Tips to Mitigate the Expense of Auto Body Repair

2-collision-repair-advertisementMost people think that when they find themselves in the position where their car is sitting on the lift of an auto body Salt Lake City repair shop they are then at the mercy of whatever the mechanic or technician chooses to charge them for his or her services. There are, however, some tactics that the customer of said auto body repair shop can employ to lower the price of the bill he or she may receive.

For example, most auto body repair Salt Lake City shops will charge different rates for the labor associated with mechanical repairs and the labor associated with auto body repairs. The repairs associated with the auto’s body will usually cost less than mechanical repairs. Accordingly any customer who has taken their car to be fixed by an auto body repair shop should take the time to examine the repair invoice in order to make sure that the appropriate rate had been charged for the services rendered. If the repair required is relatively minor, many times it can be repaired using a technique known as PDR. PDR is an acronym which stands for “Paintless Dent Repair.” This technique is less expensive than a repair which employs the use of paint and sanding. The customer can request this technique be used by the mechanic if the damage warrants such a repair.

In fact, if the damage is significantly minor the customer may choose not to take their car to a collision repair Salt Lake City shop in the first place and make the repair themselves. For example, scratches and chipped paint can be remedied by finding the car’s paint code (usually located inside the door jam) and then match it with the appropriate touch up paint. If executed appropriately by the customer, often these repairs can make the damage look as if it was never there.

Cars in an Accident Destined for an Auto Body Salt Lake City Shop

2-collision-repair-advertisementYesterday I saw a car accident at an intersection on my way home from the grocery store. One car was facing the wrong direction in the right hand lane. The other car was parked perpendicular to the first car a little behind it. One of the cars’ bumpers lay in the middle of the street. It seemed obvious that one or both cars was destined to end up in an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop in the near future. I did not see any people in or near either car as I drove past the scene. I did however take out my cell phone and call 911 to report the accident. The person on the other end of the line (an African American by the sound of his voice) asked me what was the emergency. I told him that there was a car accident and where it was located. The location happened to be in front of a medical center which I suppose is fortunate if any of the people involved in the accident happened to be injured and require medical attention. The man on the other end transferred me to the local police department. When I spoke to the gentleman on the other end at the local police department he told me that they were aware of the accident and a police car was en route to the scene as we spoke.

 

I thanked the man and hung up the phone. As I continued down the road I felt a certain sense of satisfaction that I had performed my civic duty by reporting the accident even though the authorities already knew about it. The important aspect of this story is the intention to do my part and make the world a better place. This is a small comfort I can take but probably not too comforting for the people whose cars are now sit in a collision repair Salt Lake City shop somewhere.

Auto Body Repair Salt Lake City Like the Accident Never Happened

auto-enthusiastsPicture the crumpled wreck of an automobile sitting in the bay of an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. The question is: what needs to happen to transform this wreck back into the fully functional vehicle it was before the accident? Well, the first thing that must happen to accomplish this intention is that all the damage must be fully assessed. Once the damage has been fully assessed a plan of repairs must be mad because the order in which the repairs are made will depend on many factors most notably including the spatial relationships between the parts requiring repairs as well as the relative importance of the repairs.

 

Picture the distorted hulk of the automobile resting in the garage of an auto body Salt Lake City shop. What was the series of events that led to this car being in its present location? What could have been done to prevent this accident from happening in the first place? Would it be enough for the driver to have pulled out of his driveway ten minutes later than the time he actually pulled out? Of course the answer to this question can never be known with certainty because in the time line in which we live (at least for the purposes of this mental image) that is not how the events unfolded.

 

Now picture a fully repaired car emerging from the bay of the collision repair Salt Lake City shop appearing as if it is good as new. From the appearances of the car it is hard to tell that it was ever damaged in the not too distant past. This is the goal of the auto body repair shop. That is, to make the present reality seem as if the accident never happened. In this reality, the car owner takes his car home and goes about his daily business just as he did the day before the accident.

