• The Dangers of Slow Driving in the Left Lane

    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

    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.

  • Behind the Scenes of the Car Repair Process

    Experiencing a car collision is unnerving, and the process of getting your car fixed after an accident can seem overwhelming. At B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc., we’re committed to making car repairs as simple and convenient for you as possible. From getting an estimate to picking up your newly repaired car, we’re here to help you at every stage. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when you bring in your car for repairs.

    Estimate

    During the estimate process, we will give you an estimated cost of fixing the damage to your car. This process only takes 10 or 15 minutes, and you can bring in your car without an appointment any time between and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If your car cannot be driven to the shop, call Belmont Kolmar Towing. We work with the majority of insurance companies, so bring your insurance information and a claim number, if you have one, to your estimate appointment. We will collect the deductible from you and make the necessary arrangements with your insurance company. After you get an estimate, you can make an appointment for repair services.

    Rental Car

    If you need a rental car while our shop is working on your car repair, we can help you make the arrangements. Your insurance company can tell you if you have rental car coverage. We can arrange your rental at an Enterprise Rent-a-Car location near our shop.

    Car Repairs

    Our representative will explain the exact repairs your car needs and provide you with regular updates as your car is being fixed. We won’t leave you in the dark wondering when your car will be done. When repairs are completed, you can pick up your car. We provide a written, lifetime guarantee on all car repairs we perform.

    Choose B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. for collision and auto body repairs after an accident. Our certified technicians provide precision auto body work and high-caliber repairs. Make an appointment for collision services in Chicago by calling (773) 463-1 622.

  • What Is an Auto Insurance Deductible?

    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.