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Superior Auto Body Shares What To Do If You Have An Accident IN Saskatchewan

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

Auto Body Experts at Superior Auto Body Saskatoon Driving Tip.


SGI VEHICLE REPAIR ESTIMATE PROCESS

Oh no, you have been involved in a collision or auto accident in Saskatoon...now what? 

 

Getting into an auto accident is a scary experience and the moments following are stressful. Obtaining a trustworthy collision repair estimate is a necessary first step toward getting your vehicle fixed and back on the road. Once you do that you can get on with your life Superior is here to help! Monty Heiser, owner Superior AutoBody 

 

If you are an advocate for having the initial vehicle repair estimate done at a preferred auto body shop ( such as Superior Auto Body, an SGI Elite Bodyshop) to avoid any dispute, we recommend the following steps:

 

The insured or whoever was driving at the time of accident needs to call SGI first to report their claim.  See the process and follow the steps by clicking on the image below! 




 

 

Depending upon the circumstances (time of day, type of accident, type of damage), all of which are at SGI’s discretion, the insured can immediately request, while making the report, to have the appraisal done at a preferred auto body shop, whose name needs to be mentioned at the time of report e.g. Superior Auto Body.

Should the request be granted by the adjuster, SGI will email the auto body shop directly with the insured’s details and claim information.

The auto body shop will contact the insured directly to arrange a date and time to do the appraisal.

Generally, it is a better option for the insured to call SGI to make the report and request to have the estimate done at their preferred auto body. This way, they know immediately if that is an option or not. Filing an online claim leaves the insured at SGI’s discretion to determine where to book the appraisal for, which might be at one of SGI’s claim centres, most likely.



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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts Preferred Collision Explain The Costs of Respraying

What can you expect when you deal with the professionals at Preferred Collision and Glass Saskatoon? 
You can also expect Seamless quality repairs! A faster turnaround for your vehicle (on average 25% faster!!) & Assistance dealing with insurance! You'll find quality at every price point - from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. It's up to you. Preferred Collision and Glass is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Expert. 

Preferred Collision Break Down The Costs Of Re-Spraying Your Vehicle

Respraying a vehicle is a time-consuming process, with dozens of hours needed for preparation, painting and follow-up color sanding, making it very difficult for a good-quality paint job to cost less than $10,000. Obviously, there is trade-off, you can have less time spent on the respray, which will mean the process will cost less. However, there will be a noticeable difference in the quality of the finish.                                                                                                                                  

Here we look at the various costs that are involved with any respray


DISASSEMBLY
Before any work can begin, the vehicle needs to be completely disassembled. This can be done by the owner if they wish to save costs. However, we recommend that the shop should do it for continuity and parts-tracking assurance. This process can take 12-20 hours and will cost around $2,500.
 
STRIPPING
The next step is to media-blast or chemically strip the body, which will reveal the full extent of any rust or previous body repairs. This step is where the cost of the project can increase considerably, but it is essential to ensure that a quality job is done. This step will cost around $1,500-$2000. A body respray can be done without media-blasting to save on cost, however, several hours will still be spent sanding down the existing finish.
 
BODY REPAIR
Body Repair is often the biggest variable as every vehicle needs a different amount of work, but it's normally inevitable that it will need to be done to some degree on every project. Sometimes, it can be cheaper and more efficient to do a whole panel replacement than repair the existing damage. It is difficult to estimate the cost of body work before the project has started, but it can range from a few hours of work to hundreds of hours, purely depending on the state of the car once it has been stripped. 
 
PANEL ALIGNMENT
Panel alignment tends to be necessary on older vehicles, as the body panels generally need to be adjusted to achieve more even gaps and ensure the body lines have good alignment. This process could add $2,000 or more to the cost, but it isn’t always necessary on every project.
 
BLOCK SANDING
The smoother and straighter the body is, the better the finished job will look, and this comes down to block sanding. Block sanding is an extremely time-consuming process and it takes hundreds of hours to do a quality job. A reasonable 100 hours of block sanding can add $9,000 to the tally, but this doesn’t include a concours-level finish. It is very important not to skimp at this step as it will massively affect the quality of the paint job.
 
PAINTING
This part of the project actually involves less hours than others. Depending on how many layers are sprayed on, the painting process tends to involve 8-12 hours’ worth of labor, costing around $800-$1,200. However, two or three gallons of paint will be needed, so this part of the project will normally cost between £3,000-$5,000 in total, but can sometimes be more.
 
COLOR SANDING
Similar to block sanding, hundreds of hours can be spent on high levels of color sanding. Color sanding is necessary in order to achieve a greater appearance to the finish. A reasonable 40-50 hours of color sanding can add another $3,500-$4,500 to the final cost of the project, but for an even better finish more hours are needed, which will increase the cost. 
So, if you are needing a re-spray on your vehicle come visit us at Preferred Collision, and we PROMISE to do a quality job for a fair price. 


If you are in a collision, Preferred Collision and Glass will look after all your and your car’s needs, during and after, with our Customer For Life program.

