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Why Summer Driving is Dangerous

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Denver No Comments

summer driving dangersSummer Driving Dangers

The dangers of driving in the winter are obvious and easy to spot, but did you know that driving in the summer can be even more dangerous? It’s true, though the reasons may not immediately be obvious. Icy streets and the prospect of breaking down in below-freezing temperatures is enough to frighten most drivers, but the deadliest months for being on the road are actually July and August. Don’t believe us? Consider these summer driving dangers when planning your next summertime road trip.

Tire Blowouts

Heat can do a number on your tires, and if you aren’t careful about ensuring the tread is acceptable and the air is filled to proper levels, you are much more likely to face the negative effects of a tire blowout. Depending on when and where the blowout happens, you could be putting yourself and other drivers in some serious danger.

Increased Road Congestion

Summer is roadtrip season, and that means a lot more cars are on the road. Even when it’s not prime travel season, weekend trips and day treks to fun new trails and destinations are much more frequent on people’s agenda than they were in the winter. With more vehicles on the road, it makes sense that the chance of something going wrong would be on the rise as well. Unfortunately, distracted driving is still very much an issue. So many drivers still have their phones in hand and their eyes not on the road the way they ought to be. The key here is to stay vigilant. You can’t account for every other driver on the road, but you can make sure to stay alert and focused to help you react to potential issues more quickly and potentially avoid a devastating crash or pileup.

Teens on the Road

School’s out for the summer and that means there are more teens on the road than during any other time of year. Not all teens have a bad driving record, but it’s worth being aware of. Teens, on average, have far less driving experience than their adult counterparts, and less experience means a greater chance for something to go wrong. Add in the fact that today’s teens have often grown up with screens and cell phones in their hands almost constantly and you have a potential recipe for disaster.

Excess Heat

The sun beating down and the temperatures rising up may not seem like quite as big a deal inside a car with air conditioning and climate control, but the sunlight beaming through those windows and the sky-high temps during the dog days of summer can still cause problems for drivers, especially on long trips. If you’re going to be on the road for more than an hour, make sure you have water on hand to stay hydrated. Dehydration on long trips can lead to highway hypnosis and increased drowsiness, both of which are extremely dangerous when left unattended.

Summer, just like any other time of year, comes with its own set of dangers on the road. Being aware of what the big things to look out for are and keeping them in mind when you’re behind the wheel are important steps of being a responsible driver and keeping your vehicle working its best for longer. If you find yourself in a crash at the hand of any of these dangers, call the trusted team at Accurate Auto Body for collision repair and we’ll get you back on the road quickly without compromising quality of work.

Must Haves in Every Trunk

Posted on: May 30th, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

Accurate Auto Body Shop Denver 684132780What Should Be In Your Car

Being prepared for roadside mishaps or vehicle malfunctions is about more than having the tools necessary to survive in bad weather. It’s about being prepared all the time. As your auto body repair experts, we know that no matter how reliable your vehicle may be, there is always the chance that something out of your control happens when you least expect it. If you can’t anticipate the issues, you can at least feel confident that whatever may come, you’re ready to handle it without missing a beat. All vehicle owners should have a kit of necessary tools and supplies in their trunk or back seat at all times, but if you’re not sure what that kit should include, here are the essentials we recommend.

Jumper Cables

There’s a good reason this is number one on the list – jumper cables can mean the difference between you getting home safely or needing to call and wait for a tow truck. We suggest having a self-starting jumper cable kit so you don’t need another car there to help you out, but if that’s not doable, having at least a set of the cables themselves can be a total lifesaver in an unexpected non-starter situation.

First Aid Kit

This is just good sense. Whether you’re an adventurer taking your vehicle on endless excursions to risky places, spending your weekends hiking in the Rocky Mountains where hazards may trip you up or surprise you on your path, or you’re busy taking the kids to various sports and after-school activities all year round, a first aid kit just makes sense. Having one in the back of your car means you’re prepared for any on-the-go injuries that may occur.

