morrison from the beginning of September until the end of May.

In addition, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) can put the Traction Law into effect on any highway in the state at any time that conditions require it. In worse conditions, CDOT can implement the Chain Law, which requires all passenger vehicles to have chains or an AutoSock®.

How to Comply with the Traction Law

What does the Traction Law require? If you are on a highway where the traction law is in effect, your car must be equipped with at least one of the following:

  • 4WD or AWD and at least 3/16” tread depth on the tires
  • Tires with a mud and snow designation (M+S icon) and 3/16” tread depth
  • Winter tires (mountain-snowflake icon) and 3/16” tread depth
  • Tires with an all-weather rating by the manufacturer and 3/16” tread depth
  • Chains or an AutoSock®

The increase in tread depth to 3/16” was part of the 2019 update to the law. The best way to measure this is with a tire tread gauge.

You can also use a coin to measure it but be aware that most “handy guides” are for measuring 4/32” or 2/16” tread, the time you would normally want to replace your tires. This level of tread will not put you in compliance with the Traction Law. Instead of measuring with George Washington’s head on a quarter, turn it so that the words “In God We Trust” go in first. If you can see the “d” in “God,” you’re not in compliance. If you have a penny, use the back. On old pennies (with the Lincoln Memorial), the words “E Pluribus Unum” should be completely covered by your tread. For newer pennies (with the shield), the tread should touch the top of “E Pluribus Unum” to be in compliance.

The Penalties for Noncompliance

As with many automotive equipment laws in Colorado, violations of the Traction Law are enforced as secondary offenses. If you have a crash or cause traffic delays, you will be cited for violations of the Traction Law.

If you are caught driving without proper equipment, you could be fined more than $130. If you block the roadway because you don’t have proper equipment, the fine could be in excess of $650.

Were You in an Accident?

Whether or not you were complying with the Traction Law, accidents happen in wintry weather. If so, you want to get your car back on the road for a guaranteed price and at a guaranteed time. Our Focus on You Service System™ means you get a guaranteed quote and a guaranteed completion date. Since we work around your schedule, you can get your repairs completed with a minimum disruption to your routine and your budget.

To learn more about our unique approach to auto body repair, please contact Accurate Auto Repair today.

How Do I Prepare My Car for Winter Driving?

Posted on: October 26th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments
How Do I Prepare My Car for Winter Driving?

How Do I Prepare My Car for Winter Driving?

As we approach November, we’re starting to see a transition to winter weather in Colorado. This serves as a great reminder that it’s time to start preparing your car for winter driving. The harsh weather and hazardous road conditions make it critical that you prepare your vehicle for optimal cold weather performance. Often, these actions can help reduce your risk of a car accident.

The following tips will help ensure your vehicle is ready for winter. If you have any questions about the steps that need to be taken, the team at Accurate Auto Body is here to help.

Winter Tire Prep

Your tires are an important piece of equipment, especially during cold, snowy weather. Make sure to take the following steps to ensure your tires are ready for winter:

  • Switch to snow tires – Whether you drive into the mountains or stay local around Denver, transitioning to snow tires is one of the most important things to do before winter driving. Snow tires have deeper tread than other tires, improving their performance in snow. In addition, snow tires use a type of rubber that won’t become hard and brittle when temperatures drop below freezing. This will provide improved grip on cold roads.
  • Inspect your tire tread – It’s important to make sure your tires have adequate tread for winter driving. You can check your tire tread by placing a penny in the groove of your tire. If you can still see more than the top of Lincoln’s head, you need to replace your tires.
  • Check your tire pressure – In general, your tires will lose 1 psi for every ten-degree drop in temperature. Therefore, it’s crucial to test the air pressure as the weather gets colder since underinflated tires can result in poor performance on winter roads. Check your owner’s manual to find out the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle.

Bring Your Car to the Mechanic for a Checkup

Schedule an appointment with your mechanic to make sure the following items are functioning properly:

  • Battery – Battery performance is impacted by cold weather. Your mechanic will make sure it’s holding a proper charge, and he can remove any corrosion from the connections.
  • Brakes – Properly functioning brakes are critical during winter driving conditions. Always make sure your brakes don’t need to be replaced before the snow starts falling.
  • Coolant – Make sure the level, concentration and condition of your coolant is checked. During winter months, it’s best to use a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water.
  • Heating system – In addition to keeping you warm and comfortable on a cold day, your heating system will ensure your defroster works properly. This is crucial for driving safely during a winter storm.

Check Your Windshield Wiper System

The start of winter is generally a good time to give your windshield wiper system a refresh:

  • Replace old, worn down wiper blades with a new pair. Consider purchasing winter blades that will more effectively remove built-up snow and ice.
  • Refill your windshield wiper fluid. Use a cold-weather formula that won’t freeze as it hits your windshield.
  • Make sure you have a backup jug of wiper fluid in your car in case you run out during a snow storm.
  • Check the spray nozzles to make sure they’re not blocked. If necessary, you can clear blocked wiper spray nozzles with a pin or needle.

Check Your Lights

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Visibility is often poor during the winter months due to shorter periods of daylight and the frequency of snow storms. As a result, it’s crucial that your lights are working properly so that you can see when visibility conditions are poor.

Start your vehicle and turn on all the lights, including your hazard lights. Walk around the vehicle to make sure they’re all working properly. If any lights are burned out, pick up a replacement at your local auto body parts store. Head and tail lights are easy to replace yourself, but the staff at the auto parts store will often assist you if you’re unsure of how to perform this task.

