Sunday, April 24, 2016

Collision Repair Tip: What to do when your Car Breaks Down

As a collision repair shop in Tulsa, Wichita and Junction City, we love cars, of course. But they're not always our friends. When your car breaks down, it's not the coolest time to be a car owner, but a few tips can keep you safe and make the situation easier to deal with. Here are some helpful hints:

Try to remove yourself from danger
Step one is to get off the road. Coast to the shoulder and out of traffic. Push the car, if you have to, but get clear of further harm

Don’t panic, sit tight for a minute and focus
It can be difficult to think clearly in these situations. You’re probably upset and confused. Don’t become one of the statistics who gets safely off the roadway, then steps out of the car and gets hit.

Switch on your hazard flashers.
If you have emergency flares of strobes, place those beside the road in the direction of oncoming traffic, telling other drivers to steer clear.

Phone for professional help
Before you call a family member or friend, call for a tow truck. If you need police assistance, make that call. Get your safety resources lined up immediately, then make your personal calls.

Don't repair the vehicle on-site
Repairing the vehicle can be tempting, but make sure you are entirely out of harm’s way before even considering this.


For more safe driving and car care tips, visit our blog at Autocraftinc.com.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Collision Repair Tip #3: How to Protect Your Car's Paint Job

Many thanks to our friends at Auto Craft Collision Repair in Tulsa, Oklahoma for these tips on keeping your vehicle snazzy.
It’s pretty easy to keep your car beautiful. Here are a few quick tips to make sure your ride stays as gorgeous as the day you bought it …
  • Wash your vehicle regularly. Dust builds up pretty quickly, and once it gets ground in, washing is more likely to scratch your paint., so it’s best to wash your ride before it gets really dirty. Use a detergent that’s made for washing cars. These are formulated to remove dirt without necessarily removing the wax.
  • Buy some touch-up paint in your car’s color to repair scratches as soon as you see them. Sealing it sooner, rather than later, does a great job of keeping it under control.
  • Park under cover or in shaded areas to protect your paint from the damaging rays of the sun. A car port or garage is a no-brainer, if you have it, as it protects your ride from hail and other unfriendly weather.
  • Give your vehicle a new wax job every two months. It’s actually very satisfying process to bring the shine to a beautiful luster, and it will protect against everything from bird deposits to corrosive pollutants in the air. Use a paste-type wax. Liquid wax is easier, but doesn’t last as long.
Also check out our video on How to Wax a Car. It’s gonna be cool.
(This article compliments of Auto Craft Collision Repair, Tulsa, OK.)