5 Things to Know About Auto Body Repair in Santa Barbara

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Car-Dent-Auto-Body-Santa-Barbara Fixing that ding, dent or scrape is costly and time-consuming – but it’s worse when the auto body repair isn’t done correctly and you need to have the original work redone. Poor auto body repair in Santa Barbara will also reduce your ability to sell or trade in your car for a top price. That’s why it’s crucial to educate yourself before you entrust your car to an autobody repair shop in Santa Barbara. These five things will help you choose the right bodywork shop:
  • Choose a body shop carefully. You want to make sure you have quality work at a reasonable price and any available warranty to cover the work. The best way to do so is to find the shop’s certifications and associations. The National Auto body Council (www.autobodycouncil.org), the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (www.scrs.com) and the Autobody Craftsman Association (www.acanw.com/) are good places to start. Your local consumer protection council or Better Business Bureau can also help you determine which shop is a good fit for your needs. Of course, be sure to ask for references, too.
 
  • Ask for a detailed plan on how the repair will be completed. One of the ways that auto experts can tell a car was repainted is through paint splatter on window sills and on other auto body parts. Scratches that indicate sanding is also a tip off that the car was repainted. Ask for a detailed account of how the car’s auto body work will be done. For example, will parts near the damaged area be removed during the work so that they are not damaged or spattered with paint? Don’t forget about door handles, nuts, bolts and logos. Also, ask where the parts that are removed will be stored. You want to be sure they’re protected. The auto body repair service in Santa Barbara may note that masking — covering body parts that are near the area that is being fixed — is preferable. Ask why and be sure you’re comfortable with the answer. If not, go elsewhere.
 
  • Find out how paint will be removed. There are various methods for removing car paint, including sanding and chemical removal. It is important to use the least aggressive paint removal method to ensure the car’s body is treated as gently as possible. Talk to the auto body repair shop specialists in Santa Barbara and find out how they determine what method is used and why. Also, be sure to ask how much paint will be removed and why.
 
  • Don’t leave paint matching or parts to chance. All of the apologies and refunds in the world won’t make up for a paint job that is a few shades off. Paint matching is one of the most difficult tasks done in an auto body repair shop. Find out what system the auto body shop uses to ensure your paint match is exact. The same holds true with parts. Don’t assume that the shop will use all new parts. Ask and make sure the parts don’t come from a junkyard or other car.
 
  • Get all estimates in writing. Make sure to spell out exactly what will be done, what parts will be used, how paints will be chosen, and of course what time frame is needed to complete the repair.
While car bodywork repair can seem like a mystifying process, it helps to be well informed and proactive when taking your car in for repairs. By following the advice above, you’ll have a much better chance of getting the repairs done right. Original article sourced from Autos.com

