• Will Collision Damage Affect My Warranty?

    Will Collision Damage Affect My Warranty?

    Collision damage may increase the premiums on your auto insurance, but what happens to your car’s warranty? It depends on the amount of damage done to your vehicle, how it was repaired, and what caused it. Here’s what you need to know about how collision repairs will affect your warranty. Salvage Titles Manufacturer warranties are

  • What Causes Paint to Chip?

    What Causes Paint to Chip?

    While major paint damage is becoming rarer as coatings technology improves, all vehicles will have chipped paint at some point. What causes these chips, and what can you do to prevent them? Why Does Paint Chip? The harder something strikes paint, the more likely it will chip off. However, if the paint is in good

  • Collision Repair Jargon

    Collision Repair Jargon

    Are you having trouble following the work that needs to be done after an accident? Do you feel like your insurance agent is speaking another language? Here are some of the most common terms used by the collision repair industry and what they mean. Parts and Repairs OEM: This stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” These

  • Contour Mapping: Keeping Body Repairs from Looking Like Repairs

    Contour Mapping: Keeping Body Repairs from Looking Like Repairs

    Fixing a dent or a scratch doesn’t require a repair in just that area. Even minor imperfections can stand out, creating visible differences between original surfaces and the repair. People in the industry call this “contour mapping.” Like the elevation lines on a topographic map, these shifts in paint and surface quality result in dramatic

  • Wiring: An Increasingly Critical and Complex Component in Collision Repair

    Wiring: An Increasingly Critical and Complex Component in Collision Repair

    In the 1960s, the wiring harness for a typical car just needed to power the lights and horn, so it only weighed around 10 lbs. Today, a luxury vehicle with all the modern convenience and safety features along with electronic control systems for the engine and drive system has a wiring harness that can weigh

  • Keeping Up with ADAS in Collision Repair

    Keeping Up with ADAS in Collision Repair

    It may be a few years before we have autonomous cars, but self-driving technology is making its way into cars to improve safety and drivability. These Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) include features like lane-keep assist, collision mitigation, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control and automatic braking. While they can do a lot to help

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