There are tons of online blog posts and articles about keeping your vehicle in tip top operating shape. (We’ve written a few ourselves.) Here are a few lesser known facts related to your vehicle.
Did you know?…
- Washing a car at home uses five to 20 times more water than your neighbourhood car wash.
- Texting while driving increases your chances of getting into an accident by a factor of 23
- Almost half all vehicle crashes occur at intersections. Simply taking the time to look left and right will greatly reduce your risk of getting into an accident at an intersection.
- The least amount of rear-end collisions on a highway happen in the centre lane.
- Heated seats are not recommended for “wanna-be dads”. A study in Fertility and Sterility found that when healthy men sat in a temperature-controlled seat for 90 minutes, their scrotal temperature jumped as high as 99 degrees Fahrenheit, four degrees above the optimum temperature for sperm production.
- The safest vehicle colour is white.
As the temperatures get a bit warmer and your car wash seems to be lasting a bit longer, it’s a good idea to do some simple visual inspections on your vehicle to make sure the effects of the past winter were minimal.
Spring has Sprung…..
- As your wipers froze and thawed and froze and thawed on your windshield, they may have become torn or cracked in that process. As they are relatively inexpensive and very easy to replace, as the spring showers approach, now may be a good time to replace them.
- Now would also be a good time to check your fluid levels. It’s a pretty safe bet that your windshield wiper fluid could use a top up. You should also check your motor oil.
- Check your belts and hoses. Cold temperatures can harden and/or damage rubber, so it’s important to check your belts and hoses for damage. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or other visual damage, and check your belts for looseness, cracks, frays, or glazing. If you have to replace one of your belts, you may also have to replace the tensioner and pulleys to keep the new belt from slipping.
- After a carwash is a good opportunity to take a slow walk around your vehicle to do a detailed visual inspection to make sure all that salt wasn’t hiding any new scrapes or dents.
- Finally, if you’re like most people these days, you’re using a separate set of winter tires. When you go to your dealer or mechanic, to get your summer tires put on, ask them to do a quick check of some of the more complicated items you may not know how to check such as power steering, brake, transmission fluids and coolant levels. Most dealers have a “Spring Inspection” promo.
Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! How is it already Fall? We hope you survived the back to school rush and are getting back into the swing of things as October begins. In the hustle and bustle of saying farewell to summer, I know that I often forget to check out my vehicle for regular maintenance.
This includes all of the small or major bumps and bruises from all that summer lovin’. Maybe it happened on the highway when that huge stone hit your roof. Or in the parking lot with that runaway cart. Or maybe your son or daughter didn’t factor in the wind when they opened the car door? The list goes on. You get it. With our adventures and joy throughout the summer comes a little wear and tear on our vehicles.
What should you do moving forward? Well, if the paint is broken on your vehicle, you are opening yourself up to rust. This is bad. Very bad. If it’s a plastic part, for example, a bumper, it’s not a huge rush but it might drive you crazy every time you look at it. The solution? Drop by Colorworks Express Autobody Centers and have one of our estimators give you a free, no-obligation estimate on the repairs. You can ensure that your vehicle is protected and in good shape as the fall becomes colder and we transition into those winter months. It’s a great time to get work like this done and off your list.
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Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! Here’s the short version of what I’m thinking about this week: spring maintenance for your vehicle. Let me elaborate.
I was traveling in May (I know, lucky me) and noticed that most of the vehicles had a lot of damage on them while walking around. I couldn’t believe it. I’m talking paint peeling, dents all over, bumpers held on with rope, the works. I kept thinking, how are these vehicles not rusting out
? This would never fly back home. But that’s just it, our winters and early spring (even late fall) are brutal for harsh condensation, salt, and cold. Where I was traveling doesn’t have to deal with that.
Spring maintenance is more than just a wash and wax. It’s checking out your vehicle for those little (or large) scratches, dents, even rust bubbles after winter. Spring and summer are the best time to get your car repaired because (touch wood) it’s usually drier and you can actually enjoy your new finish before it gets covered in salt and slush.
Canada is a beautiful place to live and we get to see all four seasons. This means that our vehicles suffer more wear and tear than other areas of the world. Staying on top of your spring maintenance checks will save you more in the long run as you’ll avoid greater damage (and bills!) caused by rust.
So…go and and give your vehicle a once over before you set out on road trips, picnics, and fun times for the summer. Bring it into any Colorworks location for a free no hassle estimate.
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Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! (Pass Me the Star Screwdriver). There is change in the air – do you know what I’m talking about? I’ll let you in on the news…Colorworks has just revamped their complete website!
If you haven’t checked out the new and improved version, please do. It is crisp, well organized and brings a fresh new look to the site. I think this is a solid move on Colorworks’ part as it shows they are committed to growing and branding as a collective organization.
When almost everything is available online, on our phones, or through the touch of an app it is important to stay current. A website is a critical part of how you can get a feel for a business. The Colorworks website is engaging to read through and has a few new and improved pages. For example, the Locations page showcases all of their services in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and New Hampshire.
Colorworks is a home-grown local organization. They have a number of locations ready to serve you and all are committed to local values, placing customer service and satisfaction at the top of their priorities. Read more at http://colorworks.ca
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Hello Colorworks community, thanks for tuning in.
