Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Complete Guide to Auto Collision Repair


A consumer's encyclopedia of auto collision repair information

Auto Craft in Wichita, KS, has put together this complete collision repair guide as a quick reference to help you navigate the ins and outs of body shop work. Auto Craft proudly serves the Wichita, KS and South Central Kansas area, so remember that name when you need help with auto collision repair.

Your car is one of the most important purchases in your life. It’s also one of the costliest expenses you’ll have, so it’s logical that you will want to take care of it. It’s no fun to think about, but sometimes you have to, when you come of a store and find door ding or bent fender. Nobody wants to think about hail damage or getting into an auto accident, but sometimes we have to.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What Does the Auto Collision Repair Term, “Direct Repair” Mean?

A Direct Repair Program (DRP) is a specialized type of contract between insurance providers and some body shops. This arrangement does several things that benefit customers who need auto collision repair:

  • ·      Body shop personnel act as estimators on the work, saving the insurance company time and money because they no longer have to send a claims adjuster to look at the damage.
  • ·      Paperwork is streamlined with fewer required approval processes required from the insurance company. In this scenario, the insurer has to trust the body shop to do an exemplary job on its behalf, which is why only proven, top-tier shops are eligible as DRP partners.
  • ·      Work is guaranteed for life
  • ·      No claims adjuster or negotiations
  • ·      Guaranteed best price
  • ·      Faster body damage repair 

For the customer, all this adds up to a best-price guarantee, faster repairs, a lifetime warranty on the work, and you don’t have to spend your valuable time chasing down three competitive estimates.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Fast Way to Get a Body Shop Estimate

If you have an auto accident in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Junction City, Kansas, or the greater Wichita, Kansas, area, you no longer have to take your vehicle to the body shop for an initial estimate, thanks to Auto Craft’s Online Estimate Tool.

First things, first: if you have an accident, get your vehicle and yourself off the road. Contact law enforcement or other authorities, if needed, and generally get the situation under control. Those are the hard parts. The easy part is getting a repair estimate.

Monday, May 8, 2017

How to Determine Safe Stopping Distance and Avoid an Auto Collision

There are a lot of confusing how-to articles out there about calculating safe braking distance when you drive. Thank you, once again, to Auto Craft for providing this simple tutorial on how to figure distance and avoid an auto collision.

It isn’t calculus. Well, technically, stopping distances are explainable with calculus, but you don’t have to understand calculus to calculate safe stopping distances. It’s this easy:

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Start counting one-one thousand, two-one thousand, etc., as the vehicle in front of you passes any landmark. Ideally, you should be three to six seconds behind them, but two seconds should just allow you to avoid a collision as long as you are laser focused on traffic.

This technique works at any speed, under dry, normal road conditions. In conditions of darkness, bad visibility and/or wet roads, four seconds is the bare minimum. Make it six to ten seconds in snow and heavy rain.

Simple, right? No math anxiety here; just safe drivers with fewer visits to the collision center.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

People Who Don’t Text and Drive Don’t Need Auto Collision Repair as Often

The downside of being a collision repair shop in Tulsa, OK, is that we see people at one of their lowest moments—after an auto accident. The saddest auto collisions are the ones that could have been prevented because they were clearly caused by texting while driving.

Everyone thinks they’re good at texting and driving. Those other crazies out there can’t do it; they’re weaving in their lanes, slowing down, speeding up, but we all think we’re good at it. Science says otherwise.

And it’s not just the fact that the continuous increase in traffic fatalities over the past 10 years has been connected to the use of electronic devices while driving. It’s a recent brain study conducted by the American Automobile Association that proves we really can’t do other things while we’re driving.

The study monitored the brain functions of drivers operating multiple vehicle types and found that the human brain is unable to fully control a car while also controlling an electronic device. Voice control made little difference compared to manual keyboard operation.

The bottom line is that, if you’re a human with a human brain, you really, really can’t multitask behind the wheel. You’re just not wired for it, and the study proves it.

Here’s hoping you keep both hands on the wheel, both eyes on the road and a focused mind on your driving. We love helping people with auto collision repair, but not when it’s an avoidable accident.

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