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what auto body repair steps are important
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

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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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Your car will be just like it came off the factory line after getting collision repairs with a GM certified shop.

After a car wreck, you want your vehicle back to its factory condition. The best way to guarantee this is to find a collision repair shop that offers certified collision repair. Find out if the body shop has technicians who are certified by the manufacturer of your car.

If you own a GM vehicle, finding a body shop in Austin that has technicians certified by GM will soon be easier as the result of a new program the manufacturer is launching. This new program places tougher criteria on collision centers to ensure high quality repairs.

How to find a GM certified collision repair shop

The extensive collision certification program GM is launching will hold body shops to higher standards. The manufacturer also says it will make finding the best body shops easier.

GM will use a shop’s performance criteria to create a list of the best collision centers. GM uses its OnStar platform to refer the best performing shops in an area directly to car owners. Owners of a GM car will know the recommended shops met the criteria.

The criteria for certification

GM raises the bar with its new program. The manufacturer is adding more detail to make the program more extensive than standard manufacturer certifications. Each item will have a score and GM will use metrics to determine which body shops are the best for referrals.

Included in the new program are checks, such as pre-repair and post-repair scans, to ensure any damage is fixed after the repairs are made. There are also benchmarks for performing re-calibrations and specific methods to use for making a weld.

At Ellis & Salazar Automotive & Collision, an Austin body shop, we have performed collision repair on thousands of vehicles in Central Texas. Our technicians routinely certify with manufacturers, including GM, to stay current on the latest procedures. And we make sure all of our Austin collision center locations have the right equipment to fix your car back to its factory condition.

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Teen drivers are susceptible to accidents. Getting them a reliable vehicle can both reduce their risk of a crash, and risk of injury if they do get in a crash. (Photo courtesy State Farm)

Getting a driver’s license for the first time is an exciting milestone in a teen’s life. It signifies many things, including responsibility. Parents and driving instructors emphasize safe driving, because a teen has less experience behind the wheel. This makes choosing safe vehicle for your teen driver even more important.

Parents can rest easier knowing their teens are driving a car that will keep them safe during a collision. The majority of teens drive used cars for their first vehicles. Regardless of year, make, or model, there are other safety factors to consider.

Research vehicles before choosing

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Doing your research before buying a teen a car can help you make a confident decision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases safety ratings on vehicles that can be helpful to find the right model of vehicle for a new driver. When considering vehicles, look up their safety ratings and reliability.

A teen may have an idea of what they would like to drive. The reality is that teens have probably not yet considered safety. For instance, a first-time driver may feel more comfortable driving a smaller car, but vehicles that are heavier can take a hit better than smaller vehicles in an accident.

Parents should also consider vehicles with less horsepower if they think their driver may be tempted with speed. Electronic stability control will help the new driver have greater control if they lose control of a car.

When you think you have found a car for your teen driver, check to see if any recalls have been issued. If so, find out if the recall repairs have been made.

Finding a local auto body shop

Once the search for a safe and reliable car is over, it’s a good time to research body shops, and look for ones that offer certified collision repair. Most people do not get in accidents regularly and have probably not thought about finding a local collision repair shop in case an accident should happen. Having a plan can help you and your teen be prepared.

Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, has helped parents and teens with collision repairs for more than 60 years. Our goal is to make the process hassle-free. Now it’s easier than ever to get the free estimate using the Smartphone Estimating Tool.

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Keep calm. We have tips for a better Austin commute.

It may come as no surprise to Austin drivers that major collisions are a problem in the capitol city. Accidents in Texas caused over 3,700 deaths on the roads in 2017, and over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury in crashes.

With more than 675,000 miles of highways in Texas, there is a lot of ground for drivers to cover, and many drivers unfamiliar with the roads. Drivers should know where the most accident-prone highways are near them so they can use caution.

Most dangerous highways in Austin

If you live in Austin and hear the traffic reports, you may not be surprised at the highways that made a list of most dangerous highways in a recent study. There are five highways that were ranked among the deadliest.

Those highways are U.S. 290, State Highway 71, U.S 183, Interstate 35, and FM 734. During the period of the study from 2013 to 2015, there are 127 fatalities along these roads.

Driving on dangerous highways

Avoiding congested highways in the Austin area may be impossible if you commute daily to work. Here are some tips to drive cautiously and safely in commuter traffic:

Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, an Austin body shop, has been part of the Austin community for more than 60 years. Our body shop team has watched the city grow and the roads expand. We have repaired thousands of cars involved in accidents over the years, and we take pride in providing the highest quality auto body repair. If you are in a collision, our certified technicians will take care of your vehicle. Use our Smart Estimating Tool to schedule a free estimate so you can get back on the road.

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