Collision With an Uninsured Driver in Everett? What Do You Do?

uninsured driver collision everettWhat do you do if you’re in a collision with an uninsured driver? Will your insurance cover you? Here we cover a few of the basics.

What to Do When in a Collision With an Uninsured Driver

For the most part, you go through the same process anytime you have an accident. First, find a safe location to pull over; then make sure all parties involved are okay. Call 911 if anyone requires medical assistance.

Take photos of both vehicles from multiple angles. Also, be sure to take a photograph of the other driver’s license plate. Next, call your insurance company to report the incident. You should also ask to see the other driver’s license. Keep in mind that the driver may not cooperate because driving without insurance will incur a penalty.

Be ready to describe the incident to law enforcement and the insurance company exactly as you remember it.

What Happens Next?

So you’ve discovered the other driver doesn’t have insurance. What happens now? If you’re at fault, your insurance will cover the damage to the other vehicle. If the uninsured driver is at fault, one of two things may occur.

If your policy includes uninsured motorist coverage, the insurance company will foot the cost of collision repairs. Another scenario is that your insurance company will cover damages to your vehicle by suing the uninsured driver. If this happens, you may need to appear in court to give a testimony.

We Handle the Repairs 

Whatever the circumstances of the accident, bring your car to Absolute Auto Body for repairs and auto painting restoration. Our warranty covers all facets of our work. If you’re in a collision with an uninsured driver, stay calm and proceed as you would in any other auto incident, and contact us for help!

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Posted on January 15, 2022 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

How Auto Paint Blending Works in Everett & Lynnwood

auto paint blending everettAuto paint blending is one car repair area where we never recommend DIY fixes. Blending paint is a complex process that requires professional work. We’ll explain the intricate process of paint blending used to restore a scratch or damaged panel.

Auto Paint Blending at a Glance

You can’t merely paint over a scratch using an identical paint color and expect a perfect restoration. You’ll still be able to distinguish between the new paint and the rest of the vehicle’s color. With a single glance you can tell that restoration work was done, because of the clear edges and lines.

Auto paint blending is a process that blends the restorative paint with the rest of the car.

The Auto Paint Blending Process

We may implement multiple processes depending on the extent of damage. Usually, we sand the damaged area, cover up the rest of the car, and apply paint using a spray gun. We may apply up to three coats for enamel paint and as many as eight coats for lacquer. Once dried (usually within 24 hours), we sand the area again, repeating the process until the paint matches perfectly with the rest of the vehicle.

With collision repairs, we may have to restore an entire panel. In this instance, we may paint over the damaged panel and lightly spray the adjacent panels to achieve a nice blend.

As you can see, the process is complex. The process may also differ depending on the nature of damage. This is why you’ll probably be disappointed with the results of a DIY fix.

We Achieve a Perfect Paint Blend

Bring your car to Absolute Auto Body for restoring cosmetic damages. All our collision and paint restorations are backed by a warranty. With professional paint blending, the damaged area will blend nicely with the adjacent panels. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Auto Paint Blending & Restoration in Everett & Lynnwood

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Posted on December 10, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

The Truth About Cars with Matte Paint in Everett

cars with matte paint everettCars with matte paint finishes have become quite trendy in recent years because of their sandy texture and non-reflective surface. This is the opposite of the once-sought-after glossy shine and bling of the cars of yesteryear. Matte finishes, though, come at a cost. We’ll explain the downsides of this type of auto paint.

Scratches Stand Out More on Cars with Matte Paint

Unfortunately, blemishes are far more noticeable on a cars with matte finish. Scratches are also more difficult to remove because restoration through polishing or wet sanding is ineffective. Furthermore, most owners are unable to find the exact color shade to fill in the scratch. This leaves only two options: leaving the scratch as is or repaint. 

Paint Care

You can’t polish matte paint because it will create a shine, thus defeating the whole appeal of a flat finish. You’ll have to use a cleaner specifically formulated for matte finishes. You’ll also need to use a matte paint sealer and matte protection film for the best surface preservation. All in all, matte paint is more expensive to maintain. This is why the finish is only found on high-end vehicles. Also, the paint is more vulnerable to the abrasive materials in a drive-through car wash. Only wash by hand.

The Warranty

Due to the higher risk of damage to the paint, most manufacturers don’t provide additional warranties for a repaint. This means maintaining the paint and sheen is entirely up to you.

We Repaint Matte-Painted Cars

Did your car incur a blemish from a collision, runaway shopping cart, or bird doo? Bring your car to Absolute Auto Body for a complete or partial auto repaint. Cars with matte paint especially require professional care in order to retain their flat appearance. Contact us today for more information.

Repaint for Cars with Matte Paint & All Auto Paint Types in Everett

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Posted on November 7, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

How to Respond to Road Rage in Lynnwood

road rage lynnwoodIn Lynnwood, as is true in most large cities with busy highways, tailgating and cutting drivers off are common occurrences. Most people are level-headed enough to let these infractions go. However, some people may respond with road rage and violence. What should you do in response?

Confronted by a Driver With Road Rage in Lynnwood?

