Returning a Lease


Hi there and welcome back to another edition of Pass Me the Star (Screwdriver) or PMS.  This week I want to talk about something that impacts many of us – returning a leased vehicle.   

This can be a bittersweet process. You’ve likely become attached to your vehicle while at the same time you’re excited about your next ride. A potential large hurdle is that you are responsible to fix any “oopsies”beyond what is considered, “normal wear and tear” before you return it. “Normal wear and tear” is different for every manufacturer.  How can you set yourself up for success?

You’re in luck!  Colorworks are lease return specialists.  They know what the manufacturers are looking for and can get your car fixed up so you won’t have to pay any pesky damage fees.  What could this mean, you ask?  What do we as leasing consumers need to be aware of?

1) Bumper damage happens very easily on today’s vehicles.  Anything from a dent to a scratch from resting a box will need to be repaired before returning it.

2) Dents and scratches are a reality of driving a car basically anywhere outside.  Every manufacturer has its own guidelines for the size and number of knicks and scratches permitted on a returned vehicle. Colorworks will find your manufacturer’s guidelines and go over it with you so you are able to make decisions on your repairs.

Colorworks are masters with repairing the above.  They are ready to guide you through a painless lease return.  Give them a call two or three months before the end of the lease so they can hook you up!  Good to Go!

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


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.


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!


No hassle repair with Fix and Fly

fix_fly_1700x490Well hi!

I hope those who have tuned in have enjoyed the first blog post of PMS, or Pass me the Star (Screwdriver).  Thanks for coming along for the ride this week!  As promised, I’ll be chatting about my experience with the Fix and Fly program with Colorworks.

Most of us have been there.  You notice a knick, dent or scratch on your car.  Maybe you’ve just come out of the grocery store and a runaway cart (or worse, someone’s car door) has made friends with your car, maybe you’re driving down the highway and a stone chip comes hurtling straight for you, maybe you’ve thought you could make that tight turn only to find out that it was in fact too tight.  Whatever the reason, crap happens to our cars.  Usually, if the damage is minor, we can live with it or think, I’ll get to that later. Unfortunately, what I’ve come to learn is that if you have some damage on your vehicle that’s broken through the paint there is something most vile that is inevitable.  This would be rust.  This filth can make what was a small surface scratch or knick into a BIG problem.  More on the curses I’ve uttered about rust later.

For me, rust was a part of my problem.  About a month ago I noticed what looked like bubbling on the roof of my car where the roof meets the windshield.  It must have been there for some time because it was definitely starting to rust.  I’m not a very tall person so seeing the roof of my little hatchback doesn’t happen all that often, and this must be why I hadn’t noticed before.  What was I supposed to do?  I knew about Colorworks but I also knew that this type of job would take a few days to complete.  I need my car to get to and from work, among all my many other needs.  There also isn’t a Colorworks shop in my city.

Then the answer came.  Bright and shiny like a star from above.  The Colorworks Fix and Fly program out of Toronto would work with my schedule for an upcoming vacation that just happened to be on the books.  HALEILUJAH!  I dropped the car off the day of my flight and I was shuttled to the airport in a courtesy vehicle.  I didn’t have to worry about paying the week long fee with a garage for leaving my car there nor did I have to worry about it at home in my driveway unattended while I was gone.  This was clearly meant to be.

When I returned from my trip I picked my car up without any hassle.  To my delight the rusting bubbles on the roof of my car had vanished and everything looked like it was brand new.  When I opened my door to slide in I noticed that my entire car had been cleaned, inside and out.  I won’t be modest and say it was in an “ok state” before leaving.  It wasn’t a mobile garbage can or anything but it certainly wasn’t something I’d pick up the Queen with.  My dash had been wiped down, the carpets vacuumed, even the smears on the back windows from my dog’s nose had been wiped clean.

The long and the short of it is this.  My experience with the Fix and Fly program with Colorworks, Toronto went way beyond expectations.  Would I use it again?  Most definitely.  Would I recommend it to everyone I know?  Already have.  Now I’m recommending it to all you fine folks who tune into PMS.  Something crappy happen to your car?  Already heading away on a flight for a few days?  Bring it to Colorworks, Toronto and take advantage of the door-to-door service with the Fix and Fly program.  You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you all for tuning in this week to PMS!  I’ll catch you next week with another look behind the scenes of a body shop.


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