Protecting Your Car’s Finish All Year

Every vehicle has a finish over the paint as a protective layer. This finish helps prevent the paint from being damaged due to weather or other issues. There are number of ways to protect this finish coating from being damaged and leaving your paint vulnerable.

10 Ways To Protect Your Car’s Finish

  1. Keep it clean – washing your vehicle will prevent dirt from building up. Professional, hands-free washes are gentler than doing it yourself.
  2. Wax – using a wax after washing your vehicle helps add an extra protective layer over your sealant.
  3. Drying “hidden” areas – drying areas such as inside the doors and inside the trunk lid is important. Those areas also have finishes, and if they start to chip it, can quickly spread.
  4. Park in a garage – this helps keep your car out of the weather which could damage your finish.
  5. Winter paint sealant – if you live in a cold winter climate, using a paint sealant solution before winter comes can prevent the salt and other chemicals from eating at your finish (see number 1, above).
  6. Car covers – these help protect your vehicle from the weather.
  7. Park away from busy roads – parking where there is less traffic helps avoid rocks or other debris from hitting your car and chipping away at your finish.
  8. Don’t touch your car! – consciously pay attention to how often you touch your paint. This can cause tiny scratches from dirt particles. Make an effort to stop!
  9. Re-apply a clear coat – if you have a car that has some years on it, the finish may be worn out. Have a new one applied.
  10. Repair scratches or dents – these leave way for chipping which can progress rapidly. Make sure to repair damage immediately.

Is your finish or paint already less than perfect? Do you have scratches? Would you like to have it repaired and back to new condition? Give Collision Center of Andover a call today to restore your vehicles look to off-the-lot quality!

Spring’s Comin’ Protect Your Car from Hail Damage

Protecting your car from the elements can be a difficult task, especially during severe weather. In places where hail storms are prevalent, suffering serious damage to the car’s outer body is a genuine possibility.

Here are some steps that can be taken to avoid damage sustained during hailstorms.

It is important to know what type of weather conditions can manifest themselves as hailstorms. If you have checked the forecast and a mixture of hail and rain is predicted, you should get your car into a covered area as soon as possible. Ensure that it is not parked under a tree, because a severe storm might cause the branches to fall on your car.

For those who do not have any covered parking spots as an option, try covering the car with as many thick blankets as possible. This will not provide complete protection, but it should ensure that any damage sustained is limited to minor dents and scratches.

Under no circumstances should you be driving during a hailstorm. Weather conditions can be bad enough with rain and wind, but a particularly strong hail stone could hit your windshield and cause an accident and/or injury to you and others.

What to do if your car sustains hail damage?

If hail damage has already been inflicted on your car, it is best to take it to a repair center so that it can be properly repaired. Collision Center of Andover provides tow services for cars that are too damaged to drive, and full hail repairs to all afflicted areas.

Whether your car suffered windshield damage, roof damage, and/or and other issues due to a hailstorm or another cause, bring it in to Collision Center of Andover for assessment and repair.

Is your car ready to survive the fury of spring?

If you need any work done, or existing damage repaired, contact the Collision Center of Andover at (316) 733-9310, and we will get you back on the road.

Six More Weeks of Winter

Prepping Your Car for Winter Road Trips

Unlike bears and other furry mammals, humans don’t get to hibernate through the winter. Although you might not want to go out in winter weather, staying home isn’t always an option. To help your car remain healthy while driving in low temperatures as well as on ice and snow, take a few steps toward properly winterizing your vehicle.

1. Select a Thinner Motor Oil

In cold weather climates, vehicles need to be equipped with oil that is less likely to freeze when the mercury drops. If you have doubts as to what type of oil is right for your vehicle, check with the manufacturer before your next oil change.

2. Inspect Your Battery

Battery capacity tends to diminish in low temperatures. Check battery fluid regularly during cold weather. Also, inspect cables for cracks or breaks. To check the age of your battery, look for the manufacture date stamped on it. When the time comes to replace your car’s battery, never purchase one with a manufacture date older than six months.

3. Replace Your Tires

A good set of tires is essential to avoiding collisions during the winter. Depending on where you live, you should replace your summer tires with snow tires, or have your car outfitted with a good set of all-weather tires.

4. Prepare for Emergencies on the Road

Before setting out on a road trip in the winter, make sure you have a full emergency kit in case of a breakdown or collision. This kit should include

  • Boots
  • Blankets
  • Radio
  • Coolant
  • Flashlight
  • Washer fluid
  • Flares
  • Dried fruit, nuts and other sustenance
  • Motor oil

Have you prepared your car for the rest of winter?

Regardless of how careful a vehicle owner is, sometimes collisions or other issues occur. If you need help with car repair or tow services this winter, don’t hesitate to call the Collision Center of Andover for assistance.

Five tips to help you find a great body shop

When you need help for your car following a wreck, use these five tips to help you locate the best collision repair shop to get you back on the road.

1. Friends

When you need a body shop after a collision, your best resource can often be friends who have been in a car wreck and needed body work done on their vehicle. You know the people in your life won’t steer you wrong.

2. Body shop reviews

Go online and read the reviews for body shops in your area. People, whether they happy or unhappy, enjoy voicing their unvarnished opinions. You might get an earful, but it will be worth it!

3. Interview, please!

If you have the time after your collision, call the shop and get a feel for the people who will be doing the work. Do they sound knowledgeable? Trustworthy? Are they too busy for your questions? This can be a real time-saver in terms of finding the right collision repair center for your needs.

4. Is the body shop online?

Some of the best, most modern, and customer-savvy body shops have a website or maintain another online presence, like Facebook, twitter, or a blog. Visit them and learn what they’re all about before getting your work done.

5. Damage control following a car wreck

Before you make your decision, if at all possible, take a minute or even overnight. Then take stock of what you need, what resources are available, and get ready to make your next decisions with as little emotional turmoil as possible.

Feel free to call us at 316-733-9310 to ask questions. Or, visit Collision Center online. We offer free estimates and you can even request a collision repair quote online! Need more information? Don’t worry! Click here to send us an email; we will reply!

Dealing with Emotions

Accident Aftermath:
How to Cope with Post-Collision Emotional Trauma

The U.S. Department of Transportation reported over six million automobile collisions in 2007. You are not alone. Most people experience a car accident at some point in their lives, and while we all know to call the police, the tow company, and the insurance company, not many of us talk about the emotional trauma.

If you’re having trouble with emotions after a collision, here’s some coping strategies to help you manage, according to

Understand that collisions may be unavoidable
Many drivers involved in a car wreck will blame themselves for the accident—even if it wasn’t their fault. If you were driving at the time of the wreck, there may not be anything that you could’ve done to avoid it. You cannot control the actions of other drivers, environmental conditions, and countless other variables. Buckling up, staying alert, and abiding by all road rules is all that you can do behind the wheel. Even so, accidents still happen.

Talk to somebody about the wreck
If you are experiencing depression, confusion, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, or other negative symptoms as a result of the accident, keeping your feelings inside will only intensify them. Release your stress through communication. Whether it’s talking to a family member, friend, your medical doctor or a therapist, venting is a very healthy way to manage your emotions.

Commit to a healthy lifestyle
Vehicular accidents can cause physical and psychological harm to the body. Some coping strategies include the standards: eat well, exercise, and get an adequate amount of sleep each night.

Keep busy
Try to stay busy by picking up a new hobby. Reading a book, playing sports, gardening, or a number of other activities can add happiness to your life while keeping your mind off the accident.

Reach out; seek help
Don’t let it fester. Find ways to cope with your emotions, and let Collision Center of Andover take on the worry of your car’s repair.

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