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Auto Painting and Body Shop Services for the Chicago Winter Season

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Auto Painting and Body Shop Services for the Winter Season in Chicago

Winter Chicago Body ShopWhen it comes to responsible car ownership, there are tasks and work that can be done by car owners who want to go the DIY route, and there are tasks reserved for the professionals. While preventive maintenance can be done without the help of the pros, repairs required due to collisions should be left in the hands of the professionals. And where you take your car will ultimately depend on the kind of repairs or upgrades to be done on your car.

A popular destination among car owners in search of repairs and maintenance is an auto body shop. An auto body shop near your area is composed of a team of mechanics and technicians who can repair, restore, replace parts and refinish frames, window glass and windshields. Like experienced mechanics, an auto body shop has access to tools, equipment and knowledge that will make the car safer to operate once again. This is the go-to team when your car was involved in an auto collision on the road. But body repairs are not just the services that can be provided by your neighborhood auto body shop. Auto body shop can become your best friend for other car-related services, especially during the winter season in Chicago.

Auto Painting & Custom Paint Jobs

Auto Paint Shop ChicagoSometimes, auto paint becomes a requirement after your car gets involved in an accident or collision of the road. When the damage on your car goes beyond the usual dents and chipping, your car will need an auto painting job to restore your car to its former glory. Keep in mind that many shops that focus on mechanical repairs may not offer auto painting jobs. Auto painting is labor-intensive, and requires training, licensing and equipment. It can become a complicated process, that requires filling, sanding, alignment and cleaning. But you can also find a full-service auto repair shop that can also offer auto paining services, on top of the usual body shop services. These full-service auto shops can cover different makes and models, including luxury cars like Audi, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes and other domestic and import cars.

An auto body shop can also provide custom paint jobs which can be done based on customer preferences and requirements. When the excessive custom paint jobs of car manufacturers will not fit the budget, the custom paint job offered by auto body shops can do the trick.

Winterizing your Car for Chicago Winters

While auto body shops are traditionally known for car repairs and replacement of windshield and glasses, these shops can also provide other services, best for the season. For example, you can count on these reputable shops when it comes to ‘winterizing your vehicles’. The winter months, especially the massive snowfall and record low temperatures, can affect the performance of your car. For example, the battery of your car can gradually die at sub-zero temperatures, fluids can thicken and the spark plug’s reliability will dip during this time. A dying battery during winter months can be avoided if you can park your car in the battery.

If you don’t have access to a garage, checking the battery before the temperature starts falling is recommended. Colder temperatures can also thicken the fluids, including the anti-freeze, oil, power steering and transmission fluids. Today, many auto body shops are offering services that can help car owners ‘winterize’ their cars. Instead of doing the dirty work, many car owners and enthusiasts are now counting on these auto body shops to change the oils, or maintain the brakes.

Face the Demands of the Winter Season

Also, auto body shops become busier during this season, due to slippery road conditions and poor visibility. Many auto body shops are reporting a spike in calls from customers and insurance companies to attend to auto body repairs and auto painting due to accidents and collisions. Due to icy conditions and slippery roads, car owners and insurance companies are requesting auto body shops to repair damages to the suspension components, tie rods, control arms, wheel bearings and axles. In short, a dependable auto body shop becomes your friend during the brutal Chicago winter season.

The winter months can be a busy and stressful season for many car owners and enthusiasts. Aside from the usual demands of the winter season, it can also compromise the performance of your car, and may even increase the chances of your car meeting a front-end collision. Take the stress out of the season- know when it’s time to contact your neighborhood auto body shop.

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Auto Collision for Luxury Vehicles

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Auto Collision Services for Luxury Vehicles

Auto Collision Services for Luxury Vehicles

Chicago Autohaus services all makes and models of luxury vehicles

Accidents happen on the road, and no matter how guarded and careful you are, you don’t have control over the other cars and drivers. So if you are involved in a luxury car collision, it’s best to immediately contact a provider like ourselves for auto collision services specializing in luxury cars in your area, after settling the documentation process and filing of a police report. Remember, accident prevention and defensive driving are important, but knowing what to do next after a luxury car collision is equally important.

What’s your Luxury Car Insurance Coverage?