Preferred Collision and Glass is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Expert. 


Trusted Saskatoon Collision Repair Pros at Superior Auto Body share information about Polymer Degradation Issues

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. 

Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them! In this latest tip they talk about polymer degradation.  

WHAT ARE POLYMER PARTS?

Polymer Degradation Issues on wing mirror

A polymer is basically a part that is made up of a string of molecular components that are similar; in other words, plastic, rubber, vinyl, and the like.  When we talk about a vehicle, polymer parts are just about anything that isn’t made out of metal. If you take a look at your vehicle, you probably see polymer parts immediately.  Many polymer parts aren’t painted, they’re made out of polymer plastic designed to be that particular colour.  The trim around the doors is often a polymer.  There’s likely polymer in the grill, around the windows, and often much of the trim all the way around the vehicle.

In essence, a large part of your vehicle is made of polymers, and those polymers are subject to degradation over time. Unfortunately, Saskatchewan weather can speed that process up!

WHAT IS POLYMER DEGRADATION?


There are two basic ways that items break down.  Most of us are familiar with biodegrading material.  That is how organic matter decomposes.  Anything from paper to food scraps, to wood that isn’t maintained will biodegrade.  But man-made items like plastic and Styrofoam break down through a process called photodegrading.  That is, when they’re exposed to light, the components start to break apart and deteriorate. Polymers used on vehicles can degrade in a few other ways as well.  Exposure to air pollution, such as car exhaust, can cause them to degrade faster.  The same goes with dirt, road grime, and other pollutants that can get onto the polymers. When they degrade, they don’t rot in the sense that we think about food and other organic matter rotting.  Instead, they become brittle.  They may crack, fade, or chip.  They’re not as flexible as they once were, and they certainly aren’t as strong as before.

That fading is especially seen in black polymers.  They turn grey and often people mistake their degradation for having leftover wax that wasn’t buffed out.  That can be the case, but most often, it’s not wax.

cleaning your car prevents polymer degradationHOW CAN YOU PREVENT POLYMER DEGRADATION?

Here is the good news! If you take care of your vehicle, you can slow the polymer degradation as it comes along.  It’s all about taking great care of your vehicle.

  • Keeping your vehicle clean of dust, dirt, tar, and grime is the first step to making sure the polymer parts don’t fall apart faster than you hope.  We recommend regular washes, and make sure you have your vehicle detailed twice every year (at very least once per year!).
  • In addition to the detailing, you will want to use a product designed to protect polymers.  Don’t grab the cheapest cleaner you can find, those will often speed up the degradation rather than prevent it.

Superior Auto Body are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts!


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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Shop Superior Auto Body Share 5 Driver Conditions Related To Accidents

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

CONSIDER THE 5 DRIVER CONDITIONS

Improving and maintaining a good attitude towards driving is a key component in enhancing the safety of our roads.

To qualify as a safe motor vehicle driver, you must not only respect the law but also understand the need for traffic regulations. All drivers must observe the laws and regulations, realizing that there may be other drivers who do not know or always obey these laws.

CONSIDER YOUR EMOTIONAL ATTITUDE

Certain conditions such as worry, anger or anxiety can upset you and distract you from driving. Safe driving demands your full attention at all times.Arguments at home, annoyance with other drivers and illness or financial problems are some of the things which can distract you from the important job of driving.

Safety demands your complete and constant attention to changing driving situations. You can’t control your vehicle if you’re not in control of yourself.

The 5 Driver conditions refers to your physical, mental and emotional fitness to drive. It is important because a driver in top physical, mental and emotional shape can adjust to all the other conditions and to the errors of other drivers as well.

WHAT MAKES A DRIVER UNFIT?

1. DISTRACTED DRIVING:

The greatest number of traffic collisions are caused by drivers not paying attention. Any driver is a potentially fatal hazard. Careful observation and visual scanning of the entire traffic scene ahead, behind and to either side must be part of your driving. Your eyes look at countless things you do not really see at all. Your mind concentrates on only a few details and excludes others. You see only the things your mind selects.

Normally, your eyes shift automatically about every two seconds as you drive – provided your attention is on the road. When you are preoccupied, however, this automatic eye shift does not occur. Only by conscious practice to force your eyes to move every two seconds, until it becomes a habit, can you avoid the serious danger of a blank stare in traffic when your mind is not on your driving. Most collisions occur near home and on familiar roads or highways that the driver fails to concentrate on seeing. A moment’s lack of attention behind the wheel – whether from poor scanning habits or common distractions such as cell phones, worry, daydreaming, impatience, tuning the radio, talking to a passenger or casually gazing at billboards and storefronts – can bring about a collision and possibly death.

Holding, viewing or manipulating a hand-held cell phone or mobile device is prohibited in Saskatchewan. Experienced drivers, who are no longer in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program, can use hands-free cellphones if they’re activated with voice commands or one-touch, and are dashboard, visor or cradle mounted.

