Trusted Saskatoon Auto body Pros at Superior Auto Body in Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and Superior Auto Body has been an SGI APPROVED Saskatoon Auto body shop since SGI started the program in 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 they will also pick up your vehicle, take it to your SGI appointment for you, and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In their latest Saskatoon Autobody and Collision Repair Tips article, they discuss the benefits of replacing your cracked windshield this fall, particularly before the cold temperatures hit.
Auto glass repairs on your vehicle such as windshield replacements can provide peace of mind to drivers particularly before those cold winter months hit. Investing in quality windshield repair is crucial in ensuring the structural integrity of your vehicle, and ultimately the safety of the driver and passengers.
The windshield of your vehicle is essential for both driver and passenger safety, which is always a priority. When you have a cracked windshield, the integrity of your vehicle is compromised and can create unsafe driving conditions. When your windshield is damaged there is a higher likelihood of the glass breaking should you find yourself in a collision or a situation where an object was to come in contact with your vehicle.
In the event of a rollover, a windshield can account for up to 30 percent of roof support. Therefore, a damaged windshield can compromise the roof of your vehicle and there is a higher likelihood that the roof may cave in, impacting the safety of the driver and passengers.
Simply put, a chipped or cracked windshield impairs the driver’s ability to view the road ahead. Replacing your windshield eliminates obstructions due to cracks and chips, particularly if they are in your line of sight, and reduces the potential for accidents to occur.
DAMAGED WINDSHIELDS AND COLD WEATHER
If there are any existing damages to your windshield, extremely cold temperatures can negatively impact these damages further. Glass expands and contracts due to weather changes, as most materials do. Cold weather will cause your windshield to contract, and as a result, it will become more concave in shape. This is a stressful change for your windshield, and can result in cracks, chips, and may worsen other issues due to shifting. Many drivers find that as soon as cold temperatures hit, they find minor windshield cracks grow. That is why it is so important to replace or repair your windshield as soon as possible when you notice a crack. If you put windshield repair off for too long, a full replacement becomes your only option.
The main concern, particularly in inclement weather, is a windshield losing its seal. When glass loses its seal, chips and cracks allow air and water to enter your vehicle. During those cold days, it is especially important to keep heat in the vehicle. Replacing your windshield ensures the cold air stays out, and the hot air stays in.
Overall, it is essential to make sure your windshield damages are remedied before cold temperatures strike. Your windshield is an important part of your vehicle’s structural integrity.
Superior Auto Body installs windshields to meet all manufacturers' specifications for your safety. If you have a small crack in your vehicle’s glass – see them before it turns into a big problem. If you have a large crack and need your windshield repaired, their team can handle the full windshield replacement for you!
If you’ve been involved in a collision and are looking to restore your vehicle back to its original form, contact the team at Superior Auto Body Today.
"When we get through it's just like new".
Trusted Saskatoon Auto body Pros at Superior Auto Body in Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and they have been an SGI ACCREDITED Saskatoon Auto body shop since SGI started the program in 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. In their latest article, they discuss how long the average collision repair will take at Superior.
No two-vehicle collisions in Saskatchewan are the same, which means the repair time will be different for every vehicle that comes into the shop. The average time for collision repair varies based on a number of factors. Below are some guidelines that can help determine how long the repair should take.
GET A REPAIR ESTIMATE FROM YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
The first step to getting an estimate is to contact SGI by phone or online. You will need your driver’s license, registration, and the same information from the other party you were involved with if there is another party.
When reporting the accident to SGI you can request Superior Auto Body do the original estimate. This accomplishes two things:
- The estimate will be done quicker, most likely the same day as you report to SGI.
- The estimate will be more accurate so time is saved dealing with SGI to make additions to the estimate if they did it and it needs changes.
EVALUATE YOUR VEHICLE'S DAMAGES
Minor repairs, like replacing a bumper (with parts in stock), typically take a couple of days to complete. If your vehicle requires more intensive bodywork, it will take more time as this includes dissembling the vehicle, replacing or repairing vehicle parts, painting, reassembling and ensuring the vehicle looks just like new when you pick it up.
FACTORS THAT COULD DELAY YOUR AUTO BODY REPAIRS
During the Covid-19 pandemic, when Superior orders parts from the factory, we are not given an exact delivery date for the parts to arrive. As their estimated times are very inconsistent since they also do not know exactly when the part will arrive. A part can arrive in 3 days or it could take 10 or more days, it all depends on the demand and supply for the part at that time.
When your vehicle requires parts that we do not have in stock, we are as transparent with you as possible communicating this information with you. We provide every client with a FREE courtesy car while your vehicle is in the shop, as we understand you should never be without a vehicle of your own for any period of time.
GET COLLISION REPAIR BY SUPERIOR AUTO BODY TODAY!
If you’ve been involved in a collision and are looking to restore your vehicle back to its original form, contact the team at Superior Auto Body Today where they are a Trusted Saskatoon auto body and collision centre.
"When we get through it's just like new".
Be Safe On The Roads This Winter
Safe driving is always important, but being on
the road during winter warrants extra precautions. That's why we have written up our most important tips to stay safe in hazardous, wintery weather conditions.
1) Avoid slipping and sliding
Ensure your vehicle is ready for Canada’s changing
winter weather, by switching your all-season tires to winter ones before the
temperature drops below 7°C. Winter tires optimize the performance and safety
of winter driving. The braking distance of a winter tire could be up to two
vehicle lengths shorter than the braking distance of an all-season tire.
2) Replace Worn Tires
It’s extremely important to check your tires each
winter season because worn or bald tires can be very dangerous. Tires have tread
wear indicator bars moulded into them. A solid bar of rubber across the width of
the tread means it’s time to replace the tire.
