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5 Factors to Consider When Getting an Auto Body Repair Estimate

Posted on: January 21st, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 12 Comments

auto body repair mechanic performing an estimate The 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 Estimate It’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 23 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 1 Comment

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 Much When 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 protection There 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.  


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 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.

Best Wipers to Survive Colorado’s Rainy Season

Posted on: June 1st, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

Windshield wipers are one of those vehicle features that either make your life much easier or make it incredibly difficult. Your windshield needs to be clear in order for you to see the road ahead of you, and that’s pretty critical to driving safely. If you’ve ever had a pair of bad wiper blades before, you know how quickly that can muck up your line of sight (which can lead to the need for auto body repair). So, as we head into Colorado’s rainy season, we wanted to look at a few places for consideration when it’s time to replace your wipers. 

Beam Blade vs Bracket Type 

Beam blade and bracket-type wipers are the two main categories of wipers you’ll find on the market. Bracket types are often a bit cheaper, but because the wipers are attached to a metal frame, the way they wipe your windshield can get far less effective when exposed to snow and icy conditions. This is less of a consideration for the rainy season, but a beam blade wiper typically has a better ability to adhere to the curvature of your windshield, making it more effective in most cases. 

Pay Attention to Fit 

Even the “best” wipers on the market aren’t going to do a darn thing for your vehicle if they aren’t the right size for your make and model. Pay attention to fit when buying new wipers so you can ensure a clear and full field of vision no matter what the weather. If you’re not sure what fit to look for, a quick Google search of “your make and model + windshield wiper size” ought to do the trick. 

You Don’t Need Fancy Features 

There are a number of wipers out there that offer a host of new and innovative features, but we like to make it clear that those are simply added perks that you can choose if you want. However, you don’t need them to have effective wipers that keep your windshield clear against even harsh weather. However, if you’re hankering for some heated wipers to make your winter days easier, well, we can’t say we blame you. 

Consider Wiper Lifespan 

When looking at your options, remember that your wiper blades should last you a decent amount of time. Check on any warranty options and search around to see what the average span of a windshield wiper’s life is. You don’t want to buy the perfect wipers for the rainy season while forgetting that they will also need to perform in the winter, or vice versa. 

At the end of the day, the best wipers for your vehicle are going to be ones that fit well and have the features you desire. Their number one job is keeping your line of sight clear of water and snow during inclement weather – keeping you safe. If, however, you find yourself needing a Denver auto body shop, please reach out to us for a free estimate. 

Car Sanitation Tips – Beat COVID

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

COVID Car Cleaning Tips

We’re living in a whole new world these days, and as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact our communities all across the nation, it’s important to do as much as we can to keep ourselves and our environments safe and clean. Even though many of us are driving less and staying home more these days, our vehicles are still an essential part of our lives, and therefore should also be an important part of our COVID prevention plans. If you’re not sure how to keep your vehicle as safe as possible, our collision repair experts have a few tips to consider. In fact, when we return a car from auto body repair, we thoroughly sanitize it following many of these same protocols and more.

Sanitize Your Interior

Sanitizing the interior of your vehicle might seem like a daunting task, but it’s an excellent place to start. If you’re unsure of which cleaning agents to use, based on the interior fabric of your vehicle, do a little research. For most of the cars, isopropyl alcohol is a safe disinfectant to use. If you have a leather interior, warm soap and water should do the trick, and for all surfaces on your vehicle we recommend using a microfiber cloth. It does a phenomenal job at trapping dust, dirt, and other microbial agents without the fear of scratching anything in your vehicle. We also suggest wearing gloves the first time you perform this interior sanitizing.

Don’t Overdo it With Water

If you have a cloth interior, your cleaning protocols will look a little different. On top of sanitizing your interior with the proper cleaning agents, you want to make sure you don’t use too much water. With a cloth interior, you run the risk of the water seeping through to the cushion beneath. This can not only promote mold growth, but in the event of a super-soak, can also potentially damage some of the electrical components within the seat as well.

