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Washing up your ride?

CW-Summer-Car-WashingHi 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!

Jess

Long Weekend Aftermath

BackyardDrinkHi 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.

Thanks for tuning in this week and I’ll catch you next time!

Jess

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

 

Fort McMurray

FTMcMurrayEveryone 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:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/the-fort-mcmurray-disaster-read-the-latest/article29930041/

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.

https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?gclid=CjwKEAjwjca5BRCAyaPGi6_h8m8SJADryPLhe8NN9HlPp_bd9CIkwW_zqDRzints1Iqw2Ihvb6bn2xoCeHrw_wcB&ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=50639

Thanks for tuning in this week.  Catch you next time on PMS!

Jess

Chips

rock-stone-chipsChips?! 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.

Thanks for tuning in and catch you next time on PMS!

Jess

Spring Time Spruce Up

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-car-washSpring 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.

Catch you next time and thanks for tuning in!

Jess

Fix up that lease!

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!

Thanks for tuning in this week and I’ll catch you next time!

Jess

Supporting the local community

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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!
Thanks for tuning in this week and I’ll catch you soon!
Jess

Insurance and Customer Choice

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Hi there and thanks for tuning in to PMS! (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]).     This week I’d like to circle back to a topic that we touched on a few months ago: Insurance Repair and Choice.

As you may already know – many insurance providers will tell you to take your vehicle to a specific shop when you call in to report an accident.  Is it because they have a relationship with that shop?  Maybe.  Perhaps that’s the easiest way for them to process your repair…because they’ve dealt with that shop before?  I can see that.  But if they don’t let you know you have a choice in the matter?  If their “recommendation” is more of a directive?  I’m not onboard with that.  Do they really care about you and your repair?  I hope so.

The moral of the story?  It’s your choice where to take your vehicle no matter what your insurance provider says.  Do some research and educate yourself on what’s available in your area.  At Colorworks Express Autobody Centres everyone cares not only about your repair, but also about you.  Their staff can walk you through insurance questions and will be on the phone with you.  They make you feel important and local – because you are.

Thanks for tuning in this week.  I’ll catch you later!

Jess

Tow Truck Agendas?

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Hi there and thanks for tuning in to Pass Me the Star (Screwdriver) or PMS!  This post is about getting savvy if you, your friends or family are in a collision.  It’s not a pleasant feeling (hopefully no one is injured) and usually exceptionally overwhelming and rattling.

In early December, CBC Marketplace ran an episode on “Tow Truck Tricks” (say that 5 times fast).  I watched the episode recently and couldn’t believe it.  In a nutshell, sometimes tow trucks will appear on the scene of an accident without being called directly.  To the person or people in the collision this is convenient as most folks want to move out of the way as soon as possible.  The catch is that some towing operators will insist you need a tow when you have a drivable repair and then take you to an autobody shop that they have a pre-made arrangement with.  The episode showcases clients who had to pay hefty fees to remove their car from one shop and another who had to wait more than 3 months to get his car back.  Ridiculous!

You can watch the episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOboCgIhcfk

Now, if you are reading this blog and thinking that you will never trust a tow truck driver again, that’s not the point.  Not all tow truck companies are like this, nor are all autobody shops.  Colorworks is backed up by customer reviews and testimonials – something to look for in a shop!  And, the tow truck companies and drivers themselves who have worked with us to transport vehicles are all standup folks.  Unfortunately, it’s behaviour and business like what’s depicted in this episode that can give others in the biz a bad name.  The simple facts, ladies and gents, are that you should be in full control of calling a tow truck if necessary and, more importantly, where to take your car.  It’s your legal right and choice where you want your car to be repaired.  Period.

I hope you watch the episode, or part of it, and educate yourselves so you are prepared should you ever be in this situation.  To me, this is pretty shady stuff and I’m sure it happens more than we think.  If you are in a minor collision and/or your vehicle needs repair I encourage you to bring it to a local business that cares about the customer as much as the repair.

Thanks for tuning in and catch you again soon!

Jess

Happy New Year!

carHi there and thanks for tuning in!  This is my last post of 2015 – I can hardly believe it!

On behalf of Colorworks, I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year!  I’ve heard from a few of the shop managers and they are all thrilled to have had your business in 2015.  Colorworks, as you know, is a “small town service” business.  It’s because of their customer community – you – that Colorworks has been able to thrive and expand throughout this past year.  Thank you!  Basically, you rock.

I hope that you celebrated safely last night and made arrangements to either stay at your gathering or get home appropriately.  If you are heading home today after your festivities be careful on those roads.

What are you most looking forward to in 2016?  I’m excited to see Colorworks continue to grow this year.  I hope you continue to support local businesses in 2016 and encourage your friends and family to do so, too!

Catch you later and Happy 2016!

Jess

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