3) Make Sure Your Tires Are Correctly Inflated
For every 5°C drop in temperature, tires lose
one pound of air pressure. To ensure optimum fuel efficiency and prevent
irregular or premature wear, tire inflation should be checked monthly. Several tire manufacturers recommend that tire pressure should be higher in the winter, so check to see whether your tire pressure should be adjusted accordingly.
4) Fill Your Trunk With A Winter Survival Kit
Winter weather can be very unpredictable, so make sure you have a winter survival kit in your trunk in case you get stuck in bad conditions. Every car should have a scraper for the windshield, a small shovel, candles, and warm clothing such as a winter jacket, gloves and a hat. Also, make sure you bring a cell phone with you on every trip in case you need to call for help.
5) Defrost Your Vehicle Properly
Although it takes you a few extra minutes, make sure to properly clean your windows and remove any excess snow from the top of your vehicle. Ice and snow that is left on your vehicle can obstruct your view, causing potentially dangerous situations.
6) Top Up Your Fluids
Wintery road conditions can cause your windshield to get dirty quickly, so make sure your windshield washer fluid is filled up. Also, ensure your gas tank is at least half full, as on very cold days the condensation in the tank can freeze and cause problems.
7) Buckle Up & Adjust To Driving Conditions
Make sure you are always buckled up and adjust your driving to what the conditions are like. You will put yourself and others at risk if you do not change your driving style to suit the wintery conditions.
The Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Experts at Phobia Auto are based in Martensville and they are a Trusted source for honest advice and qualified auto service and repairs. People ask all the time how the price of an auto repair is determined, usually phrased something like, "Why does my car repair cost so much?" This is a question worth asking, especially if you've been given a repair quote that runs into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Steve at Phobia answers the question in this auto tip!
Why Can Shop Rates Be So Expensive?
Today’s vehicles are not what they used to be. The average vehicle today had dozens of modules and computers. Training on these takes countless hours and often cost a lot of money. In training, technicians learn about manufacture specific software, and the diagnostic tree for that specific vehicle. Because no two vehicles are the same (rolls such as storage, temperature, road type, driving style, towing etc play a huge roll in wear and tear on a vehicle) Diagnostics on a particular item can be difficult without the proper training. Because every year manufacturers are trying to make vehicles more reliable, safe and efficient, the evolution of vehicles is changing rapidly. It’s important to keep the latest software and training up to date.
A shop that specializes in a particular area usually charges higher labour rates for their service than a general service shop. While a specialist may charge more, this type of shop can often wind up being cheaper in the long run. A specialist is more likely to diagnose and repair a problem in a laser-like fashion, fixing the vehicle in less time and using fewer new parts. Shops unfamiliar with a type of problem can end up muddling around, wasting the customer's money on unnecessary parts and long hours of labour just trying to find a solution.
Many people can feel intimidated walking into an auto repair shop. Steve and his team at Phobia Auto have a reputation of being respectful and honest and they pride themselves on setting people at ease from the minute they walk through the door of their shop in Martensville. Who doesn’t want peace of mind when it comes to their vehicle? Phobia Auto in Martinsville is a Trusted Saskatoon & area Auto Repair Shop & they are Trusted Saskatoon Performance Vehicle Specialists. In their first tip, owner Steve shares his story.
Phobia Auto's Owner Steve Shares His Story.
Before I was a professional mechanic I’d work on my own things. That’s how I discovered and honed my passion and eventually decided to making it my profession. Like most customers, before I had training and education I would often question if I was doing it right and would sometimes take my vehicles to a repair shops to get advice. It’s a tough industry when it comea to trust and many people have a phobia about taking vehicle into the mechanic. I have been on both sides and understand the stress related to auto repair. But the fact is today a “mechanic” is actually a “technician” and most have more training than those who choose other career paths, we are experts in our trade.
Times Have Changed In The Auto Industry
A mechanics role has changed and adapted rapidly over the last decade. Today’s vehicles aren’t what they used to be. For comparison, think how much cell phones have changed in 20 years, cars have changed 10 times more.
Looking back to the 1970s, most passenger vehicles lasted no more than a few years and 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometres) at the high end. Back then, people traded vehicles every two to four years. In fact, odometers in the early ’70s registered 99,999 miles before going back to zero.
Starting in the 1980s, however, the life expectancy of vehicles began to increase. this was in part due to improved quality, better warranties, proper maintenance, competition, and other factors. By the year 2000, 33% of vehicles in Canada lasted at least 15 years, and by 2017, upwards of 54% of vehicles last for at least 15 years, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.
Today, the average life expectancy of a vehicle in Canada is 12.88 years, compared to 15.36 years in the U.S. I often hear “they don’t make them like they used to” and I couldn’t agree more. The make them more reliable, more efficient and longer lasting. A properly maintained vehicle today will last 500,000+km I can’t say the same for the 1970s. Today’s vehicles are made of lightweight materials, such as high-strength steel, magnesium alloys, aluminum alloys, carbon fibre, and polymer composites. Plus, improvements to the internal combustion engine and computerized technology have led to better fuel economy and overall performance.
Regular maintenance is another factor in vehicle shelf life. When motorists perform recommended maintenance (tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotation, etc.), their vehicles perform more efficiently and economically, and they last longer.
Why Phobia Auto?
The word phobia is to fear or have an aversion to something. My drive then and now is wanting to help change the negative feelings people have about the industry I am so passionate about. I do not believe anyone should fear or feel stressed about taking a vehicle in for repairs. I want to take the 'Phobia out of Auto Repair' by showing customers how great their experience can be. As Phobia, we have a great team and we provide exceptional customer service. Our loyal customers have learnt the there is nothing to fear here, Phobia is a name you can trust.