 

2. DRINKING, DRUGS AND DRIVING:

In Canada, it is a Criminal Code offence to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

2016 facts about drinking and driving in Saskatchewan1:

  • A drinking driver is involved in four out of every 10 fatal collisions.
  • There is a drinking driver in one out of 7 collisions where someone is injured.
  • Of the 54 people killed, 35 were drivers, 10 were passengers and 9 were pedestrians.
  • Of the 54 people killed, 28 were killed on provincial highways, 14 on rural roads, six on urban streets and six on First Nations roads.
  • Those aged 25-34 are involved in the most alcohol-related collisions.

Alcohol and drugs affect everyone differently. Contributing factors for impairment include age, gender, physical condition, amount of food consumed, medication and other factors.

The brain functions first affected by alcohol or drug consumption are not only important to our ability to drive safely but are the same ones required to make rational decisions about not driving after drinking. For this reason, you must make the decision to separate drinking and drug use from driving. Make the necessary alternate transportation plans before your activities begin.

Prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal drugs affect your brain function. Some will directly affect your driving. Brain and body activity may be slowed, directly impacting a driver’s reaction time; vision may be blurred or doubled, or there may be inaccurate depth perception. Some drugs cause hallucinations, paranoia, disorientation, anxiety or over-confidence which may result in aggressive behaviours.

Many people think that driver impairment is caused exclusively by the ingestion of alcohol. However, if that person already has another drug in their system, the impairing effect on the functioning of the central nervous system (brain) is far greater than the impairing effect of the alcohol and the impairing effect of the other drugs combined; it is not a simple adding together of impairment, but rather a multiplier effect!

Do not drive while under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drugs.

The impaired driving legislation is applicable to impairment by alcohol, as well as impairment by any other drug.

For additional information on drinking, drugs and driving, please visit the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook.

3. FATIGUE:

Driving requires constant alertness. It’s tiring. Even if you’re just out driving for fun, fatigue can creep up on you before you know it. You become irritable. You make bad driving decisions. You take longer to react to changing conditions. When this happens, it’s time to take a break.

Extreme fatigue may lead to a dream state or to dozing behind the wheel. Your vehicle is not equipped with an automatic pilot control. So don’t drive when you’re dead-tired. You could end up dead.

In Canada, a driver can drive a commercial vehicle under the National Safety Code up to 13 hours a day, but it is recommended the driver not drive more than two hours without stopping for a rest. Beware of highway hypnosis – that condition of fatigue and boredom that causes your senses to become dull, your eyes to become fixed and makes you unable to react to traffic around you.

4. STRESS:

You drive not only with your head, hands and feet but with your personality as well. Don’t drive when you’re so angry or upset that you can’t concentrate on driving.

5. ILLNESS:

Being sick can put added stress on you when you are driving. Even a mild cold can cause enough discomfort on a long trip to make you tired and distracted.

Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Shop Superior Auto Body Shares Selling Your Vehicle For The Best Price

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

SELL YOUR VEHICLE FOR THE BEST PRICE!

If you are thinking about selling your vehicle, you want to get as many offers as possible and have those offers be good ones. A few simple fixes to your vehicle can drastically improve its quality, and make it more appealing to prospective buyers. Here are some tips for getting your vehicle ready to sell.

FIXING VISIBLE ISSUES

 

Sell Your Vehicle For The Best PriceThe first thing you will want to look after are any visible issues. These are going to trigger a prospective buyer the moment they look at the vehicle. If the windshield is cracked and paint chipped, for example, they might think the car hasn’t been well cared for.

Start by fixing any major issues like a cracked windshield or dented side panelling, and then move onto smaller visible issue such as worn-out tires, and cracked headlight covers.

Touching up a small scratch on your car with a little bottle of touch-up paint is pretty easy. Before you start the job, mask the surrounding area well and use even, sweeping strokes to apply the paint. (Follow the directions on the can carefully.)

The techniques used to paint the body of a vehicle can vary depending on the size of the area you’re working on and the original paint and finish. Unless you have an experienced and steady hand (and the car’s original paint hasn’t faded or changed colour since it was new), it’s almost impossible to conceal the fact that you repainted anything larger than a small area

FIXING PERFORMANCE ISSUES

Whoever buys your vehicle wants to make sure it performs well. If the acceleration is jumpy, the braking isn’t smooth. or the handling is out of whack, the buyer may look elsewhere or offer a lower price.

Make sure you have new or close to new brake pads on, replace any spark plugs that are giving you issues, and get a wheel alignment if the handling is off.

GETTING ENGINE MAINTENANCE DONE MAKE SELLING YOUR VEHICLE EASIER!

A savvy buyer is going to look under the hood. If it looks like a war-zone under there, they aren’t going to be too keen on buying.

Replace any cracked hoses or exposed wiring. If the air filter is dirty, replace it with a new one. It’s a good idea to have your fluids (oil, transmission fluid, washer fluid, coolant) at a good status as well.

If you are getting a vehicle ready to sell and need auto body work in Saskatoon, you can count on the Trusted experts at Superior.

You can read more of Superior’s tips and autobody articles by clicking right here.

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