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The Anatomy of a Collision Repair

What Happens First? Contact Insurance Company Set Up Rental Talk to Insurance Adjuster Create Preliminary Estimate Perform Pre-Body Inspection Scan all Modules on Vehicle Check Alignment Check for Mechanical Damage   Tear Down/Bluepring The vehicle is torn down and additional repairs are recommended. Often times when tearing down a vehicle you will be able to spot damage that is not able to be seen when the vehicle is still assembled.  Both of these issues are researched and added to the supplemental estimate which is an estimate created after the preliminary estimate. The research portion is important. It is vital that you check the OEM procedures for replacement on all parts, but especially structural components such as a frame. The insurance company wanted to pull and repair the frame shown above. Toyota recommends replacing the frame. In the end the OEM procedure must be followed or the repair will be incorrect and unsafe in the even of another collision. Af ... read more

The best part of DIY Auto Maintenance.

It is hard for me to put myself into the general consumers shoes sometimes when it comes to auto repair. I understand all the reasons why people do it themselves, but as technical as cars are today, we struggle as professionals so I know it is hard for the DIY person out there. The part about the DIY crowd that I love and can absolutely appreciate is the right of passage many adults pass down to their youths. My kids love to help me work on stuff. Even though some of the things I work on are far above their heads, I always find a way to include them in the build or repair. I always want them to have that fire. The best part about DIY is that it creates a level of respect for the work, the project and absolute appreciation for the finished result. The first endeavor into the DIY stratosphere seems scary and exciting all at once. The thrill of being on your own and the fear of making a mistake. Think about this, when you have your child, nephew, whoever, help you, you are teaching them a ... read more

The Problem with Cheap Brakes.....

I admit to being a bargain shopper. There were a few lessons in life that taught me about quality. The first time I installed a stereo system in my truck, I thought I had hooked something up wrong when in fact I simple cheaped out on the speakers. Eventually I came to appreciate nice clothes that would last more than a year. Ironically brakes are in a similar boat. Most people would say, "A brake pad is a brake pad." Your mechanic might even tell you that, and that statement could not be farther from the truth. You may be familiar with certain brands you have seen over the years and think, "I have heard that name so they must be ok." Again this is a falsehood. The truth is, cheap brakes should only be put on cheap cars. Brake pads are made up of certain a certain formula of a binding material and brake material. Each manufacturer has a different recipe and each claims there's is better when most are just in it to make the pad as cheap as possible and get as much ... read more

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