Hazard Triangles/Flares

When your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, or even worse – on a busy road, you need to have the supplies necessary to keep you, and your vehicle safe and seen. Hazard triangles and flares will make this easy in either situation. Flares can help you find help when you’re in the dark or off the beaten path, whereas hazard triangles will allow you to set up a perimeter around your vehicle and alert oncoming traffic to the fact that something is abnormal up ahead. These two things can, quite literally, save lives on the road by keeping you and the vehicles around you safe and informed.

Tire Jack and Spare Tire

Flat tires, popped tires, tires leaking air too quickly to be sustainable. Those four wheels are what keep you rolling on down the road safely, and when something goes awry with them you need to be fully prepared to handle it. Having a tire jack and your spare tire handy are must-haves for every vehicle owner. Understanding how to operate the tire jack and change out your tire is also an important part of this item on the list. If you have the equipment but can’t do anything with it when the time comes, you may as well not have it in your trunk at all. Do a little research on how to change a tire and put a spare on – then do some test runs when you’re safely at your destination or in your own garage to ensure you become a tire-changing master should the in-the-field scenario ever pop up.


If you’re stuck in the dark, you’re going to need to see. And sure, your phone might have a flashlight, but do you really want that thing running out of battery quickly? Having spare flashlights and batteries in your trunk will make it much easier to see not only your surroundings but also what’s going on under the hood if you’re stranded in the dark.

Food and Blankets

Sometimes, the worst case scenario happens. It may be rare, but it does happen – you wind up stranded somewhere where it could take hours, maybe even days before someone finds you. If that should ever happen to you, you’ll be glad you had food and blankets in the trunk to keep you warm, nourished, and safe while you waited for help. Always keep your stock of snacks and food refreshed and filled, and consider adding a change of clothes to your blanket pile.

Being prepared for the worst lessens the blow when any version of it occurs, and while we hope that you never wind up in a situation where you have to use the kit in your trunk, you’ll be glad it’s all in there if and when you do. What are some of your trunk must-haves?

Staying Alert on Road Trips

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Denver No Comments

staying awake while drivingStaying Awake While Driving

With the impending summer months come road trips galore, but one thing a lot of drivers miss when getting caught up in the excitement and romanticism surrounding a big, long trip is the nitty-gritty fact of the matter – you’re driving for a LONG time. If you’re covering long distances across multiple states, chances are a bulk of this time is spent on the highway through some pretty boring scenery. So how do you stay alert when you’ve got miles upon miles ahead of you? Here are some of our best tips – many of which will help you avoid the need for auto body repair.


If you’re starting early (or even if you’re not), we recommend having caffeine on hand. A good cup (or 5) of coffee can make all the difference in how awake you feel when you’re starting to lack energy. The downside to this particular tip is that you’ll probably be making more pit stops for potty breaks, but the trade-off is often worth it.

Good Music

We already discussed the mechanics of creating an amazing playlist, but we stand by the suggestion. Good music with varied beats and a general upbeat rhythm is the key to keeping yourself awake and engaged. Plus, who doesn’t love a good car sing-along to get the blood flowing and make you focus a little harder on the task at hand? Bonus points if you’re belting out the high notes in “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked.

Frequent Breaks

We know, you want to get to the destination as quickly as possible, but taking breaks is paramount. You need to stretch your legs, give your vehicle a moment or two to breathe, and wake your body up. Moving around helps keep you alert and lets you take stock of any muscles that might be getting a little too fatigued. If you’re bound and determined to get there as fast as possible, maybe it’s time to adjust your view of the journey. After all, it’s supposed to be just as exciting and fun as the destination, and it can be if you let it!

Swap Out Drivers

At the end of the day, it’s important to know your limits. Going on a road trip with friends or family is great for many reasons, but one of the best is that you have multiple drivers available. There’s just no fighting the fatigue past a certain point, and when you hit that point you need to own up to it and swap out. Never put your safety or the safety of your passengers at risk in favor of “powering through.” Take turns at the wheel. Staying alert comes much easier when you have the chance to take a cat nap or two.


Again, this may contribute to the necessity of point number three, but staying hydrated is important, even (and in some ways, especially) on long road trips. A dehydrated body can slip into fatigue quickly, as well as encountering other unpleasant side effects if left alone for too long, so keeping a few full water bottles in the car with you while you drive is a must-do when you’re traversing the country.

