The run-down on rentals

Whenever you are involved in an accident it’s likely you will have to get a rental car either while your vehicle is repaired, or if it is determined that your vehicle is unsafe to drive. The use of a rental car is an optional coverage on your insurance; however in accidents where you are deemed to be 100 per cent not-at-fault, you should have a rental car at your disposal. With that said, it is important to confirm with your insurance company … [Read more...]

Prepare your vehicle for the hot summer sun

The first thing you should do is replace your air filter. Full of dirt and debris, a dirty air filter will blow dirty air at you whenever you use the air conditioning. Don’t contaminate your car and your lungs with that, and make sure you have a new, clean air filter at the beginning of every summer. You should also check your coolant and all fluids. When it’s very hot outside the engine will run at a higher temperature, too. If your coolant … [Read more...]

Windshields: to repair or replace

It used to be that a cracked or chipped windshield instantly meant it had to be replaced. But times have changed and many minor damages can now be repaired instead. Before you can decide between repairing and replacing, however, the damage must be appraised by a professional to determine if it has caused any structural issues to the windshield. If you’ve ever had a small crack before, then you’ll know it can quickly turn into a large one. When … [Read more...]

Parts-New vs. Aftermarket vs. OEM

Parts replacement choices are not always understood by the consumer. Many feel that less than a brand new, factory part will result in problems. Although in certain areas of repair this may be true, this is not a fact across the board. Of course a brand new part from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) sounds like the best choice, but let's look at this more closely. Say, for example, your car's headlamp and bumper require replacement. If … [Read more...]

How to save on your auto insurance

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your increasing auto insurance costs, you’re not alone. Many people want to find some way to reduce them without compromising their coverage. The best way to save on your auto insurance is to increase your deductible. The deductible is the amount you will have to pay if you ever have an “at fault” claim. For example, if your total claim amount is $2,000 and your deductible is $500, then you will pay the $500 and … [Read more...]

Quality auto body repair costs explained

The cost of auto body repairs often surprises many people when they bring their vehicle in for a quote. Even something that may seem as simple as a small scratch can result in a high price. This is because every accident and repair is different and therefore comes with a different price. Whether the repair is for safety or cosmetic reasons will affect the price and each incident will always have its own issues. For example, the deployment of air … [Read more...]

What you need to know about a tow

It’s likely that we’ll all need a tow at some point and that’s why it’s good to know a little bit about towing before the need arises for you. Most municipalities have bylaws for tow trucks and drivers, particularly for licensing and soliciting. Some towns and municipalities also have stringent bylaws for maximum tow cost regulations, areas of operation and even driver behaviour. This is all to protect and help drivers in need of a tow. As a … [Read more...]

The four “Rs” of the auto body shop

These days individuals and businesses are trying to do what they can to reduce their impact on the environment and auto body shops are no different.  Obviously the biggest “R” in a body shop is “repair” however Newmarket Auto Body is continually taking steps in an effort to be a more environmentally friendly facility. RECYCLE-All scrap metal, aluminum wheels and other parts are recycled where possible. We try to limit what is thrown away.  It … [Read more...]

What to do with your total loss vehicle

A total loss vehicle, also known as a write-off, is the term applied to cars that will cost more money to fix than what they are worth. There is absolutely nothing a body shop can do when the total cost of accident repairs exceeds the book value of a vehicle and for the most part, when that situation arises, the insurance company will proceed to write-off the car. Unfortunately we're seeing this happen more and more often these days as parts and … [Read more...]