Luxury and sports cars are the priciest vehicles to insure in the market. For example, the $127,700 Audi R8 Spyder V10-engine comes with the highest national premium average, with $3,384 (2012). The Mercedes-Benz CL 600 gets an average annual premium of $3,307 (2012), and the BMW 750i with an average premium worth $2,430 (2012). Since you paid a premium for these products, it’s important to take advantage of their services and perks. Get more from your insurance by understanding first the details of the luxury car insurance coverage.

Don’t wait until a car collision to happen to check out that your insurance policy will not cover the expenses that comes with towing your luxury car. Also, who will pay for the damages incurred by your luxury car after an accident? Check the insurance specifics, before contacting an auto collision service provider.

Specific Services to Expect from Auto Collision Service Provider

Just like other auto car services, auto collision services are available at different price points, so you should be ready to solicit repair estimates. Also, you can find different damages on your car immediately after a collision, and some of these potential damages (and services) are listed below.

Auto Glass and Windshield Repair. During a front-end collision, the windshield and auto glass often suffer the worst damage. From small cracks or chips, to completely smashed up windshield, these are repair problems that should be immediately addressed. Auto collision repair service providers will repair chips and cracks by injecting a special adhesive to the affected parts. Completely smashed up windshields can be replaced.
Minor dents and scratches. Minor auto collisions may not have a lasting and critical impact on the structural integrity of your luxury car. While dents and scratches may not affect the performance or structural integrity of the luxury car, keep in mind that it can clearly affect your car’s aesthetic appeal. There’s no need to worry if the dents did not affect your car’s paint. Paint-less dent repairs are usually affordable, and can be done quickly.
Custom frame repair. Most car accidents and auto collisions will often involve a damage on the car’s inner frame. The reason for this is actually ironic, since many cars are built with crumple zones in an effort to protect drivers and passengers. This means that cars become safe for passengers, but car frames become more prone to damage. Good thing auto repair service providers offer custom repair services for the car frame. When impact is minimal, some repair teams may simply ‘straighten the damaged car frame’, using a special machine. For serious damages to the frame, technicians may weld the affected area. Welding the affected part of the car may have an impact on the structural integrity of your luxury car. But there are times when the damages are massive, and the frames of your luxury car may not be repaired at all!

Whatever the damage incurred by your luxury car, it’s recommended that you always work with experts, with experience repairing luxury cars like Bentley, Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. While some repair teams may charge higher-than-usual repair rates, the services are worth your time and money. Bentley collision repair may be easy to find, but great services aren’t. And of course the same goes for Ferrari collision repair and Porsche collision repair services.

There are three important reasons why experts and experienced collision repair professionals should complete the work- mechanics are certified, they have access to advanced tools and equipment, and they receive continuous training. Many car technicians and mechanics earn specialized training and certifications from different companies and manufacturers, giving them the skills and expressed authorization to work on specific makes and models. This is critical for luxury makes and models, with special engineering, technologies and parts. If they earn a certification or at least a recognition from the car company, it means that the technician or mechanic has been trained on the same standards and specifications set forth by the automaker.

So when your luxury car gets involved in a collision on the road, respond appropriately, and get the services of a reliable provider of auto collision services for luxury vehicles. Your luxury car has provided you with regular transportation, prestige and security, and it’s about time you pamper your executive car.

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Makes and Models Affected by Autonomous Braking Systems

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Put an End to Car Wash Embarrassment- Workarounds for Some Makes and Models Affected by Autonomous Braking Systems

braking system failure in car washThere’s no denying the importance of car wash- it can help keep your car clean, and boost its value. It can also serve as a great opportunity for car owners to take some time off, relax, and pamper the car. Unfortunately, it can also come with some problems, and be a source of embarrassment as well. And the culprit is one of the industry’s best safety technology- the advanced safety and autonomous braking system.

Yes, autonomous braking systems can help secure driver and passenger safety on and off the road, but in a car wash, it can cause trouble, and put drivers on the spot! So what makes this safety technology a nightmare in many car washes around the country?