Most road rage incidents are fairly minor and result in horn honks, yelling, and explicit hand gestures. When this happens, don’t engage with the angry driver; don’t even make eye contact. Often, this is enough to diffuse the situation.

What if the driver begins tailgating and following you? If you feel threatened, call 911. Don’t pull over; continue to drive even if a minor collision occurs.

If the angry driver persists in following you, look for a police station or even a fire department. If those are unavailable, pull into a busy parking lot. Remain inside your car until law enforcement arrives.

What to Do in a Face-to-Face Confrontation?

In the event you exit your vehicle and the other driver confronts you, keep it cool and apologize. Say you’re sorry no matter who’s at fault; safety comes before your pride. Don’t argue with the aggressor even if he or she was in the wrong.

How to Avoid Aggravating Another Driver

You may enrage a motorist without even realizing it. To avoid this, do your best to follow these tips:

  • Never tailgate
  • Always use your turn signals
  • Always follow the right-of-way rules
  • Never abruptly change lanes, especially without signaling

Safety Is Priority

As a collision repair and auto paint service, we hear about road rage incidents all the time from customers. Bring your vehicle to Absolute Auto Body for servicing if it was in a fender bender. Remember, never engage with an irate road rage driver. Contact us today!

Assisting with Road Rage, Collision Repair & Auto Paint Touchups in Lynnwood

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Posted on October 11, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Three Reasons to Never Ignore Car Dents in Everett

Car Dents LynnwoodA quarter-size dent is no reason to sound the alarm, though it 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, car dents 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.

Rust Issues

The car’s auto paint is more than a cosmetic element. It also acts as a seal that protects the metal from contaminants. When the seal is broken, the metal becomes exposed to elements like dirt, salt, and moisture; these all lead to rust. Aside from making your car look like an old clunker, rust also weakens metal. Just as brittle bones are more likely to break, rusted metal is more likely to crumple in a collision.

It Ruins the Aesthetic

Under the right lighting conditions, some dents are visible from even a block away. If you own a light-colored car, the dent is even more noticeable. Do you really want to drive around in a blemished vehicle?

We’ll Inspect and Repair Your Car Dent in Everett

Bring your car over to Absolute Auto Body. We’ll take a look at the car dent and let you know if it poses a safety issue. All our repairs and car dent restoration work is backed by a material and workmanship warranty. Contact us today for quality dent repair services.

Full Collision Repair & Restoration of Car Dents in Everett & Lynnwood

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Posted on September 8, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Sun-Damaged Cars: A Common Summer Problem in Everett

sun-damaged-cars everettEverett isn’t the hottest region in the U.S., but this summer’s heat dome sure made it feel that way. Even without this year’s intense heat, for those who park outside, sun-damaged cars are commonplace and a result of daily UV ray exposure. We’ll explain steps you can take to prevent it.

How Sun-rays Damage Car Surfaces

On a sunny day, some car owners prefer to let their vehicle “air dry” after a wash. This is a mistake. Always dry the car using a chamois cloth. When water dries on a car surface, the minerals remain behind and adhere to the auto paint. Over time, this abrades the car’s clearcoat. The end result is badly faded paint. Furthermore, the high temperatures also strip the gloss right off the paint.

Sun-damaged cars are especially prevalent in desert climates like Las Vegas and Phoenix. However, just because Everett and Lynnwood have cooler climates doesn’t mean cars are immune.

Prevention Measures

Wax your car after washing it. The wax acts as a barrier that protects the paint from UV rays. It also helps repel dirt and grime. We recommend waxing every three months. If water beads don’t form after a wash, the wax is nearly gone.

If you’re in the process of buying a new vehicle, consider purchasing a lighter-colored car. Darker paints absorb more heat and are more prone to fading from sun damage. If you already notice extensive fading, bring your vehicle to a collision center for a paint restoration.

We Restore Sun-Damaged Cars in Everett & Lynnwood

We’ve restored hundreds of car surfaces of all vehicle makes and models. Contact us at Absolute Auto Body if the fading paint is painfully obvious. Go to our gallery to see some of our restored paintwork. 

Complete Car Paint Restoration for Sun-Damaged Cars in Everett

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Posted on August 9, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

The 4 Car Dent Types Explained in Everett

Car Dent TypesBecause car dents are created by a variety of objects and incidents, getting them repaired also varies. Knowing about the different car dent types can help you determine what steps you’ll need to take to have them repaired. Our collision repair center can restore all of the dent types listed below.

Round

The most common cause of round dents is hail. Depending on the size of the hail, these dents are shallow, making them quite easy to repair.

Sharp

What causes a sharp dent? If you’ve ever been surprised by a dent like this in a parking lot, someone may have opened their car door on your car, or perhaps it was caused by a careening shopping cart. Dents like these create a crease in the metal, and are deeper than round dents. If the impact is severe enough, sharp dents can also result in punctured metal.

Creased

If your vehicle strikes an object and drags it along, the result is a creased dent. This may occur when a driver drives past a low-hanging tree branch, or when a bicyclist glides past a car and grazes the surface with the handlebar. Creased dents often also cause scratches that scrape away a layer or two of the auto paint.

