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A car sits on the side of the road with tall flames coming out of it, and a plume of dark smoke.
You might have a feeling your car is totaled, but you can still have its value assessed by your insurance.

You step out of your car, and you take a look at the damage to your vehicle. That’s the moment you know it’s more than a fender bender. You may ask yourself “Is my car totaled?”

It’s unlikely you’ll find out at the scene of a crash: The car’s value and body shop repair cost determines if it is repairable. It’s also important to know your insurance policy and the process to file a claim for repairs, which can make the process of repairs more affordable and/or timely.

 

What to Do With a Car Totaled Accident

The repair team will inspect the damage, complete the repair estimate, and compare it with the car’s current value. If the repair estimate is more than the current car value, the insurance will not qualify it for repair.

For example, a car with a value of $5,000 that needs $7,000 worth of repair will not qualify.

Check your insurance policy to know what you should expect with a vehicle that is not repairable. In most cases, the insurance company will issue you a check for the value of the car. If you do not agree with the amount, you can get quotes from used car dealers, view prices online, and note any additional or special features on your car. Show this documentation to the insurance company to dispute the amount.

Keeping a Totaled Vehicle

Cars hold sentimental value for many and some choose to repair a totaled vehicle.

Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. The insurance company will subtract the vehicle’s salvage value from the amount it planned to pay you. To drive the car again, you need a salvage title. Repairs are your responsibility.

If you want a totaled car fixed, find a body shop you trust to provide an accurate estimate to repair the vehicle.

At ProCare Automotive and Collision in San Antonio, we have experienced and trained technicians who know exactly what it will take to repair the vehicle back to a safe and drivable condition again.

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Aluminum cars may not look different, but they require different care at the body shop.

Manufacturers continuously modify what they use to make cars, and more vehicles are now being made with aluminum. As a result, more than a million aluminum cars on the road. Because of this, experienced body shops are getting certified to work on aluminum body work.

Using aluminum weighs less, making the vehicle more fuel efficient and attractive to car buyers. Adding aluminum reduces the weight of the vehicle by hundreds of pounds. That is good for car owners.

But repairing aluminum vehicles presents a challenge. Because of this, if you own a vehicle made from aluminum you need to find a certified collision repair shop. Ask if that body shop has aluminum certified technicians.

 

Why Aluminum Collision Repair is Different

The debut of the aluminum Ford F-150 presents a new challenge for some auto body repair shops. Repairing vehicles that are not made primarily of steel takes training and the right tools. This can be costly for some smaller collision repair shops.

Repairing the trucks means shops need certification from Ford to make repairs. As a result, Ford modified the process and added certification requirements to other vehicles, including the Lincoln Navigator. Certified shops qualify to fix Lincolns with an additional training course from Ford.

More Aluminum on The Roads

It is no longer just Ford producing aluminum-made cars. In addition, GM is launching a “mixed materials strategy” with its 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. The company says training from the manufacturer will be necessary for any San Antonio body shops. Consequently, collision repair shops invest thousands of dollars in tools and training to make the repairs.

ProCare Automotive and Collision, a body shop in San Antonio, has certified technicians. Our technicians train with manufacturers. They know how to repair a vehicle precisely to the manufacturer’s specifications. Contact our team, or use our Smartphone Estimating Tool, to get a free estimate for collision repair on your vehicle.

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Auto body shops have to follow regulations. Find out what those requirements are for Texas.

When choosing an auto body repair shop, you might wonder if body shops are held to specific standards by a state organization or other entity. Just like every business, there are certain inspections and regulations that a body shop must pass or meet.

Any customers who experience an issue at a collision repair center should contact the proper governing agency or organization. In Texas, there is not a comprehensive law that governs auto repair companies, including body shops. But there are rules for other services and if there’s not an organization that manages restrictions for the issue you may have, it’s best to speak directly with the management or ownership of the collision repair shop.

Collision Repair Shop Regulations

While there is not a law pertaining to auto body repair, all body shops must meet certain requirements. ProCare Automotive and Collision, like all body shops, must meet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements.

There are air, water, waste, and other stipulations, as noted on the agency’s checklist, that collision repair shops must follow every day. TCEQ ensures body shops meet these requirements and fix any issues if a body shop is in violation.

