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How to Prevent Damage to Your Car's Paint

Posted on February 19, 2016

Keeping your car looking like great starts with paint protection. There are two types of products that act as a barrier against road salt, bird droppings, tree sap, and other debris that can damage your car’s paint and finish. This video explains the differences between waxes and sealants so you know which product to use to prevent damage to your car’s paint.

B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. of Chicago can reverse damage to your car’s paint thanks to our high-tech computerized paint matching services. We can also repair auto body damage resulting from corrosion, dings, dents, and collisions big and small. Contact us online or call us at (773) 463-1622 to learn more about our auto body repair and car painting services. You can also stop by our auto body shop located at 3830 N. Kedzie for a free service estimate.

Tips for Choosing an Auto Body Shop

Posted on February 10, 2016

As a vehicle owner, the auto body shop is one of the last places you want to visit—but that doesn’t mean you should pick just any shop to get the repairs done quickly. When your car’s body is involved, it’s important that the technicians who handle the repairs are capable of providing you with outstanding results. But with so many different body shops in Chicago, how do you know which facility is the best for your vehicle, your wallet, and your peace of mind? Here are some tips for picking the right auto body shop in Chicago.

Ask for Recommendations

A great way to begin your search for an auto body shop is by asking friends, family members, coworkers, and neighbors for recommendations. Chances are someone you know has recently had a body shop experience, and even if no one can offer a positive recommendation you might at least find out which shops to avoid based on the experience of others.

Look for Certified Technicians

Certified auto body technicians will give you greater of peace of mind and confidence knowing that your vehicle is in the hands of highly trained and highly skilled professionals. ASE and I-Car are two of the premier certifications for auto body shops and technicians. If you see either of these certifications, you can trust that the repairs will be handled correctly.

Get a Service Estimate

So you’ve narrowed it down to a few ASE-certified auto body repair shops in your area that have stellar reviews and offer the services your car needs—now what? At this point it’s a good idea to get a written service estimate from the auto body shops you are considering. Although price is not the only factor to consider when choosing between multiple auto body shops, this is an important step regardless of whether or not you plan to get multiple quotes or go with the highly-rated auto body shop down the street.

B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. has ASE-certified and I-Car Gold Class auto body repair technicians ready to assist you with all of your auto body and collision repair needs. Visit our shop for a free service estimate, or call us at (773) 463-1622 to learn more about the services we offer.

Top Reasons to Repaint Your Car

Posted on February 3, 2016

There are plenty of automotive maintenance and repair services that most drivers wouldn’t think twice about getting, including the likes of oil changes and collision repair. Unfortunately, auto body painting isn’t one of those services most car owners immediately see the value in. But there are actually quite a few good reasons to repaint your car, including:

Improve Resale Value

If you drive an older vehicle, it’s likely your car’s paint job is looking long in the teeth. Whether your car’s paint is chipped, faded, peeling, or scratched, a new paint job can vastly improve your vehicle’s exterior appearance and, as a result, it’s resale value. Not only can a new paint job help you get more when the time comes to sell or trade in your vehicle, but it can also help you sell your vehicle more quickly.

Prevent Rust

Rust is a big problem for drivers in Chicago, particularly those who live and drive here during the winter. A new paintjob can help prevent rust from forming on your car by adding an extra layer of protection from the elements that cause rust in the first place, including moisture and road salt.

Hide Collision Repair

If you were previously involved in an accident and took your car to a cut-rate collision repair shop in Chicago, you might have one or more body panels that don’t quite match the rest of your car. Repainting your car is an easy way to hide previous collision repair, which can help when the time comes to sell or trade in your vehicle.

For high-quality auto paint services in Chicago, bring your car to B&L Automotive Repairs. Although we are known as the Chicagoland’s premier collision repair facility, we have also been delivering professional car paint jobs since 1978. From touchups to full-body paint jobs, our automotive technicians do it all. Call us today at (773) 463-1622 to learn more.

