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All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
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All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
It’s time to bring long sleeves and long pants out of storage, prep your home and car, and contact the cool weather home/yard contractors.
MADE MY CAR LOOK NEW AGAIN! On my way north on I-75 just past Gainesville, FL at the beginning of May, 2013, I was hit by a large truck from behind and pushed into the interstate guardrail - part of a major accident causing a total shutdown of the highway. Not being from the area, I had no idea where my insurance company, State Farm, would have my car towed. State Farm told me that Dave Barber's Paint and Body was on the approved/accredited list. So, my faith had to be in a body shop I had never seen more than two hours away from where I live. I was contacted immediately the afternoon of the accident by the body shop to assure me they would get my vehicle and keep me updated and they wanted to know if I had any questions. They gave me all their information so that I could contact them. Once my vehicle was towed in and the estimate came in, they sent me everything and answered all of my questions - patiently I might add. The girls in the office were patient, courteous and provided consistent excellent customer service - thanks, Rachel and Erica. Dave Barber himself spoke with me on the phone many times to explain to me the status of my car and the parts being ordered, etc. Dave personally answered my questions and explained the process to me. Fast forward to mid June, 2013 - my car had EXTENSIVE damage/approximately $16k worth - I was told my car was ready for pick up. I scheduled a convenient day to take the drive to Gainesville and fetch my vehicle. The front office girls, Rachel and Erica, greeted me kindly in the office and Dave Barber walked out to greet me right away. He grabbed my key to pull the car around... it really seemed hard to believe the difference in my car from the last time I saw it on a tow truck. Not only had it been cleaned and washed, but it was shiny and looked much like the day I bought it new back in 2010. Dave kindly took the time to walk the entire vehicle with me and explain what had been done to my car. We opened the back so he could show me everything. He offered to ride with me and test drive it. During my drive, I was certainly nervous that the car wouldn't feel right or be in alignment. The more I drove it the more it felt like the same car. Dave directed me around the streets of Gainesville and probably would have let me drive on and on and on for an hour if I wanted to. Dave wanted to make sure I was HAPPY with my car before returning to the body shop. He even showed me the equipment they used to make sure the work was done with cutting edge laser technology and precision. ONLY when I was completely satisfied with the work and drive of my car did I finally walk back into the shop's front office to pay my deductible and receive a full printout of all the work done to the car. In fact, Dave told me they stand behind their work just as State Farm will too. If I had any questions or concerns, I was welcome to come back or call Dave. Dave also warned me about how to wash the car over the next couple of months past a paint job. I even received a kind email the next business day to check on my satisfaction with the car and ask if everything was still okay. I have to say - there is nothing like knowing someone really paid attention to detail and took care of your car! Not only is it a major investment, but it's a necessity in my career and daily life and was absolutely important to me. It was a pleasant surprise to come across a body shop with such great customer service. Rachel, Erica and Dave Barber were all great to work with - responsive, helpful, patient, understanding and honest. Thank you Dave Barber's Paint and Body! I would highly recommend this business to anyone in need of such services.
I was recently involved in a collision with a 250-300 pound wild hog which apparently decided to commit suicide-by-car at 12:30 AM on a remote rural road. I was able to get my speed down to about 30 before impact but the collision made a deep dent in the front passenger side and severely damaged several underlying structures including the I-beam and passenger-side lights. I checked with the local Ford dealership and with YP and several other online review sites for recommendations and was repeatedly pointed to Buchholz as a provider with a strong reputation for high-quality work. Buchholz had me drop the car off at their workshop for the insurance appraisal, arranged for a rental car through a well-known national rental agency and handled all the details. Aside from contacting my insurance company and getting the car to the workshop I literally didn't have to do anything except pay my insurance deductible. Buchholz also arranged to use OEM parts throughout (bumper, I-beam, foam insert, light assemblies) and were able to restore my new car to the original factory appearance. The paint and finish are a perfect match for the original - you literally cannot tell there was an impact. I was very nervous about the damage to my brand new car and how well it would look and function after repairs. I am completely satisfied with the work done by Buchholz and would recommend them to anyone.