Being a careful driver and taking precautions goes a long way to ensuring your safety on the roads. Unfortunately, no matter the season or conditions, there is a risk that we may be left waiting for awhile. Perhaps it’s the result of weather conditions and we’ve slipped on some ice, maybe the soft shoulder has pulled us into the ditch, or our vehicle has some engine troubles. Being prepared for this is just as important as being a safe driver.
An annual maintenance check to make sure your vehicle is in good shape and all fluids are topped up is a solid first step. Another good idea is to keep a survival kit in your vehicle, since having essential supplies can provide comfort and safety for you and your passengers should you become stranded. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation recommends to include:
- Windshield wiper fluid
- Safety vest
- Ice scraper/snow brush
- Sand or other traction aid
- Tow rope or chain • Booster cables
- Road flares or warning lights
- Fuel line antifreeze
- Flashlight and batteries
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Small tool kit
- Extra clothing and footwear
- Non-perishable energy foods – e.g., chocolate or granola bars, juice, soup, bottled water
- Matches or lighter
Remember that prevention and preparedness are the best ways to deal with emergencies and the unexpected.
Please stay safe and tune into our next blog.
This season always reminds me of my arrival in Canada during a cold winter nine years ago. I was new to the country and everything was covered in snow, this made it even more special, more… unique. It was like I was a kid again, amazed by the novelty of a new place. I remember my first snowball fights and snowmen, rolling a snowball and being completely amazed that it actually grew larger, jut like I had seen in cartoons when I was a kid.
With this new place also came new driving rules and techniques; winter driving was not something I was used to before.
I remember my first winter driving, the nervousness; the respect for snow and ice; and the weird sensation of snow hitting your windshield on a snowy day as if I was aboard the Millennium Falcon. I failed my first driving test when I skid into the middle of an intersection because it was snowing when I first took the test (I understand now that it was a good thing I failed because I obviously was not ready for it). Today I am much more comfortable and feel safe behind the wheel during winter, with some solid years of experience behind me, I always keep in mind my first lessons learned. My speed and driving are always according to the weather conditions, I always take my time and leave enough distance between my vehicle and the car in front, and I am always aware and cautious of snow and ice on the road.
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Hi there and thanks for tuning in. This will be my last post of 2016 – how did the year fly by so quickly?
With the holidays fast approaching, I like to pause and reflect on what I’m thankful for. My family, friends, health, safety, just to name a few. I’m also grateful for everyone I’ve met through Colorworks. Truly. I’ve connected with some great people and shared a few pretty special moments. From the camaraderie within all the shops to the relief provided to every customer who receives their vehicle back like new.
Growing into the business that Colorworks Express Autobody Centers is today would not have been possible without the support from our valued customers. Thank you from our family and staff for your support this year!
On behalf of everyone at Colorworks Express Autobody Centers, I’d like to wish you a safe and very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2017.
Catch you in the New Year!
Hi there and thanks for tuning into Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver] or PMS! How did December creep up on us? Time sure does fly.
While I am looking forward to winter activities and fluffy snowfalls, this season can be tough on your vehicle. Those scratches and scrapes that you picked up on summer road trips or here and there on your daily or weekly travels may have built up. Maybe you have some breaking paint? Maybe it doesn’t look too bad. You could probably get through the winter until spring.
This could be true. But. Yes, there’s always a but. Winter can be a magical time but, there is salt and sand and, at times, wicked precipitation. What looks like a few harmless scratches and scrapes could lead to a larger repair in the spring time. How can this be? You guessed it. Rust.
This is a game changer for repairs. Once it takes hold, it can spread quickly and without mercy. What can you do? Come by a Colorworks Express Autobody Centers location for a free estimate. There is still time to get your vehicle cleaned up and protected for the winter season. Don’t let a small repair corrode into a much larger issue for you down the road.
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I’ve been thinking a lot about the American Election this week. Don’t worry – this isn’t a political rant. I will only say, I’m dumbfoundedly shocked by the result, but then again, so are many people all over the world. And now, the aftermath.
Really, it’s all a big show. He said. She said. Past scandals. China. Wrong. Nasty woman. The show. And I term it a “show” because who can really say with certainty what a political leader will actually do or not do when in office. And this could be said for any political leader.
This got me thinking – the “show” has also been stereotypically applied to body shops. We’ve all heard horror stories. Shady dealings, rough places where you don’t really know what’s happening with your repair when you send it through the doors. Very male dominated. Sound a little familiar?
Today, most body shops are the exact opposite of what this stereotype portrays them to be. Working with a company like Colorworks leaves me feeling great about body shops – especially seeing the results with customers. At any shop across the country, the estimator will sit down and explain the repair process with you, they’ll even show you where it happens. And that’s the only “show” in the process. It’s straight-up, honest, and local.
Now, how can you be sure I’m not just putting on my own show? Take a look at our testimonials. Customers not only consistently recommend Colorworks, but they come back the next time they need a repair. That says it all. Automotive repairs can be overwhelming – you shouldn’t have to feel that way during the process.
Thanks for tuning in this week and catch you next time on Pass Me the Star (Screwdriver) or PMS!