• Replacing the Inner Panel of a Car

    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

    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. 

  • How to Document Car Accident Damage

    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.

  • Deciding Between Repairing or Replacing Your Windshield

    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.