I would like to comment on M.M.'s review below. Apparently this is a person I know whom I was relating an experience to with this business. However, this person has falsified some information and exaggerated the rest, impersonating me in an attempt to either damage this business or perhaps they think this vigilante type of action is justified. In reality, the repairs were made in a timely fashion. My Volvo was there a long time because a part was on back-order by Volvo and had to come from Sweden. Not UCC's fault. In fact, Patrick kept me updated on the status of part very diligently. There were a few smudges in the interior and a scratch upon return. These were removed and the car returned to me within 24 hours. The scratch may have occurred in transport to, or at, my Volvo dealer where it was taken for additional quality review since it was virtually new and UCC desired to give me extra peace of mind. UCC paid for a rental car for me during this time. Finally, Volvo did not refer me there, my insurance company did after my accident, as they told me that UCC was the only garage in town certified to do the work since the car was a Volvo and so new (2014). The repair work they did was flawless, and they went above and beyond to correct the issue I did have. Because of this I would definitely use them again.
So the other day I had the unfortunate need to find a body shop. I don't like the feeling I get when I need someone from something I know nothing about. It's like taking your car in to have someone look at your transmission. I know nothing about transmissions and even less about how to fix the dent in the side of my Honda Accord. Much to my surprise, however, there was a silver lining in the cloud that seemed to be following me around. I took my car to Automotive Super Sports and explained how this dent majically appeared in my otherwise "clean as a whistle" Accord. You know... looking back, it doesn't matter how it happened but the manager listened anyway which was nice.. Customer service at a body shop?? Who knew, right? He explained the process to me, showed me around the lot and pointed out other cars in much worse condition that were there to be repaired. I know, I shouldn't take comfort in someone else's wrecked up car but I figured, 'hey, if they can fix that, they can take care of my little blemish.' So, I got my car back and no surprises... just like new. These guys not only know their business, they know how to treat people. I like that. If you guys read this... Thanks for the fix! Nice shop, real people.
University Collision Center was the most helpful auto repair that I have been to. From the moment I arrived, their staff made sure that I was taken care of. Patrick was very knowledgeable and helpful through the entire process. For me it was the little things that impressed me the most. He was accurate in telling me when my car would be ready and he even helped make sure things went smooth with the car rental. Another attribute of this company that is well worth noting is that I could tell just in talking with the staff that they genuinely care about helping me. They also care about my satisfaction with their work. I got the vibe that they have the desire and drive to ensure that I was better off when I left then when I came in; which is the selfless service that other businesses should strive for. This is all without mentioning how awesome my car looked when they were finished! In recap UCC was friendly and did not take advantage of my inexperience, and respectful of my time with A+ service that ensured that I got the most out of my repair. I would recommend anyone to University Collision Center. Thanks again Pat for your help in making this process to easy!
Great Service to say the least! I purchased a Ford Focus last week. Like any recently purchased item, you tend to make sure to take extra care of it. Two days later it got a scratch on the back bumper, while parked next to BoneFish grill off Archer. The damage was esthetic more than anything, but it was enough to bother me. I went to a couple of places to get some quotes. Most quotes were overinflated, for the small amount of work needed to be done. When I arrived to Automotive Super Sports one of the owners, Dean, attended me right away. He took a look at the scratch and gave me a fair quote. It's scary, to say the least, leaving your vehicle at a body shop. Especially one you don't know personally, since you don't know the quality of work being done.The repair took less than a day. When I went to pick it up, I was truly impressed with the caliber of work that was performed on my car. I'm extremely perfectionist when it comes to these things, and Dean and his shop surpassed my expectations. As daunting as the process can be to find the right shop, I can truthfully recommend this shop to my friends and family. Good Luck!
I was first introduced to the guys of Automotive Super Sports because my insurance company recommended them. It was the best experience I've ever had when it comes to vehicle repairs. They did an excellent job and was faster than the quote my insurance company gave me. I couldn't have asked for anything more. Later on, I took in my wife's car and had some work done to it. These guys went above and beyond again!!! They took care of a couple of door dings for free and did the work a little cheaper than I was originally quoted...How often does that happen in the car repair industry?? If you are looking for an honest repair shop that does excellent work then look no further!!! Thanks so much Dean, Terry, and Rick for everything. I have also recommended this shop to all of my friends needing work done and every single person that used this shop had nothing but positive experiences!!
I took my car to a mechanic because I had water leaking into my car and oil leaking out. The chain mechanic told me I had to take my car to a body shop because the water leak was structural (not the AC) and they gave me an outrageous estimate to fix my oil leak. Because I was a previous customer at UCC and had great service during my first visit after a car accident a year ago, I decided to take my car back to fix the water leak. It turns out the leak was from my AC and the mechanic just did a poor job of investigating. They fixed by water leak free of charge and gave me tips to prevent any mold growth. Additionally, they went above and beyond and had a mechanic take the time to more accurately diagnose my oil leak. I would highly recommend these guys to everyone. They offer friendly, helpful and honest service.
