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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.

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.

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.

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 2 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

5 Factors to Consider When Getting an 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.

Choosing a Collision Repair Shop: 5 Tips

Posted on: November 30th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 15 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.

7 Tips for Maintaining Your Car When You’re Not Driving It Much

Posted on: September 4th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to our lives. One unexpected impact has been a reduction in driving. Many people have traded their daily commute for remote working and Zoom meetings, and many leisure activities are currently on hold as we figure out how to safely reopen businesses. This has caused many vehicles to sit idly in driveways for extended periods of time.

It’s important to understand that your car still requires maintenance, even when you’re not driving it often. Otherwise, you may develop expensive issues down the road. The following tips will help you keep your vehicle in good shape while you’re driving less frequently.

Avoid Flat Spots on Tires

Over time, your tires will gradually lose air pressure. When the vehicle stays in one place for too long, this can result in the development of flat spots on the region where the rubber touches the road. These flat spots can develop within a month of the car not moving.

Unfortunately, flat spots may result in a need to replace the tires faster than usual. To avoid this issue, check your tires regularly to make sure they’re properly inflated. If you’re not driving at all, move the vehicle forward and backward periodically to change the part of the tire touching the road. This will help you avoid flat spots.

Adjust Your Oil Change Schedule

7 Tips for Maintaining Your Car When You’re Not Driving It MuchWhen you drive on a regular basis, oil changes are scheduled based on mileage intervals. If you’re not using your vehicle, this will result in a very long time period between oil changes. Condensation and temperature fluctuations can cause the oil to deteriorate over time. To avoid this, you may want to consider switching to a time-based oil change interval. Check your owner’s manual for the maximum amount of time your vehicle should go without an oil change. Make sure you change the oil before this time period elapses, even if you haven’t driven the mileage necessary to typically require an oil change.

Keep Your Battery Charged

Your battery will slowly discharge over time when you don’t use your car. You may find that if you try to start the vehicle for the first time in several months, the battery may be dead. There are two ways to avoid this problem:

  • Start and drive the car at least once a week – You don’t have to drive the car for very long. A short trip to and from the grocery store will be sufficient to keep your battery charged.
  • Use a trickle charger – If you’re not able to go for a short drive periodically, a trickle charger is a great way to keep your battery from draining. This device connects to your battery’s terminals and can be plugged into a standard wall socket to generate the charge necessary for your battery to function properly.

Keep Vehicle Parts Properly Lubricated

When your car sits idly without being used:

  • Oil settles
  • Fluids separate
  • Seals begin to dry out

This can result in serious problems with many of the mechanical parts in the vehicle. If the engine, transmission and brakes don’t stay properly lubricated, you may face costly replacements once you start using your car again.

To avoid this issue, make sure to take the car for a short drive at least once a week. This simple action can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

Top Off Your Gas Tank

If you know you won’t be driving for an extended period of time, make sure to fill up with gas before letting your car sit. This will reduce condensation inside the gas tank. You may also want to consider using fuel stabilizer to prevent the gas from degrading over time.

Pay Attention to Where You Park

If possible, try to avoid parking under a tree for extended periods of time. If you must park under a tree, make sure it doesn’t drip sap. Sap will wreak havoc on your paint job. In addition, birds tend to congregate in trees, and bird poop can damage your car’s exterior in a short period of time.

Use a Car Cover

Your car can sustain more exterior cosmetic damage than you would expect when it doesn’t move. Accidental scrapes, UV damage, abrasive dust, sap from trees, bird poop and harsh weather elements can have a devastating impact on your vehicle. A car cover is an inexpensive way to prevent this damage to your car.

Accurate Auto Body Can Help Restore External Vehicle Damage

If your car has suffered external damage from sitting around during the pandemic, Accurate Auto Body can help. Over the past 30 years, we’ve developed a reputation as one of the top auto body shops in the Denver area. At Accurate Auto Body, we’re committed to delivering the exceptional service you deserve. You’ll benefit from our exclusive Focus on You Service System™, which provides you with:

  • Unparalleled levels of personal attention
  • Faster turn-around times
  • Auto repair consulting to ensure you’re properly informed about your options
  • Guaranteed pricing and delivery dates
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Repair update options to address your unique preferences (phone, text, email, web)
  • Full auto insurance coordination

Please contact us to get a free repair estimate. We serve customers in Denver, Aurora and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

Car Paint Protection in Summer Heat

Posted on: July 8th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

car paint protectionThere are many benefits to living in the Mile High city, but the effect of the sun on vehicle paint is not one of them. If you’re looking for ways to protect your vehicle’s paint in the summer heat, there are a few things you can do.  And, if all else fails and you need shiny new car paint and refinishing, we can help!

