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When Should You Consider Paintless Dent Repair?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

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If you have recently gotten into a small accident or experienced a ding to your car from a stray shopping cart or baseball, you probably want to get the dent taken care of right away. You may have heard of something called paintless dent repair.

Known as PDR, this is a way to restore a vehicle’s body to factory-like condition within a smaller time frame and at a less costly price tag than a full-on auto body repair. Basically, it’s an environmentally-friendly way of repairing a vehicle that has been in an accident or that has suffered damage in some way.

It’s also a less invasive process when it comes to dent repair, best for small to medium repair needs. You should choose this option if you have damage caused by hail, dings, creases and small dents. It’s less costly than auto body repair due to the time savings in not having to order replacement parts.  Plus, it doesn’t require sanding and body fillers to maintain the car’s original finish.

If you have a larger dent or issues that involves more than one panel, you’ll probably be best off with auto body repair. This is the main differentiating factor between using PDR vs. traditional auto body repair.

The Process

Technicians use state-of-the-art technologies to access beneath the vehicle’s “skin,” whereby they gently coax the dented panels or pieces back into position. It’s a tricky process that requires skill and a steady hand so as not to make scratches or compromise the paint job.

First, your technician will assess the damage and come up with a solution as to how best to gain entry to the dent. Once a plan is in place, the technician will apply slow pressure to work the dent out. Here’s a more in-depth look at the process.

  • Damage assessment: This is the stage that allows technicians to view the extent of the damage and determine if PDR is the best choice. Between 80 and 90 percent of all dents can be successfully removed through PDR. The area around the dent will be prepped before the repair is attempted.
  • Creating a Pathway: Entry to the dent is usually gained from the back side, which may require removing the body panels, tail lights and interior panels in extreme cases.
  • Visual Access: A special light is used to gain visual access to the area, which will give off a shadow so the technician knows where to place the tools.
  • Repair: Then, he or she can massage the area back into its original position, using slow pressure, time and precision.

Most times, PDR is a one-day job, but this will depend on the dent severity and the difficulty level in accessing it.

In conclusion, PDR is the quicker, more cost-effective alternative for minor repairs.

If you are unsure if paintless dent repair is right for you, ask us here at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center. We can take a look and let you know. In general, dents occurring in areas of paint damage, chips and cracks can’t be affordably fixed with PDR. Paintless dent repair is best done on original panels that have not been previously replaced, on newer cars, and whenever the damage is not near the edge of a panel.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

To make an appointment, contact us at 214-666-5291.

 

 

How to Spruce up Your Dallas Car for Spring

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Now that spring is here in full force, with summer on the way, it’s time to get your car ready for the hotter weather. This involves more than just giving your car a good wash. It could mean touching up the paint, buffing out scratches, checking the tires for wear, inspecting your battery and looking into some body work. The impending heat can really do a number on your car, from the tires to the paint job.

Here are some tips for sprucing up your Dallas car this spring.

Body

Clean all the dirt, salt and grime from your car, paying special attention to the undercarriage. Look for rust damage and have it addressed sooner rather than later. It will only get worse as it eats through your car’s body. Use a garden hose on high pressure to wash away as much grime as you possibly can. If you take it to a car wash instead, check to see that they don’t use recycled water, which can leave streaks.

Tires

Pressure changes happen at one pound per square inch for every 10-degree Fahrenheit shift there is in temperature. Rubber contracts with cooler weather and expands in warmer weather. This can do a number on your tires. Go in for a tire rotation every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Check the tire pressure regularly, every few times you hit the gas station.

Fluids

  • Clean off your windshield wiper blades, and then fill up your fluid reservoir.
  • Change the oil every 3,000 miles or every three months. Check the manufacturer’s manual, as some cars need heavier oil in summer to protect the engine. There is also a special oil you can buy if you have a high-mileage car.
  • Change the air filter, as this can improve engine performance by up to 10 percent.
  • Flush and fill your engine cooling system, which will help prevent engine failure.

Check Radiator and Gas Caps

Check your radiator and gas caps regularly. Replace the radiator cap when flushing the cooling system. Make sure the cap is tight, as that pressure keeps the engine cool; conversely, a loose cap will release the pressure. When you seal your gas cap, you are saving on gas by lessening the evaporation.