Summer road trips can create some of the best memories you’ve got, but it’s important if you’re doing long legs in a single trip that you watch out for your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of everyone you’re sharing the road with. Highway hypnosis can be a very real and very dangerous thing, so avoiding it at all costs is best.

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Posted on: March 22nd, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

spring car maintenance tipsWarmer weather has a lot of people realizing the get in, warm up, and go method of getting through winter driving might not cut it anymore. When the temps are low and you have to bundle up to get anywhere, it’s understandable that proactive maintenance on your vehicle occasionally falls off the radar. But now that we’re dealing with slightly more spring-like weather, it’s time to consider some basic spring car maintenance tips to ensure your vehicle is in working order and you’re not in for any unexpected surprises.

The Basics

If you haven’t over the winter (or even if you have!) it’s time to check up on those basics. Make sure your oil levels are good, or schedule an oil change if you’re approaching the mileage or date on that little sticker they give you. Check our air filter (or have them do it when they change your oil) and ensure all the basics are up to par and doing what they need to be.

Wiper Blades

Another one of the key spring car maintenance tips is around your wiper blades. Chances are, those blades have faced some weather this winter. Snow, ice, and rain are all commonplace in a Colorado winter, and the former two can be pretty rough on your wiper blades if you aren’t careful. Check your blades for any signs of wear and tear that might impact your windshield if you keep using them, and if they aren’t performing well or look a little ragged, it might be time to replace them.

Wash and Wax

It’s been cold, it’s been gray, and the idea of taking your car through the wash has been a miserable one. But now you’re dealing with dust, salt, and general grime build up and it’s time to get your vehicle washed and waxed. Left unwashed for too long, salt build-up can cause rust and other damage to your vehicle, so while it may seem like this one is purely cosmetic, it actually does hold some importance when it comes to your car’s ability to function properly. And hey, it doesn’t hurt to have your vehicle looking all spruced up again, either.

Deep Clean Interior

If you’re anything like us, it’s likely that the clutter that normally resides in your car has accumulated over the winter. That’s why, when you get the exterior cleaned up, it’s a good idea to do a deep clean on the interior as well. Spring cleaning shouldn’t just apply to your home, after all. Clear the clutter, vacuum, clean seats as needed and wipe down any surfaces that are looking a little lackluster. Maybe grab a new air freshener or two while you’re at it and next thing you know it’ll feel like you’re driving around in a brand new vehicle all over again.

Get Those Tires Spruced Up

The last of our spring car maintenance tips is about your wheels. Tires typically need some attention after a long winter with fluctuating temperatures and rougher road conditions. First things first, check your pressure. Most vehicles have sensors that will alert you when your tire pressure is low, but it doesn’t hurt to do a manual check after a long winter, either. This is also a good time to get your alignment and suspension checked just in case.

Taking care of your vehicle is always a year-round thing, but as the temps warm up, it’s a good idea to add a few extra things to the typical list so when you start planning those summer road trips, you don’t have to worry!

Most Common Reasons People Fail Driving Tests

Posted on: February 7th, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

Common Reasons People Fail Driving TestsAh, the dreaded driving tests. Whether you’re a teenager just getting your license or an adult taking a test for renewal purposes or any other extenuating circumstance, you might be a little nervous. We live in a world where driving is so often an everyday part of life, from the morning commute to road trip vacations and just running errands around town or meeting up with friends. We drive pretty much everywhere these days, so when the chance that your license might be taken away from you, or not granted at all, comes up, it’s understandably a little nerve-wracking. If you’re worried, consider spending a little extra time studying and practicing for these things – they are the areas where drivers most commonly get tripped up.

Parallel Parking

If you’ve been driving for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed that parallel parking isn’t the easiest thing you’ll ever have to do as a driver. Alignment, spatial awareness, and a keen eye for checking those rear view mirrors and blind spots before you go swinging the front end of your vehicle out into a lane that could hold incoming traffic are the keys to success here. Also, spend some time perfecting that moment you need to stop cranking the steering wheel in one direction and start easing it in the other for the A+ worthy parallel parking job of your instructor’s dreams.

