Sunday, August 5, 2012

Post Collision Repair Tampa Bay Area Tips

After a major traffic collision in the Tampa Bay area, people take their vehicle to a local automotive body repair shop to have their collision damages repaired. After the vehicle is repaired, many consumers take for granted that the repairs were performed properly and do not take notice of any post collision repair problems. There are some ways to be educated about what to look for after a collision repair has been performed in Tampa.

Look at the overall condition of the damaged area and notice if all of the areas have been painted well after the collision repair. Tampa has many auto body shops, but not all of them do excellent paint work. Take notice of the color and make sure the color looks the same as the rest of the vehicle where paint work was not performed. Look for a smooth shiny look lustering from your paint and make sure that your eyes do not see any flaws in the actual paint surfaces.

Check the structured areas for damages. If you have had frame damage, make sure that the frame damaged areas are not beat up looking, have any bare metal exposed or any rusting areas. You should not see any welds or primered areas behind the body panels. Poor body welds are another factor to consider. If a panel or frame has poor looking welded areas, this is a sign of bad work. A great collision technician will make the frame and panels look so good, you should not be able to tell or hardly tell that work was performed.

Look over the vehicle for overspray. Overspray is lots of very small paint droplets that will appear over multiple body areas or parts after a collision repair. Tampa’s heat and humidity is an ideal condition to get overspray very quickly. Proper prep techniques as well as quality prep materials will eliminate this type of defect on the finished vehicle. Overspray can easily be removed, but quality collision repair work should not have any areas with overspray. A quality control of the final vehicle finish should catch any types of overspray prior to a customer picking up a repaired vehicle that has had paint work performed.

Quality auto body shops will have your vehicle cleaned prior to you picking up your vehicle after a collision repair. Tampa area consumers should expect that their car has been detailed well after any paint or collision repairs. When you pick up your car from the body shop it should look like a new car. You would never want to accept a car that looks half new and the other half looks old and dingy.

A more post inspection of a collision repair in Tampa would be after a long time, like a year or so, is the paint holding up. Fading, chipping, pealing, rusting or thinning of your vehicle’s paint job are all signs of poor paint quality or poor workmanship during your collision repairs. Tampa has many body shops that use poor quality paint. This paint will usually look good when you pick up your car, but it doesn’t look good after a year or so. Even with a lifetime warranty, your car is not going to look better after 8 paintjobs later. The more times your car is painted, the more your car looses resale value. Do yourself a favor and choose an auto body shop that uses quality paint in the first place to avoid a poor quality paint job. Doing post inspections of collision repairs will only inform you of whether or not your vehicle is going to hold up after a major or minor collision has changed your vehicles integrity.

by Guy's Automotive

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Aluminum Frames and Body Panels - Auto Body Shop Repair Tips

Aluminum frame systems on an automobile as well as aluminum body panels can be quite challenging to an auto body mechanic that does not have the proper training. For many years, auto manufacturers have used steel and sheet metal to build up chassis frames, unibody cars and many body panels. Steel can flex many more times than aluminum therefore it is much easier to straighten after an auto collision accident. Aluminum on the other hand is much lighter than steel making the car lighter, faster and much more efficient. The benefits of aluminum over steel help the auto driver save money on fuel costs over a steel built frame without sacrificing safety.

Many car manufacturers are being quite creative in which vehicles the aluminum frames are being used on. Bmw, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, and Audi are a handful of auto makers that are benefiting from the use of aluminum over steel. These auto makers are already showing a stronger interest in purchasing the aluminum for their cars. Hoods, doors, fenders and trunks have been created using aluminum and the aluminum building ideas are just beginning. The future demands more efficient cars and the aluminum use will continue to arise as new ideas come forth on how to make a car lighter by replacing the steel parts with aluminum.

Repairing the aluminum is a totally different process than the steel frames and body panels. First of all, the aluminum metal has no memory like steel does so the metal has no desire to return back to its original shaping. Aluminum has a tendency to break after it is bent and you try to bend it back. Techniques to consider when repairing aluminum include properly heating the aluminum prior to bending and shaping it. Tools like an aluminum stud welder can be quite useful when the proper techniques are in place. Auto body shop repair technicians need special training to learn and practice aluminum repairs to ensure that the integrity of the aluminum is good after the aluminum is repaired for safety reasons.