The Impacts of a Car Accident

2-collision-repair-advertisementWhen a person’s car is damaged in an accident the impact can be grave. The severity of the impact upon the car will depend upon the nature of the accident, the degree of force applied to the vehicle, the area impacted by the force and the angle at which the force arrived to impact the vehicle. All this is governed by the laws of Newtonian physics. However, this physical impact is not the only impact the accident will have. This other impact of which I speak is the psychological impact of damaging and perhaps loosing the use of such an important tool used on a daily basis. This psychological impact is definitely not governed by the laws of Newtonian physics.

 

When a person’s car is damaged in an accident and taken to an auto body repair Salt Lake City the mechanics will get to work on the car. Most of the time, however, the mechanics can do little work on the emotional impact the owner of the car will undergo. Perhaps from time to time a car owner who has been in an accident will encounter the kind mechanic with compassion and empathy. But it is rare indeed for a mechanic to have the counseling skills that a trained psychiatrist would possess. After all, that is not their job. Their job is to fix the impact suffered by your car in the accident.

 

Now how to deal with the psychological impact of a car accident is certainly beyond the scope of a three hundred to five hundred word article intended for web bots to read. Probably the best thing to do is talk to someone about it if the emotions feel overwhelming. This can certainly be someone in the mental health field such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. But it could also be a trusted friend with a sympathetic ear. Probably, it is best to leave the mechanics in the auto body Salt Lake City shop free to do their job.

Factors and Considerations Related to Office Space in Park City

carsforsaleIt seems obvious that any business looking for office space Park City will require different amenities depending on the specific needs of that particular business. Some requirements, however, are universal. For example, these days, the vast majority of businesses will require access to high speed internet. This is true because a very large proportion of sales and marketing takes place on line in today’s modern economy. Without access to high speed internet a business will be severely handicapped relative to its competitors who do have access to high speed internet. But there are certainly many more factors for a business to consider than access to high speed and reliable internet when looking for office space in the Park City area.

Another important factor for a business to consider is whether the physical accommodations match the unique needs of the specific business. For example, one question to ask is will the number of employees have adequate space to perform their various functions? Moreover, another question to ask might be, is the location of the office space conveniently located in order to serve the perspective customers of the business? Furthermore, yet another question to ask might be, will the office space support any future expansion the business is projected to have over the course of the lease?

Certainly these factors merely scratch the surface of the potential factors to consider when a business is investigating office space Park City. Each business is unique and as such will have very specific and unique requirements that the office space must serve. It is also important to recognize that there is probably no perfect office space that will be able to satisfy every single expectation. The goal is for the business to find office space that serves as many requirements as possible within the business’ unique budgetary constraints.

Dirt Nibs

2-collision-repair-advertisementI work in an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City. There are two auto painters who work under me whom I supervise. One is named David and the other is named Bobby. Yesterday the two of them were working on a Crown Victoria that required a repaired metal frame to be repainted. I thought everything was going fine between them but around 3:00 PM in the afternoon (I remember because the Rush Limbaugh program had just ended) I heard them arguing about something. It sounded pretty heated.

First I heard David yell, “Damn it Bobby, we sanded the dirt nibs from a metallic base coat before applying the clear coat!”

“Yeah,” replied Bobby. “So what?”

“So the clear coat can now be applied directly over the sanded basecoat,” said David.

“You got that all wrong,” said Bobby.

“How so?” asked David.

“We have to apply another basecoat,” said Bobby. “It will help prevent the sand scratches from showing up.”

I heard all this from the other room. Of course I agreed with Bobby on this one. Those sand scratches would show up clear as day without the second basecoat. But I wanted to see if they could work it out on there own. That way I did not have to intervene.

Luckily the next thing I heard was David say, “Okay we’ll do it your way.”

I breathed a sigh of relief. I do not like to intervene if I have to. It just causes unneeded friction that I do not want to deal with. This is one of the many things I have learned not to do while working in this collision repair shop in Salt Lake City all these years. It is not merely about fixing cars in this shop. It is also about keeping relationships from needing fixing.