Collision

If you’ve ever been in a collision, you know the resulting dent or dents can be ugly and expensive. These are the dents of the worst kind. The faster the vehicles are traveling at the time of impact, the worse the resulting dents. Repairing these dents often means ordering new parts.

Restoring all Car Dent Types in Everett

Absolute Auto Body will restore any dent regardless of the type or what caused it. Our gallery showcases some of our work in action. Our process treats all car dent types for all vehicle makes and models. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Experts on Car Dent Types & Restoration in Everett

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Posted on July 7, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Steps to Take After an Out-of-Town Car Accident in Lynnwood

out-of-town car accident lynnwoodFor many, summer is synonymous with roadtrips. Whether your plans take you a few dozen miles or a few thousand, an out-of-town car accident may occur. What do you do if you have an accident out of town?

Do This First

For the most part, you follow the same steps you would in a collision close to home. This includes the logical steps immediately after a crash, such as:

  • Exchanging contact info with all involved motorists
  • Calling 911 if anyone was hurt
  • Obtaining contact info from eyewitnesses
  • Taking photos of the scene and closeups of any damage

Before You Contact Your Insurance Carrier

Most insurance policies cover all claims that occur anywhere within the continental U.S. Some may even cover collisions outside the U.S. Before contacting yours, have all the above information gathered and at hand, including the photos of collision areas on all vehicles involved. Your agent will thank you.

Locate a Collision Center

You may be able to take your vehicle to a collision repair center near your home depending on the severity of the collision. If the damage is more severe, you may have to take it to a repair shop near the site of the accident.

If this is the case, be sure to check the warranty. If an issue with the repair occurs after you’ve returned home, it may be impossible to recoup any losses.

We Cover Out-of-Town Car Accident Repairs

If the damage is relatively minor, bring the car to Absolute Auto Body after your trip, especially for cosmetic damages, such as a dent or scratch in the auto paint. In short, treat an out-of-town car accident as any other collision scenario. Contact us with all your auto body needs!

Your Experts for Out-of-Town Car Accidents in Lynnwood

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Posted on June 8, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

 

How to Conquer Driving Phobia in Lynnwood

driving phobia lynnwoodWhen people come to us for collision repair, they’ve usually been in an auto accident. One of the problems some people experience after a collision is a fear of driving. A driving phobia is debilitating because most Lynnwood residents must drive everyday.

Steps to Overcoming a Driving Phobia in Lynnwood

Although you may not WANT to get behind the wheel right away after you’ve had an accident, the worst thing you can do is avoid driving altogether. The key is to slowly regain your confidence by taking small steps. You don’t have to confront your anxiety head on by driving on the freeway during morning rush hour; perhaps driving around the neighborhood on a Sunday morning would be a better way to start. As you regain confidence, you’ll be able to resume driving on a busier street. When you’re ready, drive on the freeway on the right lane until the next one or two exits. Soon you’ll find you’re back to your old driving self.

Change Your Mind

Your mind may naturally conjure up scenarios similar to the collision that caused your anxiety in the first place. If this happens, recognize it and practice taken the thoughts captive by taking deep breaths. If you notice muscle tension, such as tightly gripping the steering wheel, choose to loosen your body.

You can also practice the progressive muscle relaxation technique. Tighten a muscle area for seven to 10 seconds before completely relaxing. Repeat for every muscle group.

Restore Your Confidence Behind the Wheel

Bring your vehicle to Absolute Auto Body for repairs and auto paint restoration after a collision. Our warranty covers most restorative work. If driving phobia develops after a collision, please don’t let the fear prevent you from getting behind the wheel again. Contact us today!

Help Overcoming Driving Phobia for Lynnwood Motorists

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Posted on May 8, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Watch out for Towing Scams in Lynnwood

towing scamsMost of us have had to call for a towing service at least once, usually preceded by an unexpected car collision or an overheated vehicle. While awaiting towing, be aware of the current roadway racket. Towing scams are all too real in and around Lynnwood and across the country.

How Towing Scams Work

Accident chasers/towing companies either listen to police scanners and then show up at crash sites or watch for vehicles pulled over on the roadside. The tow truck companies charge inflated fees, either attempting to steal from insurance companies or car owners who don’t have insurance. If you can’t provide payment, they may hold your vehicle hostage until you can.

Many “bandit” tow drivers also seek out parked cars on company premises and concoct bogus excuses for towing them.

How to Avoid Scammers

Your first line of defense is to only accept towing from the towing company you called. If your insurance provider arranges towing for you, get the name of the tow company.

Second, when the authorized tower arrives, don’t allow your vehicle to be hooked to the truck until you see the printed invoice. This should outline the total fee, how much insurance covers, etc. Before the tow truck leaves, know exactly where the driver is taking your vehicle. 

Car Troubles?

We provide towing as part of our additional services. We have a partnership with Simon & Sons towing service, so politely turn down passing tow trucks with any other company name. The tow truck will bring your car to Absolute Auto Body where we perform collision and auto paint repairs. Keep these cautions in mind; don’t become a victim of towing scams. Contact us today to learn about our limited lifetime warranty.

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Posted on April 12, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business