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Your insurance company may recommend a body shop they work with and that meets their criteria. Know the perks and drawbacks of using a recommended shop.

When you are involved in a car wreck, you may not have the time to research where you want your car fixed. Your insurance company may make a recommendation for their preferred auto body shop. It may save some hassle to choose this shop, but you have the right to choose where you want your vehicle repaired.

Considerations

Firstly, look to see if your recommended shop is certified. This means that the technicians at that location have completed rigorous training by the manufacturer to repair that vehicle model. An insurance company may or may not recommend a body shop that offers certified repair.

You might also have your own preferences based on recommendations, your past experience, or a shop that specializes in a specific type of repair (some people prefer a shop that’s more eco-friendly or a shop that has techs certified on their make of vehicle).

Using your insurance recommendation

The majority of insurance companies have a list of auto body shops with which they have established relationships. These shops meet their criteria, which may include cheaper prices and fast repairs. Or, they might choose a shop for their quality repairs and certifications. This is why it’s best to look into shops before choosing.

For whatever shop you choose, be sure to ask questions. Do they use manufacturer parts or aftermarket parts? Does the shop have good reviews on Yelp and Google? Do they offer a lifetime warranty on their work?

Perks of a recommended body shop

Using a body shop recommended by your insurance company can have benefits. Ask if your insurance provider will guarantee the repairs for as long as you own it. If the repairs do not hold up at any time while you own the car, your insurance company will take care of this and you will not have to pay.

Using a recommended body shop can also save time. It may save you money as well, if your insurance will not fully cover another shop you prefer.

Fogle Collision Centers works with all insurance companies. We are considered a preferred collision center with most providers. Because we believe in providing you the highest quality repairs, we always use OEM, or original equipment manufacturer, parts to ensure they fit, will function properly, and your car maintains its value.

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It’s hard to know whether you’re getting a quality repair, but we have a few pointers for narrowing it down.

When you get in an accident, it can be overwhelming to find a quality collision repair shop that you can trust. Getting the best value for what you pay is important, but there are other considerations that make a quality repair.

As you search, keep a few steps in mind that will help you find a quality auto body shop.

1. Location

Convenience may be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to find a reputable collision repair shop. For a lot of people, that means finding a shop nearby. However, shops in an area where the property is more expensive may charge more for labor to cover the overhead costs.

Price is going to be reflected in the location, but that doesn’t mean the shop is better because they charge more.

2. Ask about certifications

Certifications verify that a shop has the equipment needed for, and the technicians are trained by, your car’s manufacturer. Find out if the shop is certified by the maker of your car.

Other certifications, such as iCAR, show that their technicians constantly train in general industry standards and technology. While general certifications like these are vital, certifications through the manufacturer further make sure your repairs will be done correctly the first time.

3. Ask for recommendations

Talk to people you know to find out where they take their cars for collision repair.

Online reviews and the Better Business Bureau can help you determine if the shop is reliable. If there are several good recommendations from sources you trust, it’s likely that repair shop performs quality work.

4. Ask about warranty

A reliable collision repair shop stands behind the quality work it does to a vehicle. Ask if the shop has a warranty on their paint and body repairs. Find out specifically how long the warranty lasts and what the warranty covers.

Warranties further ensure that if the work is not done right, they will fix it without additional costs. It also shows confidence in their shop’s work.

5. Get an estimate

When inquiring about estimates, find out if the repair shop offers free estimates and ask if they use the insurance company’s estimate or their own. Use a repair shop that provides their own estimate based on the technician’s interpretation of repairs, versus doing the repairs based on the insurance company’s estimate of what work needs to be done.

This indicates that the shop is not catering to an insurance company to get more future business. Instead, they’re using their expertise to provide an accurate estimate.

If your car needs auto body or paint services, contact the Houston collision repair shop that you can trust. At Bill Fogle Collision Center, we provide free estimates and a warranty for any repairs needed to your car. For more information, follow us on Facebook.

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Hail damage is among one of the common causes of small dents.

As a car owner, you have a decision to make about repairs if you have a dent in your vehicle that isn’t major damage. The smaller dents may be the result of hail, a minor accident, or anything else that struck your vehicle. More significant damage requires a visit to an auto body shop.

With smaller dents, you could choose not to make the repairs, especially if the repairs could cost more than the value of your vehicle. However, the fix may be easier than you think.

What is paintless dent repair?

Paintless dent repair, or PDR, is a process of removing dents from a vehicle without altering the finish on the vehicle.

Often, these dents are fixed by gently working out the dent from the back side of the panel. Some can be fixed pulling or suctioning the outside of the dent to pop it back out. This method is often for small dents, like hail damage.

This doesn’t work as well for fixing dents that have a crease or have damaged paint. The dent may be able to be popped out, but you’ll still need paint work to make it look like new. These, or bigger damage, are better fixed by traditional body repair.

Finding the right repair

As with any auto body work, the best process to finding the right place for repairs is shopping around. With damage from a major collision, the repairs must be made at an auto body shop. If the damage consists of smaller dents, you may have more options. Some repair shops that don’t specialize in body work will offer PDR.