Getting the benefits from aluminum will certainly save the driver lots of money. The downfall of having an aluminum car can occur after an auto accident in which the aluminum was not properly repaired. If this case happens, an auto frame can snap causing far more damage to the automobile than it should. This can also cause extreme injuries to a driver, passenger or other people in other vehicles. Make sure that when owning an aluminum car, if you need auto body repairs, go to an auto body repair shop that performs aluminum auto body repairs properly. This certainly will ensure the longlastivity and safety of your aluminum auto.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Chevrolet Volt Catches Fire After Auto Accident Investigation

It appears that Chevrolet's electric car the Volt is getting some heat. Apparently, after an auto accident, the electric car's lithium-ion battery may catch on fire.

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Information Chevrolet Volt – Electric Car Under Fire About Catching Fire After an Auto Accident

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Body Shop Repair Tips to Help You Decide the Right Auto Collision Shop

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche are all German manufacturers for high-end cars, suvs, buses, trucks and or coaches. Each manufacturer are well known because of their significant quality and sturdiness of their extravagant automobiles. The vast amounts of technological and security features that Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brought to the automotive industry is immeasurable and has become a mark of excellence for all other vehicles. Getting body repair work after a collision on Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche in Tampa, Florida can be challenging. Below is a list of steps that can help you decide on the right German auto body shop for you.

Mercedes-Benz automobiles from the Daimler Benz Company require many types of tools and equipment to properly measure, setup computers, reset airbags among taking apart and reassembly of the many different auto body and auto mechanical parts that can be damaged during an auto accident. Make sure the repair shop you choose can perform these functions and repairs.

BMW automobiles from the Bayerische Motoren Werke also require a vast number of procedures and tools that require specific procedures and equipment to properly repair after a collision. Ask you auto body collision repair shop if they have the necessary tools and equipment to properly straiten, repair and reset airbags. These are good signs of whether the repair shop has what it takes to let loose on these body repairs.

Volkswagen and Audi automobiles companies are headquartered in Ingolstadt and Wolfsburg Germany these companies are similar but have separate owners. Many of the auto repair procedures however are the same and even require the same types of computer diagnostic equipment to perform accurate repairs and procedures. Ask the auto body shop that is performing the repairs on these cars if they have the correct types of equipment and tools for the collision repair job needed.

Porsche automobiles from the Porsche Automobil Holding SE in Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany are in a class of their own when it comes to auto repairs and collision repairs. A Porsche owner may certainly want to screen the repair shop to ensure a quality job as well as a safe product when the collision repairs are completed. It would be a good idea for the auto customer to inquire on the technical experience and equipment being used on the Porsche cars during auto body and collision repairs.

A Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche were manufactured to not ever rattle nor squeak regardless of the cars age. These well built German cars are welded in 10000 places and safety checked hundreds of times to ensure safety. The design of these fine automobiles don't allow much space for the loosening of bolts and nuts. The engines are also something that you can marvel at. Many of these engines include overhead camshafts that deliver smooth, silent, and pleasant driving even at high speeds. These engines are put through rigorous testing by the manufacturer engineers and they are signed off before put into an automobile to guarantee quality of these German engines. German automobile steering systems may include a built-in shock absorber to provide the vehicle with a more comfortable ride.

The coat of paint on a Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche car is smooth and glossy to show off the amount of effort that was placed into their cars. There are actually several coats of paint sprayed on the car before being polished. The last coat of paint is a sturdy clear coat that looks smooth, glossy and luscious. The finished product looks great from the tires to the superior quality of their builds and it is capable of holding up smoothly even during high speeds.

Keep in mind that a collision repair needs to be done correctly as to the vehicle manufacturer. Safety is a number one concern when repairing the Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche German cars at a reputable collision repair shop. Then, restoring the beauty of the automobile back the a new car look is the secondary priority. Bear in mind, you need to check out your auto body shop prior to taking it their even if the insurance company insists on where you should take your car to prevent a bad repair.

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