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Creative Custom Auto Body Painting Ideas

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Customizing your vehicle is a great way to stand out from all the others out there. There are many reasons why people opt for custom auto body painting, from the need for self-expression to instant recognition between vehicles. If you’ve been thinking of immortalizing your car with some fancy designs, it’s time to get creative with these custom auto body painting ideas. First, you’ll need to sketch out the design you’re looking for, or provide a rendering of it to your custom auto body painting specialist. Or, you may decide to work with an artist to make sure the design comes out as professional as possible.

Landscape designs: If you have a favorite view, such as that mountain you climbed last year or that beach front walk you’ve always wanted to navigate, choose scenery that speaks to you. From snow-capped mountains to tranquil lakes, there’s a never-ending supply of inspiration in nature.

Artist tribute designs: If you have a favorite musical artist or actor whom you admire, this is a great way to show that admiration in lasting form. From one large mural to a collage of different images, you can incorporate your montage on your hood, the side of your vehicle or anywhere else that fits.

Theme art: This is where you can really get creative with color and design. From flames and skulls to guns and animals, theme art makes for some really great artistic expression. Whether you love a certain cartoon character, TV show, movie, logo, vampires, mythical creatures or animals, your car can become your palette. You may even consider replacing the manufacturer’s logo with a Transformer logo!

Images of loved ones: You see this all the time. People pay tribute to a lost hero or loved one who is no longer living. Others pay tribute to a very special person in their life that is still among the living. Many people choose to put images of their children on their vehicles, accompanied by their name and birth date. Many people also pay tribute to a family member who is in the service, featuring a military theme.

Paintings and drawings: If you have artwork in your home or even something you’ve seen in a museum that speaks to you, why not incorporate it into a custom painting for your car? Whether you choose landscape paintings, classics or abstracts, you can place a masterful interpretation of it onto your vehicle.

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In all of these designs and themes, the key factor is choosing a custom auto body painting specialist with extensive experience in this industry. Any specialist you choose should be able to work with you one on one, sketching out the design until it’s exactly what you want. Of course, you don’t always have to have an intricate design painted on your vehicle. You may just need a paint refresh, or perhaps you have a damaged door or hood that needs replacing and color matching. For expert auto body repair, turn to the experts at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

For comprehensive auto body repair in Dallascontact us at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center at 214-666-5291. We have many convenient appointment slots for you to choose from when it comes to repairing your auto body or any other services we offer.

10 Safest Cars of 2017

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Even though 2017 is coming to a close, you can still consider buying a 2017 model that has all the safety features of the latest and greatest 2018 models. Safety is an important selling point for many consumers who want to rely on state-of-the-art features that can ensure their safety on the roadways, such as Electronic Stability Control, or ESC, which automatically reduces speed and can brake individual wheels as needed if a rollover is imminent. A study performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on NBCNews.com found that ESC reduces the risk of deaths in single-vehicle crashes by more than 50 percent, decreasing the likelihood of a rollover accident by 80 percent.

Among the top factors consumers care about when purchasing new cars are brand loyalty and safety, according to JD Power.

So, which vehicles should you consider with safety top of mind?

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US News and World Report lists these vehicles as having perfect safety scores based on its own new car rankings plus Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

  1. Chevrolet Volt: Fuel efficient with a perfect Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS when equipped with an optional automatic emergency braking system, the Chevy Volt gets five-star safety ratings in all categories from the NHTSA. It also has a standard Teen Driver system, allowing parents to get details on how safely their kid is driving.
  2. Volvo S60: Comes standard with Volvo’s City Safety, a low-speed automatic emergency braking system. The automatic emergency braking system features pedestrian and cyclist detection.
  3. Toyota Prius Prime: Featuring automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, this model earns perfect IIHS crash-test ratings.
  4. Subaru Impreza: This vehicle comes equipped with the EyeSight suite of electronic safety and driver assistance aids, as well as available LED headlights, plus it earns a five-star crash rating from the NHTSA.
  5. Genesis G80: This luxury mid-size has a Top Safety Pick+ score from the IIHS and a five-star rating in regards to crash-worthiness from the NHTSA. It features top of the line advanced safety and driver assistance technology, such as lane assist, lane change alerts and blind spot warnings.
  6. Genesis G90: A top-rated vehicle when it comes to larger luxury cars, this model has plenty of driver assistance features as standard that are only optional on other models, such as automatic emergency braking systems for detection of pedestrians.
  7. Volvo V60: Standard safety features include City Safety, a low-speed automatic emergency braking system, but the real crowning glory is the available HID low-beam headlight system. Not only can it illuminate past corners but it can also switch on to high beam mode automatically.
  8. Nissan Maxima: Enjoying a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, many safety features come standard, plus available features such as the automatic emergency braking system that operates via a radar signal to monitor road conditions.
  9. Lexus RC: This two-door coupe scores high marks in predicted reliability so you can expect a long lifespan out of this vehicle. It features Lexus Safety Connect, which sends notifications to nearby first responders when an accident happens.
  10. Subaru Legacy: Boasting advanced driver assistance and advanced safety systems, this model uses cameras on the windshield to monitor road conditions in real time.