If you have a regular body shop, ask if they provide PDR and what the price difference would be for that service versus collision repair.

Listen to the recommendations from auto technicians. If more than one suggests collision repair over PDR, it may be because the damage is greater than it appears. For example, a dent in a door may not look significant but could have unseen damage to mechanisms inside. This would require collision repair to fix the internal problem.

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Getting a paint job is more complicated than you think.

Auto painting can give your vehicle an entirely new, fresh look. You may decide to refresh the same color, change the color, or have a design painted on your vehicle. A paint job is an intensive process, so here are a few considerations before you take your car to your local auto body shop.

Painting is labor-intensive and can be pricey. It is both a time and money commitment to reach the finished product.

Types of paint

There are different types of paint for cars with different pros and cons.

Metallic paint looks great on sports cars and hides scratches, but makes it challenging to repair later. Acrylic paint provides a nice, glossy finish but it doesn’t last long and will lose its luster in time. Urethane paint is the most durable but is also the most toxic and difficult to work with.

Work involved

If this is a vehicle you drive every day, you will need to consider getting a rental or finding other means of transportation. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, the process could take a minimum of a few days to a week or more.

There is a lot of work involved with auto painting. If the entire vehicle is being painted, there is prep work to remove any parts on the car that are not being painted. Once that process is complete, the body needs to be sanded to create a fresh surface for the new paint to be applied.

Some paints also require more technique than others, so it’s important that the car should be done by a skilled professional.

Value of a paint job

Painting your vehicle is expensive because it is labor intensive. Many car owners underestimate the time and expense that go into a paint job. While it’ll look nice, it may not be worth it in the long run. If the painting will cost 25 percent or more of the value of your vehicle, you may want to reconsider the expense.

When you consider paint for your car, contact the expert paint technicians at Fogle Collision in Houston. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure a paint job that you want.

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Think you’re a big enough fan to drive this through town?

Fall has officially arrived, but before the official start of fall, there was the official start of football season. Dedicated fans know when and who their favorite team will play. Then there are the diehard Houston Texans fans who think about the team all year long. They do more than wear a jersey. They take their vehicles to an automotive paint shop for a customized, Houston Texans paint theme.

Ride like the NFL

The trend to have a car customized with a NFL paint theme is popular nationwide, and not just among fans. Many players also show who they proudly represent in the NFL with their team colors and logo. Former Green Bay Packer Chris Johnson, took his 1970’s Chevrolet and had it decked out with the team’s green and gold colors. Taking it a step further, Cam Newton also took a 1970’s vehicle, an Oldsmobile Cutlass, and had it completely customized in a Carolina Panthers theme.

NFL players are naturally committed to their teams, but for a fan to take a vehicle to a paint shop for a custom NFL paint theme, it takes genuine loyalty. The Houston Texans, just like other teams, have many of these dedicated fans.

Houston Texans Themed Cars

The Houston Texans are the newest team to the NFL, hitting the turf in 2002, six years after the Oilers left Texas for Tennessee. While the Texans haven’t been playing as long as other teams, they still have a strong fan base.

It didn’t take long for some fans to determine the Texans are their number one team. From newer cars to older vehicles, some Texans fans chose the Toro logo and Texans colors to be prominently displayed on their vehicles every day.

The best part is that the paint can be as elaborate or simple as the fan desires. Fogle Collision is your paint shop to customize your Houston pride on your car. Contact one of our highly trained paint technicians today to have the most impressive car at the game.

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Tire blowouts are a serious collision hazard.

Many drivers fear to have a tire blowout while behind the wheel. It can create a sense of panic, and loss of control if you are not prepared.

Here are a few of our tips on how to handle a tire blowout.

Recognizing when a tire blowout occurs

A driver must know the signs of a tire blowout so the driver can react quickly and properly. A tire blowout typically starts with a loud, popping sound followed by a “whoosh” of air leaving the tire. As the tire goes flat, the driver will likely feel the vehicle slow down and pulling the car in the direction of the damaged tire.

Reacting to a tire blowout

When a blowout occurs, remain calm and do not panic. It can be tempting to become startled by the sudden pop and change in the car’s handling, but quick and unplanned maneuvers, such as an abrupt turn of the wheel or slamming on the brakes, can create a recipe for disaster. Experts recommend holding on to the steering wheel and allow the car to slow down gradually. Once you know you have control, pull your vehicle over and turn on your emergency hazard lights.

Preventing a blowout before It happens

There is a simple step that drivers can take to reduce the odds of a blowout from happening. Make it a habit to check your tire pressure and look at your tires regularly. Underinflated and damaged tires are a leading blowout contributor. Most vehicles made within the last decade feature tire pressure monitors, but a quick inspection of the tire’s condition is helpful.

Remember, if a blowout happens, stay calm and drive through the blowout until you can safely and slowly pull over. Our expert team at Fogle Collision & Automotive in San Antonio is here to help you with towing, wheel alignments, and car collision repair. Give us a call today to have your vehicle checked so you can get back on the road worry-free.

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