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How to Document Car Accident Damage

Posted on June 29, 2014

Two Drivers Arguing After Traffic Accident

Most times it’s easy to tell which driver is at fault for an auto accident, but sometimes it isn’t. To better your chances of obtaining just compensation from your auto insurance company, it’s important that you obtain as much evidence as possible immediately following an accident and before you take your car to a collision repair shop. Documentation may even help you win a lawsuit if you are injured or require additional compensation following a car wreck. To help, here are some tips for documenting car accident damage.  

Write Down What You Remember
If nobody was seriously injured, take a few moments immediately after the collision and write down everything you remember pertaining to the crash. Be sure to include how fast you were going, the direction you were traveling, road conditions at the time of the accident, traffic signals, and anything else that can help you preserve accuracy should the case go to court. 

Take Lots of Pictures
A picture is worth a thousand words, but it might be worth more than a thousand bucks. Insurance companies do everything in their power to minimize your settlement to cover damage sustained to you, your vehicle, and your passengers. The best way to counter their efforts to minimize your insurance settlement is with pictures. If you don’t have a camera in the car, use your smartphone or tablet. Document the damage to your car, any other vehicles involved in the collision, and important road conditions and traffic signals that may have caused the accident in the first place. 

If you want to restore your car back to its original condition, bring it to B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. We are a full-service, insurance-approved collision repair shop serving the greater Chicago area. Our car collision technicians are ASE and I-CAR Gold Class certified. Contact us online or call us at (773) 463-1622 to request your free collision repair estimate.

Replacing the Inner Panel of a Car

Posted on June 19, 2014

Car repair today is equal parts art and science. In order to hide the damage and restore a vehicle to its original condition, great care must be taken and the most advanced tools in the industry must be used. This is why it takes an expert in collision repair to restore your vehicle following a car wreck. In this video, you will learn how complicated it can be to replace the inner panel of a wrecked car, which is just one small piece of your vehicle’s frame.

As you can tell in this video, collision repair is complicated. Fortunately, B&L Automotive Repair, Inc. is one of the premier collision repair providers in the state. We employ ASE and I-CAR Gold Class certified collision repair technicians, and our facilities are equipped with the latest tools and equipment in the field of collision repair. Call us today at (773) 463-1622 to learn more or to request your free quote. 

A Look at the Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Posted on June 12, 2014

Although drivers often worry about getting involved in a collision with another car, there are scores of other road hazards which cause extensive damage to your vehicle. This means that even if you devote all of your energy to avoiding a fender-bender or head-on collision with another car, you could still find yourself at a collision repair shop, waiting for your car to be put back together. While this list certainly isn’t exhaustive, here is a look at some of the most common types of car accidents and how to avoid them.

Dog in the Car

Multiple Car Accident
A recent study by CarInsurance.com, a site that provides auto insurance data and shopping tools for consumers, revealed some interesting statistics regarding car accidents in the U.S. For instance, the study suggests that the classic two-car accident accounted for less than half of the incidents reported by people looking for car insurance.

Single Car Accident
According to the same study, single-car accidents accounted for approximately 20% of the incidents reported by drivers. Single-car accidents include striking a parked car or tree, having your car struck while parked, driving into a ditch, or crashing into a building. The best way to avoid a single-car accident, at least while you are behind the wheel, is to limit your distractions and focus on the road ahead.

Animal-Involved Car Accident
The CarInsurance.com survey indicated that 2.4% of car accidents were either caused by or involved an animal. Striking a large animal such as a deer or moose can cause significant damage to your vehicle. Heed all warning signs and be on the lookout for animals crossing the road when traveling in forested areas.

No matter what type of car accident you were involved in, the collision repair experts here at B&L Automotive Repair, Inc. can restore your vehicle to its original condition. Visit our website to learn about our collision repair services, or call us today at (773) 463-1622 to request your free collision repair estimate. 

Deciding Between Repairing or Replacing Your Windshield

Posted on June 6, 2014

Modern vehicle repair has become so advanced that it may surprise you how much can be fully repaired. However, your windshield is a crucial part of your vehicle and there are many factors to consider. Read on if you have been in a collision and you need help deciding between repairing and replacing your windshield.

