Everything You Need to Know About Car Bumpers

car bumpersThe bumpers are a big part of the car’s aesthetics. They are also there to protect the car against minor impacts. Just about all of our rear and frontal collision repairs, in fact, involve the bumpers to some degree. We’ll explain the role of the car bumpers and what they are and aren’t designed to do.

Why Car Bumpers Matter

Contrary to popular belief, a bumper is not intended to protect the car occupants from serious injury. The bumper’s main function is to protect components, such as the trunk, hood, fuel exhaust, cooling system, headlamps, and taillights in a low-speed collision.

The key word here is “low-Speed.” The bumper does no good in a head-on 50 mph collision. It’s designed to withstand impacts equivalent to a vehicle striking a stationary car of the same weight at 5 mph. Continue Reading →

Collision and Comprehensive Coverage: Know the Difference

Collision and Comprehensive CoverageOur clients often enquire whether their insurance covers collision repairs. We can’t provide a uniform answer because various factors are involved. How did the collision occur? More importantly, do you have collision or comprehensive coverage? Many insurance holders use these two terms interchangeably, but they indicate different levels of coverage.

Collision and Comprehensive Coverage Comparison

Collision Coverage

Collision insurance, as its name suggests, covers repairs and restorative paint work associated with a collision. This may be a collision with another vehicle or striking a stationary object, such as a light pole or newspaper rack. The coverage applies to your vehicle only. Liability insurance takes care of damage to other people’s property. Continue Reading →

What to Do While Waiting for Towing Service

waiting for towing serviceWhen your car breaks down in the middle of a commute, it is not only inconvenient but also potentially dangerous. Though we are a collision repair shop, our additional service includes towing, which we provide through our partnership with towing company Simon & Sons. We recommend taking every safety precaution while waiting for the towing service to arrive.

Safety Steps While Waiting For Towing Service

Choose an Ideal Location to Pull Over

If possible, refrain from pulling over on a busy junction. Park as far to the right as possible and try to stop under a street light or other easy-to-identify marker. If you have a reflective triangle, this would be the occasion to use it. Place it 100 yards behind the car. Continue Reading →

Do Car Scratch Repair Kits Really Work?

car scratch repair kitMost local auto stores carry DIY car scratch repair kits. TV stations promote these kits extensively on weekend morning infomercials. Can these kits really restore a scratch as advertised? Here is what we have to say about these store-bought restoration kits.

How Car Scratch Repair Kits Work

Scratch repair kits are only designed to fill in surface-level scratches that haven’t penetrated the clear coat finish.

The kits will work to some extent for minor scratches. In most cases, however, the filling will only minimize the scratch and not completely conceal it. Nevertheless, we believe these kits will suffice for restoring a small scratch on an older vehicle with a low resale value. For a recent model or luxury car, we recommend professional auto paint restoration.

Consumer Reports tested several scratch repair kits with mixed results. In its trial, several brands performed fairly decently, while others, such as those As-Seen-On-TV scratch repair pens, were absolutely worthless. In any case, Consumer Reports recommended professional repair for any scratches that you can feel when running a nail over the blemish. We agree with this conclusion. Any DIY attempts may only worsen the appearance. Continue Reading →

What To Do After an Auto Accident

No one ever plans to be in an auto accident. If you are ever involved in a collision, take steps to ensure that you and your passengers are safe and unharmed. Then you can focus on the following:

What to Do After an Auto Accident

car repair , car towing service, Everett1. Gather information about the accident. Make notes about what you remember. Take photos with your smartphone of the damage caused to your vehicle, as well as any damage your vehicle caused to the other driver’s vehicle and any property. Record contact and insurance policy information for the other driver. You’ll also want to record the name and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.

2. Report the accident to your insurance company immediately. Your insurer may suggest a specific body shop for your car repair services. You can arrange with a car towing service to take your car to any body shop you choose.

3. Choose a body shop you have confidence in that will provide you with a fair estimate and will follow through with good quality work for your car repair in Everett. Submit it to your insurance company for approval.

4. Always be polite and respectful when dealing with your car insurance company and the adjuster. Give them the information they ask for promptly and without hesitation. Doing so may mean getting your claim for car repair settled more quickly.