Incorrect Use of Signals

Thinking about making that lane change? Better have your blinker on. Same goes for turns. And don’t go using your hazard lights when you need something from your building but don’t feel like finding a viable parking spot so you wind up in the no park zone instead. Incorrectly using your signals, or bad habits built up over time that spill into your testing time won’t do you any good when you’re trying to get your license back. Even if you think you know all the correct ways to use your signals, pre-test is a good time to brush up on that information.

Improper Decision Making at Road Junctions

You’re coming to a stop sign, or a stoplight, or some other junction where you are likely to meet traffic traveling in different directions. There are often a plethora of decisions to be made as you approach such a junction, and you need to know what your plan is well before you arrive at said junction. Often, drivers will fail their test because they didn’t put enough forethought into what their next move was. Or, even worse, once they arrived at the junction, they didn’t obey the traffic laws or made a poor decision that could have dire consequences if exercised in the real world with other drivers outside of the test environment.

Inappropriate Speed

Yeah, you heard that right. We know, we know. “Everyone speeds.” When you’re in a testing environment, paying attention to the speed limits is important, but if you’re used to zooming over those posted limits, you’re not likely to realize you’re doing it in the middle of a test, either. The best way to overcome this is to routinely drive within the speed limits. Those limits are posted for a reason, and you’re not going to win any bonus points with your test administrator for accelerating well beyond them.

It’s easy to get tripped up when it comes to getting tested in order to receive or maintain your driver’s license, but if you study up, drive defensively and with caution, paying attention to your surroundings at all times and the laws of the road, you should have no trouble passing with flying colors. If you’re heading into a test soon, good luck! We hope to see you (safe and sound) on the road soon.

How to Stay Safe on the Roads When They Get Icy

Posted on: December 27th, 2017 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

stay safe on icy roadsStay Safe on Icy Roads

Winters in Colorado are pretty unpredictable, but you can almost always count on one thing: ice. Whether it’s a snow that melted before the sun went down and the temperature dropped or a byproduct of packed snow melting and freezing repeatedly, or any number of reasons, at least once a winter you can almost be guaranteed to run into icy roads. Granted, icy roads are the major contributor to our auto body shop, but we do want you to always be safe out there. So how do you stay safe on icy roads and still get where you need to go? Here are some tips.

Safety First

It might seem silly, but it is worth repeating. The best way to stay safe on icy roads is to stay off of them. If you can avoid travel, just stay put until the threat has passed. If that’s not an option, take caution. Drive carefully, and reducing your typical speed is not a bad idea, especially as you’re approaching stop lights or turns. It’s tricky business, driving on icy roads, and no matter what vehicle you’re driving, you’re susceptible to potential loss of control and crashes. So above all, take it slow, take it easy, and be prepared for the unexpected.

Heading Uphill

Heading uphill on snowy and icy roads is all about momentum. You’ll want to build some momentum before you start ascending and avoid having to hit the gas as you go uphill to keep your wheels from spinning. Then, once you reach the top of the hill, slow down as safely as you can as you descend the other side, using your breaks carefully to avoid skidding out of control due to loss of traction.

What to Do When You Skid

Sometimes, the skid is unavoidable. If you start to skid on an icy road, your first instinct may be to slam or pump the breaks. Ignore that instinct. Slamming or pumping your breaks as you skid out of control will only make things worse and send your car spinning, making it extremely dangerous to you and other drivers. Instead, steer your vehicle in the direction you want it to go. This should help the vehicle correct course without getting too far out of hand.

There’s really no getting around the fact that driving on icy roads is dangerous business. Make sure your car is stocked up with blankets, water, food, flashlights, and chargers in the event that you get stuck and are unable to get immediate help. Ice, especially black ice, is hard to see coming, so when the weather turns wintery, it’s best to keep caution in mind if you have to be out on the roads. And again, whenever possible, rearrange plans to avoid travel on icy days. If you can’t avoid a crash on the icy roads, know that your expert team at Accurate Auto Body will be here to help you get back on the road safely and quickly.