Worker in glazier's workshop preparing sealing for windscreen

Can It Be Repaired?
First, consider whether your windshield is in good enough condition to be repaired. If there is a chip in your windshield the size of a quarter or a crack that is less than three-inches long, the windshield can typically be repaired. However, if the chip or crack is along the edge of the windshield, it may need to be replaced.

How Would It Be Repaired?
Windshield repair prevents cracks and chips from spreading and threatening the structural integrity of your windshield. The process is performed by attaching a tool to the windshield and using it to apply resin into the cracked or chipped area. The resin that is used to fill in the damaged area is cured, which causes it to harden, and then it is polished. This prevents the damage from spreading or getting worse, and may leave your windshield appearing the way it did before the collision.

Should It Be Replaced?
Just because your windshield can be replaced, does not necessarily mean that it should. If your windshield cracks along the edge and you wait too long to take action, you are better off replacing your windshield than repairing it. Additionally, if there is damage to your windshield within the driver’s line of sight, it may be better to replace your windshield due to possible distortion in the glass after repairs.

If you need more help deciding between repairing and replacing your windshield, call B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. We provide auto body repair services for vehicles in the greater Chicagoland area. To find out more about our insurance-approved collision repair shop, visit our website or stop by and see us. You can also call us at (773) 463-1622.

Tips for Preventing A Rear End Collision

Posted on May 28, 2014

Most adults and many teens use vehicles on a daily basis, which contributes to hundreds of car accidents occurring each day. However, many car collisions are entirely preventable. This video teaches you several helpful tips for preventing rear end collisions.

Of all of the different types of collisions, rear end collisions are the most common. If you maintain your tires, your suspension, and your brakes regularly, your car will be better prepared to stop immediately when necessary. The rest of the prevention is up to the driver operating the car. Always pay attention to the road and the other cars around you, and use your turn signals to communicate. Adjust your rear view mirrors as necessary and pay attention to other vehicles’ brake lights.

If you’ve already been involved in a collision, call B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. at (773) 463-1622. We are an insurance-approved collision repair shop based out of Chicago. For more information about our collision repair services, stop by today or visit our website.

A Look at How Paintless Dent Repair Works

Posted on May 21, 2014

Car Dent

Car collisions vary greatly in terms of the physical damage caused in the wreckage, but rarely, if ever, do cars escape with no damage at all. Even minor fender benders can cause dings and dents that require auto body repair. To help make your car look like new following a collision, choose paintless dent repair. Here is a look at how paintless dent repair works.

Determining Candidacy

The first step is to decide whether or not the damage can be repaired with paintless dent repair. Paintless dent repair is appropriate for cars that have been in collisions but have not sustained damage to the paint. If the paint is cracked or chipped, it cannot be fixed using this method. However, since the type of paint used on cars is typically durable and strong, it is not uncommon for a collision to result in dents but no paint damage.

Accessing the Dent from Inside

When you perform paintless dent repair, you have to know how to access the dent from the opposite side of the collision. This is one reason why this process is best left to professionals. In many cases, the dent is not easily accessible from the inside, so parts may need to be removed in order to gain access. A professional will know exactly what parts to remove and will do so without the risk of accidentally damaging other parts of the vehicle. 

Using Tools to Repair the Dent

The final step is to repair the dent. It can be difficult to see what you are doing during this stage, since you are accessing the dent from the inside. A professional will have all of the proper tools for this procedure. Using tools to fit the shape and size of the dent, the professional will apply pressure from the inside while holding other tools against the outside of the dent. This helps keep track of where the tools are and prevents the dent from being overextended.  

For more information about how paintless dent repair works, and to determine whether your car is eligible for paintless dent repair, contact B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. We are an insurance approved collision repair shop in Chicago. For more information about our car collision repair services, give us a call at (773) 463-1622 or visit our website.

What Is the B&L Difference?

Posted on May 16, 2014

Customer Satisfaction Award

Car collisions can be scary and stressful, but collision repair doesn’t have to be. At B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc., we make the experience as comfortable and efficient as possible. It’s what we call the B&L difference.