Autonomous braking system as safety requirement on the road

Thanks to calls for safe and efficient vehicles, most car manufacturers have invested in research and development in the hope of developing new technologies. One such technology is the autonomous braking system, a technology often seen in the luxury car segment. By 2017, this technology is also being adopted in other segments, in the hope of making more cars safer on the road. This technology is also seen in the 2017 Chevrolet Spark, and allows drivers to discover if there are cars in the next lane, and will automatically put on the brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA even gives out a Top Pick safety rating for makes and models that feature this technology. This is the reason why many car makers are eager to incorporate this technology in their cars, in the hope of boosting the car’s value and marketability. Unfortunately, it comes with an intended consequence when your car is at the car wash- the car won’t move.

Workarounds for various makes and models

If you are planning to get a car wash, and you’re concerned about the car’s safety, let the following experiences and workarounds to help you. Remember, car wash is supposed to be stress-free and fun, so know your options.

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 Brake IssuesWhen writer Jimmy Dinsmore checked in a car wash recently, he found his Volvo XC90 stopping on its tracks. At first, he thought that this was due to the Pedestrian Detection system, and soon found out that this was due to the manufacturer’s Pilot Assist Auto Hold Braking. This feature is helpful when you are moving through a steeped hill, and when preventing accidents. But in a car wash, this can be a cause of concern.

Although Volvo provides instructions on how to turn this off, the information is buried deep in the manual, and can be a problem if there are other cars waiting in the line. (General steps covering all Volvo vehicles are described below)

2017 Kia Cadenza

2017 Kia Cadenza

To turn off the system, you simply need to press the Auto Hold button that can be found near the car’s gear shift. As a Kia owner, it is important to know the location of the button and its purpose.

Acura TLX

Acura TLXIf you are driving an Acura TLX, simply press the ‘N’ button while the engine is running, with the foot on the brake. Within the next 5 seconds, press the Stop/Start button. Wait for the ‘Shift to Park’ text on the screen, and once displayed, you are given 15 minutes before the Acura shifts to park.

BMW 7 Series

Once you drive the car to the car wash, choose ‘N’ in the selector lever, and turn your car’s engine off.

Chrysler 200, 300
Dodge Charger
Ram 1500,2500
Jeep Grand Cherokee

You can find a manual over-ride for the RAM 1500, and the key can be found in a panel that can be found just above the parking brake release. During an emergency, you can open the panel, and just underneath this, you will find a manual release for the car’s parking position. Many vehicles that are equipped with push button start and eight-speed transmissions also come with a rotary shifter and automatic parking brake. The chief concern with using the rotary shifter is that you cannot keep the car in neutral, if the car is running.

Lexus CT200h, ES350,RC, NX, RX

These are vehicles that feature Collision Avoidance. What you can do is to turn off the Dynamic Cruise Control, and this can be done by pushing the end of the car’s cruise control stalk. This can be found on the right portion of your steering wheel. You should get a confirmation on the gauge.

Mercedes-Benz

If you want the Mercedes to stop the engine, just remove the Start/Stop button and insert the Smart Key.Turn on the ignition and depress the brake pedal, and keep it in that position. Now, pull the Start/Stop button, and insert the Smart Key. Next is to shift the car to Neutral, release its brake pedal and the electric parking brake. Now, switch off the car’s ignition, and do not remove the Smart Key in the car’s ignition lock.

Range Rover Evoque

Simply hold the car’s ‘Power’ button for at least 3 seconds, before turning the car off. Shift the Rover to neutral, and remove your foot from the brake pedal, and then pressing the ‘Power’ button once again for just one second. With the foot still on the brake pedal, simply press the emergency brake release.

Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza, WRX (automatic), Legacy, Outback and Forester

According to the manufacturer’s manual, you simply press and hold the switch for ‘Pre-Collision Braking System Off’ for 2 seconds, and this will stop the Pre- Collision Throttle Management. A light will be illuminated on the instrument panel, confirming the action.

Tesla Model S

We suggest the instructional video that is available on YouTube. This should help you run the Model S through your favorite car wash, without the usual embarrassment.

Toyota Prius, Prius V, Camry, Avalon, RAV 4, Highlander

The steps that will be described will work on those fitted with Collision Avoidance feature. If you drive one, turn off the car’s Dynamic Cruise Control, and this can be done by pressing the tip of the cruise control stalk, which you can find at the right portion of the steering wheel.

