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What Is an Auto Insurance Deductible?

Posted on June 19, 2018

If you need collision repairs and file a claim on your auto insurance, chances are that you will need to pay a deductible. The deductible is usually collected by the repair shop on behalf of the insurance company, and the repair shop then works with the insurance company to get payment for whatever repairs are covered under your policy.

A deductible is simply the amount of money you have to pay before your insurance coverage pays for repairs on your car. The amount of your deductible depends on your policy. Generally, if you have a low premium, your deductible will be higher than that of someone who pays a higher premium. If you have a $500 deductible on your insurance, you will pay the auto body shop $500, and your insurance will pay for the cost of repairs over that amount.

B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. makes the confusing process of dealing with car insurance easier when you need collision repairs. We work with most insurance companies and can assist you through the claim process. To find out more about our certified collision center in Chicago, call (773) 463-1622.

The Dangers of Slow Driving in the Left Lane

Posted on June 14, 2018

Slow drivers in the left lane aren’t just an annoyance for people who like to go faster. They also increase the risk of accidents even more than speeders. This video shows why slow driving in the left lane can lead to the need for car repairs.

Driving slower than other drivers increases the risk of accidents, because it increases the number of times that cars have to change lanes in order to maneuver around the slower car. Statistics have shown that driving five miles per hour slower than other drivers is more dangerous than driving five miles per hour faster.

When a car accident happens, B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. is here to help with reliable auto body repairs. Contact our body repair shop in Chicago by calling (773) 463-1622.

A Look at the Impacts of Unrepaired Alignment Damage After a Collision

Posted on June 6, 2018

One of the most important parts of collision repair is realignment. Even if your car looks fine and you don’t need any auto body repair, it is always a good idea to have your car examined by the pros after an accident to determine if your alignment was impacted in the crash. Your car’s alignment is more sensitive than you may think—even hitting a pothole can throw it off—and it can easily be affected by minor accidents. Failing to repair alignment issues after an accident can lead to several problems for your car in the future. Here are some of the impacts of unrepaired alignment damage.

Uneven Tire Wear

Ideally, when you buy a set of tires and have them rotated regularly, they will wear evenly. This allows you to get the maximum amount of life out of each set. When your car is out of alignment, increased vibration and pressure can affect one tire more than the rest, causing that tire to wear out prematurely. This can be an inconvenience in that it causes you to have to replace one tire before you replace the rest of the set, and it can also be dangerous. As the tread wears away on the affected tire, it will grip the road less efficiently, which can contribute to accidents.

Poor Handling

Alignment issues can cause your car to pull to one side or the steering wheel to vibrate. This can make your car difficult and uncomfortable to handle. In some cases, alignment problems can cause severe pulling issues, which makes the car difficult to steer and could contribute to accidents.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency

Your tires play an important role in achieving the maximum fuel efficiency in your vehicle. As alignment problems wear down your tires, your fuel efficiency will also take a hit. Handling problems with your car can further reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

After an accident, find out if your alignment needs repairs by bringing your car in to B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. We are a certified collision center that offers full car and auto body repair services. For dependable collision repair in Chicago, call (773) 463-1622.

What to Do if Your Car Suffers Storm Damage

Posted on May 22, 2018

From hailstones to strong winds, storms can blow through quickly but leave a trail of damage in their wakes, including body damage to your car. If your car has suffered damage during a storm, here is what to do next to fix your auto body damage as quickly as possible.

Stay Safe When Evaluating Your Damage

The danger doesn’t end when a damaging storm passes. For many people, injuries happen after the storm, when they are checking out their property. Stay away from broken glass and nails on the ground, and don’t go near any downed power lines, as they may still be live. If your car is in deep water, don’t enter unless you are sure there are no power lines in the water, and don’t start your engine, as you could flood it. Push your car out, if possible, or wait for a tow or the water to recede.

Call Your Insurance Company

Filing a claim for auto body repairs for storm damage is the same as filing one for an auto accident. Simply contact your insurance company to find out what your coverage is and what, if any, deductible your plan has. Most comprehensive coverage insurance plans cover storm damage. Your insurance company cannot require you to choose a specific auto body repair shop in order to receive coverage for your damage.

