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Autumn Tune-Ups to Prepare Your Car for Winter

October 2nd, 2017


September 22nd marked the official start of fall. We all know what that means! While you may welcome the cooler temps of autumn, a nice break from the dog days of summer, your car may not make the transition quite as well. That’s why you need to perform some basic tuneups as the months get progressively cooler. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

TIPS:

  • Get your battery tested. Many local shops will do this for free. It pays to call and ask. Cooler weather tends to drain the battery more readily. If it’s not holding enough charge, it might be time to replace it.
  • Check your tire tread. If they look worn, it’s time to consider replacing them. Check the tire pressure while you’re at it. The air pressure in your tire can decrease one to two pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.
  • Check your brakes. Not only can driving on worn pads decrease stopping power, it can also damage brake rotors as well, says Be Car Care Aware.
  • Add winter-formulated windshield washer fluid, as regular washer fluids will freeze if the temperature dips too low.
  • Make sure you have a road emergency kit. While snow storms in Dallas are rare, they can catch anyone off guard. Keep a spare tire, flashlight, small tool kit, extra batteries, ice scraper, de-icer and brush in the trunk. A first aid kit is a good idea any day of the year, so stock one with bandages, ointment, and the like.
  • Replace your floor mats. All that dirt and sand from the summer ends up pooling on your door mats, making for an unsightly appearance. Sweep them out or invest in new ones, Don’t forget to give your car a good vacuuming too, as that dirt and sand can get ground in pretty deep.
  • Replace the wiper blades. Wear and tear on your wipers will increase this winter with the possibility of ice and maybe even some snow. Take a good look at your wipers and pick up some new ones if they look worn.
  • Get an oil and filter change. Because oil feeds your engine, you need a good supply to start off the autumn. When the colder weather hits, remember it will cause your car’s oil to become more thick and viscous, straining your engine when you turn it on.
  • Take a look at your coolant levels. Well maintained levels can keep your engine performing at top capacity. Try a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water to keep the motor going strong.
  • Keep up with regular tune-ups and service appointments. Make sure you have enough gas in your car at all times, as you can improve your gas mileage with a properly tuned car by about four percent. Likewise, stay on top of preventive maintenance visits, too, to ensure a longer life span for your vehicle.
  • Check the HVAC system. Make sure both heater and cooler are working properly. These elements are key to maintaining comfort while driving as well as safety due to systems like the defroster.


Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

Come by and see us on McKinney Ave in Dallas today for your autumn tuneup. Contact us for your appointment at 214-666-5291. We are open every weekday, closed 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch.

What Does Your Auto Body Collision Repair Specialist Do?

August 21st, 2017

repair-collissionYou understandably don’t want to be without your car after a collision, but in order to restore your vehicle to its former glory, you’ll need to trust someone to fix it. This can be just as hard as being without transportation for a few days! Arm yourself with the knowledge you’ll need to make a good decision. First off, you’ll need to establish a clear understanding up front with your auto body technician. In fact, the process of having your car fixed right starts when you drop it off, says Edmunds, so be clear on what the shop will fix, how long it will take and what it will cost. Get everything in writing and inquire about the labor and parts warranties. Most importantly, review the paperwork and inspect the vehicle when you pick it up to make sure all agreed-upon work was done.
That leads us to our first point…

Go through the work with your technician:

any reputable auto body shop mechanic will walk you through everything he or she did. Anyone who tries to hide defects or gloss over specifics is covering something and shouldn’t be trusted.

In a nutshell, collision repair specialists can repair most damage from vehicle collisionsrestoring the look and functionality of the vehicles. This can be pretty straightforward in the event the damage is minor, such as a cracked windshield. But when it involves major damage, such as door panel or fender replacement, your technician should take extra care because the underlying frame of your car can literally get bent out of shape. Your auto body collision repair specialist has the training to return the structural integrity of the car frame to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Be Aware, Know Who You’re Dealing With

Have you been in an accident that has resulted in dents and structural damage? You need expert auto body collision repair. Be knowledgeable about what your auto body collision repair specialist will do.

