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Types of Body Damage: How are They Repaired?

Wednesday, 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.

Five Signs Your Windshield Needs Replacement

Sunday, 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.

Tune Up Your Car Before Traveling This Holiday Season

Tuesday, 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!

Everyday Things You Can do to Keep Your Paint Job Looking Fresh

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if your car’s paint job looked as fresh as the day you bought it? Well, there are steps you can take to ensure your car stays looking shiny and new despite the threat of time, weather, environment and the elements. From sun to road debris, so many things threaten the sanctity of your car’s paint job. Check out how you can combat these effects.

Good Old Fashioned Hand Washing

You don’t always need a fancy detail job to make your car shine again. Regular hand washing will get the job done just fine. However, you’ll need to use the right car washing solution — not dish soap like 60% of the population resorts to. While it will certainly clean your car of dirt, it will also strip your car of protective wax coatings, exposing the vehicle to nicks and stains, says Popular Mechanics. By using a safe solution that’s specifically designed for vehicle washes, you’re doing your part to preserve your car’s finish.

Another benefit of washing your car by hand is that you can get familiar with the contours and unique features of your vehicle, giving you the ability to notice changes or any kind of damage the next time you wash your car.

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Going Beyond a Wash

While hand washing is a great first step, it’s often not enough to get off the stubborn bird droppings, sap and tar that can cling to your paint job. Over time, these can settle into the paint and saturate through wax coatings into the color below. You can use paint cleaners to get off unwanted environmental effects that have become bonded to the paint, as well as small scratches, known as swirl marks. Alternatively, you could rub paint cleaning clay with liquid cleaner wax as a lubricant to remove contaminants from your car’s surface.

Restore the Shine

Try an oscillating buffer to get that shine you’ve been looking to restore, but only attempt this if you are a serious DIY’er. In most cases, we recommend you get a pro to do this, as one wrong move can damage your car’s paint job. Now it’s time to give your car a coat of wax, which is what will make it look shiny. Wax is great for absorbing small stains and scratches, but it will need to be repeated every few months. A good rule of thumb for cars that spend their day outdoors all year is to repeat a waxing every season. Whether you prefer a paste wax or a liquid wax, the effect is the same. Two coats is fine; any more than that is overkill.

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Clean the Glass

This is the last step so as to get off the dirt accumulated from the other steps. Use a glass cleaner sans ammonia, which means you should forgo the use of those typical household window cleaners and pick up a special glass cleaner at the auto store. That’s because ammonia can damage vinyl upholstery and the instrument panel. Use a microfiber cloth rather than paper towels so no dust is left behind.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

Backed by competitive prices and 60 years of experience, we offer the best collision repair and auto body repair in Dallas, TX. Please contact us at 214-666-5291 for detailing to get your car looking new again. For your convenience, we are located at 4829 McKinney Avenue.

How to Lower Your Car Insurance

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

how to lower car insuranceEveryone needs auto insurance — that’s a reality for car drivers of all ages. However, this doesn’t mean you should have to pay through the nose just to be sufficiently insured. It all depends on your research and approach. Do your homework and you can save hundreds of dollars on car insurance just by following a few tried-and-true tips. Lowering your car insurance premiums means you have more cash in your pocket to do the fun stuff.

Compare

This is the first step of your research. Call at least three different car insurance providers to get quotes on coverage. It’s worth the time you’ll spend online or on the phone to check out rates and policies — because they DO vary. Every company vows to save you money, but it’s your job to cut through the clutter to see what the real deal is. In addition to comparing overall rates between companies, ask about options for different drivers within one insurance policy type. This is because different drivers in your family may be at different levels and qualify for different discounts.

Consolidate

It usually pays to bundle, so look into combining all of your other insurance policies into one for a bulk rate. You can include home, renters, and other types of insurance with your auto insurance for one low price. Again, insurance companies vary in their consolidation deals so be sure to ask for that pricing when on the phone. Not only will this save you money in the long run, it will save you time and hassle too, as you don’t have to juggle the paperwork and log-in account numbers associated with each individual policy over multiple providers.

Lower Coverage

With the average car’s age being about 11 years in this country, you may want to consider lowering your collision insurance on your vehicle if it’s worth less than 10 times the premium amount, advises The Motley Fool. Everyone’s financial situation is unique, so if this would save you money each month and you meet the parameters, this could be a wise decision.

Higher Deductible

This is also a highly individual situation, but this option could also save you cash. The Insurance Information Institute says by raising your deductible from $200 to $500, you can reduce collision and comprehensive coverage premium costs by 15 to 30 percent; if you increase your deductible to $1,000, you can save even more — 40 percent or more in fact. Just keep in mind you will be responsible for paying this in the event you have an accident.

Ask About Discounts

This is a relatively easy way to find out how you can save on your car insurance, and it just takes a simple phone call to your existing provider. There are many discounts out there, including for:

  • Low mileage
  • Safe driving
  • Defensive driving courses
  • Students
  • Safety features
  • Loyalty
  • Multi-car
  • Anti-theft
  • Association membership

In regards to the association membership discounts, you may be eligible for this discount through work or personal connections. This may be through your membership in clubs, alumni associations, and societies — all of whom are willing to give drivers a discount on their auto insurance. Call your company’s HR department or your club chair person to inquire. It’s worth the phone call!

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

Hance's Collision Repair in DallasHance’s Uptown Collision Center can save you money on car repairs, thanks to our family-owned approach since 1955. Visit us to schedule an appointment. Visit Rob’s blog (Car Nut of Dallas) for more car tips or to ask questions you have about your car.

Hance’s Uptown Collision Center
4829 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-666-5291

Body Shop Dallas TX: Taking Care of Your Car and You

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Body shop Dallas TXWhen you get into an accident it seems like time stands still for a few moments or everything happens in slow motion.  Then you have a million things to think about.  When you need help from a body shop Dallas TX professional team, you want the help of Hance’s Paint and Body.  We’ve been in business for over 50 years and take care of both you and your car.  We’ll help you with the insurance claims and get you back into your car that is as good as new!  Call us today at (214) 666-5291 to get started or bring your car by our shop located at 4829 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205.

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Body Shop In Dallas, TX: Keep Your Deductible Low

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Body shop Dallas TXIf you have an accident and you have to take your vehicle to a body shop in Dallas, TX, your insurance company will pay their portion but the rest – the deductible – is up to you to pay.  If your insurance deductible is high, it could mean a lot of money out of your pocket.  You should consider lowering your deductible, even though it means a higher premium, so that you won’t have to come up with a lot of money if you have an accident.  And if you need body work, call the best body shop in Dallas, TX, Hance’s Uptown Collision Center, at 214-666-5291.  Visit us at www.hanceauto.com to learn more.

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