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Happy Holidays!

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!

Jess

December?!?!

car-dent-repair-1Hi 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.
Thanks for tuning in and catch you next time!
Jess

The Political “Show”

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!
Jess

Insurance Rant

auto-insuranceHi 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.

Thanks for taking in my rant this week.  Catch you next time!

Jess

The Civic Holiday – what’s the deal?

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!

Thanks for tuning in and catch you next time!

Jess

Summertime Cruising

CW-carHi 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!

Thanks for tuning in this week and catch you next time!  Enjoy the summertime cruising and stay safe on those roads!

Jess

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

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