Here are some more responsibilities your auto body specialist has:

  • Looks over damage reports
  • Prepares cost estimates
  • Plans out work to be done
  • Inspects vehicle for structural damage
  • Removes damaged body parts, from bumpers and fenders to hoods, grilles and trim
  • Realigns car frames and chassis
  • Hammers out dents, dings and dimples
  • Fits and welds replacement parts
  • Installs and weatherproofs windows and windshields
  • Sands, buffs, and primes refurbished surfaces
  • Applies new finish

Tools Used

In order to achieve these jobs, your collision repair technicians use many tools, each with a different purpose. When removing damaged parts, such as bumpers and door panels, he or she will use pneumatic tools, metal-cutting guns, and plasma cutters. When it comes to major structural repairs, such as body alignments, hydraulic jacks and hammers are used in the process. Often times, they simply use hand tools like pliers, metal files, wrenches, hammers, and screwdrivers.

Your collision repair technician is very likely trained and skilled enough to take on all these responsibilities himself. However, some shops go the  assembly line route and work as a team with each person working on a different part of the car.

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Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas TX

If you’ve been in an accident and require body work or collision repair, come to the best. Open Mon–Thur: 7:30am – 5:30pm and Friday: 7:30am – 5pm, we offer a convenient way for you to get all the repairs you need done quickly so you can get back on the road. To schedule an appointment for auto body repair or service, contact us at 214-666-5291. We are located at 4829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas for your convenience.

Boost your used car’s curb appeal

July 26th, 2017
Well, it’s probably been a few years since you smelled that new car smell. You may have gotten into a rut with your used car, allowing it to build up dirt both inside and out. Whether you plan to sell your car soon or you just want to reveal its inner beauty again, there are ways to spruce up its curb appeal.

Here are some quick fixes and cleaning tricks to get your car looking great again:

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Give your car a good washing: Doesn’t have to be a fancy wash. Just take it through your local coin-operated car wash. Scrub dirt off using the foaming brush, then use a spot-free rinse. To make sure n

o marks are left behind, dry it yourself with a rag or towel. Try a spray detailer for an extra sheen.

Vacuum the inside: Using the assorted nozzles on your vacuum cleaner, vacuum up all the fish crackers from the kids and crumbs in between the seats. From cracks to cupholders, don’t neglect the small things.

Touch up dents and scratches: Got ugly dents and dings on your car? Take it for some paintless dent repair to get it looking new again. This technique is a more affordable and speedy form of dent repair, one that doesn’t affect the factory’s paint job. However, it should be performed by a highly trained mechanic.

Clean up the interior: Using a damp rag, some spray and paper towels, or interior wipes, wipe down all interior surfaces. You’ll be amazed at the difference this one job can make. If you have any stains, use a foaming cleaner by saturating the area, working it in with a damp sponge, advises Popular Mechanics. After letting it sit a while, blot it out with paper towels or a dry cotton cloth.

Throw out the junk: Fast food wrappers, that lone sock you can’t seem to find the mate to, old scraps of paper, etc. should all go into a big trash bag. Fold blankets, put everything in its place (first aid kit, flashlight, etc.), and add convenience items such as wipes and hand sanitizer.

Spruce up the tires: Give your tires a little elbow grease to blacken them up. Shine the hub caps and spray them down to get all the inside caked-on dirt. Take your car in for a tire rotation if it’s been a while.

Clean the engine: Sounds random but if you are selling your vehicle, the prospective buyer will want to look under the hood. Your engine gathers built-up grease and road dirt that can really look bad. Use a spray detailer for easy application. Why not check your fluids at this time too, such as the oil and coolant levels? Add some if you need to or take it to your mechanic for the full treatment.