Battery and Spark Plugs

Check that your car’s battery and spark plugs are all in good working order. Check for corrosion in the battery’s posts, platform and electrodes. You can remove loose corrosion from the cables and nodes with a cotton swab dipped in vinegar.

Clean the Car

Clean the trunk and cabin, throwing out all junk and unnecessary items. That’s because excess weight wastes gas and can throw your car off balance. Vacuum the inside. Check your emergency supplies, making sure you have a jack and lug wrench, blanket, first aid kit, water, and non-perishable snacks. Wash and wax the outside. Some dish soap and a garden hose is really all you need!

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

If you need body work to spruce up your car for spring, contact us at 214-666-5291. We are open Monday through Friday for your convenience.

Top 8 Questions to Ask Your Local Collision Repair Shop

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Auto paint has come a long way.

If you’ve been in an accident, one that requires collision repair, your first thought is likely “how quickly can I get my vehicle repaired and back on the road?”. This is understandable, as you need your car to get back and forth to work and school. However, taking your car to the local auto body shop on the corner just because it’s the only one you know about isn’t always wise.

To find a reliable auto body shop, do your homework and ask all the necessary questions to ensure you get the highest quality work for your budget and your car.

1.  Is there a warranty on auto body repair work?

If the shop offers a warranty, find out how long it lasts and what it covers. Hance’s Uptown Collision Center, for example, offers a lifetime warranty on workmanship and materials. Ask us about it!

2.  Do you have rental cars onsite or do you provide loaner vehicles?

Being without your car is certainly an inconvenience, so it can’t hurt to ask if the shop offers  rentals, loaners or courtesy cars while yours is being fixed. Some have a car rental facility located in their shop or at least nearby. Others would be happy to give you a loaner or courtesy cars that you can use in the meantime.

3.  How long will the repair take?

Ah, the holy grail of all collision repair shop questions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always involve a clear answer. Many factors can affect the length of repair time, including:

  • Extent of damage
  • How busy the shop is at the moment
  • Holidays during which the shop is closed or has limited hours
  • How fast the insurance company gets payment to you
  • Level of the repair technicians’ certifications and training
  • How quickly the shop can obtain the parts and paint you need

4.  Is your car covered while it is in the shop?

Find out if the shop carries fire and theft insurance so you know you’re covered in the event your car is damaged, destroyed, burglarized or stolen while in the shop. Don’t stop paying your auto insurance premiums on your car while it’s in the shop. You may be penalized by your insurance company if you let your policy lapse, even for one day. Also, if your mechanic needs to take your vehicle out for a test drive, he or she will need coverage.

5.  Will the paint match the rest of my car?

Most cars have a paint code imprinted on a plate located either under the hood, in the door, or in the trunk. This code shows the precise color of the paint from the original manufacturer. Make sure the shop will use that exact color of paint and not just a similar color.

6.     How soon can I wash my car after collision repair?

Usually, collision repair shops return your car back to you clean. But you should still ask when it’s safe to take it through a car wash that relies on friction brushing, acid presoaks or super-concentrated car wash soap.

7.  Does the shop have any certifications?

Certifications are signs of a reputable collision repair shop. For instance, Hance’s Paint and Body Service is an I-CARTM and ASETM certified garage, with experienced, friendly technicians who provide exceptional collision repairs backed by quality workmanship.

8.  Will you put everything in writing?

Ask for a written estimate before work, and an itemized bill after the work has been completed. Get the payment policy in writing too, which should outline labor rates, materials, guarantees, warranty information, and acceptable forms of payment.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

If you are in need of collision repair service, please contact us at 214-666-5291.

 

How Dallas Drivers Can Prevent Auto Accidents

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

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If you drive in Dallas, you know how daunting it can be, what with all the traffic and congestion. After all, Dallas is home to 1.3 million people and one of top five largest metro areas in the U.S. Keeping yourself – and your vehicle safe – is of top priority when you set out on the roadways. While it’s impossible to prevent all accidents, there are steps you can take to ensure your safety and that of others, as well as avoid the need for autobody repair.

Avoid the Fast Lane

When you use the center or right lane on multi-lane roads, you have more escape routes at your disposal if a situation arose that prompted immediate action. Keep in mind, most highway accidents occur in the left lane. And if you are looking to stay out of the roving eye of police cars on the highway, you’re best off in the middle.