Best Practices for Visibility in the Winter Months

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

winter visibilityDriving in the winter is an inevitability. Whether you’re traveling for the holidays, commuting to work, or just, you know, getting out of the house, it’s gonna happen. No matter how badly you wish you could stay curled up next to your fireplace all winter long, we all have to get out there on the road eventually. And when you do, there’s a good chance you’ll hit some potential for reduced visibility at least once. Here are some of our best tips for increasing visibility in various situations (and hopefully avoid the need for auto body repair).


Make sure your headlights are in working order. It’s that time of year again where things get darker earlier and by the time you’re heading home from the office the sun is more and more likely to be set. So checking your headlights to make sure everything is running smoothly is an important part of winter road visibility. Also knowing, confidently, how to switch between high beams and low beams is a good thing to have down pat before it gets crazy. There are situations where the high beams will come in handy, like if you’re driving in the country where there’s little external light after the sun has set, so knowing how to switch them on without taking your eyes off the road is important.

Keep Those High Beams Off

While there are situations where the high beams come in handy, it’s important to note that there are very few winter weather conditions where they will come in handy. In fact, in fog and snow, they are likely to make the problem worse. If you’re trying to run your high beams during a snowy day, you’re likely to get the light reflected off the snowflakes right back into your eyes, which only makes it harder to see ANYTHING, let alone the chunk of road in front of you and the bit of your surroundings you need to make smart driving decisions.

Keep Windows Clear

Walking outside to a car covered in snow can undeniably be a pain in the butt. We get it, but taking the time to fully clear all of your windows before getting on the road is a pretty big deal. Even a small amount of snow left on the sides of your window can decrease your visibility in crucial blind spots, making it more dangerous than you might think. It’s also a good idea, as we mentioned in a previous post, to make sure your defroster and climate control are working well to keep the windows from fogging up during the drive. Ensure your windshield wiper blades are in good condition and reaching all parts of the windshield as well so you can avoid accumulation of any white fluffy stuff that may be falling while you drive.

Visibility while driving is crucial year-round, it just so happens that the list of visibility enemies is a little longer in the winter. Add in the slightly more precarious nature of the roads in general when winter weather strikes and the reasons for keeping yourself as safe as possible is apparent. What are your best winter driving visibility tips?

How Windshield Wipers Impact Your Safety on the Road

Posted on: October 27th, 2017 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

winter windshield wipersTips for Winter Windshield Wipers

Getting ready for winter is on just about everybody’s mind right now. Between turning on heaters, watching the forecast for snow, and switching out those tires for your heavier-duty winter ones, there’s plenty to pay attention to when it comes to preparing your home and car for the colder months. One thing most people don’t really think about until it’s a problem (and that’s the worst time to have to think about it!) is windshield wipers. It’s easy to forget that they might not be ready for winter weather until you’re stuck with a patch of snow in your line of sight and suddenly staying on the road has become dangerous and….hello auto body repair. Are there windshield wipers that are better suited for winter conditions? The short answer is yes, but here are some things to consider.

Standard Wipers

It’s easy to choose just any old wiper when you’re in a milder climate or if you bought the wipers when the weather was balmy and beautiful, but when ice and snow enter the mix, it’s important to consider whether or not your wipers have hinges. If they do, are the hinges covered? Even better, is there a hingeless option? A lot of standard wipers have hinges, and that’s where things can start to get a little dicey.

Watch for Ice and Snow Buildup

Hinges on a windshield wiper are the perfect place for snow and ice to build up. At a certain point, the ice and snow buildup restricts the wipers’ ability to contour to the windshield’s shape and starts to miss spots, leaving your vision on the road impaired.

Hingeless Wipers

If you want to go premium, hingeless wipers are a great option. Rather than the traditional metal frame, hingeless wipers are made with flexible plastic that holds the rubber wiper. They are a little pricier, but they are the longest lasting option for a wiper that will hold up against whatever winter throws at it. That being said, hingeless is not your only option when it comes to windshield wipers that can handle winter weather.

Winter Wipers

The main difference between a standard wiper and one that is winter-ready is simple. On a winter wiper, the entire construction, frame and all, is covered by a thin rubber boot. When it starts to get dicey outside, the boot helps prevent buildup and allows the wiper to move as it should across the windshield. You do have to watch for tears in the rubber casing as it can sometimes be delicate. if snow and ice get under it, the metal frame may corrode and freeze up.

