Turns out, not all paintless dent repair is created equal, and we thought we’d take a moment to explain the process, and share why we’re known as the best company for dent repair in Athens GA. Regardless of what you may hear, the reality is that many small dings and dents, as well as hail damage, can be repaired without paint and body repair using paintless dent repair techniques.
This 2011 model automobile came to us after a fairly minor front end accident. When we disassembled the car for inspection, we found evidence of a very poor substantial prior body repair. The owner informed us that the car had been in an accident right after it was purchased, and that it had been repaired by a major Atlanta collision center chain. The front frame was visibly bent, the frame had unrepaired cracks, missing welds, and there were holes in structural panels, voiding the factory corrosion warranty.
The team at Georgia Square Collision is proud and appreciative to have been named Best Auto Repair Shop in Athens GA and Best Lube, Oil, & Filter Shop in Athens GA for 2012 by the readers of the Athens Banner-Herald. Our goal is always to provide high quality auto maintenance, service, and collision repair at affordable prices, as well as to treat our customers with respect, courtesy, and integrity.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3 out of 4 child safety seats are incorrectly installed. I found a good video on proper installation of a child seat from the Alameda, CA police department. In addition to the instructions on attaching the seat to the LATCH system (an anchoring system available on most every car built from 2002 on and much better than simply using the seat belts), the officer has some good tips regarding the location of the child safety seat in the car.
Would you like to save money on your automobile insurance without giving up any coverage? One way to do this is by qualifying for the defensive driving discount offered by many insurance carriers. This discount can be up to 10 percent of your bill and is usually good for up to 3 years! All you have to do to qualify is take a defensive driving course and provide your insurance agent with a copy of the completion certificate. Most insurance carriers require that you take the course in person, not online, and we have found a good local option for this course. St.
Repairing vehicles creates a lot of debris; scrap metals, plastics, chemicals, and more. At Georgia Square Collision & Auto Center, we are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment. We use PPG waterborne paint, which creates fewer emissions and requires less material. We recycle scrap steel, aluminum, plastic, tires, and cardboard. Used motor oil, coolant, and other chemicals are recycled or disposed of with EPA certified companies. We even recycle used parts like water pumps and batteries by returning them to parts suppliers for remanufacturing.
The Great Recession caused a large drop in new vehicle sales in the USA, which in turn meant fewer trade ins. Now that demand for cars, trucks, vans, & SUVs is picking up again, there is a shortage of used vehicles available for sale. This used vehicle stock is also older and has higher mileage, because both individuals and rental fleets kept their vehicles longer during the downturn. Accordingly, dealers and individuals may be selling used cars that they ordinarily would not, because these cars are all that are available.
You wouldn’t expect an auto body repair shop to tell you how to avoid an accident, but we think safety is more important than a buck. Many accidents are caused by failure to see another vehicle, often due to “blind spots” in the driver’s field of vision. Proper mirror adjustment can reduce or eliminate these accidents. Many people adjust their outside rearview mirrors so that they can see the side of their cars, which actually creates blind spots in their field of view. Here is a simple way to adjust your mirrors to minimize or eliminate blind spots:
These days, it’s not uncommon to see labor rates of $100 per hour or more for vehicle maintenance and repair. In and of itself, that’s a lot of money, but often there are other fees and charges on a repair bill that add even more to the cost of servicing your car. Here are a few to look out for:
A lot of people believe that the cars of our parents’ and grandparents’ time must have been safer than modern cars because of their larger size and heavier sheet metal. Modern cars also deform more in an accident than cars of the past, so the assumption could be made that they are less protective of their occupants than their antique counterparts. Well, seeing is believing, so here is a video of a crash between a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air: