Why Aluminum??

Posted on July 23rd, 2014

Aluminum is on the move, already becoming the second most-used raw material for vehicle production. With the new Ford F150 and other manufacturers producing aluminum bodies vehicles, many people are wondering “why”? Lets go through a few of the benefits of aluminum bodied vehicles.

Aluminum bodied vehicles are much lighter. The new Ford F150, for example, is 700 pounds lighter than its predecessors. This leads to improved fuel economy, which in turn, is better for the environment and our wallets.  In addition, because of its light weight, the overall vehicle performance is superior. The vehicle will accelerate, brake and handle more efficiently. Aluminum is also over 95% recyclable, making it the most recyclable of all the materials. Furthermore, aluminum is very durable and strong, making it dent and ding resistant. As an added bonus, these vehicles will be able to haul and tow more because they are not carrying unneeded weight.

Of course these benefits do not come without their faults. Aluminum is more expensive, so replacement parts will cost more. In addition, collision shops require special training and equipment to adequacy repair this material, so overall repair costs will go up. Not all collision repair shops are adequately equipped and trained to work on aluminum bodied vehicles. Make sure you do your research and find a repair shop that can sufficiently repair these vehicle in accordance with manufacturer specifications.

Formula One Collision is equipped with a full functioning ALUMINUM BODY REPAIR ROOM featuring state of the art equipment that is approved by numerous manufactures.


Repair Time Expectations

Posted on July 14th, 2014

The length of time it will take for your vehicle to be repaired will largely depend upon the amount of damage that had occurred to your vehicle. There are other factors such as how quickly the insurance company acts to inspect the car’s damage or gives the authorization to the repair shop to start the repair work, the number of cars waiting to be repaired, parts availability, repair and finish hours that will affect the length of the repairs.

Minor damages can take anywhere from a day to a week to repair. More expensive damage may take weeks or even months to repair if getting the proper parts is a problem.

A vehicle can be repaired if the cost of repairs does not go over the value of the vehicle at the time of the accident. Every insurance company has their own car insurance calculator or percentage of damage they will accept before determining a car a “total loss.” If a car is totaled out then the insured will receive actual cash value as a settlement for the vehicle instead of getting the vehicle repaired. If this is the case with your vehicle it may take several days for you to be informed about this. The reason for the delay is the vehicle will have to be torn down to assess the full extent of the damage, which will take approximately 48 hours. After this is completed an estimate is sent up to insurance for approval. Insurance will have to review this to see if they will repair the vehicle. This will take approximately 72 hours. You will then be advised by insurance if the vehicle is a total. You can always challenge the insurance adjuster’s determination of the actual value of your vehicle. It is just a matter of how much time and money it is worth to you to do so – a factor that the insurance company is counting on to dissuade you from challenging its determination of the value of your vehicle.

If the vehicle is not a total, your auto repair shop or insurance company can give you a specific answer as to how long your car’s repairs will take once the car has been found to be repairable and the repair shop has completed the estimate. An estimate should include how much parts will cost and the amount of labour required to repair the car.

There are, of course, a lot of variables to how long it will take to repair a vehicle after an accident. In some cases there will be an estimate of how long the repair will take, but then it takes longer because of parts pending, additional damage found during the repair process, etc.

There is no specific set time it takes for repairs to occur, but there are some guidelines to help you determine the length of the repairs. Most insurance companies will take the total number of hours allotted to the estimate and multiply it by 0.3 to determine the number of days it will take. For example, if the repairs are going to take 10 hours, it is estimated your vehicle will take 3 days to repair (10 x 0.3=3) . Below is a guide for how long repairs on average take:

  • $1,000 worth of damages or 10 to 17 hours of labour normally takes 3 to 5 working days
  • $2,000 worth of damage or 18 to 33 hours of labour usually takes a repair shop 5 to 10 working days
  • $5,000 and above worth of damage or more than 35 hours of labour normally means the car will be at the repair shop 14 or more business days

Parts could be available as soon as 24 hours, however, at times certain parts may go on backorder from the manufacturers, which adds significant time to repairs depending on how soon the factory depot can make them available. Another factor that comes into play is distance from the factory that carries the particular parts. The entire parts order can arrive from several different factory supply depots at different times.

The above information is based upon the time after your car has been seen by an adjuster and is ready for repair. Other factors involved are the length of time it takes for your insurance company appraiser to come out and look at the damages to you vehicle and give their estimate for repairs.

As mentioned earlier, keep in mind there are variables that can affect the length of time the repairs will take even if the technician has given you a rough estimate. There are factors such as how busy a repair shop is, how much repair work they have on their lot waiting to be repaired when your car arrives, the time it takes for parts to arrive if ordered, etc. Your repair shop will keep in touch with you to notify you about how the work is progressing and if they think there will be a delay.

A quality repair shop will work hard to ensure all repairs are done properly, that your vehicle is delivered on time, and that you are kept informed of their progress by phone or email .

Take Care of Your Vehicles Paint

Posted on July 4th, 2014

Proper care of your vehicles exterior finish is very important. Your paint job is the most obvious feature on you vehicle, and it is expensive to replace and repair. Follow these guides to keep it looking like new.

UV Protection -   Sunlight will oxidize a cars finish. Paint has come a long way in reducing the impact, but you should still try to avoid parking in the sunlight.

Keep it clean – Wash off dirt on a regular basis. If dirt is left for a long period of time it can penetrate into the paint.  When washing your vehicle make sure you use products especially made for your car (including the proper sponge). Wash your vehicle in the shade when the paint is cool to touch. Wash and rinse one section at a time to avoid soap and water drying in other areas. Rinse thoroughly and use a soft terry cloth to dry (blot dry, don’t wipe)

Apply a wax finish- This should be done approximately every six months.  Apply wax to the pad, not to the car. Wipe the wax on and immediately remove it.  Wax provides a thin invisible protective layer that acts as a barrier between your paint and harmful dirt, debris and UV rays.

Touch up scratches, dents and chips – surface scratches, dents and chips can create corrosion if not repaired. If it is very minor you can purchase a touch up marker from your dealer or manufacturer and apply it yourself – just make sure it is the exact colour. If the damage is rather large, or you are not comfortable doing this yourself, bring it to the professionals.