Give it a once-over: Once done, look at your car with a new perspective. Ask a friend if you can’t be objective. Anything that stands out to you that needs to be addressed? Sometimes this is when you catch those small yet glaring mistakes that need to be taken care of.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

We are located conveniently on McKinney Avenue in Dallas, TX, and are your first choice for superior collision repair and auto body work. Contact us at 214-666-5291 to schedule an appointment. We can give your car a good detailing, whether you’re planning to sell the vehicle in the near future or you just want it looking great for the summer.

5 questions to ask your mechanic every time you go in for service

June 9th, 2017

Bringing your car in for service, whether planned or unplanned, is never fun. It’s also costly. That’s why you should educate yourself on the basic services your vehicle is going through and appear informed to your mechanic. This will give you an air of confidence so you’re less likely to be taken advantage of, plus it will help you interpret what your mechanic is telling you. Be sure to ask these five questions whenever you bring your motor vehicle in for service:

1. How much for diagnostics?

This number is likely to vary quite widely from mechanic to mechanic, which is why you should ask. It’s a tough situation, because you’ve obviously gone so far as to take your car in for a check-up as to why your dashboard is lighting up. When faced with the estimate, you may think: do I stay or do I go? In many ways, it’s like asking your doctor to tell you how much a visit will be, even as you’re sitting on that cold examination table.

You want your car repaired but you don’t want to pay an arm and leg just for troubleshooting. You can always shop around for better prices if you don’t like what you hear. The U.S. average for check engine light-related repair costs is $390.38, according to CarMD. That’s a decent chunk of change, so you should know your stuff when the mechanic comes back with the results of the diagnostics.

2.  Are your mechanics ASE certified?

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a non-profit organization that has trained 325,000 automotive professionals across the country, has awarded certain shops with the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence. This means those mechanics are highly trained in automotive repairs, but they have to keep taking the test to re-certify every five years. Ask your mechanic if they are ASE certified. It can’t hurt. In fact, it can only help.

Just an FYI, Hance’s Paint and Body Service is an I-CARTM and ASETM certified garage, backed by experienced technicians who boast top-notch training and education in collision repair.

3. Can you give me a written estimate?

Don’t rely on a word of mouth estimate, especially one that’s given over the phone without the mechanic even inspecting your vehicle. Many mechanics will give you a free estimate, which is great, but always get the repair quote in writing. The estimate should include:

  • Parts
  • Labor
  • Taxes
  • Discounts

Sometimes, additional problems are uncovered while the mechanic is servicing your vehicle. Ask them to give you a call with any additional services and their associated costs before doing the work. Be aware that some dealers of mechanics will charge you miscellaneous fees, or give you an incomplete estimate, such as for tire replacement without the line item for tire disposal fees. Be diligent about uncovering hidden fees that can really break the bank.

4. Is the part still covered by the warranty?

When a part is still covered by the warranty, you can breathe easy knowing you won’t have to pay out of pocket for it. However, if your car is not new, it’s likely that the parts are no longer covered under warranty. If your mechanic or dealership service department techs aren’t sure, take matters into your own hands and check with the auto manufacturer directly.

5. Does your mechanic specialize in my car’s make and model?

This is always an important question. If anybody is going to work on your car, it better be someone with experience in your make and model. Your mechanic should know all the issues common with your type of car and how to address them.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

Serving the surrounding Dallas community with 60 years of experience in auto repair and collision repair, you can count on Hance’s to get the job done quickly and efficiently. We welcome any questions you may have about our service. Contact us at 214-666-5291 to book your appointment.

Types of Body Damage: How are They Repaired?

May 17th, 2017

Accidents are a fact of life. Every time you get behind that wheel, there is the potential for a fender bender, side swipe or worse. Hopefully, the damage is minimal and it can be fixed through auto body repair. In addition to accidents, though, the weather can really do a number on the condition of your car as well. From road trips to parking lot accidents to long-term weather exposure, it’s important to get any damage addressed quickly and efficiently. Here are some of the most common types of auto body damage, with the fixes that go along with them.

