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

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

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

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

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

Keeping it Local

BuyLocalThanks for tuning in again this week to PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver])!  This week is all about the importance of shopping local.  What does that mean?  For some of us, local is where we commute to each day, or a certain kilometre radius near our home or community.  Supporting local business to me is synonymous with supporting “small town” or “small shop(s)”.

Being a small business owner is a rewarding but tough gig.  Competition takes on a new meaning when you are not only competing with all the other “small town shops” out there but also the well established and known superstores.

Now, I’ve frequented large stores myself.  Sometimes there isn’t another option.  When I have the choice I try to shop at small, locally operated businesses.  Why?  I like putting a face to the name on the website or the person who took my call when I come in.  I enjoy the conversations that happen naturally with the people who work in a small shop and that they are genuinely interested about me as a person.

Most of all I know that my dollars are going towards someone who I’ve met, who is a part of the community (in whatever shape or form that takes), who works hard and is passionate about their career.  Colorworks is one of those small town businesses.  They employ local experts and are active in the community.  Someone greets you when you walk in the door and has a conversation with you.  Everyone that I’ve dealt with wants me to have the best experience possible – and I have.

In short – I urge you to shop local and/or think of the “small shops” on the block.  They aren’t going to take you or your business for granted.

Thanks for tuning in and I’ll catch you next week!

Jess

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Gotta be Green

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Thanks for tuning in again this week to PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver])!  This week I’m writing again about the importance of including green practices at the forefront of a business.  A few weeks ago I wrote about how autobody shops don’t exactly earn a bright and shiny image when thinking of keeping things green.  In recent years this has shifted to autobody shops being more environmentally conscious.

Now, aside from the obvious jazz of protecting our planet and natural resources, why is this important?

I’m a woman in my late twenties.  Something that I’ve noticed in the past 8-ish years is that the environment has become political.  With the upcoming election in October most political parties have goals to positively impact, sustain, or clean up the environment here on Canadian soil.  This tells me that green practices are going to be relevant (maybe enforced) sooner or later as they continue to be a focus.

This is an area that more people in my generation and age group are thinking about.  A vendor might have great products but if they are crapping on our planet then folks like me aren’t likely to give our business to them.  It’s important to not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk when it comes to anything from recycling to proper cleaning and disposal of paint materials.  Everything helps to make this planet one that will last for future generations.  This is what my age group wants to see.  Let’s face it – we’re going to be here – and our children.  We need to know that when we take our business to places like autobody shops it’s not going to negatively impact our environment.

Colorworks has green practices and they follow them.  Inform yourself when you are making choices about where to take your business.  There are lots of options out there – some have the bigger picture in mind and are looking out for the future of everyone.

Catch you next week and thanks for tuning in!

Jess

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