Scan the Area Ahead

Instead of only concentrating on the car in front of you, you should also be watching the traffic in front of that car too. This allows you to see two or three steps ahead, giving yourself ample reaction time should you need it. Also, by keeping enough room between you and the vehicle ahead, you will decrease the chances of a rear-end collision, says Edmunds.

Beware of Blind Spots

Adjust your side mirrors and rearview mirror so you can get the best view possible. However, don’t rely just on those elements. Turn your head and look before switching lanes, as blind spots could turn disastrous. On top of that, you should be thinking of the blind spots of other drivers, such as truckers, so stay out of their way and never position yourself at the side of a large truck for any length of time. If you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you!

Know Your Car’s Limits

Pay close attention to how your vehicle reacts in certain situations. Let’s say your car tends to lean a lot when rounding corners, you don’t want to wrench the wheel at high speeds to avoid an accident. Also, get familiar with the limits of your car’s brakes and tires. Note how long it takes to stop when applying maximum pressure and the amount of grip your tires have.

Maintain Your Vehicle

For the best results, you should always adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. This will ensure your car will stop, start, accelerate and steer properly every time. Don’t push the limits on oil changes or tire rotations. This is for your own safety, especially when it comes to the bad combination of bald tires and slick surfaces.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

To book your appointment, contact us in Dallas at 214-666-5291. We offer comprehensive auto body repair, paintless dent repair and collision repair.

Are Bigger or Smaller Cars Safer in a Collision?

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

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No collision is ever ideal. Car size doesn’t really matter in a devastating accident. However, in minor ones, the size of your ride can make a difference. Not only is an accident nerve-racking and car-wrecking, it can be budget-smashing too. One thing to remember is to keep perspective. If no one was injured in the accident, your car did its job.

However, now it’s time to take the next step and make an appointment for collision repair services in Dallas TX you can trust.

Let’s back up a minute: so are bigger or smaller cars safer in a collision? Most people assume bigger cars are much safer than smaller cars, but technology has closed the gap between the sizes to hone in more on the overall safety spectrum of the newer cars. No matter what, keep these factors in mind:

Newer Cars Are Safest, Despite Size

Modern cars come with safety features that minimize injury and the risk of death. These are some of the standard ones, but you can add on extras as you wish:

  • Side, rear, side-curtain and front airbags.
  • Electronic stability control, which stabilizes your car if it spins out of control, and minimizes rollovers.
  • Back-up sensors and backup cameras to prevent rear-end collisions.
  • Blind spot warning, which uses a camera or sensor to alert the driver of other vehicles in their blind spot as they change lanes.

Weight and Size

Bigger cars are heavier, with the ability to absorb the force of an impact better than smaller cars. Higher weight minimizes damage and risk, and larger hoods have an advantage when it comes to head-on collisions due to a more sizable crumple zone, or crush zone. This refers to the area at the front of the vehicle that is responsible for absorbing most of the impact in a front-end crash.

Momentum

As the weight of the car goes up, so does its momentum. Consequently, the car requires more time to slow down. When colliding with a smaller vehicle, the energy of the bigger car will transfer to the smaller one, causing it more damage. In addition, the force of the impact can cause injury to the passenger in the smaller car.

Smaller cars also come with a much higher risk when getting into a collision with a larger car. Big cars push smaller cars, boosting the risk of injuries like whiplash.

Safest Type of Vehicle

The type of car that works the best will vary by your needs and that of your family. Perhaps you have small children and safety is a top concern, or maybe you’re looking for a durable car for your new teenage driver. If you’re concerned about the environment, choosing a car that’s more environmentally friendly will be of paramount importance.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

Whether you have a small or large car, when you get in an accident, you need collision repair you can depend on. Contact us in Dallas TX at 214-666-5291.

A Schedule for General Car Care Service

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Keeping your vehicle free of dents and the need for auto body repair in Dallas TX is important, but there’s so much more to car care than how your vehicle looks. You also have to keep it running optimally under the hood so you get the most life and highest performance out of it. Most auto mechanics will tell you that the main way you can keep your vehicle running well, both today and over the long term, is routine maintenance.

However, many drivers still fail to keep up with some everyday auto basics. In fact, a survey by the Car Care Council found:

  • 25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil
  • 18% had dirty air filters
  • 13% suffered from low/contaminated brake fluid
  • 17% featured improper cooling protection or low coolant levels
  • 16% required more windshield wiper fluid
  • 27% had low/contaminated washer fluid
  • 18% required new belts

Overall, nearly 90% of vehicles needed at least one service or repair. 

