• How Professionals Repair a Car Paint Job

    A professional paint department at an auto body shop will be fully equipped to provide your car with a beautiful new paint job. When the professionals repair a car paint job, they use an advanced spray booth system that evenly covers each surface of the vehicle. With their specialized techniques, your auto body shop will be able to restore your vehicle to brand new condition. To take a look at the professional paint job process, watch this video.

    The highly skilled technicians at B & L Automotive Repairs can provide you with a complete range of auto body services. We provide motorists in the Chicago area with paint job restoration, collision damage repair, and more. Give our Chicago auto body shop a call at (773) 887-3448 to make an appointment for your car today!  

  • Testing an Alternator

    When you have trouble starting your car, what is your first thought? If it is that your battery is likely dead, you think like most drivers. While your battery may be dead for now, it is not necessarily dead for good. The root of your automotive problem may lie with your alternator and not with your battery.

    To learn about the relationship between an automotive alternator and a car battery, watch this video. In the clip, a car expert discusses how alternators charge car batteries and how you can test your vehicle’s alternator to determine whether or not it is working properly.

    If you have recently been involved in a car collision and are having trouble starting your car, have it towed to a reputable collision repair shop. To request a tow truck or a free collision repair service cost estimate in Chicago, call B & L Automotive Repairs, Inc. at (773) 463-1622.

     

  • Signs and Symptoms of an Alternator Problem

    As the component of a car that charges the battery and powers the car’s electrical system when the engine is on, an alternator is essential to the operation of any modern motor vehicle. Thankfully, alternators usually give off warning signs well before they croak. If you experience the following signs and symptoms when starting your engine or driving, you should have a collision repair expert inspect your alternator.

    Alternator

    Dash and Headlight Irregularities
    If there is an “ALT” or “GEN” light on your vehicle’s dashboard, its illumination is a strong indication that your alternator needs work.  When an alternator starts to fail,  it is also common for the lights on your dash to flicker, brighten, or dim suddenly. Dimmer-than-usual headlights are another warning sign.

    Battery Failure
    If you maintain your car as recommended by your owner’s manual and your battery is less than two or three years old, failure to start is not necessarily a sign that your battery has run its course and needs to be replaced. There is a good chance that your engine will not start because the alternator is not charging the battery, and that the alternator needs to be repaired or replaced.

    Unusual Sounds and Smells
    Growling, hissing, and whining noises coming from under the hood of your car could be a sign that your alternator is failing. Even if this is not the case, it is a good idea to have your vehicle inspected by an automotive repair specialist anytime that you hear strange noises or smell something that resembles burning rubber or electrical components.

    If you detect any of these signs while on the road or you have been involved in a vehicle collision and your car will not start, schedule an appointment with an insurance approved repair shop. Proudly serving residents of the  Chicago area, B & L Automotive Repairs, Inc.  offers a range of collision repairs and other automotive services. For a free estimate or access to 24/7 emergency towing, call (773) 463-1622. 

  • Steps to Follow When Filing an Insurance Claim Following a Collision

    An automotive collision is a highly stressful experience for any driver. If you find yourself in an accident on the road, it is important to remain calm. By taking all of the necessary steps to collect information from the other motorist involved in the incident, you will be prepared to file an insurance claim that will cover the cost of your vehicle repairs. Here is an overview of the steps to follow when you are filing an auto insurance claim.

    Loss Adjuster Inspecting Car Involved In Accident

    Gather Information
    The  first step of filing an auto insurance claim  is to gather information at the scene of the accident. If anyone has been injured, be sure to call 911 immediately. Next, take down the license plate number, contact information, and insurance policy number of every motorist involved. This information will be highly important to you when you contact your insurance company to make a claim.

    Contact Your Insurance Company
    The next step of filing an insurance claim is to contact your insurance company. You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible following the incident. When you speak with your claims representative, you will determine the services that are covered by your policy.

    Create a Damage Estimate
    Once you have filed a claim with your insurance company, you will be ready to take your car into the auto body shop for the repairs. The technicians at the body shop will create a damage estimate for your vehicle. After your insurance company has received the estimate, they will send you a check to cover some or all of the costs of your repairs.

    If you have been in an accident, be sure to contact B & L Automotive Repairs for all of your auto body service needs. We provide our many satisfied customers in the Chicago area with all types of collision repairs and auto body services. To learn more about the benefits of bringing your car to our shop, call us at (773) 463-1622. 

  • Signs That You Need New Tires

    Inspecting Tire Tread Using a Penny

    The productive life of a car tire varies based on tire type, maintenance habits, road conditions, and other factors. Since tires in poor condition negatively impact a vehicle’s fuel economy and make driving less safe, replacing your tires is not something you should wait until you have no choice to do.

    Rather than wait until a certain amount of time has passed or you have driven a specific number of miles since last replacing your tires, you should keep an eye out for warning signs that your tires are well past their prime. Check tire wear and tread depth every few weeks, scheduling an appointment to have your tires changed when the tread depth drops below 1/16th of an inch. When checking your tire tread depth, examine your tires for cracks, blisters, and bulges. If you detect any of these blemishes or notice that your vehicle vibrates more than it usually does on roads that you know well, it is time for you to have your tires changed.

    If your tires have seen much better days due to considerable use, lack of maintenance, or involvement in a car collision, schedule an appointment at an insurance approved repair center. For a free estimate from a reputable collision repair shop in Chicago, call B & L Automotive, Inc. at (773) 463-1622.