Replacing your bumper after an accident

If you’ve been in a collision and need a new bumper, there are many things to think about. The biggest consideration when choosing a bumper is the material, but the size and shape of the bumper are also important. In this blog post, we’ve put together some important things to consider when you need a new bumper. 

Bumper Materials

Plastic – most bumpers on vehicles are plastic. They are the most cost-effective option but can be difficult to fix and often times the entire bumper needs to be replaced when in a collision. 

Steel – older vehicles typically have original steel bumpers. Steel is very durable but it is very heavy and comes with the potential for rust and corrosion.

Fiberglass – this is a very common material used by a lot of newer cars these days.  It is lightweight and durable, virtually unaffected by the elements, and is easy to sand and paint, making scratches easy to fix. The biggest downside is fiberglass tends to crack rather easily, which is not the greatest quality, especially if you are prone to fender benders or backing into things.

Carbon Fiber – carbon fiber is another durable and lightweight material, commonly used in bumpers on luxury cars because it is more expensive than other types of materials.

Aluminum – another lightweight option that is safe from the elements and used on many luxury cars like Teslas. The only downside is that they may not fair well for off-roading, as they won’t win in a fight against rocky terrain. 

Testing the Bumper

At Colorworks Autobody, we test the fit and colour of the bumper before we fit it onto your car or truck to ensure it matches. While most auto body shops just slap the bumper on, we take the time to ensure that the bumper works for your vehicle before welding and painting. This ensures the bumper is best equipped for your vehicle for long-lasting quality and your car or truck is returned to you looking great.

How Important is a Car’s History?

How Important is a car’s history? You slowly and carefully back into that narrow spot in the underground parking garage. You turn your head for a split second to see who’s honking their horn and SCRAAAAAAPE! The parking garage pillar now has a perfect sample of the Iridium Silver paint you pain-stakingly spent hours choosing in the dealership. You take it to your local body shop and have it fixed. They do an amazing job and it looks like new. You can’t even tell it was ever damaged. It looks the same or even better than it did before it was damaged. So, is your car now worth less? YES.

If a dealer was doing a trade-in appraisal on 2 exact same cars, year make and model, and the only difference is your encounter with the underground garage pillar, your vehicle will be valued 10% – 30% less.

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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!


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!


Emerging from a harsh winter….

In many parts of Canada, it has been one of the worst Winters in recent memory. It’s tough on us, but it’s also less than ideal for your car’s delicate skin too!

The salt that has been sitting on the paintwork keeps the roads from being slippery, but it’s corrosive, and any chips and abrasions on the surface will quickly deteriorate and rust. Of course, all that ice and snow has done a great job at hiding any little indiscretions that may have occurred with a snow bank or worse.

The best thing you can do is keep your car as free of salt as possible, even though it may seem that it’s not worth cleaning it, as it’ll only get dirty again.

As we move towards Spring, feel free to drop into your local Colorworks Express Autobody location, we’ll rinse your car off and inspect it for free for you. If you have any issues with the paintwork, we’ll provide you with a no-obligation quotation to put it right.

After that, our advice is to give the vehicle a Spring coat of wax, which will help protect the paint from the equally damaging effects of the Sun, and re-energize the look of your pride and joy!

Get started. It’s easy, fast and cost-effective.