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

Two locations to serve you: Everett and Lynnwood


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.

Providing Autobody Service & Helping You Avoid Towing Scams in Everett 

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

How to Fight Off Drowsy Driving in Lynnwood

drowsy driving lynnwoodHave you ever nodded off at the wheel? It’s a scary feeling, especially if, when you awaken, you find you’ve narrowly missed going off the road or hitting another vehicle. Drowsy driving is really dangerous, and can result in serious injuries and even death. Following are a few safety tips to help you avoid falling asleep at the wheel.

Drowsy Driving Statistics

According to AAA, falling asleep while driving accounts for 12.5% of fatal collisions. One in three drivers have admitted to nodding off behind the wheel.

As drivers, we resort to a variety of methods to stay awake. Many of us use caffeine. Others choose listening to loud music, opening the windows toi let the cold air in, eating, and talking on the phone.

Combatting Driving When You’re Tired

We don’t really recommend any of the methods mentioned above. Drinking caffeinated drinks produces an immediate surge of energy, but it doesn’t last long. This isn’t good if you’re going to be on the road for more than an hour. Research shows that methods like singing and opening the windows aren’t effective for long.

We believe these methods are more effective:

  • Switch drivers with a well-rested passenger
  • Avoid alcohol intake, even in moderation
  • Avoid driving during nighttime hours if possible
  • Take a power nap before you get in the car. You can also pull over for a quick nap halfway through your trip.

Check Your Energy Levels Before Starting Your Vehicle

If drowsy driving resulted in a collision or damage to your auto paint, drop off your car at Absolute Auto Body to fix the damage. Our warranty covers the restoration work. Please remember that since drowsy driving could have grave consequences, you should avoid it at all costs.

Drowsy Driving & Major Collision Repair in Lynnwood

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

Safe Car Colors That Lower Collision Risk in Lynnwood

safe car colors lynnwoodHere is an additional safety feature that might prevent a fender bender in Lynnwood: safe car colors! Yes, your car’s auto paint may actually mitigate the odds of a collision. A matter of taste could possibly be a matter of safety and security. Keep this in mind when you’re in the market for a new vehicle.

Not As Safe

Visibility – others being able to see you – is an overlooked safety objective.  Research indicates that certain car colors are involved in more collisions than others. Black vehicles are 12% more likely to be involved in an accident during day hours, and a whopping 47% at night. 

As a general rule, dark colors blend in. Deeper shades of blue, red, green, purple, and brown are harder to see on the road, especially at night and in wet conditions.

How does gray stack up?  While gray vehicles reflect light and can be highly visible in daylight, they aren’t so good at dusk or in heavy fog.

Safer Car Colors

It stands to reason that white is highly visible in all conditions, and across day and night. Tan and beige cars are likely to stand out more, too. But if you’re looking for more pop, think about bright and light shades of greens, oranges, and yellows.  In case you’re wondering, safe car colors won’t help with your insurance premium. 

All Colors Welcome in Lynnwood

Our paint restoration covers all colors and shades; check out our gallery. Contact Absolute Auto Body today. Stay safe, and when you need superior paint or collision services, bring your car to Absolute Auto Body. You can trust us with all your auto body needs.

Safe Car Colors: Auto Paint Restoration for all Car Colors in Lynnwood

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Posted on February 5, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

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

car seat after a collision everettYour baby is your most precious cargo in a commute. This leads to a pressing question: Should you replace your child’s car seat after a collision in Everett? How can you tell if the seat is still safe?

When to Replace Your Child’s Car Seat After A Collision

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if your child’s seat is involved in a moderate to severe crash it needs to be replaced. How can you tell the difference between the two?

NHTSA considers an accident minor according to the following conditions.  If you can still safely operate your vehicle immediately after the collision; if the impact that occurred didn’t cause the airbags to deploy; if the door closest to the child’s seat isn’t damaged; if no one in the vehicle sustained injuries that required medical attention; and if damage to the vehicle is only aesthetic, such as a small dent in the frame or chipped auto paint.

It’s still important to inspect your child’s seat. Take off the cushion and any padding and check for cracks. Take the seat out and reinstall it. If it doesn’t fit like it did before, replace it.

Check the Car Seat Manual

Read the user manual for further instructions and inspect the seat post-accident. Some manufacturers suggest replacing the seat even after a minor collision.

We’ll Assess the Damage in Everett

Bring your car to Absolute Auto Body if you’ve been in an accident. While we don’t inspect baby seats, we do inspect vehicles to assess the damage. Most of our service includes a warranty. Contact us today to set up a free consultation for all your automotive needs.

Assessing Your Child’s Car Seat After a Collision in Everett

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

Should You Keep Your Car Insurance Claim Money in Everett?

car insurance claim moneyConsider this scenario: you were in an car accident. You went through the process with your insurance company, put in a claim, and received a check in the mail. Can you keep the car insurance claim money, or do you have to spend it on car repairs?

You May Keep the Car Insurance Claim Money (Usually)

In most cases, the insurance policy doesn’t require you to spend the claim money repairing your vehicle. The insurance company has no stake in whether you repair your car or spend the money elsewhere. That is, unless you have a loan on your car. In this case, the lender may include provisions in your borrowing agreement requiring you to spend the settlement check on repairs. This helps guarantee the car will be in normal condition in the event you default on the loan and the lender repossesses it.

Know the Nature of the Damage

Bring your vehicle to Absolute Auto Body so we can assess the damage. You definitely need to repair the vehicle if damages affect the car’s operation. This includes damages to vital parts, such as the tires, wheel bearings, suspension, cooling system, or seat belts. If damages are limited to auto paint or other cosmetic blemishes, then you may choose to hold onto the car insurance claim money.

We’ll Assess Your Vehicle in Everett

Always know the extent of damage before deciding what to do with the claim money. Should you decide to proceed with repairs, our service comes with a VisionPLUS Lifetime Warranty. When you want a professional opinion regarding whether to keep the car insurance claim money or have your vehicle repaired, contact our collision repair pros.

Car Insurance Claim Money: Assessment and Collision Repairs in Everett

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Posted on December 7, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business