Regular Service Schedule Checklist

Here’s a great way to keep track of regular maintenance, with most of these checks and services available at little to cost.

Check Frequently

  • Engine Oil Level
  • Dashboard Indicator Lights – On
  • Head lights
  • Tire Inflation/Condition
  • Windshield Washer Fluid

Check Every 3 Months/ 3,000 Miles

  • Belts
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Battery and Cables
  • Engine Oil
  • Dashboard Indicator Light – On
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Exhaust
  • Hoses
  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Lights
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Tire Inflation/Condition

Check Every 6 Months/6,000 Miles

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Battery and Cables
  • Belts
  • Dashboard Indicator Light – On
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Engine Oil
  • Chassis Lubrication
  • Exhaust
  • Hoses
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Wiper Blades
  • Lights
  • Tire Inflation and Condition
  • Windshield Washer Fluid

Check Every 9 Months/ 9,000 Miles

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Battery/Cables
  • Belts
  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Engine Oil
  • Exhaust
  • Hoses
  • Dashboard Indicator Light – On
  • Lights
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Tire Inflation and Condition

Check every 12 Months/ 12,000 miles

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Battery and Cables
  • Belts
  • Brake
  • Chassis Lubrication
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Dashboard Indicator Light – On
  • Coolant
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Engine Oil
  • Exhaust
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Tire Inflation and Condition
  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Wiper Blades
  • Wheel Alignment

Even drivers with limited motor vehicle knowledge can perform some of the above tasks or checks. For all else, seek out your trusted professional mechanic.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas TX

Conveniently located on McKinney Ave in Dallas, you can contact us at 214-666-5291 or use our mobile app to schedule service. Shop Hours are: Mon–Thurs: 7:30am – 5:30pm, Friday: 7:30am – 5:00pm (Closed from 1-2 p.m. for Lunch).

 

 

 

How Paintless Dent Repair Works

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

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Paintless dent repair, known for short as PDR, is an environmentally-friendly way of repairing a vehicle that has been in an accident. Essentially, it’s a method of restoring a vehicle’s body to factory-like condition within a smaller time frame and at a fraction of the cost of full-on auto body repair.

Because it’s a much less invasive process for dent repair, it is designed for small to medium repair needs. Larger dents and issues will require auto body repair, panel removal, etc. Technicians skilled in PDR use state-of-the-art technologies to get beneath the vehicle’s “skin” and gently coax dented panels back into position without making scratches or compromising the paint job. It’s ideal for addressing damage caused by hail, dings, creases and small dents.

The PDR process involves the technician first assessing the damage, then gaining entry to the dent and taking a closer look. Finally, he or she will apply slow pressure to work the dent out.

How Does it Work?

Let’s go into more detail on the steps discussed above.

Damage assessment is the first step. This allows technicians to see the extent of the damage and determine if PDR is indeed the right way to go. Between 80 and 90 percent of all dents are able to be removed through PDR. Then, the technician will prepare the area around the dent before attempting the repair.

Next up, it’s necessary to gain entry to the dent, which is typically from the back side, necessitating the removal of body panels, tail lights and even interior panels in some cases. Essentially, the technician has to create a pathway to the dent area.

Your technician will use a special light to gain visual access to the area, which gives off a shadow. This helps the technician know precisely where the tools should be placed to massage the area back into its original position. This slow pressure takes some time and precision.

Most times, PDR can be done on the same day you bring your car in. Of course, the exact time frame will depend on the dent’s severity and how hard it is to access it.

Paintless Dent Repair vs. Traditional Dent Repair

Traditional dent repair involves filling dented areas with paint or body filler, to be matched to the rest of the exterior. This can make your car look like new, but it still doesn’t offer a sustainable, long-term solution. In addition, it’s more costly than paintless dent repair, more time-consuming, and negatively impacts the re-sale value of your vehicle.

With paintless dent repair, there is no need for fillers or sanding. For minor repairs, PDR is a quicker, more cost-effective alternative all the way around.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas TX

If you require our services for paintless dent repair in and around Dallas, contact us at 214-666-5291 or visit us at 829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas, TX. Schedule an appointment today and get your car back to looking its best.

 

What Does Your Auto Body Collision Repair Specialist Do?

Monday, 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.

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

Friday, 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?

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.

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