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

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

 

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