Weather

Even if you have a garage, it’s a safe bet to say your car spends a whole lot of time outside, from just driving around to parking at malls and at work. Over many years, your vehicle is exposed to sun, snow, hail and rain. All that moisture is a breeding ground for corrosion and rust. And all the UV rays from the sun will fade and damage your paint job. It may happen so slowly you don’t even realize it. But it’s there. However, there are some simple fixes if you notice small areas of damage. In this case, you can sand and repaint the affected area. When rust has gotten very deep into the metal, it may not be able to be fixed with this simple method. It may have to be cut out and replaced with brand new metal. In the case of hail causing tiny pits, you could benefit from paintless dent repair.

Scratches

We’ve all experienced the frustration of coming out of the grocery store to find a shopping cart has banged into the side of our car. Parking lots can certainly be dangerous, risky spots for scratches. If that scratch is small enough, it can be rubbed and buffed out; however, larger paint scratches may need a body filler and computer-matched auto painting.

Dents

Dents are inevitable at some point in the life span of your car, but they can usually be repaired fairly easily. Whether you’ve suffered a run-in with a shopping cart, another car or a baseball that hit your hood, many dents can be pulled out using a special process and device. If there is no paint damage, paintless dent removal is the technique of choice. Your technicians will be able to tap the dent out from the backside of the panel. For bigger dents where this is not possible, a small hole may need to be drilled where a tool is inserted to effectively pull the dent out. The technician then fills the hole and paints the damaged area. In the case of an extremely large dent caused by a collision, you may have to have the whole panel replaced.

Collisions

Collisions cause the biggest dents, scratches and damage of all. Collisions can cause structural damage to a car, such as in the case of a bent frame. In this case, your technician can use computer-aided machinery to straighten out the frame and ensure the vehicle complies with factory specifications.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

Sadly, accidents are a very real possibility whenever you get behind the wheel. If you ever need professional auto body repair in and around Dallas, come to Hance’s Uptown Collision Center. Please contact us at 214-666-5291 to book an appointment for auto body work at fair prices. You’ll find us at 829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas TX.

Should You Use the Body Shop Your Insurance Company Recommends or Not?

April 13th, 2017


In the event you’re in an accident that results in body work needed for your vehicle, your insurance company will probably recommend a repair shop that they frequently work with. While this sounds like a great service in theory, they are likely recommending that shop because they have a repair contract with them. This means they have a vested interest in you going there. But while it may seem like they are pressuring you to only use their auto body repair shop, you don’t have to follow their recommendation.

How it Works

By law, you don’t have to use the insurance company’s recommendation, but you may be wondering: will you get a quality repair job if you go elsewhere? Using the recommended shop is beneficial mainly to the insurance company because they have negotiated better deals that translate to lower material and labor rates as well as parts discounts. In return, the repair shop gets all the business sent their way from the insurance company. They do, however, have to undergo equipment and training requirements as per the insurance company. They also have to offer lifetime warranties on parts.

Insurance companies strive for about 40 percent of their claims going to their recommended repair shops. This doesn’t mean you have to, though. In fact, they’ll try to persuade you very strongly so that you ultimately end up abiding by their request. They may say your claim won’t be dealt with efficiently if you go off on your own. They may say it could be a week or more before the adjuster can come out to take a look at your vehicle. They may even say they won’t warranty any of the repairs if you veer from their recommendation.

This may scare you off. That’s what they want. But if you’re really intent on going to your own repair shop, don’t budge. Legally, they can’t delay the process and they can’t keep you from using your own repair shop. Consider this: any reputable auto repair shop near you will provide a lifetime warranty regardless of whether the insurance company is paying them or you are. It’s in their best interest to treat all customers the same and provide efficient service no matter what.

However, one benefit to you for using insurance company-recommended repair shops is that those mechanics are familiar with the claims adjusters because they work with them so often. They know the process, they know what to expect, and they can get the estimate and repairs done quickly as per the insurance company wishes. You can also cut down on possible disagreements between insurance companies and repair shops when they know each other.

