Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver])! I’ll cut right to the chase this week – I’m whipped up about insurance companies. Specifically, insurance companies telling you where to fix your car.
Last week I listened to a customer relate how they planned to take their vehicle to an autobody shop they knew and trusted but was told by their insurance company that a) they wouldn’t get a rental vehicle for the weekend b) the shop wouldn’t be able to fix it within the approved timeline and c) that an insurance appraiser wasn’t onsite at that shop. This is all a load of B.S. #1 – the shop in question arranged for a rental vehicle to be at the shop that evening. #2 – any insurance repair must collaborate with the body shop’s schedule to make sure that the repair can be completed in an agreed upon timeline. It’s a conversation. #3 – insurance appraisers work with many autobody shops to either stop by and do the estimate themselves or collect the information they need to complete it remotely.
What upset me most was how frustrated the customer was. This person had been in a minor accident. They wanted a specific shop to fix their vehicle because they heard that this shop does outstanding work. They were told misinformation on the phone to make things easier for the insurance company. I was under the impression that the insurance company was supposed to make things easier for you. This sure doesn’t seem like the case.
Bottom line – you choose where to take your vehicle for insurance repairs. It’s your choice and your right.
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Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver])! On the eve of the Civic Holiday long weekend, otherwise known as the first Monday in August, I wondered – what’s the deal with this holiday? What are we celebrating? Is there cause to celebrate? Maybe not if you don’t get the day off – it’s a Civic holiday remember, not a Stat. If you do get a sweet long weekend – that’s a cause in itself for me!
I looked into it. It turns out that the Civic Holiday is known by a variety of other names in each respective province and territory that recognize it. In British Columbia, it’s British Columbia Day. This celebrates the first pioneers of the province all the way back to James Cook in 1778. Alberta decided on a unique name and reason to celebrate – Heritage Day – to honour the diverse cultural heritage of Albertans. In Ontario, the holiday was originally created to honour John Graves Simcoe. Simcoe was the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the founder of the Fort York, which is now the city of Toronto.
So, as you (hopefully) kick back and relax this long weekend, raise a toast to the first pioneers of BC, the cultural diversity of Alberta, or the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. At the very least, you will have interesting trivia to share. Colorworks Express Autobody Centers wishes everyone a safe and happy long weekend!
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Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]!) Have you ever taken the road less travelled on your trip? Maybe to visit friends, avoid the congested highway, find that perfect picnic place, or on the way to a cottage? While summertime cruising is great, so long as you go about it safely and with the right vehicle depending on your style of off-roading, what might happen is that your ride suffers a few more bumps and bruises than you anticipated.
So what do you do? Only stick the to the highway? For some, this is the way to go. And that’s a-ok. At the end of the day, you need to drive how and where is safest and most comfortable for you. If you enjoy, need to, or just plain take a rougher road on the daily, that’s ok too. If you do frequent the roads less traveled make sure you are taking care of your vehicle. This might mean seasonal visits to your autobody shop to prevent larger problems like rust and corroding from dirt and grime that piles up during your adventures on dusty roads. Seasonal maintenance can go a long way for your vehicle.
Colorworks Express Autobody Centers can fix up small scratches and knicks from your off-roading adventures in a day or two. Their pricing is reasonable, they have strict environmental policies, and they are local. Whether you are taking your vehicle in now during the summer for a spruce up or saving it for after Labour Day, check out Colorworks (www.colorworks.ca) and get a free estimate. Light repairs are important for your vehicle’s upkeep!
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Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]). With the warm weather settling in; lawns needing to be cut more often; and the call of patios, BBQs, and gardening; another springtime chore might be on your mind. Washing your car in your driveway or lane is what I’m talking about.
Can’t be bothered taking it to a car wash, manual or automatic? I get it. While it can be cheaper to wash your vehicle yourself, it isn’t always the best for the environment.
Colorworks Express Autobody Centers operate on a green foundation – meaning they respect the environment and work hard not to negatively impact it. (Check out some of our previous blogs.) They encourage all drivers who might need to wash up their ride to be water conscious. Here are some tips and tricks for being water conservation savvy while washing a vehicle, windows, and more throughout the season:
- Wash your vehicle in the early morning or evening. The sun is less intense and you will use less water as soap suds won’t dry as quickly.
- This is usually at low-peak times for water use, too.
- Do a quick initial spritz with the hose to wet the area down. Nothing fancy and this should only last seconds.
- Use a bucket of warm water, soap (use an environmentally friendly one as it’s going directly down the sewer), and a sponge to scrub down the area. There’s no need to use the hose here – spread those bubbles!
- Do another quick spritz with the hose (starting from the top and working your way down) to remove most of the suds. This should take a minute or two at most.
- If needed, use another bucket of warm water (this time hold the soap) and a soft cloth or sponge to lift any stubborn suds.
- Last spritz – this time only a few seconds to make sure everything is off.
You’re all set! Have fun and be water conscience this season! Thanks for tuning in and I’ll catch you next time on PMS!
Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]). This past long weekend (in Ontario) was amazing! The weather was perfect. Hopefully, everyone is safe and experiencing positive aftermath.
I.e. you have a minor sunburn or your abdominals ache from laughing too much with family and friends. Maybe your body is tired because you went camping or you’re on the bloated side from overindulging on BBQ.
We know, however, that there are some folks who experienced some not so positive things over the long weekend. By Monday afternoon, Ontario OPP officers had laid 160 impaired-driving charges. In one weekend.