Volvo S60, V60, S80, XC60. XC90

Once the car is in the car wash, just turn off the ‘auto-hold’ function, by using the control found on the car’s center console. Now, tap ‘Settings’, ‘My Car’, ‘Electric Parking Brake’, and deselect ‘Auto Activate Parking Brake’. This will turn off the automatic function of the brake. Now, choose N in the selector, and switch off the car’s ignition by putting the start knob on ‘Stop’, and holding it for 4 seconds.

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Stand Out With These 3 Vehicle Customizations

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Car Customization- 3 Ideas that Can Differentiate Your Car from the Pack

Chicago auto customizationAlmost everyone wants to own and drive a car that reflects their personality. For many car shoppers and enthusiasts, it starts with selecting a make and model that reflects their style aspirations and personal requirements. Flashy sports cars and muscle cars are chosen by enthusiasts and car owners who want to get the job done, fast. These cars generally work for those who love the finer things in life. Busy professionals and executives can’t go wrong with luxury sedans- reliable and competent. Aside from this, car owners can also ‘define’ their cars, even after years’ worth of driving. To put a personality on the car, you can count on a car customization service. Cars will not just move you from point A to B- these are extensions of one’s personality and personal tastes, and car customization helps you get the job done.

Whether you own a Ford Focus or a BMW M3, the best way to differentiate it from the crowd is to customize it. So how do you customize, and what are the common parts and accessories that should be considered? Listed below are some suggestions on how you can work it out:

New wheels and rims

When you want to dramatically heighten the looks and stance of your car, then you need to upgrade those factory wheels. Factory wheels are fine, but bigger and flashier wheels can get second glances on the road. Some of the popular brands in the market are Konig, American Racing and BBS. Whatever brand you choose, a brand new set of wheels and rims can define your car- from a flashy sports car straight from the Need for Speed game, or an awesome luxury sedan.

Go for window tinting

When a little privacy matters, then tinting the car windows can work wonders. You can work with a car body shop and ask for a window tint to add an extra layer of privacy and protection. But more than privacy, window tinting can also increase your car’s value. It can protect your car’s interior during the summer, and keep you comfortable throughout your travel. Having a window tint can also protect you and the other passengers from the harmful UV rays. When you want this add-on, make sure you verify state laws regarding window tint use.

Aftermarket suspension

Invest in a new suspension system Aftermarket suspension parts and kits give your car or truck that ‘road attitude’. Some of the best suspension components and parts you can add or upgrade are shocks, lowering springs and coil-over kits. These are the go-to upgrades among enthusiasts looking to create a sportier ride, without compromising car handling and road performance. If you want a complete overhaul of the suspension system, make sure you work with a competent auto shop that understands the parts, and have the experience. An auto body shop will not just install the new upgrades, they can also check on front-end alignment of the car.

These are just three upgrades that you can do to differentiate your car from the pack. Exhausts and stereo add-ons are two other choice upgrades you can do on your car. Whatever tweaks or upgrades you make, make sure you work with a competent mechanic or auto body shop.

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Land Rover Aluminum Collision Repair

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Auto Collision Services for Aluminum Land Rover Body Panels

Land Rover Collision Repair ChicagoCompared to steel body panels and parts, aluminum body panels and parts are expensive. These are expensive materials, and until recently, these materials are often associated with expensive luxury cars like Jaguar XJ, Audi A8 and a number of Land Rover models. And since the repair takes time and require specialized training among mechanics and engineers, the labor costs are higher. But it does not mean that a damaged luxury car or SUV like a Land Rover will give you sleepless nights. There are auto body shops that offer specialized services, including auto repair services for aluminum-bodied Land Rover vehicles.

Land Rover and Aluminum

Just like other leading automakers around the world, Land Rover uses aluminum as a main material for its body panels. The use of aluminum as body panels can help cut the vehicle’s weight by 40 percent, thus creating a more lightweight car without compromising its structural integrity. While most Land Rovers are made from aluminum, these are manufactured using a traditional ladder frame chassis, promoting a more secure auto body. Land Rovers are lighter due to aluminum use and built for toughness, but all these can be compromised during an accident on and off the road. These accidents can damage the body panels, which may require minor repairs, or even a complete replacement.