In cases where you seek out an outside repair shop, insurance companies may not accept their estimate right away of what a repair will cost. Other times, the insurer will generate the original estimate and the repair shop disagrees, says Nerdwallet.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas TX

You can rest assured we treat all our customers with efficiency and skilled service. Open Mon–Thur: 7:30am – 5:30pm and Friday: 7:30am – 5pm, we offer a convenient way for you to get all the repairs you need done quickly so you can get back on the road. To schedule an appointment for auto body repair or service, contact us at 214-666-5291. We are located at 4829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas for your convenience in Highland Park, University Park, Uptown, Lakewood, Lower Greenville, and Lake Highlands.

Five Signs Your Windshield Needs Replacement

March 19th, 2017

Your car’s windshield serves many purposes, most of all to improve your visual navigation. Because it’s crucial to your safety on the road, your windshield must be clear, free of defects, sturdy and reliable. However, many of you are driving around with sub-par windshields, whether with a tiny pit or chip, or large spiderweb cracks. Perhaps you just don’t want to deal with the cost of replacement right now, or being without a car for part of the day while it gets replaced. However, it’s imperative to ensure a properly functioning windshield so it can protect you on the roadways. Here are some signs that tell you the windshield may need replacement.

5 Signs

1. Compromised view. It doesn’t really matter how small that chip, crack or discoloration is, as a driver you are responsible for making split-second decisions. If you mistake a chip for another vehicle out of the corner of your eye, or a large crack results in a blind spot and you miss something crucial, you could end up in a serious car crash. Even if the result is a fender bender, you’re still faced with much more aggravation, frustration, and cost than if you had just fixed the windshield in the first place.

2. Inspection coming up. Take a look at your inspection sticker. Is the date for renewal coming up? You’ll want to get that crack taken care of before then, as large chips, cracks and sharp edges can lead to a failure to pass inspection. Not only will you have to pay for a second inspection after you get the issue fixed, you may get caught with an expired sticker in the meantime from law enforcement and receive a ticket. The price tag of an average windshield repair is just about $58, says Cost Helper.

3. Pitting. If you’re on the road a lot, particularly the highway driving long distances every day, you probably experience a lot of pitting on your windshield. As a result, flying debris, such as tiny rocks and gravel that repeatedly hit your windshield, will leave small pits. You may even notice these more in the morning or at dawn when the sun is hitting your windshield. This can be a very dangerous situation because those pits are compromising your view. They tend to reflect light, which messes with your focus and visibility, especially during high-glare times of the day. If you’re caught in a rain storm, pitted glass doesn’t cast off water as well as smooth glass, which can pose even more of a problem.

4. White at the edges. In the interest of safety, windshields are treated with PVB or Poly Vinyl Butral at the time of manufacture, which keeps your windshield from shattering into a million pieces if you’re in a collision. Instead, it will break in rounded chunks that aren’t as likely to cut you or the other occupants. If you’re noticing a white haze at the edges, this special plastic is starting to come away from the glass and should be replaced.

5. Missing pieces. We’ve all seen cars or trucks on the roadway with missing windshields or parts, which the owner has “cleverly” covered up with duct tape or trash bags. Windshields keep out the elements, critters and bugs from the interior of your vehicle, but they also provide critical structural support that prevents the frame from sagging. When you do finally get the windshield replaced, the damage has already occurred, resulting in glass alignment problems.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

If any of the above has happened to you, come to Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas for expert windshield replacement. Contact us at 214-666-5291 to book an appointment.

