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Did you know? (Vehicle Edition)

There are tons of online blog posts and articles about keeping your vehicle in tip top operating shape. (We’ve written a few ourselves.) Here are a few lesser known facts related to your vehicle.

Did you know?…

  • Washing a car at home uses five to 20 times more water than your neighbourhood car wash.
  • Texting while driving increases your chances of getting into an accident by a factor of 23
  • Almost half all vehicle crashes occur at intersections. Simply taking the time to look left and right will greatly reduce your risk of getting into an accident at an intersection.
  • The least amount of rear-end collisions on a highway happen in the centre lane.
  • Heated seats are not recommended for “wanna-be dads”. A study in Fertility and Sterility found that when healthy men sat in a temperature-controlled seat for 90 minutes, their scrotal temperature jumped as high as 99 degrees Fahrenheit, four degrees above the optimum temperature for sperm production.
  • The safest vehicle colour is white.

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

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

Gotta be Green

CW-Green

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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