Land Rover-Authorized Repair Centers Help Restore Your Car

When your Land Rover gets into an accident and needs body panel repairs, specialized auto body shops can help restore your vehicle to its original performance and looks. Authorized repair centers are highly trained, with access to the right equipment and parts that can help retain the integrity of your Land Rover. Authorized repair centers have the experience and the right equipment to work on an all-aluminum monocoque body shell. Auto collision services for Land Rovers with aluminum body panels come in different forms,including:

  • O.E.M. Land Rover aluminum replacement parts
  • Safe and competent body panel repairs, where Land Rovers are restored to factory looks and specifications
  • Collision Work warranty

All of these auto repair services are delivered by Land Rover-certified and aluminum collision repair trained mechanics and technicians.

Auto repair services for aluminum-bodied Land Rovers are also available in different categories, depending on the complexity of the repair job. The most popular auto repair service is a non-structural repair, which is mainly cosmetic in nature. These services normally cover repair of dents, dings, minor paint work and even aluminum panel replacement. For more complex auto repair jobs, you can count on structural repairs on the Land Rovers, like cutting, welding and straightening of the damaged frame. All these body panel repair services are performed while keeping the Land Rover commitment to quality and integrity.

Whatever type of Land Rover-related repairs are required, it is best to work with Land Rover-authorized repair shops with an understanding of Rover parts and quality. Failure to choose the right auto repair shop and not using appropriate parts and panels will compromise your safety on and off the road, and diminish the value of your Land Rover.

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5 Ways to Find a Trustworthy Auto Collision Repair Shop

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Five Ways to Locate a Dependable Auto Body Shop

Fender benders happen. We have all had one or at the very least know multiple people that have had an auto accident. With the variable of other drivers, it’s impossible to avoid colliding with another vehicle. What is not out of our hands is the, “what next”? With a little diligence, finding the right auto collision shop is not impossible.

Finding a trustworthy body shop is no easy task. You only get one check for your claim, so if you pick the wrong one, you’re stuck with the aftermath of poor quality work. This can leave a very bitter taste in anyone’s mouth, especially if you have a luxury vehicle with premium payments. So what are necessary steps needed to find an auto collision shop that can produce quality work?

  1. Checking Google business reviews is the the first step in scouting out suitable shops for your collision repair needs. Not only will you find auto collision repair shops that are nearby, you can also read reviews from previous customers that have used each facility to give you a starting point. Typically, any company with consistent 5 star reviews is an indication that the ratings may have been manipulated. Check to see if the reviewers have more than one review by clicking on their name. A 5 star rating by a user with 1 review is a clear sign that it may not be a real customer.
  2. Visit the shop to inspect the finished collision repair work first hand. Vehicle collision repair is expensive to correct, so be sure to look over their finished work to see the finished product that they are delivering to their present clients. Key points to look for are paint quality, attention to detail and integrity of work. Does the paint look glossy and clean or does it have dust or an “orange peel” appearance to the paint? Is there over spray on areas that were adjacent to the damaged areas? Is there buffing compound or masking tape still left on the finished product?
  3. Insurance affiliation is another key indicator of the quality of the auto collision shop. Nationally recognized insurance agencies fully inspect the companies that they choose to send their clients to. The last thing they need is to send their paying clients to a shop that produce poor quality work. State Farm even as goes as far as rating the turnaround times of each company from vehicle drop off to completion and pick up. Our State Farm auto collision shop in Chicago boasts a 4 day turnaround time compared to the national average of 11 days. Turn around time is also a key factor to look for, since insurance companies typically limit the length of time that they will pay for your rental vehicle.
  4. In today’s business world, every progressive company has some form of social media. From Twitter and Facebook to Instagram, companies are proud to display their work to anyone willing to look and engage with them. Now of course, quality of work can not be seen though hand picked pictures. However, the quality and type of vehicles can be. A company that regularly accepts luxury vehicles is not by coincidence. It is a clear indication of premium work being done. If you are driving a vehicle above the grade of the cars being worked on, you may need to continue your search.
  5. Lastly, trust your instinct and intuition. Upon your visit, meet with the owner or manager and get a feeling for their character. You can really tell quite a bit from conversation and asking some questions. Ask how long they have been in business, or how they got into the business. A business owner with passion for his trade will be radiantly apparent. This will give you your final indication to feel comfortable in leaving your precious vehicle with your chosen auto collision repair shop.
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