7 Things That Can Ruin Your Car’s Paint Job

February 1st, 2017

7 Things That Can Ruin Your Car’s Paint Job

There’s nothing like that new shine of a paint job on your car. Whether fresh from the dealer’s lot or the autobody shop, a fresh coat of paint signals pride in your vehicle — a pride you’d like to keep for as long as possible. However, there are many environmental effects that are working against your car:
1. Bugs and Bird Droppings: While there’s really nothing you can do about bugs smashing onto your hood or bird droppings down the side of the door, there is something you can do after the fact that will save your paint job. Rather than let the evidence sit there, hoping a good rain storm will rinse them away, you need to wash them off as soon as you notice them. That’s because bugs and bird droppings tend to be very acidic and will eat away at the paint if left there to fester. Be gentle and don’t scrub with abrasives.

2. Road Debris: This is a big offender — yet another one you can’t prevent from happening. Just driving on the street can kick up small pebbles, dirt and salt (in wintry regions) that can pit your paint job. Clean your vehicle often but again, don’t scrub. Those little bits of dirt will cause unsightly scratches. Salt placed on roadways to keep snowy and icy conditions at bay can eat away at your paint and cause corrosion.

3. Construction Debris: You always wince as you head through a construction zone, hearing all that dust, gravel and asphalt peppering the underside of your car and bumper. Avoid these construction zones if you can, and certainly don’t park near any of them. The dust kicked up by these areas can settle on your car and dull its sheen. Take your car to the car wash if you inadvertently drive through a construction zone.

4. Gas: Most of us are in a hurry when filling up with gas. However, those drops and spills down the side of your car as you take out the hose can be a killer for your vehicle’s paint job. Once it has set in, a gas stain is very hard to get off later. If you spill, use a microfiber cloth to wipe it away immediately.

5. Sprinklers: Parking near a sprinkler may sound harmless (hey, whose car couldn’t use a natural bath once in a while?). However, the water spots left by those sprinklers have minerals in them that, when dried by the sun, can leave random spots that are hard to get off.

6. Writing: Your kids may think it’s funny to write “Wash me” on your car, but this can cause damage to your paint job. That’s because dirt is like sandpaper and has the same effect on your shiny new paint job.

7. Coffee: We’ve all driven off with a cup of coffee on the roof at least once in our lives. However, those coffee stains can be a detriment to your paint job. Since coffee (and other beverages such as soda) is acidic, this can hurt your car’s finish so wash it off as soon as you can, advises DriverSide. If there’s sugar in your coffee, that’s even worse because it leaves a sticky residue.

 

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

Stop by Hance’s Uptown Collision Center at our convenient location in Dallas to see what we offer for autobody repair and paintless dent repair. Contact us at 214-666-5291 to make an appointment or use our online form. Our shop hours are Mon–Thur: 7:30am – 5:30pm and Friday: 7:30am – 5:00pm.

Tune Up Your Car Before Traveling This Holiday Season

December 13th, 2016

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Nearly 47 million people will be traveling 50 or more miles from home this holiday season, according to Auto Trader, with nearly a quarter (22%) traveling almost 100 miles in their cars. That’s a lot of cars on the road, and you’ll be jockeying for position with them if you’re planning on doing some holiday travel as well. The key to a successful road trip for the holidays is a well-oiled machine — specifically, your vehicle. Don’t wait till the last minute to hop in the car and take off. Prepare well ahead of time by getting a tuneup on your car, making sure the oil is topped off, getting problem areas fixed with auto body repair and filling it up with premium gas.

Tips for Prepping Your Car

Before setting out, heed these helpful tips so as to reduce the chances of breakdowns and accidents while on the roadways:

  • Take a look at your tire pressure and fill tires with air if low. Add oil and coolant if necessary and take your car through the car wash.
  • Re-set your mileage so you can track exactly how many miles you’ll be traveling.
  • Set your GPS system to the destination ahead of time so you’re not hurrying to do that when you have all the kids loaded up in the car.
  • Turn on all driver assistance systems, such as Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
  • Check the forecast to ensure you won’t be hitting any weather snafus. Just because it’s calm and clear at home doesn’t mean it isn’t stormy somewhere along the way.
  • Visit the Federal Highway Administration’s website for national traffic and road closure notifications.
  • Heading to a cold or snowy locale? Pack the car with ice scrapers, ice melt, hand warmers, flares, cables and blankets. Keep a cell phone charger in your glove compartment at all times as well.