Prioritize Cleaning

When you’re sanitizing your vehicle’s interior, we recommend starting with and focusing the bulk of your attention on those high touch areas such as the steering wheel, the gear shifter, the knobs and dials, the air conditioning vents, door handles, etc. Wherever people most come into contact with your vehicle, these should be priority number one. Then, work your way through the rest of the fixtures and components of your vehicle’s interior until you’ve cleaned it all.

Know Your Risk

How often you repeat the interior sanitizing process will depend on a few factors for you, individually. First, how many people are in your vehicle? Ideally, the answer is no one you aren’t already quarantining with, but for families with shared cars, it may very well be more than just yourself. If you aren’t sick, and you don’t believe you’ve had anyone sick in your vehicle, this doesn’t exactly need to become a weekly priority or anything. However, the more you’re out there, running essential errands or driving back and forth to your essential job, the more people you’re coming into contact with, and the more likely it is that you may come into contact with the virus as well. Understanding you and your family’s risk factors will help you determine how frequently you feel comfortable performing this preventative measure.

Follow Personal Protocols

Once you’ve sanitized the interior of your vehicle, the best way to keep it clean is to follow all the personal protocols suggested by your local and state governments. Wash your hands before driving anywhere, and rewash them when you return home. Wear your mask in public and only leave your home for essential errands and appointments. We know things feel a little strange right now, and you might be going a little stir crazy, but the health of our communities outweighs the inconvenience. Wherever possible, we urge everyone to continue doing their part to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In the meantime, keep your vehicle clean and stay safe!

How Often Should I Wash My Car?

Posted on: February 26th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 1 Comment

how often to wash car Our auto body repair experts get this question all the time, but there isn’t a hard and fast rule to answer it. There are a number of things to consider, including environmental factors and personal driving habits. If you’re not sure what to consider when setting a carwash schedule, factor in the things we discuss in this article.

Paint Protection

Car washing is often about aesthetics, but it’s also about keeping your car in the best condition possible for as long as possible. While chips, wear and tear, or dulling of your vehicle’s paint might not seem like more than a cosmetic thing, that’s not always true. All of those things can contribute to the weakening of your vehicle’s exterior and may indicate larger problems on the horizon – like rust. The car paint does more than just make it look pretty – it helps protect and maintain, too.

Salt Buildup

This time of year, when the weather gets snowy and the roads get salty, buildup is one of the main concerns that brings this question about time and time again. Yes, the salt buildup can cause premature rusting on your vehicle. This means that yes, you should wash it more frequently in the winter when the weather gets bad, but it’s not an immediate or critical danger. It takes a lot of salt sitting on your vehicle for a long time to cause irrevocable damage. If you have a regular car washing routine in place, that should be sufficient enough to keep up with the salt buildup around the Front Range. Adding in an extra wash or two when the snow melts between storms isn’t the worst idea.

Facing the Elements

Snow and the salt that keeps us safe in winter weather aren’t the only things that can cause premature wear and tear to your vehicle. All year round, your vehicle faces the elements when you drive. Bright, hot sun, rain, mud, dirt, dust, rocks. It all impacts your vehicle. Understanding the impact that these elements have on your vehicle’s exterior can help you set the proper car washing cadence for your vehicle and situation. For example, if you work at home and only go out on the weekends, you’re less likely to need a car wash as often as someone who commutes an hour both ways daily and ventures out into the mountains on their off-days.

Like we said at the beginning, there isn’t a hard and fast must-follow rule when it comes to washing your car. However, we encourage owners to treat it like any other part of regular vehicle maintenance. Set a schedule and stick to it. Add “emergency” washes when you need to and conserve when you don’t. If you want a rule of thumb to follow, every two weeks would be ideal with daily usage. Keeping your vehicle clean and free of dust, debris, salt, and more extend its life and its peak performance years. As long as you’re regularly washing it, you should be good.

Best Times to Get More for Your Trade

Posted on: December 18th, 2019 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

trade in car As you look toward 2020, it’s the time of year when people are painting themselves a picture of what the new year will hold for them, who they’ll be at the end of it. If your picture for next year includes you in a new car, you’re probably already doing some research about trading your old one in. You’ll find a plethora of information about what needs to be in order before you trade in your vehicle, but what about when you should plan to trade it in? Are there certain times of the year where you can make more for your trade-in than others? Do you need to act fast or should wait a little while? Here are some things to consider before you rush your vehicle to the nearest dealership to trade it in.