Absolute Auto Body cares about their customers. If you have been involved in an accident, contact us. We can arrange for automotive towing, car rentals with Enterprise and even offer a shuttle service so you’re never stranded.  Call Absolute Autobody in Everett at (425) 347-4016 or in Lynnwood at (425) 745-5856 today for quality auto body and collision repair from courteous professionals who truly care!

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Why You Should Never Accept Cash After A Collision

Cash after a collisionIt’s not unusual for an at-fault driver to offer you cash payment following a seemingly minor fender bender. In return, of course, you won’t report the incident to law enforcement and your insurance company. Should you ever accept cash after a collision? We strongly advise against doing so.

3 Reasons Not to Accept Cash After A Collision

1. Out-of-Pocket Repairs

Whatever amount of cash you were given, it might not be enough to cover the damage to your car. If you go through the proper channels, your insurance company will cover the cost of collision repairs or minimize your out-of-pocket expense.

Even if the damage appears minor on the surface, that dented frame or fender may have lost its structural integrity; it may not be able to hold up should you be in another collision. What appears as a small dent may require the entire part to be replaced and cost you thousands of dollars.

2. Injury Coverage

The collision may have caused a whiplash injury that you may not notice until several days later. You are responsible for all medical expenses if you fail to report the incident. If you report the accident, most medical expenses will probably be covered by the insurance of the driver at fault. Continue Reading →

Are Bigger Cars Really Safer Than Compact Vehicles?

bigger cars are saferAccording to conventional wisdom, full-sized cars, SUVs and pickup trucks are safer than compact cars. As collision repair experts, we can attest that this is true, but there is more to the story. To say that bigger cars are safer can be a bit of an overgeneralization. There are just so many variables involved. We will explain this in detail.

Bigger Cars Are Safer, But…

In a head-on collision between mismatched vehicles, the law of physics dictate that the smaller car is going to bear the major brunt of impact. This doesn’t mean, however, that choosing a large vehicle is automatically the best safety bet.

Larger cars are higher off the ground, making them more prone to rollovers. We would also go so far as say that a high-safety rated small car is better than a mediocre-safety rated large car. In fact, the 2010-2011 Toyota Prius, a compact car, has a lower driver fatality rate than several larger vehicles of the same model year. You can look up the comparisons here. Continue Reading →

When Does a Car Become a Total Loss?

Total Loss CarWe can’t tell you the number of times people have arrived in their damaged car and asked us if their vehicle is repairable or if it’s a total loss. What exactly is the definition of a total loss car? There seems to be some confusion here based on the frequent enquiries we receive.

“Total Loss” Explained

Insurers use various factors to determine if a vehicle is a total loss following a collision. For the most part, they consider a car a total loss if the cost of collision repairs exceeds the vehicle’s actual cash value (ACV). However, this may not always be the case. A car with an ACV of $6,000 and requiring $4,500 in repairs may be considered a total loss. Your insurance company makes the final call.

Many people ask questions about whether a car with a bent frame is considered totaled. It’s true that cars built in before the mid 1980s were almost always considered totaled when their frames were bent from a collision. However, car frames today are built with crumple zones in place. Crumple zones are certain areas of the car that are designed to crumple upon collision so they bear the brunt of the impact. This prevents the force from being transmitted to the occupants. Because technology in auto repair shops has improved by leaps and bounds, in some instances, a frame and its crumple zone can be repaired. To do so requires using highly sophisticated computer laser measurement systems to measure the location and extent of damage.

We’ll Determine if Your Car Is Totaled

Bring your car to Absolute Auto Body to find out if it’s totaled. We often act as the intermediary between drivers and their insurance company when determining whether a car is salvageable. If it is, our crew can provide full repairs and other services, including auto painting to restore the aesthetics. Contrary to what some say, you can’t determine if a car is a total loss just by “eye-balling” it.

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Car Dents

Car DentsA quarter-size dent is no cause for alarm, though it’s appearance is certainly unsightly. A larger dent—about the size of a basketball—is more cause for concern. Sure, the car may still be fully functional, but you need to have it checked out by a collision repair crew. Unbeknownst to most motorists, a car dent may compromise your vehicle more than you think.

A Car Dent May Make Your Car Less Safe

It’s not uncommon for a fender, guard, or bumper to incur noticeable damage during a relatively minor fender bender. While the car is still completely operable, it may be less safe should another collision occur later down the line. The resulting dent from the first collision has seriously compromised the car’s structural integrity. This makes it less able to hold up under impact and protect the occupants. Continue Reading →