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The more you know about collision repair, the more you can get out of your visit to the body shop. Shops should make several steps throughout the process of fixing your car.

Before you take your car to a collision center, ask about these steps and how they put them into action.

1. Checking the vehicle for damage

Every body shop should scan a vehicle for performance issues and to verify any damage to operational parts. This helps the technician find any damage not immediately visible. This should be done both before and after repairs to make sure all issues have been resolved.

2. Following procedure for auto body repair steps

After the team inspects the car, they must refer to the manufacturer’s repair recommendation procedures. This sets a higher standard for repairs.

As an example, if the manufacturer recommends using certain parts or tools, but the shop does not have access to those and uses a substitute, this may compromise the safety of the vehicle.

3. Quality check

All collision centers use an internal checklist to set their standards of safety and performance. If you take your car to a place that has been recommended because of the quality of work performed, this is a good indicator that the shop has a detailed checklist and knows what to inspect for quality.

4. Final scan

Once the technicians do their own inspections, a post-scan should be performed on the vehicle to ensure that anything operational that was broken is working again and to also make sure the repairs did not cause anything to malfunction.

5. Clean the car

A close-up of a soapy hand and sponge washing the hood of a grey car.
A good body shop will wash your car after they’re done working on it.

When you pick up your vehicle, it should be clean. A clean vehicle is more than a customer service perk. This gives the customer the ability to have a good look at the repairs. If you needed car paint, take a look at your car in the daylight for any flaws in the paint job.

At Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, an Austin auto body shop, we have believed in providing the highest quality for more than 60 years. Contact us for a free estimate and to learn more about our high-quality collision repair.

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You’ve probably heard it a hundred times. Proper tire maintenance is essential for safe driving. Poor tread or low air pressure can do more than damage your tire, cause a flat, or cause a blowout. It can result in a collision. But is it really all as important as it’s made out to be?

The obvious answer is YES, it’s very important. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, defective or slick tires contributed to more than 80 of the fatal crashes in Texas in 2016. Damaged tires, or ones that are not properly inflated, are leading causes to a blowout that can cause a serious car accident.

Here are a few ways to check your tires and keep you and your car safe on the road.

Monitor tire pressure

Every vehicle has a different requirement for tire pressure, but most range between 30 and 35 psi. This can be found on the inside of your door or in the owner’s manual to your car.

Newer cars are equipped with helpful tire sensors that monitor pressure. However, you do not want to depend on these all the time. It is still good practice to manually check tire pressure, in case the sensors stop working properly. If you know you will be driving on slick roads, check the pressure manually before you drive.

Tire tread trick

Just like the tire pressure, the tread on tires can vary. There are different types of tires for a variety of road conditions and tires are not the same for cars versus heavy trucks. The purpose of good tread is for any liquid on the road to pass through the tread, so your car still has good traction.

Try this simple test to see if your tread is good. Take the penny and put it with Lincoln’s head down in the tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tires need to be replaced.

Regular maintenance

Some maintenance should be done regularly at your local auto shop. Wheel rotations should be done every 5,000-7,000 miles to help the tires wear evenly and last longer. Alignments and balancing also should be done if the car is pulling slightly to one side while driving or feels to be driving roughly on a smooth, straight road.

For more than 60 years, the team at Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, a body shop in Austin, has repaired vehicles every year that were damaged because of bad tires. Take the time and money to maintain safe tires. If you are involved in a wreck, use our quick and easy Smartphone Estimating Tool to get a free estimate. Our team will guide you through for a hassle-free repair process.

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