A couple of weeks before, get anything repaired on your vehicle that you’ve been meaning to address. This includes broken headlights or taillights and even auto body repair from that accident you got into a few months back. Having a well-functioning car that looks good will help make your trip a more enjoyable one.

Staying safe this holiday season means doing all of the above but also obeying the rules of the road and ensuring everyone in the car is wearing their seatbelts. Reducing the risk of accidents and break downs is important as you navigate to your destination. Traffic is an inevitable factor you’ll have to deal with, so keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you and drive defensively. If you do get into a fender bender, you can rely on Hance’s Uptown Collision Center to fix the damage when you return. 

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Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

Located conveniently on McKinney Avenue in Dallas, TX, Hance’s Uptown Collision Center is your first choice for superior collision repair and auto body work. Contact us at 214-666-5291 to schedule an appointment for auto body repair, collision repair or paintless dent repair. Our hours are Mon–Thur: 7:30am – 5:30pm and Friday: 7:30am – 5:00pm. Check out our website regularly for money-saving coupons, specials and much more. On behalf of Hance’s Uptown Collision Center, we wish you a happy and SAFE holiday season!

How to Find the Best Auto Body Shop Near Me

November 3rd, 2016

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Auto mechanics are a dime a dozen around Dallas, but what are you really getting? Too many mechanics give lip service when it comes to what they do, but many fail at offering the whole package. Ideally, you want an auto body shop near you that can go the distance in terms of varied offerings, stellar service and peace of mind through proven work. Finding a convenient auto body location isn’t enough anymore: you also have to choose a reputable provider that will come to know you and your car, and provide services that exceed your expectations time after time.

Here are some considerations to keep in mind when searching for the best auto body repair shop in Dallas.

Company Location and Overhead

The location, size and overhead requirements of an auto body shop will largely contribute to how much it charges for standard services. Let’s say you have a large, multi-location shop with a lot of front-office workers. Because those shops have a high overhead, they tend to overcharge for services to make up for those costs. “Labor hours” is a big area where you can get taken advantage of by auto body shops, says Edmunds. Many body shops use reference guides to estimate the number of hours needed to perform common repairs; however, larger, higher-end shops and dealers may charge for things they may have to do, including time spent taking off the hood and doors.

Word of Mouth

While it doesn’t provide anything concrete, word of mouth recommendations should never be overlooked as part of the vetting process. This can give you clarity and insight into choosing a particular company. Chances are, if all your friends have something wonderful to say about the service at Shop A but all negative things to say about Shop B, this will likely be your deciding factor in choosing which to go with. Advertising is great, but sometimes the small family-owned shops just don’t have the budget for glossy ads; however, they may provide stand-up service even though you don’t hear about it on TV and billboards. Reputation is everything in this business, as most general members of the public don’t know what goes into the process and often are leery about trusting someone to address the issues with their vehicle.

Expertise

Of course, you also want a mechanic who is skilled in all facets of auto body repair. This may mean you have a quick conversation with the owner about what he or she offers, what training the team gets, and what they offer. Ask about years in business to gauge how well they’ve operated within the community over that time. Ultimately, you want a mechanic who frequently works with your make and model of car, giving you peace of mind when you have to leave it for service.

Estimates

Cost is a big factor in choosing an auto body shop near you. Call several in your area to get an idea of what things cost. Many auto body repair shops will even match estimates if you go to them with a lower one. They would rather earn your business and trust over losing you to the competition. Don’t always automatically go with the lowest quote, though. You don’t want to trust the care of your vehicle to a fly-by-night mechanic who’s going to do the bare minimum, which could lead to further problems later on. Take other factors into consideration in addition to cost, such as how close a shop is to your home or work.

 

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