The B&L difference is what sets us apart from other collision repair shops. We provide all of the conveniences possible, including free estimates, a car rental service, and a lifetime guarantee. We even have a comfortable waiting room and a children’s play zone to help your kids pass the time. We accept several different payment options for our services, and our employees also speak Spanish and Polish. We run a very secure facility, so your car will be returned in optimal condition.

Call B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. at (773) 463-1622 or visit our website to learn more about our collision repair services. Stop by today to find out more about what we can do for you and your car, or call us to schedule an estimate for the damage. 

Understanding the Types of Damages Covered by Insurance

Posted on May 2, 2014

Car Insurance Policy

Car insurance is one of those things nobody really appreciates until they need it. If you are involved in a collision and your vehicle needs to be repaired, your car insurance policy will help take care of a large portion of the bill. Depending on your policy, your insurance company may even pay your medical bills and cover any lost wages resulting from your injuries. If you are shopping for a new car insurance policy, start with the basics—that is, the types of damage covered by each policy. Here is a look at some of the types of damages that can be covered by insurance.

Car Damage

First and foremost, car insurance will always cover the cost of repairing your vehicle. Depending on your deductible, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for any repair costs exceeding the upper limits of your policy. But even if you have to dip into your own reserves to fix your car, it could have been much more expensive without car insurance.

Property Damage

Property damage liability covers repair or replacement of other people’s cars and property. Minimum requirements vary by state, but the limits average around $15,000. However, considering that the average cost of a new car is $25,000, buy at least $30,000 worth of coverage to protect yourself in case you are at fault for an accident and total someone else’s vehicle.

Personal Injury

In addition to property damage liability, most states also require bodily injury liability insurance. This type of insurance covers medical treatment, rehabilitation, and funeral costs incurred by you, your passengers, other drivers, their passengers, and pedestrians. If you are seriously injured in a car accident, your car insurance will supplement your health insurance benefits and pay-outs.

For quality collision repair in Chicago, come to B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. We will work with your insurance provider to make the collision repair process as easy as possible. Visit our website or call us at (773) 463-1622 to learn more about our auto body shop. 

A Look at How Auto Paint is Matched

Posted on April 25, 2014

Paint matching used to be the hardest part about collision repair. Now, provided that your car has its original paint job, you can rest assured that the body work will be virtually invisible thanks to state-of-the-art paint matching tools and techniques. Using your car’s paint code, technicians can tell exactly how many grams of each color to combine in order to create that specific shade. To learn more about how auto paint is matched, watch this video clip.

For seamless auto body repair in Chicago, come to B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. We are proud to be one of the leading collision repair shops in the area. Call us today at (773) 463-1622 to learn more about our auto body repair services. 

Top Reasons to Get Your Dent Fixed Right Away

Posted on April 21, 2014

Accident damage

So you were involved in a little fender bender, what now? Unless there is significant damage to your vehicle, you might not do anything—at least that’s what most drivers think. But the truth of the matter is that even little dents can cause big problems later on down the road. Here is a look at the top reasons to get your dent fixed right away at a reputable collision repair shop.

Avoid Further Damage

Some dents are hardly noticeable, while others stick out like a sore thumb. Regardless of the size of the damage, a dent can lead to other auto body problems if left untreated. For example, a dent may cause the underlying body structure to rust, which is virtually impossible to fix without refinishing or replacing the rusted section. Misshaped auto body parts may also rub against the tires, which can damage both the tires and wheels.

Prevent a Future Accident

Speaking of further damage, there is also the damage that could result from an accident caused by your dent. It sounds improbable, but a dented fender or bumper may rub against a tire and cause a blowout, get stuck in the driveshaft and cause the wheels to lock up, or even become wedged in between the brake pads and prevent you from stopping. Even if it seems highly unlikely that a dent could cause an accident, don’t take the chance.

Retain the Value of Your Car

The best reason to get your dent fixed right away is the fact that it will help retain the value of your car. Whether you are selling your car through the Internet or trading it in at a dealership, you won’t get your full asking price if there are noticeable dents and defects in the body work.

From minor fender benders to major car wrecks, the collision repair experts at B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. can help keep your car looking like new. Visit our website to learn more about our auto body repairs, or call us at (773) 463-1622 to request an estimate. 

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