Fall Maintenance

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.
Thanks for reading and catch you again soon!
Cheers,
Jess

New and Improved!

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

Thanks for tuning in and catch you next time!

Cheers,
Jess

Preparing for Safety

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:

  • Gloves
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Safety vest
  • Ice scraper/snow brush
  • Shovel
  • 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
  • Blanket
  • Non-perishable energy foods – e.g., chocolate or granola bars, juice, soup, bottled water
  • Candle
  • 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.

Daniel

Winter Driving

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.

Stay safe and thanks for tuning in!

Daniel

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

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

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

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