Protecting Your New Car Paint in Santa Barbara

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Rusty-Car-Paint-Santa-Barbara You can keep your new car looking like new for a long time with just a few tips on protecting your new car paint in Santa Barbara.
  • Exterior Cleaning: Be sure to remove all the exterior debris with a hose and water as soon as possible from the exterior of the car. You should not let debris build up in any small areas where rust can start. After the spray down, wash the exterior with a good, general purpose exterior car washing soap. Be sure it is mild. Finally, take a chamois and rinse and dry each section thoroughly (a chamois is a piece of cloth that absorbs about 8 or 10 times its weight in water). This will ensure that your car paint in Santa Barbara gets the maintenance it deserves.
  • Doors and Wheels: Be sure to clean the door jambs and doors as well as the wheels and tires. Another important thing to do is to make sure that the doors and door jambs are waxed. Make sure the tires are cleaned and protected with a protectant, such as ArmorAll, and that the wheels are also cleaned, protected and sealed.
  • Body: In order to protect new car paint, you need take very good care of the car’s body. It is also a good idea to wax the vehicle with a good, all-purpose polymer-based wax. This will give your new car paint in Santa Barbara maximum protection from the sun as well as from industrial pollution. This really helps in protection of car paint and allows it to shine for a longer period of time.
  • Windows and Windshield: Ensure that you park your car out of the sun most of the time. It is a good idea to make sure that all of the windows are cleaned and washed. You can use a mixture of vinegar and water for this or you can use a commercial product. Be sure that the windshield and rear window are cleaned, as are the rearview and sideview mirrors. One good hint to follow is to roll the windows down a bit so that the entire window is cleaned rather than leaving a line of dirt at the top.
  • Interior surfaces: Use a treatment, such as ArmorAll or another protectant, for UV protection. You can go over all of the plastic surfaces so they remain supple and fight the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the pedals are cleaned up and the upholstery is kept clean as well.
  • Chrome and Bright work: Use a proper cleaner and go over the chrome and bright work of your new vehicle so that you can ensure they stay looking new longer.
  • Polish and Buff: It’s beneficial for your vehicle if you polish and buff it. Make sure that you use a good quality polish and buff it in the correct manner. Use a new lint-free rag or a chamois. These will ensure that you catch all the dust particles and don’t leave any cloth particles on the body of the vehicle.
Using these methods should keep your new car paint in Santa Barbara looking great for a very long time. Original article sourced from Autos.com

Auto Paint Repair in Santa Barbara

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Auto-Paint-Repair-Santa-Barbara For most people, the topic of repairing car paint in Santa Barbara can stir up a wide range of mixed emotions. Our cars are important to us. They say something about our personalities and who we are as people, and we want them to look their best. Equally important is saving money on repairs and having the job done right. Knowing a thing or two about the type of repairs needed, the different types of paint used, how to choose a quality body shop in Santa Barbara and avoid overpaying on repairs whether minor or extensive, can help owners make decisions on what they need at an agreeable price. Paint jobs can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the kind of paint as well as the type of car to be repaired. Minor cosmetic defects sometimes can be remedied by those who have a knack for do-it-yourself repairs, but some may require the expertise of trained auto body repair specialists. Sports cars with striping and decal trim can add to the bottom line, as will metallic paints and special colors. Generally speaking, these paint repair jobs are best left to the professionals who can match paints and finishes so that the repaired area blends in seamlessly. Depending upon the extent of the damage, normal rock chips, scratches and rust spots can be repaired quickly and easily by the owner with touch up paint or rust kits. Touch up paint is usually specific to the make and model of the vehicle, and can be found among the car’s specifications. Kits can be purchased online or in auto parts stores and dealerships, often with easy to follow instructions. There are many techniques and products available to the average consumer which one can use to perform the repairs themselves and save money. Original article sourced from Autos.com

How to Choose a Car Body Repair Shop in Goleta

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While most drivers will carefully shop for cars, they often don’t put much care into choosing the auto body repair shop they use. Stories abound about car engines that were ruined by careless or inexperienced technicians. If you’re car’s body needs repairing, it pays to be as diligent in choosing a car repair shop in Goleta as you were when you purchased your vehicle in the first place.

Of course, even the most highly rated auto repair shops and well-trained technicians aren’t perfect. Mistakes happen every day. But there are fairly easy ways to minimize the risk to your car when you take it to a Goleta car body repair shop. Consider these ideas to protect your car and your bankbook:

  • Ask the experts. The American Automobile Association (AAA) is one of the oldest and most respected motorist assistance organizations in the U.S. Founded in 1902, the AAA is a membership organization but there are many services available to non members including a list of “approved” AAA shops. Basically, those shops have passed AAA reviews which ensure they are licensed and fully insured facilities employ skilled service staff and offer a minimum 12-month/12,000 miles limited warranty on all repair work. Although insurance companies aren’t allowed to steer their clients toward certain car body repair shops, they often offer lists of shops which they’ve deem reputable. Again, these lists aren’t fail proof, but they may offer a good place to start when looking for a shop that will provide your car quality service.