Contact an Auto Body Shop

To get repairs, contact an auto body repair shop. There, you can get an estimate for the damage and find out what services need to be done to make your car look like new again. Be sure to ask the repair shop if they are certified, if they can match your paint color, and how long you can expect repairs to take.

Whether you need dent repairs from hailstorm damage or extensive collision repair services, B&L Automotive has you covered. To make an appointment for auto body repair in Chicago, call us at (773) 463-1622.

What Are the Benefits of CCC Autobody Systems?

Posted on May 15, 2018

Not all auto body repair shops are created equal, so where you decide to take your vehicle for car repairs matters. At B&L Automotive, we rely on the latest technology to ensure smooth claims management for insurance companies as well as better repair outcomes for customers. CCC Autobody Systems are one of the many tools that allow us to deliver these results.

CCC links more than 20,000 collision repair shops with 350 insurance companies and a variety of other industry partners to ensure that efficiency is being maximized at each stage of the claims and repair process. Through the system, everything from estimates to repair times is improved, thanks to analytic tools and powerful data collection and tracking.

Using CCC is one of the ways that B&L Automotive provides reliable and comprehensive collision repair, from small dents and bumper repairs to frame repairs. If you are in need of car repairs in Chicago, call (773) 463-1622 to make an appointment at our certified collision center.

Questions to Ask About Your Collision Repair Services

Posted on May 8, 2018

Being involved in an auto accident is scary, and the whole process that comes afterwards is often confusing. Many people don’t know what to expect when they take their cars in for collision repairs after an accident, or even what they should ask the collision center about the work that they are going to do. If you need auto body repairs, ask these questions about your collision repair services so you know exactly what to expect.

Do you work with my insurance company?

Most collision repair centers have someone on staff whose job it is to facilitate insurance claims and make the process easier for clients, whether you are filing the claim on your own insurance or someone else was at fault and his or her insurance is paying. Keep in mind that an insurance company cannot require you to get your job done at a specific shop. Where you get collision repairs performed is your choice.

How long will my repairs take?

A number of different factors influence how long your car repairs can take, from the number of customers whose cars were scheduled for repairs before yours to how extensive the damage to your car is. Having a good idea of how long your service will take will help you make other necessary arrangements, such as having a rental car.

How are your repair specialists trained?

Unskilled collision repairs can lead to anything from annoyances like mismatched paint jobs to serious issues like unsafe repairs. Look for a certified collision center with industry rates like I-CAR Gold Class Professionals memberships, which require auto body shops to keep up with continuing education for their technicians, so you can feel confident that skilled professionals are repairing your car using the very latest techniques.

At B&L Automotive, our certified collision center is focused on ensuring that every repair is performed at the highest standard and every customer leaves satisfied. To learn more about our auto body shop in Chicago, please call (773) 463-1622.

How to Keep Your Windshield Streak-Free

Posted on May 1, 2018

A streaky windshield is more than an annoyance. It can also interfere with your vision and contribute to the risk of accidents. Before you end up in need of collision repair from an accident that could have been prevented with better visibility, watch this video to learn more about cleaning your windshield.

Most of the streaks on windshields come from an oily film that builds up inside, thanks to off-gassing from the dashboard’s materials. In this video, you’ll learn how to remove that film and reduce the streaks and nighttime glare that affects your vision.

When an accident does occur, B&L Automotive is here with collision service to make your car look like new. For more information about car repair, call our certified collision center in Chicago at (773) 463-1622.

Get the Facts About Windshield Replacement

Posted on April 24, 2018

Early drivers had an ordinary pane of glass to protect them from the wind. Since it was ordinary glass, it was prone to shattering when struck by an object. These days, auto manufacturers understand the importance of protecting drivers and passengers from shattered glass in the event of a car collision, and so they install shatterproof windshields. Shatterproof glass is made by placing a thin sheet of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) between the two layers of glass. When the glass is broken, it sticks to the PVB layer instead of shattering and coming loose. This protects the driver and occupants, but the car will still need attention from a body shop.