It’s not imperative that you have winter-ready windshield wipers, but since snow and ice are pretty common visitors throughout the Colorado winter, it’s worth exploring. Without them, you are much more likely to face buildup and greatly increase your risk of visibility issues. And let’s be honest, winter driving poses enough challenge without the added mess of not being able to see where you’re going clearly.

In Your Eyes – Best Ways to Beat Sun Glare

Posted on: September 17th, 2017 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

beat sun glareWe’ve all had it happen – driving home during rush hour or out running errands, even on a long road trip, the sun is at just the right angle and suddenly you’re momentarily blinded by the light. Sun glare is no joke, and it can be extremely dangerous to you and others on the road. In fact, we do auto body repair on a lot of cars that are victims of sun glare. If you’ve been bothered by it time and time again and find yourself wondering how to kick it to the curb, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help beat sun glare or, at the very least, keep it to a minimum when you can’t get rid of it completely.


One of the best ways to beat sun glare while you’re driving is to have a pair of polarized sunglasses handy. They block out the glare and keep those UV rays from harming your eyes. A win-win, and the most fashionable and portable of the sun glare-beating options.

Clean Windshield

While this one won’t stop sun glare entirely, it will help lessen the effects. A dirty windshield makes visibility while driving harder on multiple levels, and it definitely makes sun glare even worse than normal. Keeping your windshield clean (cleaner than the spray and swipe of the windshield wipers on the go) will help keep you safer on the road and allow for increased visibility across multiple scenarios, including pesky sun glare.

Handy Dandy Sun Visor

Hey, those little visors are in your car for a reason, and it’s not just to check your teeth in the mirror at stoplights. Sun visors can help block out the sun when it’s at some of its more problematic spots in the sky. It can’t cover all the bases, but it will certainly help increase visibility when you need it most.

There are plenty of hazards on the road, and a lot of the worst ones are out of your control. So when you have the opportunity to increase not only your safety, but the safety of those around you on the road, you want to be prepared to take it! These tips can help keep sun glare at bay without doing anything drastic, but if you find yourself in the aftermath of a wreck, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 303-344-2212. We’re the local experts in auto body repair and can help you get back on the road as quickly as possible.

Be Alert! Kids Are Back to School

Posted on: September 11th, 2017 by Accurate Auto Body Denver No Comments

back to school driving tipsBack To School Driving Tips

The kids are back to school, another year of learning has commenced, and if you haven’t noticed already, traffic patterns have changed. Those blinking lights in school zones have come back on, buses are everywhere, and so are the little ones. To keep everyone safe, we thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the top back to school driving tips for parents and teen drivers alike.

Respect the Bus

Perhaps the biggest back to school driving safety rule is to always adhere to the blinking lights and stop signs on the big yellow school buses. Not only is it illegal not to stop when a bus has its lights blinking and its stop sign out, it’s necessary to keep kids safe. When a bus driver stops at a designated stop, children exiting the bus may be crossing the road, and some may go around the bus to do so. By staying put until that stop sign retracts and the lights stop flashing, you’re helping save lives and letting kids feel safe as they make their way home after school.

Adhere to School Safety Zone Limits

When you’re in the middle of rush hour and you’re trying to get somewhere in a reasonable amount of time, we get it, those slow down signs in school zones are frustrating. But really, it’s all about safety. In a school zone, there’s an increased chance of a child running across a street to get to school on time, or when a parent might be slowing down to get to a safe space to drop their little one off. Slowing down and being alert is key to making sure everyone gets to school and work safely. Just consider it a little extra time to rock out to your favorite jams in the car.

Practice Car Pool Safety

If you’re carpooling (a great idea in Colorado, we highly recommend it!), it’s important to make sure all your carpool members are following the rules of the road. The biggest box to check here is seat belts buckled, which should be easy as long as you’re not over-filling your carpool roster (another box to check – two semi-full cars is better than one over-filled one).

How to Use This Information

Safety is always important on the roads, but when school starts back up, there are a few added hazards and things to look out for. Just stay alert and follow the law to keep everyone safe and happy. And, if you should have need of any auto body repair, keep us in mind. Give us a call at 303-344-2212 or contact us online. We’d be happy to help.