  • Use the Web. Try a Google search with the name of the shop you are considering. You may well find praise and pans about the shop either in various news stories or in specific web sites. Of course, be sure to consider that information as just a tool in your arsenal. You should also contact the Better Business Bureau and any consumer protection agencies in your area to see if they have information or ratings that may guide your decision in choosing a Goleta car repair shop.


  • Know your technician. Technicians in auto body repair shops Goleta have different specialties. Generally someone that changes an auto’s oil won’t then work on complex engine repairs. Those that work on the auto body generally don’t work on an engine. Those at repair shops located at auto dealerships generally have intense training provided by the manufacturer. Ask about technicians training. Also find out how many technicians are in the shop. The fewer technicians, the longer you will likely wait to have your car repaired.


  • Don’t assume you know what parts are used. It’s a fairly safe to say that shops affiliated with dealerships and large chain repair shops use new parts. But that might not always be true. Ask if the parts are new, taken from junkyards or other sources. Some car owners don’t mind if junkyard parts are used because the lower cost is reflected in the price. You owe it to your self to know what you receive, though.


  • Try before you drive. Recently I took my car into a shop affiliated with a dealership for a minor repair. Before driving away, I tried out several functions and realized the radio didn’t work. The fix was an easy one and cheerfully made. Still, checking before I left saved me time and aggravation. On the other hand, the dealership’s prompt, friendly fix assured me I chose a quality shop.

Original article sourced from Autos.com

The Dangers of Getting Cheap High Impact Collision Auto Repair in Santa Barbara

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Being involved in a high impact collision is a scary experience, and the aftermath of the accident is often sometimes just as scary. It can be very confusing when dealing with insurance companies, claim adjusters and mechanics, especially if you have limited automotive knowledge. How do you know where to go to get your car repaired in Santa Barbara? How do you know if you are getting ripped off? How are you going to pay for the repairs? These questions are not easily answered. But one bit of advice given universally, is to not go the cheap route when getting repairs on a car that was in a high impact collision. There are many dangers associated with getting sub par repair work done on a car that was severely damaged. This article will walk you through these dangers.
Danger #1: Mechanic may not be Trained in High Impact Collision Repairs
High impact collision repairs require a higher level of mechanical knowledge. Make sure the Santa Barbara mechanic you hire has experience working on cars that have been in high impact collisions. When a car has been severely damaged, the problem lies not just in what is currently wrong with the car, but what problems can occur later on as a result of the initial damage. A good mechanic understands how all of the parts of a car work together and how to diagnose and fix any problems.
Danger #2: Your Insurance Company may not Pay for Repairs Performed by Unapproved Mechanics
When you hire a mechanic to get your car repaired in Santa Barbara, you need to be sure that your insurance company is willing to work with that mechanic. When you call your insurance company after an accident, they will recommend a mechanic for you. Most plans do not require you go to the recommended mechanic, but if you decide to go elsewhere, you should call your insurance company and ask if they will work with the place you chose. To reduce the risk of you getting into another accident, the insurance company wants to make sure you are taking the car to a reputable mechanic.
Danger #3: Your Safety will be Compromised
The most important factor here is your own personal safety. With high impact collision auto repair in Santa Barbara, costs can be high and the estimates can scare people into running out and finding the cheapest mechanic around. It is understandable people would be frightened by the prospect of having to pay hundreds–even thousands–of dollars they may not have to spend. But nothing is more important than your health and safety. If you don’t have the money for the repairs and can possibly go without the car for a while while you save up money for quality repairs, do so. If you need to have the car fixed right away, ask your mechanic about the possibility of a payment plan. Anything is better than receiving poor maintenance.
These are the basic dangers associated with cheap high impact collision auto repair in Santa Barbara. Make sure you get your car repaired by a reputable mechanic. You don’t want to risk an auto breakdown!
Article sourced from Autos.com

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