Do You Need to Replace a Child Car Seat After a Collision?

replace a child car seat after a collisionYour baby is your most precious cargo in a commute. Safety is always paramount on the road. This leads to a pressing question: Do parents need to replace a child car seat after a collision? Is the seat still suitable for use? When is a collision severe enough to warrant a seat replacement?

Why Replace A Child Car Seat After A Collision?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you should replace a child seat if it is involved in a moderate to severe crash. This leads to the question: What’s the difference between a minor and moderate collision? Continue Reading →

3 Reasons to Never Ignore Car Dents

Car DentsA quarter-size dent is no reason to sound the alarm, though it certainly detracts from your vehicle’s appearance. 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.

Car Dents Can Make Your Car Less Safe

It’s common for a fender, guard, or bumper to incur noticeable damage during a relatively minor fender bender. That’s what they are designed for. While the car is still completely operable, it may be less safe should another collision happen to occur. The resulting dent from the first collision has seriously compromised the car’s structural integrity. This lessens its ability to hold up under impact and protect the occupants. Continue Reading →

Should You KeepYour Car Insurance Claim Money?

car insurance claim moneyConsider this scenario: you were in an auto collision. You went through the channels with your insurance company and put in a claim. Several weeks later a check came in the mail. Can you keep the car insurance claim money, or are you required to spend it on car repairs?

You May Keep the Car Insurance Claim Money (Usually)

In most instances, the insurance policy does not require you to spend the car insurance claim money on collision repairs. The insurance company has no stake in whether you repair your car or spend the money elsewhere.

A few circumstances, though, may require you to repair your vehicle. This is the case if you have a loan on your car. In this instance, the insurance company may include the lender when sorting out a claim. The lender may include provisions under the agreement requiring car owners to spend the settlement check on repairs. After all, they want the car to be in normal condition in the event you can’t pay back the loan and they repossess it. Continue Reading →

Which Car Colors Hide Dents and Scratches Best?

colors that hide dentsAny type of vehicle blemish is undesirable no matter the exterior color. Even so, dents and scratches are more pronounced on some auto paints. Do even minor imperfections on your car make you weak in the knee? If so, then here are a few car colors that hide dents and scratches quite well. Consider these palette options the next time you go car shopping.

The Best Car Colors For Hiding Dents and Scratches

White and any of its iterations do a pretty good job at hiding surface wear. This is due to the bright color that minimizes the appearance of blemishes on a sunny day. Light gray has the same effect for hiding small dings. Of course, you’ll definitely notice the dent or scratch because it’s your car, but it won’t be as noticeable to the casual passerby. The color beneath the paint is also whitish/grayish in color, allowing scratches to blend with the surrounding paint. Continue Reading →

The 4 Car Dent Types Explained

Car Dent TypesNot all dents are equal in type and degree of damage. Knowing the various car dent types can help you determine what caused the damage you’ve just discovered. Our collision repair center can restore all of the dent types listed below.

Common Car Dent Types

Round Dents

These are dents caused by round objects, such as a basketball or soccer ball. Damage from golf ball-size hail is another type, though less common in the Bellevue area. These dents are wider but hollower, making them quite easy to repair. Continue Reading →

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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