While Colorworks Express Autobody Centers are ready to fix up your vehicle no matter what happened, an extra layer of bad feels is added when the repair could have been avoided. Long weekends, weekends in general, are supposed to be a good time. Sure – let loose and relax. But be safe on the roads, for your own sake and the safety of everyone else.
As the summer continues, head to those BBQs and the beach. If you decide to consume alcohol do so responsibly. If you consume too much – no worries, we’re only human – make arrangements for a safe ride home. It’s simple. You’re worth too much to risk it.
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P.S. –> You can read more on the CBC news feature here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/high-number-of-impaired-drivers-frustrates-police-on-victoria-day-weekend-1.3596365
Everyone reading this blog will know about the horrifying destruction happening in Fort McMurray. As of Tuesday morning, the wildfire had spread to cover 229,000 hectares. This is an area bigger than the size of Edmonton.
Many individuals and families who fled posted pictures and videos of the fire practically licking their vehicles as they drove out of Fort McMurray. Most of these people will lose everything. Homes. Vehicles. Possessions. Memories.
Check out this link for more information:
Amidst the tragedy and loss, Canadians are responding. From renters on AirBnB offering their places free of charge, to a wedding happening in Toronto despite losing the dress in the fire, to relief from the Red Cross because of multiple donations across the country. There is no question: We are the True North strong and free.
Colorworks is proud to have donated to help employees and families in the area. If you are able to donate to the Canadian Red Cross the link to send funds is below. The Trudeau Government has also pledged to match all contributions. Any amount to bring more relief to those affected by this disaster is immensely appreciated. Please know – the Canadian Red Cross is the best option for any donations. They will see that funds are allocated ethically and to the places and people who are in greatest need.
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Chips?! No, I’m not talking about the snack kind. The kind you munch on with a delicious dip. I’m talking about the ones that wind up on your car. Thanks for tuning into PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]!) this week. You guessed it – this post is about gravel chips.
Have you ever had that horrible feeling when a gravel chip comes hurtling down the highway headed straight for your car? You hear it connect and dread looking at your front bumper when you stop to assess the damage. Maybe it is as bad as it sounded. Maybe it isn’t. But nonetheless, you likely have a chip on the front of your car that at some point, should be repaired.
What’s the big deal? That stuff of nightmares called rust. That’s the big deal. If your paint has been jeopardized you are opening up your car to rust. What can you do? Take your vehicle in for that springtime spruce up, get it buffed and waxed and any damage from the winter cleaned up. Will chips still happen from time to time? Sure. Maintaining your vehicle’s exterior will prolong its shelf life and save you from potentially huge repairs down the road.
Colorworks Express Autobody Centers is your local shop to take care of anything from those pesky gravel chips to fender benders. Clients consistently have positive experiences and recommend their services to others. So the next time that horrible feeling starts to set in when a gravel chip comes hurtling your way, take a deep breath. If you need them, Colorworks has your back.
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Hi there and thanks for tuning in to PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]). This week I’m excited to talk about Spring…specifically Spring Cleaning.
This is usually something that I grumble about doing – but do love the end result. It can take a lot of time and work to clean up an apartment, house or yard. What if I told you that it didn’t have to take as long to clean up the winter knicks and scratches on your car – or even better – that you didn’t have to do it?
Spring cleaning applies to your vehicle, too. Winter can be tough on our cars and spring is the perfect time to spruce them up to avoid more potential damage (like rust!) throughout the spring and summer. Colorworks Express Autobody Centers are the go-to local business for your spring time spruce up for your vehicle. Check out a location near you today and call or email for a free estimate. Not only will your home and yard be looking fresh and ready for the season, but so will your vehicle.
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Hi again and thanks for tuning in to PMS! (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]!). Spring is beginning to peep out (or has already sprung depending on where you are) and with the refreshing weather and transition also comes other points of turnover. For many, this might be switching over/out a leased vehicle.
I don’t know about you, but my car certainly has a few knicks on it (I really should get them fixed) – it’s not a lease though. If you are returning a lease in the near future you really should consider fixing up anything “new” on your vehicle before taking it back to the dealership. Why? The dealership may charge you large fees – more than what you’d pay at an autobody shop.
If you need dent repair; bumper repair; collision repair; and/or any sort of car body repairs Colorworks Express Autobody Centers is your best bet to avoid those service fees at your dealership. Consider getting a free estimate at one of their many locations sooner rather than later. If it can save you time, money and stress that seems like the surefire way to go in my opinion!
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Wow! Check out this exciting announcement from The Bluewater Football Academy:
Local businesses are an important part of the community, especially in towns like Saugeen Shores and Owen Sound. The Bluewater Football Academy is thrilled to announce and welcome the sponsorship of a great local business: Colorworks Express Autobody Centers. Colorworks provides the best customer service and the best product in the area. They are your main shop for any and all autobody repair – from a small scratch, to a dent, to a fender bender – they’ve got you covered and can handle your repair. If you need to put your repair through insurance they are there to support you the whole way through.
The Bluewater Football Academy
would like to thank the Colorworks Team for supporting this camp and young athletes in the community!
For more information check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BluewaterFootballAcademy/?fref=ts
This is another great example of how Colorworks is an active part of their community. If you live in or around the Saugeen Shores, ON area and have a high school aged student who plays football consider checking out their camp!
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