Limit Sun Exposure  

Like most things, when continually exposed to sunlight, your vehicle’s paint will start to fade. This takes quite a bit of sun exposure, but one way to protect your paint in the summer heat is to keep direct sun exposure to a minimum. Park in your garage whenever possible and look for spots in the parking lots or on trees that offer some shade coverage. Not only does it make a difference in the comfort of your vehicle’s interior when you get back in, but it also shields your paint from unnecessary sun damage.  

 Wax  

Believe it or not, a coat of fresh wax can protect your paint from the sun, too. You can apply this yourself or have it applied at a full-service carwash location. Waxing your vehicle just adds another layer of protection between your vehicle and the harmful UV rays of the bright Colorado summer sun.  

Regular Car Paint Maintenance  

Regular maintenance is important for your vehicle year-round for a number of reasons, but as part of a regular checkup, your technician may recognize signs of wear and tear that you missed. Early awareness of potential paint peeling or fading due to sun and extreme heat exposure can help you reverse the damage and prevent any further damage as well.  

Paint Protection Coats  

If you want to add even more protection, there are paint protective coats that can be applied in order to add more protection than a simple wax or limited sun exposure. If getting out there and spending long periods of time on the road is just part of your life, this might be the best choice for you. These protective paint coatings should be applied by a professional and are likely available at your local auto body repair shop 

 Let’s face it, the elements can take a toll on your vehicle over time. Whether you’re worried about springtime hail, debris, and tree branches from those unexpected summer afternoon storms, or the heat of the summer sun, there are always extra steps you can take to keep your vehicle protected. After all, paint integrity is one of the things that protects the other parts of your car from wear and tear, so wanting to keep that paint coat as perfect as possible for as long as possible makes sense on more than just an aesthetic level. If you’re curious about a professionally-applied protection coat for your paint, give us a call at 303-344-2212 or schedule a free estimate.

Summer Car Maintenance – Key Things to Check in the Summer

Posted on: June 29th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

summer car maintenance

Even though many of us are driving less often these days, maintaining your car’s health in the summer is as important as ever. After all, the last thing you need is a breakdown when you finally get to take that road trip into the mountains after quarantining all these months. So what should you pay attention to this time of year? As your Denver auto body shop, here are a few things to consider.  

Coolant  

Coolant is important for your engine year-round, but obviously the necessity of ensuring the right coolant levels is more important in the summer. Because you’re dealing with hotter temperatures and instances where your car may have to be left out in the sun for long periods of time, your engine needs the assistance of well-maintained coolant levels to cool down properly and avoid overheating.  

A/C Status  

Just like your engine needs to be able to avoid overheating, so do you. Maintaining comfortable driving environments is important for your health as well as the health of your car. Make sure your air conditioning system is in proper working order and if it’s not, consider getting an appointment with your local repair shop as soon as possible.   

Battery Health  

Your car’s battery should always be in as good of condition as possible, but during the summer it’s especially important. Because summer heat can wreak havoc on battery conditions if your battery is already struggling, getting a “wellness check” done on your vehicle with your regular oil change during the summer is incredibly important. After all, your vehicle doesn’t do you a whole lot of good without a working battery.  

Tire Inflation  

Just like winter temperatures can cause problems with your tire’s air levels, the summer can, too. Not only are there often more sharp objects and debris on the roads during the summer that might cause a puncture in your tire, but the heat itself can cause your tires’ air levels to fluctuate. Driving on under-inflated tires in the summer is especially dangerous because it increases the likelihood of your tires overheating, and paired with the high temperatures, puts you at a much greater risk for a tire blowout. Keep in mind that tires usually lose about one pound of pressure over the course of a month from normal seepage, and aim to check on your tires’ air levels at least monthly.  

All Fluids 

Ensuring your coolant levels are appropriate in the summer is critical, but so is ensuring all fluid levels in your vehicle are topped off and ready to roll. Almost all the fluids present in your vehicle’s engine system serve as a minor coolant for your engine, so letting any one of these go too low could result in engine damage or overheating.  

Keeping things cool (outside and in), and maintaining proper tire health are your two main needs for summer vehicle maintenance, but just as with all the other regular maintenance needs (filter replacement, oil change, etc), keeping an eye on the overall health of your vehicle and the systems that help it run smoothly is as important now as ever. 

As always, if you are out and about and should have a need for auto body repair, please do give us a call or schedule your free estimate.