 

Road Trip Adventures

auto-enthusiastsI am now going to tell you the story about how my wife and I found ourselves sitting in the lobby of an auto body shop in Salt Lake City. There is a little bit of background information I need to lay out before we get to that point but don’t worry. I will get you there.

So we planned a road trip of the southwestern United States because neither of us had spent much time in that region. We flew to Phoenix, Arizona and spent a few days in a nice hotel. When we went to pick up our rental car the dealer did not have the model we reserved and upgraded us to a Cadillac. Let me tell you it was one sweet ride.

From Phoenix we drove north to the Grand Canyon. We hiked down the Kaibab trail. We both grew up in the northeast and had never seen such scenery before. I remember having the experience upon first seeing the canyon that my brain did not believe what my eyes were seeing. At the bottom of the canyon we ate a glorious hiker’s stew in a cabin mess hall and then spent an uncomfortable night camping at a campsite that must have had thousands of previous occupants because the ground was as hard as cement. The next day we hiked up the Bright Angel trail which was longer, but not as steep as the trail we hiked the day before. This hike taught me to carry only what I need and nothing more, bring plenty of water, and never wear boxers hiking because they ride up the legs and chafe my inner thighs. By the time we made it back to the Cadillac our legs were dead tired. From the Grand Canyon we drove north to Sedona. On the way we stopped for gas. I could barely lift my legs out of the car to get to the pumps.

Little did I know, in less than a week I would be sitting in the lobby of a collision repair shop in Salt Lake City.

To be continued…

Warranty 101

2-collision-repair-advertisementPeople in need of an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City should only use auto body shops that offer a full and written warranty for their repairs. What does “warranty” mean in this context? Very simply, a warranty is a guarantee or promise made by the auto body shop to its customer that their work will actually fix the damage to the car and the car will then operate normally after it has been repaired. If the damage is not repaired by the auto body shop to the customer’s satisfaction then the auto body shop will be obligated to complete the repairs at no additional cost to the customer. If the auto body shop refuses to complete the repairs, the warranty can then be legally enforced by a court through legal action. If it comes to this the auto body shop will typically be required to pay money damages to the customer.

 

Sometime the auto body repair shop will be ordered to make the repairs by the court. This is called “specific performance.” However, this is not a remedy courts normally like to use in this situation because if the repair shop refused to fix the problem correctly the first time it is unlikely the repair shop will be motivated to do the best job the second time around. Specific performance is usually used when there is no other person who can perform the work that was originally warrantied in the first place.

 

Fortunately, there are many auto body and collision repair shops in Salt Lake City. This competition makes it unlikely that a reputable auto body shop would fail to offer a full, written warranty for their work. But it is always a good practice to make sure there is a full, written warranty agreed to by both the auto body repair shop and the customer.

Depreciation

 

carAlthough a necessary expense, financially speaking, a car is not a good investment. This is true because a car will depreciate in value immediately after it is purchased and will continue to depreciate the older it gets. The specific amount of depreciation will vary from car to car but probably the most important factor to determine the amount of depreciation and the rate at which a car will depreciate is whether the car is new or used. Both new and used cars depreciate; however, new cars will depreciate much faster than used cars.

This depreciation will occur in a generally predictable manner. Typically, new cars depreciate 20% by the end of the first year after purchase. The moment a person drives a new car off the lot it becomes a used car and after this transformation approximately 10 percent of its value will evaporate. By the end of the first year after purchase, that same car will depreciate an additional 10 percent on average. Less popular models with fewer bells and whistles tend to depreciate more than popular models with additional features, sometimes loosing 50 percent of their value in many cases. Typically, new cars lose value for four years after the first year after purchase, ranging from 15-25 percent per year. All told, new cars tend to lose 60 percent of their original value by the fifth year after purchase. Purchasing a relatively new used car will avoid the first-year rapid depreciation, but even used cars depreciate over the first five years after purchase.

Obviously, there are many factors that determine how much any one particular car will depreciate over a given period of time. If you are buying a used car in Salt Lake City you may want to use a car depreciation calculators available on the internet. These calculators may help you to decide whether one car is a better purchase than another.