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How to Prevent Sun Damage

How to Prevent Sun Damage

The summer sun is the biggest enemy for our automobiles. The UV exposure that your car gets can damage it inside and out. Fortunately, most auto body paint is advanced enough to be fade resistant, but your car can still experience gradual damage over time. The three spots that experience the most sun damage are your car’s dashboard, seats, and paint.   When the sun’s rays are beaming through your windshield, they go straight to the dash. To protect this part of your car, you can park in the shade or in a shaded parking garage. However, investing in a good sun shade is the best way to go about it. It will reflect the UV rays so that your vehicle’s dash can stay cool and keep its color.    Next, the sun can do a number on both cloth and leather seats. If you want to protect the color and condition of your vehicle’s seating, you’ll have to take some preventive measures. Seat covers have been a trusted method of protecting car seats. A bonus ... read more

What To Do Following a Car Accident

What To Do Following a Car Accident

Car accidents can happen at the worst moments. They happen suddenly and unexpectedly. If you end up in a vehicle accident, the first thing you need to remember is to stay calm. Accidents can cause a lot of anxiety, so just remember to take a deep breath. It is vital that you know how to handle a vehicle accident.   Immediately after an initial hit, you should call the police so that they can file a report. Additionally, call paramedics if someone is hurt. You should remain situated until the authorities get to the site of the accident. All persons involved in the accident should move out of traffic as possible. You don’t want to be the ones who hold up traffic.   Once the police get there, they will assess the damages. Both parties will have to explain how the accident occurred in as much detail as possible. The police will record all the information so that your insurance can handle it properly. It is for liability purposes.    If necessary, you may nee ... read more

Traditional Dent Repair vs. Paintless Dent Repair

Traditional Dent Repair vs. Paintless Dent Repair

When vehicle owners get their cars dented, they have multiple options to consider for the fix. Many technicians offer various strategies to fix dents, and they all have their advantages. The two approaches we will discuss today are traditional dent removal and paintless dent repair.  Traditional Dent Repair vs. Paintless Dent Repair Paintless dent repair is a new and unique method where technicians massage the dented panels to their pre-accident condition. It's the quicker and usually less expensive method of the two. Paintless dent repair is best for minor to moderate damages, like dings, dents, creases, and even hail damage. On the other hand, traditional dent repair is a more involved process. This practice includes extracting the car panel and using an advanced heating tool to morph the metal to its initial shape. After, a professional will sand the affected area to be smooth and proceed to repaint it.  When is Traditional Dent Removal Appropriate? Traditional de ... read more

Dent Repair Mistakes That Can Cost You More Money

Dent Repair Mistakes That Can Cost You More Money

When your car, SUV, or truck has suffered from a minor to moderate dent, it may be tempting to take matters into your own hands to save time and money. Most people who try to fix their dents on their own actually end up doing the opposite because of the lack of experience and industry knowledge they have. Instead, they may end up with a dent that looks worse than what they started with. Below are some common DIY mistakes that could end up costing your money: DIT Dent Removal Kits  If you're trying to repair your car's body damage at home, you've probably been considering a removal kit. These kits can be found online or at local auto stores and typically include scraping tools, flue, and slide hammers. But not all removal kids come with the suitable tools for the job, which can make the job harder for you. Experience and professional tools matter when it comes to repairs like these, so it may be better for you to call us for the job. Testing Odd Procedures Many peop ... read more

What is the Difference Between Aluminum & Steel Repair?

Aluminum repair can only be done by trained experts that must be certified by the Assured Performance Network for Aluminum Repairs or recognized by your vehicle manufacturer. It involves the use of specialty tools, equipment and training in order to be able to perform proper aluminum repairs. At Parker Auto Body in West Monroe, LA our technicians are trained on all the latest equipment and techniques for mending damaged aluminum.  Aluminum does not have the same moldable properties that steel does and it also does not respond to heat as well as steel. It is much stronger and weighs less than steel which offers better gas mileage and towing capacity.  Some other differences include:   - Aluminum parts are more rare and expensive - Repairing aluminum takes more skill and specialized equipment so a technician must be expertly trained in aluminum repair - Cost for repair aluminum is significantly higher than steel repair - Steel and aluminum are corrosive to each other ... read more

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