Buchholz recently was recommended to me by a mechanic at Gainesville Lincoln Mercury after I'd been in a fender bender. First of all, they're very sweet and helpful, making sure your insurance gets your rental car there, explaining the process of getting the check and standing up for you against the insurance companies when they don't want to cover something that is necessary. They did a great job on my Hyundai Accent and I would absolutely recommend them. They are a little bit slow at passing on information (some things I told one person didn't get passed along to another, and I got a couple confusing phone messages). It'd be a good idea to call them once a day to make sure you're on the same page, but their work is expert and they are the nicest people you'll meet.
The guys at University Collision did a great job. I'm an avid car enthusiast and a detailer, so I have a sharp eye for paint. I went to them demanding perfection and they took the extra care needed to get the job done. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because they took twice as long as quoted to do the job, but they knew I was patient since I wanted them to take good care of it. They really stand behind their work. There was a time I went to check up on how things were going and I spotted a few small imperfections in the work (that most people would probably never see) and they redid it without hassle. They have definitely earned my future business as well as my friends business. I would drive across state to have them do work again. Thanks guys!
There are more than 700,000 auto service technicians and mechanics in the U.S. Finding the right one to repair a dent in your car door or fix an engine that won't start can be overwhelming, especially when it's an emergency. Review a few important facts about auto repair professionals and what you can do to get the best possible mechanic working on your vehicle's issues for a fair price.
Looking For Reliability
Unlike home repair services that evaluate a property, meet with homeowners and have time to prepare before their physical work begins, auto repair businesses are often asked to make fixes on the spot. If you come into a garage with a tire issue, the expectation is the mechanic will know how to correct that problem quickly.
That is why reliability is so vital when searching for a trusted auto repair shop. It may take going to several different mechanics before you find one you are truly comfortable with. Pose questions to this professional to find out what approach they will take to repair your car or what alternatives are available. Shopping around also gives you the best opportunity to find the cheapest rate or the fastest service, as some garages may be backed up with other vehicles that need repair first.
A recommended way to locate a trustworthy auto repair professional is to seek out customer reviews. Online sites offer honest opinions from real customers who have used a business. Read through this feedback to learn how a business operates and what you can expect if you were to take your vehicle there. Look for reviews about how quick maintenance was completed and if prices were fair. By learning what other people have said about a garage, you can gain a better idea if it's the right place to go when you have a car problem in need of fixing.
It can be difficult to know which automotive problems are serious enough to require expert assistance. A ripped seat cushion or broken radio don't involve safety and will not warrant enough of a problem that going into a garage is required. However, setbacks with brakes, lights and other parts that are vital to the safety of your car's driver and passengers, as well as others on the road, necessitate quick fixes. Many modern automobiles will notify drivers of an issue, in the form of a signal on the dashboard or a noise within the vehicle.
In the event of an accident, even if your vehicle does not appear to have any damage on the outside, it is generally recommended that you see a trusted auto repair professional. Internal damage may have occurred, or an important part may have been knocked out of place. Fixing these issues before driving much further can prevent further vehicle breakdowns in the future. In the case of a serious accident, a body shop can assess the problems and determine the best course of action for repairs, as well as evaluate how much they will cost.
Beyond that, regular checkups are recommended. Tires must be rotated, fluids needs to be replaced and the engine must be evaluated. After driving 25,000 miles, most auto dealers suggest having the vehicle checked out to ensure everything is running smoothly. Taking the car into the auto repair professional you trust will protect you from further problems down the road.
Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop. At the same time, be aware of mechanic scams that can impact your experience.
Preventing Trips To The Professional
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage. By handling these types of tasks on your own, you'll gain a better understanding for how your car operates and save time and money.
Along with understanding how to fix manageable vehicle issues that may arise, taking preventative measures to avoid future problems is a valuable time saver. Many problem-solving best practices are related to the seasons. Your vehicle will be in different conditions in the winter than in the summer, meaning it requires a different type of preparation.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures the vehicle will be exposed to, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check your tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
There is a common worry among many people that auto repair professionals take advantage of the general public. Because so many people are unaware of how to fix the problems in their vehicle, they are nervous of being overcharged by mechanics or worried that the improper work is being done.
While the great majority of professionals in the industry are honest, hard-working people, a few bad apples can ruin everything. You should be extra careful when first visiting a mechanic to guarantee that the price you're charged and maintenance the vehicle receives are fair.
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you are in the shop and your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill.
The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done. That way, you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
By working closely with an auto repair professional and doing some of the tune-up work on your own, you will be less likely to fall for these scams. At the same time, you'll be able to drive out with a clean and healthy vehicle, thanks to the repairs made by a trained professional.