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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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