Questions to Ask a Prospective Auto Body Shop

Posted on January 27, 2016

Although your insurance provider may have a list of preferred auto body repair shops in your area, it’s entirely up to you where you decide to have your car repaired following an accident. But with the great number of collision repair shops in Chicago to choose from, how do you know which one you can trust with your vehicle? Here are some questions to ask a prospective auto body shop to feel confident in your decision.

  1. Do you offer a warranty?

The first sign of a quality auto body repair shop is if they offer a warranty. You can also tell a lot about the quality of the repair services by the length of the warranty. After all, would a cut-rate auto body shop offer a lifetime warranty on its repairs?

  1. Are your technicians certified?

For the ultimate confidence and peace of mind, make sure to leave your vehicle in the hands of highly-trained and capable auto body repair technicians. The best way to identify these experts is through industry certifications such as those offered by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and I-CAR.

  1. Can I get the estimate in writing?

A reliable and trustworthy auto body repair shop will have no problem offering you a free written estimate. Be wary of shops that either don’t offer estimates or won’t put the estimates in writing. Although the final price may vary from the estimate, having something in writing gives you more peace of mind that you won’t be taken advantage of and overcharged.

If you’re looking for a reliable auto body repair shop in Chicago, look no further than B&L Automotive Repairs. All of the work we provide is covered under a lifetime warranty and completed by I-CAR Gold Class and ASE-certified collision repair technicians. Call our auto body shop at (773) 463-1622 to learn more about our services.

Auto Detailing 101

Posted on January 21, 2016

Nothing compares to the look, feel, and smell of a brand-new car. And while you can’t keep your vehicle in the same condition it was when you first drove it off the lot, you can get it as close as possible to looking, feeling, and even smelling like new with a professional auto detailing service. Watch this video to learn more about the different levels of auto detailing services and what to expect from a professional detailing.

If you’re the type of driver who cares enough to detail your car, you’ll appreciate the quality services provided by B&L Automotive Repairs. Our auto body and collision repair services are second to none, thanks in large part to our ASE-certified technicians and the attention to detail they bring to every repair job. We also provide full-body auto paint services. To learn more about our auto body repair and painting services in Chicago, call us at (773) 463-1622.

A Few Tips for Selecting Auto Insurance

Posted on January 11, 2016

With so many different auto insurance providers on so many different auto insurance policies to choose from, selecting the right provider and the best policy can seem like a daunting task. There are plenty of great resources that can help guide you through the insurance selection process step-by-step, but here are a few quick tips to keep in mind as you compare rates:

  • Research minimum auto insurance requirements in your state to ensure that the policy you choose meets minimum legal coverage in your state
  • Obtain auto insurance quotes from as many insurance providers as possible in order to make an “apples-to-apples” comparison between different policies and providers
  • If you are considering purchasing auto insurance from a broker or independent agent, make sure the provider is licensed to sell auto insurance in the state

No matter auto insurance provider you go with, B&L Automotive Repairs works with all insurance companies to achieve the best results for our customers. When you bring your car to B&L Automotive Repairs for auto body service or collision repairs in Chicago, you can be sure that we’ll work closely with your insurance company to speed up the claims process. Call us at (773) 463-1622 to learn more.

Tips for Finding a Reputable Body Shop

Posted on January 4, 2016

Getting your car back to normal after an accident is probably one of your biggest concerns. However, you’ll do yourself (and your wallet) a big favor in the long-run if you take your time and make sure you find an auto body shop you can trust instead of going with the first one you drive by on your way home from work. But with so many different auto body shops in Chicago to choose from, how do you know which one to go with? Here are some quick tips for finding a collision repair shop you can feel confident leaving your car with:

  • Look for an auto body shop that has many years of experience and plenty of positive reviews to back up their quality claims
  • For greater confidence and peace of mind, select an auto body shop that guarantees it’s work with a lifetime warrantee
  • An auto body shop that works with most insurance companies is another sign of quality and an indication that you can trust their work

If you are in need of auto body repair in Chicago, get in touch with the experts at B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. by calling (773) 463-1622. We look forward to showing you why we’ve been one of the best auto body shops in Chicago since 1978.

