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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Auto Body Discuss Replacing Cracked Windshields

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. 

BENEFITS OF REPLACING YOUR CRACKED WINDSHIELD THIS FALL

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.

SAFETY

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.

VISUAL CLARITY

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.

SEAL LOSS

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.

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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Auto Body Discuss How Long the Average Collision Repair Will Take

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.

HOW LONG DOES COLLISION REPAIR TAKE?

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:

  1. The estimate will be done quicker, most likely the same day as you report to SGI.
  2. 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!

Instead of wondering how long the collision repair on your vehicle will take, contact your local auto body experts at Superior Auto Body in Saskatoon. They work on all makes and models with a lifetime warranty on all of their work and provide you with a FREE courtesy car while your vehicle is in the shop. 


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.

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Trusted Saskatoon Tire and Auto Repair & Service Winter Car Maintenance Tips

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. 


Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Specialists Phobia Auto Share Their Story!

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 why you can't supply your own parts when they come into Phobia Auto. If you are wondering why Phobia Auto answer the question in the tip below. Phobia Auto Are Trusted Saskatoon & area Auto Repair & Service Specialists. 

Phobia Origin Story

From its modest roots to becoming the community’s largest auto shop, Phobia Auto Care has grown rapidly to land squarely in the heart of the community.

Owner Steven Cusson is a frequent face at the shop, and Phobia is as local as it gets. From community events, to sponsoring local sports teams and even filling a local pond with fish good enough to catch for dinner. Phobia prides itself on being the biggest, small-town, shop you’ll find.

In 2016 Phobia Auto Care was run out of the Stevens garage in Martensville. As a business built on trust and quality work, these values grew Phobia in three short years to be the incredible shop it is today. Steven hopes to make the shop a modern pariah, something different than the typical shop you are used to visiting.  In fact, the name, Phobia Auto Care, is a nod to the fear people typically feel when dealing with the automotive industry and Steven worked hard to make his shop a step above the rest. From the moment walk into Phobia, it feels different than a typical auto shop. Smiling faces, comfy couches, non-stop movies on TV and a fresh pot of coffee are all standard fair at Phobia. Steven understands vehicle service is not something most get excited to do, but Phobia strives to make it quick, honest and even a little fun!


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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Specialists at Phobia Auto Share 8 Ways To Protect Yourself From Nightmare Mechanics

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 why you can't supply your own parts when they come into Phobia Auto. If you are wondering why Phobia Auto answer the question in the tip below. Phobia Auto Are Trusted Saskatoon & area Auto Repair & Service Specialists. 

8 ways to Protect yourself from Nightmare Mechanics

Not all shops are the built the same and not all mechanics know everything. In fact, some shops designate certain mechanics to only do ONE type of job. You can imagine this limits their knowledge and ability to diagnose a car as efficiently or properly as someone who inspects a variety of vehicles and problems daily.  

Top 8 Tips from Phobia Auto 

  1. Choose an auto repair and service shop you can trust: there are many shops around the area, it can be hard to know who you can trust and who to steer clear of. Trust is earned and you should get a good feeling on your very first visit!
  2. Avoid one trick Pony's: You wouldn’t go to the eye doctor for dental work, so don’t go to a mechanic that only specializes in mainly one type of work or one brand of vehicle. You want a mechanic that has a multitude and variety of experience working on cars. Not only does this help the work to be done RIGHT but also makes sure that if there is something else wrong with your car they will recognize it. Not all vehicles are built the same so don’t assume one size fits all.
  3. Pick a journeyman: Red seal journeymen mechanics are the top dogs of the automotive industry and they are exactly who you want working on your car. Fun Fact - Phobia has 3 on staff with over 60 years combined experience!
  4. Browse social media for photos: what types of vehicles do they work on, would you trust them with a Lamborghini? 
  5. Read reviews: Whilst reviews aren’t a perfect picture of a shop, they sure do help. Check the number of reviews before you check the rating. In many cases a high rating with a low number of reviews isn’t as good as a bit of a lower rating from a large number of reviews. 
  6. Ask questions: A great automotive shop has no problem answering your questions. If you feel unsure, ask! There are no dumb questions when it comes to mechanics.
  7. Check out the shop in person: Clean shop = clean work. NO good shop is disorganized. You can tell a lot about a shop by how clean their work bays are and how happy the staff seem.
  8. Check the parking lot: Is the shop busy and full of cars? It better be! A busy shop is a good sign that quality work is being done.



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