Not the Repairs You Paid to Receive

If a customer has an issue with the repairs made to his or her car, it’s possible it could fall under the Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act. Some examples include If a customer believes unnecessary repairs were made, parts were not replaced, or  was charged for a new part and a used part was installed. If you have a similar experience, file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General’s office.

At ProCare, we want our customers to know our managers at each location are always open to hearing your feedback. If you have concerns about repairs made or about our operations, we will address any problem you may have. Give us a call for a free estimate and we will show you how we can make your repair experience hassle-free.

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A silver Lamborghini sits in a driveway.
A Lamborghini is an expensive car, and even more expensive to repair after a collision.

If you’ve been in an accident before, you know there’s a cost to auto body repair. There are the repairs to your vehicle and any other vehicle or property you may have damaged. Some cars are more expensive than others, however. Here are some of the pricier crashes in recent years.

When you see a repair bill, think about how small it is in comparison to these expensive crashes.

A Record Attempt Damages A $5 Million Dollar Car

One of the most expensive car collisions happened at the famous Nürburgring in Germany. The driver of a Koenigsegg lost control and crashed into a barrier, while attempting to set a lap record. The driver was treated and released from a hospital.

After the crash, the car caught fire, damaging the back end. There are only seven Koenigsegg One:1 models in the world.

Not Just One Luxury Car

A 14-car pile-up is bad no matter the types of vehicles involved. But when a group of car enthusiasts were travelling together on wet roads in Japan, it resulted in disaster. Eight Ferraris, one Skyline R33, one Lamborghini Diablo, three Mercedes-Benz, and, interestingly, a Toyota Prius, were among the cars involved in this accident.

The damage for this accident was estimated at $3.85 million. No one was seriously injured in the accident, but all vehicles involved were totaled.

Crashing a $35 Million Dollar Sports Car

When you think about the unexpected cost of your collision repair, think about the owner of a Ferrari 250 GTO. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured when he lost control of his luxury car during a race and crashed it into another car. Less fortunately, his vehicle was valued at $35 million.

Collision repair for a rare luxury sports car can be costly. The parts to replace the damaged sections are rare because only a limited number of these vehicles were made. If the luxury vehicle owner has the money to repair the damage, the owner may choose to have auto body repair, but the value of the car may already be diminished without original parts.

The highly trained team of certified technicians at ProCare Automotive and Collision can repair commuter cars to luxury vehicles back to factory specifications. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate and we’ll get you back on the road.

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Find the best local body shop for the price.

When you take your car to a local body shop, you want the repair work to be to your specifications. You also want to make sure you get the best deal for the work you need since each body shop charges different prices.

There are a few tips to keep in mind as you research the best local body shop. These key points will make the process easier and can lead you to a body shop that performs quality work.

Seek Recommendations

The first step to finding a quality auto body repair shop is getting multiple recommendations. One way is to contact your local Better Business Bureau to find out if any complaints have been filed against a body shop you are considering.

Also, ask people you know, and look at reviews online. Word-of-mouth recommendations speak to the quality and experience, so pay attention to these recommendations especially from people you trust.

Location and Overhead

When you find a highly recommended local body shop, visit the location. Location may be a reason a shop could charge more per hour for labor costs. An auto body shop located in an area where property is expensive may charge more in labor to cover those costs.

Inquire about Warranties

A reputable auto body shop will guarantee the work with a warranty. Find out about the warranty to body repairs and paint work on your vehicle. Ask what the warranty specifically covers and how long the warranty lasts.

Check for Maker Certifications

Find a shop that is certified to work on your make of vehicle. Technicians who have been trained to make repairs specified by the maker has the necessary equipment to make those repairs.

Ask About Estimates

There are two questions you should ask a body shop about estimates. Find out if they offer free estimates and if they use the insurance company’s estimate or if they use their own estimate. You will want to use a body shop that uses their own estimate and not performing repairs based on the insurance company’s recommendation of repairs.

If you need auto body repair to your vehicle, contact ProCare Automotive and Collision. We are the San Antonio local body repair shop that provides free estimates and guarantees the work with a warranty. A personal service consultant will work with you every step of the way in the repair process to make sure the work is completed to your satisfaction.

 

Mechanic repairs a red bonnet.

Your car has auto body damage, but you can drive it away from the scene of the accident. If you are not concerned about the looks of your car, you may ask, “If my car still runs, why should I fix the damage?”