After You’ve Done Your Research

The best time to trade your vehicle in, really, is when it’s not dire. When you don’t need to. This gives you the time you need to do some research, to figure out what you’re looking for and what you’ll need to get there. It also allows you to understand what you can expect to get for your vehicle, and if there are any ways for you to increase the value of your vehicle before you turn it in.

Not Right Now

We’re about to hit the heart of winter, and unfortunately, that means you’re not likely to get top dollar for your trade-in this time of year. Spring and summer are better choices for many reasons. At the end of the year, in the throes of the holiday season, people are stressed, budgets are tight, and Black Friday purchases take out a large chunk of the discretionary income that might have gone to vehicle purchases in the first place. In the spring and summer, the market is higher, people are enjoying driving more, and are often in a better place financially to consider a purchase like this.

Before the Next Model Year

There’s a lot of value in selling your vehicle before it’s another model year old. A 2018 vehicle sells a lot better before the 2019 models are out. That stands true for vehicles further removed from their “new” status, too. Potential buyers take the model year into consideration for a number of reasons. They may be looking for a newer technological feature, they may be looking for something more easily serviced, or they may only want a vehicle with a certain number of years under its belt. If you’re looking to sell your vehicle in the next year, make sure you’re aware of when your manufacturer puts out their new model years and try to trade it in before that happens.

When Market Value Is High

This one is tricky and variable, but there are a number of market value calculators out there that can help you get a better idea of where your vehicle stands. Market value is regularly fluctuating and shifting, so it’s a good idea to check it frequently as you do your research and start your decision-making process.

Trading in your vehicle for a new ride is always an exciting prospect, but you should get the best value possible when you do. Use this information to help make your trade in day a pleasant surprise instead of receiving a disappointing offer.

Insurance Savings Tips With Teens

Posted on: October 24th, 2019 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

insurance saving tips Sure, the idea of keeping your kids off the road forever might be a good one, but we all know that doesn’t work forever. So what do you do when your teen is ready to get behind the wheel and you’re crunching the numbers for what it might do to your insurance bill? Adding a teenaged driver to your family’s insurance policy can spike your rates upwards of 80% sometimes. But it doesn’t have to be such a steep increase. With a little creative thinking and some inquiries into your current insurance company (and other companies, too), you can face a much more reasonable increase. Give these things a shot and see how you shake out.

Driver’s Ed Matters

Half the reason rates increase so sharply when you add a teen onto your policy is because of the lack of experience. If your teen is taking (and passes) Driver’s Ed, there are discounts available. Completing a Driver’s Ed course proves to your insurance company that they have taken the time to not only learn, on paper, the rules of the road, but have had some time to practice them under a supervised eye, too.

Check that Report Card

That “Stay in School” slogan is good for more than just getting your kids through high school and into college. And those good grades on their report card might be worth more than a better shot at scholarships, too. Many insurance agencies offer discounts for good grades that can help lower the impact of adding your teen to your family’s policy, too.

Ask About Discount Programs

Though new drivers are unlikely to be eligible for many discounts that are available to drivers who have been on the road for awhile, they may be eligible to take part in smart driving discount programs that operate based off of a device plugged into your vehicle for 30-90 days. These programs aren’t always the best bet, but if your teen driver follows the rules of the road and doesn’t have a lead-foot problem, you could save big. Because these programs work based off data collected by the vehicles and not a rate assigned due to age, it’s your teen’s chance to shine.

Accept the Inevitable

No matter how careful your teen is on the road, you’re still likely to deal with the follies of an inexperienced driver. Saving as much money as you can is great, but there’s still a 50% chance that your teen will be one of the half that are involved in a car crash before they graduate high school. Sometimes knowing that this is a possibility (and maybe even an inevitability) can help take the pressure off you and your kid. Mistakes happen, and as long as you have insurance that can keep you covered when they do, you should be good to go.

Putting a new driver on the road is a nerve-wracking experience. It’s exciting and terrifying. Lessen the fear by knowing that even if your teen does find themselves in an accident, the team at Accurate Auto Body is here for your auto body repair to help you get back on your feet and back on the road as fast as possible.