Spring Maintenance

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.

Thanks for tuning in and catch you next week!
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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

How do you choose? Part #1

CW-quality-controlHi there and thanks for tuning in again this week to Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]!  This week I’ve been thinking about how we as consumers ultimately make our choice in selecting an autobody shop.  Is it all about the quality of the work?  The impact on your schedule and time?  Do we know someone at a shop?  Maybe a combination of all of the above.

In my opinion (and after asking a few colleagues and friends) this is Part 1 of my “formula” for choosing an autobody shop.

Quality.  Does the shop have (considerable) experience?  Is the work highlighted and promoted?  Are consumers able to see examples of the work?  Are there testimonials from past clients?  Does the shop use top of the line equipment and products for repairs?  Are staff trained?  Is the environment a concern of the shop and do staff adopt green practices?

Colorworks has been operating since 1991.  In that time they have repaired over 1 Million vehicles across the country at their many locations in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.  They are also mobile in some areas.  Clients have been extremely supportive of the Colorworks brand – sending in testimonials that are showcased on the website and throughout social media.  Colorworks guarantees their quality of work with their highly trained, Certified Technicians, using the best equipment and products for your autobody repair, and ensuring their practices are environmentally friendly.

CHECK!

Colorworks definitely exceeds this part of the formula.  If you are looking for quality I hope you consider Colorworks for your next repair.

Thanks for tuning in and stay tuned for Part #2 next week!

Jess

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