There are several reasons why auto body repair is necessary, no matter if the vehicle has minor or more significant damage. If repairs are not made, there are some circumstances where it could cost you to keep the damage on the vehicle.

Damage Causing Other Damage

The cosmetic damage to a vehicle may appear minor, but it takes a highly skilled auto technician to know if there could be more damage than meets the eye. A damaged fender could cause strain to a wheel, tire, or parts under the hood. At minimum, it is best to get dents repaired to avoid further and costly damage to your car.

Necessary Functions No Longer Work

If certain features do not work on your car, such as lights or opening your hood, it might lead to a ticket. All lights, such as headlights, taillights, and turn signals must be functioning for safety if you plan to drive at night.

State Inspection

In Texas, there is a checklist used when inspecting a vehicle. If any items are damaged, such as lights or a mirror, the car will not pass inspection until the damage is fixed. Waiting to get repairs to pass an inspection could delay getting a renewed registration, in which case, you could get a ticket for an expired registration. That’s money that could be spent on the auto body repair.

Insurance

If you file an insurance claim, receive money, and then don’t repair the car, it could cost you if you have another accident. An insurance company can deduct pre-existing damage from a future settlement. It is recommended that if you receive money for a claim, to use that money on auto body repairs. To keep the money could amount to insurance fraud.

Resale Value

Depending on the extent of the damage, it could affect your vehicle’s resale value. In some cases, the cost to fix the vehicle can be less than the amount your car might depreciate if it has noticeable damage.

When it comes time to repair auto body damage on your car, contact the experts at ProCare Collision, an auto body repair shop in San Antonio. Our highly skilled technicians are trained to work on any make and model of vehicle and repair it to the maker’s specifications. We can get your car fixed so you avoid further damage and costs.

Cars drive along interstate 35 in San Antonio.
San Antonio traffic is bad enough. Will the increasing population make it worse?

San Antonio ranked No. 1 in population growth in the nation from 2016-2017 according to the US Census Bureau. That’s 66 people moving to San Antonio per day. And other cities in Texas have been close behind, adding more commuters and travelers to our roads.

Texas has been thriving, and as a result, growing steadily. A growing city can bring new opportunities, expanded culture and increased energy, but not without a few growing pains. One common concern for residents: How is the rising population affecting traffic?

More traffic

San Antonio is already the seventh largest city in the nation, and with Texas’ statewide population expected to increase from its current 28 million to nearly 40 million by 2050, San Antonio can expect continued growth. More residents means more cars on the road, and in turn, more congested highways and traffic accidents.

In 2009, San Antonio commuters spent an average of 39 hours a year in traffic, but by 2014, drivers were sitting in traffic around 44 hours.

More accidents

With increased numbers of drivers, accident rates are at risk of increasing, too. And unfortunately, San Antonio’s rate of traffic fatalities is already a good deal higher than experts would like. In 2014, US cities with the safest driving records had traffic fatality rates of around 3.2 deaths per 100,000 people. The same year, San Antonio’s rate was 10.57 fatalities per 100,000. (Although, San Antonio was close to the national average of 11.05).

Options for the future

As the population grows and more people get stuck in traffic, get into accidents, and pile into San Antonio body shops, it is worth considering ways to ease the pressure of congested roadways in a growing city.

ConnectSA, a non-profit, was formed in April 2018 and tasked with possible transportation solutions for San Antonio. Solutions include a trackless train system, better-integrated public transportation, and easier paying options for that transportation. Whatever the impact these solutions might have, San Antonio roads could be changing drastically in coming years.

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Choosing alternative transportation when possible can help reduce traffic on the roads.

On an individual level, you can help make the roads better by using public transportation or carpooling can help reduce some of the backup on crowded streets. Also, if you’re able to walk or bike to your destination, you can avoid traffic and free up some space on the road.

While San Antonio and surrounding areas like Victoria continue to grow, the city, state and citizens alike will develop new ways to ease the transportation strain on Alamo City.

If you wind up in a traffic accident on a busy road, contact the experienced and helpful staff at ProCare Collision. Whether you need auto painting or auto body repair in San Antonio and Victoria, our expert team will help you get back on the road quickly, and back out exploring our beautiful (and popular) city.

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