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance policies include windshield repair and replacement as part of their comprehensive coverage option. Review your policy or call your insurance agent to double-check. Then, get a quote from the body shop for the windshield replacement. If you have a high deductible, it might not be worth it to file a claim if doing so would result in a higher premium. Take a few minutes to think it over before deciding.

Preparation Process

Windshield replacement can be a tricky job, so be sure to choose a repair shop with highly trained technicians. The first step in the preparation process is to remove the trim. The trim is what holds the windshield in position. Then, the technician can fasten very large, strong suction cups with handles to the windshield. These suction cups aid in lifting out the windshield safely and efficiently. Next, the technician inspects the pinch weld. The pinch weld is a little gap that pinches the windshield’s edges. Gunk can build up in this gap over time, and interfere with a proper seal. The technician will clean it out to ensure a good fit for the new windshield.

Installation Process

Next, the technician applies urethane to the pinch weld. The new windshield, which is held with the large, handled suction cups, is positioned over the car. It’s held in place within the pinch weld for several minutes to allow the urethane to set. Then, the suction cups can be taken off.

Windshield replacement is one of the many expert services we offer here at B&L Automotive. We are a certified collision center proudly serving Chicago residents since 1978. If you’ve been in a car collision, call us right away at (773) 463-1622.

What Is a Bumper Skin?

Posted on April 17, 2018

After a minor fender bender, the body shop may only need to replace the bumper skin to get rid of the signs of damage. Bumper skins are found on newer models of vehicles. They are made of flexible plastic, and fit over a piece of shock-absorbing foam attached to the structure of the bumper. First, the auto paint shop may paint the new bumper skin and let it dry before taking the old skin off.

Next, the technician needs to remove or pry up the fasteners, which are located all around the bumper skin. Any molded-in lights that are present must also be disconnected. Next, the technician will unhook the bumper skin from each wheel well before sliding it off. In some cases, the shock-absorbing foam must be replaced before the new bumper skin can be securely fastened into place.

Professional bumper repair services in Chicago are available at B&L Automotive—the trusted source for car collision repairs. Reach our team at (773) 463-1622 to request an estimate.

What Every Driver Should Know About Hidden Auto Damage

Posted on April 10, 2018

Any time you’re involved in a car accident, whether it’s a major wreck or a minor fender bender, a collision repair professional needs to give it a full evaluation. Some people are willing to ignore a few dents here and there, especially if they own an older model car. The problem with this is that car crashes often cause damage you can’t see. Hidden auto damage can shorten the lifespan of your vehicle, decrease its resale value, and jeopardize your safety.

Hidden Damage Consequences

There are a few financial and safety risks to be aware of. Hidden auto damage might not cause mechanical problems right away. But if it isn’t fixed, it’s only likely to grow worse. This might mean that the car’s occupants are at a higher risk of injuries in the event of another crash, or that the car will break down and leave you stranded. The car’s value will decrease. And if you try to fix the hidden damage long after the crash, the insurance carrier probably won’t cover it.

Complete Inspection

At the auto body shop, the technician may need to disassemble some parts in order to thoroughly inspect the car. A full inspection includes a check of these components:

  • Frame
  • Brackets
  • Suspension
  • Wiring
  • Electrical systems
  • Engine parts and mounts

Common Auto Body Problems

Any part of the car may sustain damage in a collision, even at low speeds. One common type of hidden damage occurs in the bumper. Your bumper may have little more than a scratch or two, but the technician can remove the bumper skin to verify its integrity. It’s possible that the shock-absorbing structure underneath the bumper skin has been deformed. If this is the case, the bumper won’t be able to absorb the shock from another collision. It’s the same reason why parents replace car seats after a crash, and why motorcyclists replace their helmets. Other types of hidden damage can affect these vehicular components and systems:

  • Frame
  • Alignment
  • Air bag deployment
  • Suspension
  • Steering system
  • Drivetrain
  • Brakes
  • Cooling system
  • Tubing

No matter what sort of damage your vehicle has, the collision repair experts at B&L Automotive can handle it. Our body repair shop in Chicago consists of highly trained technicians who will take care of your car as if it was their own. You can reach our shop at (773) 463-1622.

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