Preventing Car Rust During the Winter Season

Posted on December 30, 2015

Driving in freezing winter temperatures brings a lot of challenges and inconveniences. In addition to scraping ice off your windshield, putting on snow tires, and warming up your car each morning before hitting the road, you also need to worry about preventing body and undercarriage damage to your vehicle due to road salt. The combination of road salt and melting snow can cause major damage to the point that you may need to visit an auto body shop in Chicago to restore your vehicle. To help keep your car rust-free this winter, here are some tips for preventing car rust due to road salt.

Wash Your Car Frequently

The best way to prevent rust is to wash your car more frequently in the wintertime than you do in other seasons. Many car washes in Chicago offer steam cleaning and undercarriage cleaning in addition to traditional services to help remove all traces of road salt to keep rust at bay.

Keep Your Car Waxed

Wax is essentially a force field around your vehicle that protects the paint job and body from corrosion, scratches, and other forms of cosmetic damage. For ultimate rust protection this winter, have your vehicle re-waxed and sealed when you have your car washed.

Address Minor Rust Damage Early

Rust can spread quickly, so it’s important that you bring your vehicle to an auto body repair shop at the first sign of corrosion anywhere on your car. Auto body shops in Chicago can take care of rust before it spreads and causes anymore damage, or gets any more expensive to repair.

If you notice rust on your car this winter, visit B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. Since 1978 we have provided auto body and collision repair services for drivers in the Chicagoland area. Our auto body technicians can repair minor rust damage or replace entire panels that have worn away due to corrosion. Call us at (773) 463-1622 to learn more.

How Does the Auto Painting Process Work?

Posted on December 18, 2015

One of the first things people notice about your car is the paint job. If your car’s paint is chipped, faded, or otherwise imperfect, it can make everything else about your vehicle look worse. And if you’ve recently had auto body repair work done at a shop that doesn’t specialize in paint matching or paintless dent repair, the new panels or body work might stick out from the rest of your vehicle. Fortunately, getting your car looking like new is as easy as visiting a body shop in Chicago that provides professional auto painting services. Here’s a look at the process you can expect after dropping your vehicle off for painting.

Pre-Cleaning and Surface Prep

Prior to painting your vehicle, the body must be thoroughly cleaned and prepped to ensure proper paint adhesion and a uniform finish. First, the original paint job will be removed using a sandblaster or grinder. Next, the exposed bare metal is cleaned with a surface conditioner that removes contaminants, wax, and grease. Finally, adjacent car components such as windows, tires, rims, and plastic materials will be taped to prevent being painted over.

Computerized Paint Matching

If you are only have a single area painted, such as the rear bumper or hood, the auto body specialist will use computerized systems and techniques to ensure a perfect match to the existing paint job. This is why it’s important that you go to an auto body shop in Chicago that specializes in paint matching if you are in need of collision repair or auto body work.

Paint Application

After all areas have been prepared and the car has been taped off, the selected paint will be applied using a high-performance commercial paint sprayer. After a few coats, a sealer is applied on top of the paint job to protect it from the elements and minor scratches. The auto body shop will then remove the tape and prepare your vehicle for pickup.

If you want to change the look of your car or need to have a section of your car repainted to match the rest of it, bring your vehicle to B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. We provide professional auto paint services in Chicago. We can be reached at (773) 250-1976.

Car Insurance Claims 101

Posted on December 8, 2015

A car accident can be chaotic and stressful; dealing with your insurance company after the fact shouldn’t be. To get your insurance claim approved as quickly as possible and to minimize the stress of dealing with your insurance company, first make sure you take picture of your vehicle any everything that was involved in the accident. The more evidence and information you can provide to your insurance company, the faster and easier it will be to get your claim approved. Watch this video for more information on the insurance claims process.

If you’ve been involved in a collision and want your car looking like new as quickly as possible, visit the auto body experts at B&L Automotive Repair, Inc. We have more than 30 years of experience providing collision repair services in Chicago, and we work with most insurance companies to help get you back on the road faster. Contact us online or call us at (773) 463-1622 to learn how we can help with your collision repair insurance claim.

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