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Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

Here at Hance’s, we have serviced many of the top safest cars on the market. Trust us to repair yours. Located at 4829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas, please contact us at 214-666-5291 today to schedule your appointment.

Autumn Tune-Ups to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Monday, 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.

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  • 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.

How to Find the Best Auto Body Shop Near Me

Thursday, 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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Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas TX

Servicing Dallas, Highland Park, University Park, Uptown, Lakewood, Lower Greenville, and Lake Highlands, Hance’s Uptown Collision Center located on McKinney Ave in Dallas is a top choice for many area residents. Contact us to check out what we do at 214-666-5291.

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.

Auto Shops Dallas TX: Watch Your Tire Pressure!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

auto shops dallas txDoes the tire pressure warning light on your dashboard seem to be on all the time?  If it does you should take your car to one of the best auto shops Dallas TX, Hance’s Uptown Collision Center.  We’ll check your vehicle’s tires to check for low pressure.  We know how important it is to keep the pressure in all of your tires at about 35 to 36 psi for maximum safety and to keep that pesky tire pressure warning light from coming on.   And because we are one of the best auto shops Dallas TX, we will check them free of charge.  Call us for more information at 214-666-5291 or visit our website to see what other services we offer at www.hanceauto.com.

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Auto Shops Dallas TX: Get Your Car Looking Good Again

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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Whether you’ve had a small fender bender or a major accident, you need professional paint and body work from one of the best auto shops Dallas TX.  Hance Uptown Collision Center is the collision repair expert and offers friendly, hassle-free service.  We have over 60 years of experience in the auto body repair field and we offer quality auto body work, paintless dent repair, auto painting and auto detailing with upfront pricing.  Visit our website at www.hanceauto.com to see the excellent customer reviews we’ve received as one of the best auto shops Dallas TX.  Then call us at Hance Uptown Collision Center at 214-666-5291 today in the greater Dallas area.

 

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How to Handle a Parking Lot Fender Bender

Monday, March 17th, 2014

body shop DallasHance’s Uptown Collision Center is your body shop Dallas for advice on how to handle a fender bender, especially when the other party wants to “take care of it” without involving the insurance companies.

This may seem to be an easier option, by avoiding paperwork and lengthy phone calls with your insurance, but it can lead to a shady situation. Both parties should have insurance, and after all, that’s what it’s there for. Even if you’re not sure what to do, you can feel comfortable calling the body shop Dallas that you trust and Hance’s will point you in the right direction.

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Hance Auto Body Shop in Dallas: Superior Car Repair and Customer Care

Monday, March 17th, 2014

auto body shop DallasWhen you are in a collision, your peace of mind can be just as damaged as your car. You’ve been in a wreck, and your car might need expensive repairs. You need to go to an auto body shop in Dallas where you can be assured of professionalism and consideration while your car is being repaired. Not only can you depend on honesty and integrity, but good auto repair staff can also help make sure that you are not paying more than you have to pay. Customer care should be a high priority, and Hance Auto Body Shop in Dallas makes it their top priority.


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Selecting a Body Shop and Steering

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

What you should know and are not being told by that Gecko or Flo

So you have had in accident with your car in Dallas Texas or surrounding community, now what? First thing you do is call your insurance company to begin the claims process, to start your road back to automotive recovery. That silly Gecko and Flo act like they are your best friends and life and auto collision repair is so easy. We can get you back on the road and make life easy. Well guess what, they are not being completely honest. Not a single insurance company is being honest. And for that matter many collision centers and body shops in Dallas, Texas are not being honest either. They are wanting to lead you down a golden path and money saving tools for them, that leave you and your vehicle short changed. Their business model is to collect premiums and pay out very little in claims. They implement a process and procedure designed to save them money. Money and repair processes owed to you. A proper repair with new parts and a pre-loss condition result. They do this they say to save you money. But why is it when you have a claim, they raise your rates. Why is it that when they use these Concierge and Express programs, they never give you a refund?

Most “independent” shops are different and for good reason. We do not get in bed with insurance companies. We do not let them dictate the process and the results. We are an advocate for the consumer. I personally count it as a blessing to fix cars and help people. We do it, day in an day out many times at no financial gain; by just talking and sharing our experience and knowledge at no charge. Our advice is always free! We do it to help you through a process that is foreign and not an everyday affair to have your car fixed after an accident. We do it, because we truly want what is best for you. And the strangest part is that if the free market was really at work and everyone paid out of pocket for repairs and no insurance was involved, the chain stores would be out of business. The quality of work alone would be enough to close their doors!

What is important to know is that “steering” is illegal. An insurance company should not tell you that by going to any shop you choose, it will be a negative. To say a shop is “not on the program” or not preferred should be of no consequence. You tell them where you are going and who you want them to work with, end of story! They have a right to inspect the vehicle prior to any work being done or any claims being paid. Under the law, they only have so many days to look at the car. They must respond to your desire. There is a tremendous amount of “gray” to this conversation and information that could fill volumes of books. But in the end, you have a consumer bill of rights, you have choices and you should know that any independent auto body shop you choose, have your best interest in mind. We do at Hance’s. We give you options and information. The most important thing you can have when it come to your car and you! -Rob aka Car Nut Dallas

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