Pack a Winter Supply Kit

Breakdowns and car accidents are a common occurrence in winter months. In addition, you’re more likely to be stopped on the highway for extended periods of time due to storm and accident closures. It’s important to have the right supplies in your vehicle to ensure you stay safe if you get stranded on the highway:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Road flares
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone charger
  • Blankets
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Small bag of sand or kitty litter for extra traction on slippery conditions
  • Extra gloves and hat
  • Small snow shovel
  • Tire chains
  • Jumper cables

Accurate Auto Body Can Help

While these preventive measures are important, accidents do happen on occasion. If you’re involved in a car accident this winter, Accurate Auto Body can help. We offer a wide range of collision repair services to restore the appearance and function of your vehicle.

Accurate Auto Body is the only body shop in the Denver and Aurora area with an exclusive Focus on You Service System™ dedicated to making sure your needs are always placed first. This approach ensures that you’ll always:

  • Be treated with the highest levels of respect during every step of the repair process
  • Feel comfortable whenever you visit our shop
  • Receive guaranteed pricing to avoid surprises during later stages of the process
  • Receive guaranteed completion dates so that you can plan accordingly
  • Be informed of all your options and have all questions answered in a courteous, professional manner
  • Receive faster turnaround times to reduce the hassles associated with vehicle repairs
  • Have your vehicle fixed properly the first time
  • Have your schedule accommodated when arranging for repairs
  • Receive assistance with the insurance claims process to ensure it’s handled properly

Please contact us today to get a repair estimate. Accurate Auto Body serves individuals in Aurora, Denver and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

When Should I Transition to Snow Tires?

Posted on: October 21st, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

October in Colorado is a time of transition for the weather, and we’re starting to see the temperature consistently drop each week. As the cold weather approaches, it serves as a reminder that you should start thinking about putting on your snow tires.

In general, you should switch to snow tires once the temperature consistently remains below 45 degrees. The time of day you typically drive may impact how soon you should consider changing tires. While the temperature regularly rises above 50 degrees during the day in mid-October, it is generally much colder in the morning and at night. If your primary drive time is during a commute, it’s likely that temperatures are below 45 degrees when you’re on the road.

There are several other factors to consider which make right now an ideal time to put on your snow tires:

  • Early season snow – October snow storms are fairly common in Colorado. Car accidents often occur more frequently during these early storms since many people don’t have the proper traction of snow tires yet and it has been awhile since they’ve driven in winter conditions. Getting ahead of the curve with transitioning to snow tires can give you the traction you need to avoid an accident while others are sliding around the road during these early season snow storms.
  • Avoid the busy rush – If you plan on having your local tire shop switch your tires for you, it’s important to plan ahead. Tire shops are already starting to experience an uptick in business due to customers transitioning to snow tires. If you wait too long to schedule an appointment, it may take several weeks before they are able to help. While we haven’t had any snow yet, it’s likely that we’ll see a storm or two over the next few weeks and it’s best to be prepared when the snow arrives.

Why Should I Switch to Snow Tires?

When Should I Transition to Snow Tires?

When Should I Transition to Snow Tires?

You may be wondering why it’s important to switch to snow tires, especially if you have an all-wheel drive vehicle with highly rated all-weather tires. While all-weather tires provide a well-rounded product that can be used year-round, they aren’t ideal for cold temperatures and snowy conditions. The decreased performance experienced during cold weather will significantly increase your risk of an accident. This is true whether you head to the mountains all winter or stay local.

The term “snow tires” is actually a bit of a misnomer. A more correct way to describe them would be to use the term “winter tires” because they are specifically designed to perform well throughout all cold conditions, regardless of whether there is snow on the ground:

  • Winter tires use different rubber compounds which don’t harden with freezing temperatures. This provides greater flexibility and grip on a cold road.
  • Winter tires have deeper treads and more prevalent siping (thin horizontal slits along the tread). This helps them dig into snowy, icy conditions more effectively.

In addition, you’ll experience the following benefits from snow tires:

  • Better braking – The rubber on all-weather tires becomes hard and brittle once it freezes, and this will increase the likelihood of skidding. Snow tires will stay softer, allowing them to respond better in the event that you’re forced to stop unexpectedly.
  • Reduced hydroplaning – It’s common for surface ice to melt as tires roll over the pavement. This can create a layer of water on top of the ice which causes vehicles to hydroplane. The grooves in winter tires help push this surface water to the side to reduce hydroplaning.
  • Greater maneuverability – The deep tread and improved siping provides better traction, making it easier to maneuver your vehicle through snowy conditions. This is especially crucial when driving through the mountains during a winter storm.

Accurate Auto Body Can Help

Snow tires are an essential purchase for Colorado drivers, and they can significantly reduce your risk of a car accident during the winter months. That being said, accidents still happen to experienced drivers who use the proper tires. If you end up in an accident this winter, Accurate Auto Body can help.

We offer comprehensive auto body shop services to repair any issue you may have following a collision. We’re equipped to work with your insurance company in order to facilitate a smooth claims process. Our team can also help if you’re not filing an insurance claim, and we’ll work with you to ensure your repairs fit into your budget.

When you work with Accurate Auto Body, you’ll benefit from our Focus On You Service System™ which ensures you’ll always:

  • Be treated with the highest levels of respect
  • Feel comfortable in our warm and welcoming environment
  • Receive guaranteed pricing
  • Receive guaranteed completion dates
  • Be made aware of all your options
  • Experience faster turnaround times
  • Have your vehicle fixed right the first time
  • Be able to have repairs performed around your schedule
  • Receive assistance with the insurance claims process

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Accurate Auto Body serves customers in Aurora, Denver and the surrounding areas of Colorado.