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Post Car Repair Do’s & Don’ts

You’ve been in a car accident, but fortunately you brought your vehicle to one of the members of Your Hometown Body Shop in Michigan for the repairs. The members of Your Hometown Body Shop care greatly about getting you back on the road quickly and safely, so they’ve made the necessary repairs using state-of-the-art technology and your car looks and drives like new again.

Following a collision repair, your car needs some time to recoup after you bring it home from one of our shops. Mechanically and structurally, you will have no problems, however if your car was repainted, you’ll want to pay attention to that. Below is a list of do’s and don’ts you should follow to protect your newly repaired vehicle.


  1. Wash Your Vehicle by Hand – the new paint and finish needs a chance to dry and harden, so you should take care washing it for at least three months after a new paint job. Remember to use cool, clean water, not hot with a soft cloth or sponge.
  2. Wash Your Vehicle in the Shade – you’ll want to take care not to let the surface of your car dry out or get too hot by keeping it wet and washing it in the shade.
  3. Dry Your Car Thoroughly – water droplets that dry on the surface can be unsightly as well as permanent water marks that will damage the finish
  4. Keep Your Vehicle in the Garage – extreme heat or cold can cause weather-related damage to a newly painted vehicle.
  5. Get Your Vehicle Professionally Detailed – at least twice a year, let the professionals detail your car. You’ll want to inform them that your car was recently painted so they can take the necessary precautions and care.


  1. Wax or Polish Your Vehicle – you should wait at least three months before waxing and polishing your car so as to not damage the finish or discolor the paint.
  2. Dry Wipe your Vehicle – as tempting as it may be to take a dry cloth and wipe off the dust, you should refrain! Doing this can scratch the new paint.
  3. Go Through a Car Wash – often times, drive-through car washes use stiff brushes that can definitely scratch and damage a newly painted car.
  4. Park Under Trees or Power Lines – tree sap and bird droppings will do serious damage to your new paint job.
  5. Scrape Off Ice or Snow – a hard, plastic scraper is a sure way to damage the paint job. Try instead to use your hand or a soft brush to remove excess snow.
  6. Use Dish or Clothing Detergent – these types of soaps leave harmful residues and are too strong for your vehicle’s finish.
  7. Drive or Dirt or Gravel Roads – if you can avoid it (living or driving in rural areas can make this difficult) as these roads can make your car and its new paint job susceptible to chipping.


By following these do’s and don’ts, your car will continue to look and drive like new for many miles down the road. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call one of the members of Your Hometown Body Shop.

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Can A Bent Car Frame be Fixed After an Accident?

Collisions happen – which means there is a need for accident repairs! The members of Your Hometown Body Shop are able to service vehicles in all stages of disrepair. One of the more challenging fixes is repairing vehicle frames damaged in a collision.

Cars today are manufactured in a way that many accidents will result in some kind of damage to the core inner frame of your vehicle. This comes as a result of the high safety standards that car manufacturers must adhere to when designing and building new cars. The creation of “Crumple Zones” that are built into cars, trucks, and SUVs mean that your vehicle has design elements meant to absorb the impact of a collision.

If frame damage is diagnosed in your vehicle after a collision, you should refrain from panicking. Well trained mechanics can typically return your vehicle as close to factory specs as possible with the help of specialized framing machines that use torque and hydraulics to put your frame back into its original shape. In a case where your frame cannot be straightened out using the machines, the mechanic may suggest cutting out bent pieces and welding new metal pieces in their place.

It is important to note that although such repairs are common, welding can reduce the integrity of your metal frame. This may compromise your insurance policy; it could also compromise the safety of your vehicle. If the damage is too great, you may want to write off your car.

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New Vehicle Infotainment Systems Create Increased Distractions Behind the Wheel

New vehicle infotainment systems take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touch screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message. Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash, according to previous research. With one in three U.S. adults using infotainment systems while driving, AAA cautions that using these technologies while behind the wheel can have dangerous consequences.

AAA has conducted this new research to help automakers and system designers improve the functionality of new infotainment systems and the demand they place on drivers.

“Some in-vehicle technology can create unsafe situations for drivers on the road by increasing the time they spend with their eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “When an in-vehicle technology is not properly designed, simple tasks for drivers can become complicated and require more effort from drivers to complete.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety commissioned researchers from the University of Utah to examine the visual (eyes off road) and cognitive (mental) demand as well as the time it took drivers to complete a task using the infotainment systems in 30 new 2017 vehicles. Study participants were required to use voice command, touch screen and other interactive technologies to make a call, send a text message, tune the radio or program navigation, all while driving down the road.

Programming navigation was the most distracting task, taking an average of 40 seconds for drivers to complete. When driving at 25 mph, a driver can travel the length of four football fields during the time it could take to enter a destination in navigation—all while distracted from the important task of driving. Programming navigation while driving was available in 12 of the 30 vehicle systems tested.


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What to Look for in a Good Auto Repair Shop

So you’ve been in an accident and need to have your car repaired. Ensure you’re getting service you can trust by remembering these tips for what to ask at the shop and signs of good (and not so good) mechanics.

Be wary of scare stactics. If the auto repair shop is saying things like “I wouldn’t drive this another mile” you may want to consider getting a second opinion.

Visible certifications from AAA or ASE are signs of a reputable shop. A good mechanic will explain your repair options thoroughly and keep a clean shop.

A shop you should be wary of might ask you to sign blank authorization forms or may try to sell you unnecessary things like a transmission flush.

Meet the mechanics! You should be able to easily talk to the people who will be working on your car. This helps to develop a trusting relationship.

All the members of Your Hometown Body Shop are reputable mechanics who are dedicated to enhancing the integrity and professionalism of the collision industry.

Common Types of Accidents

Unfortunately, no matter how carefully you drive, you may experience at least one car accident in your life, and you’ll likely witness several more. While some accidents are pretty devastating, others are less extreme. There are many different types of auto accidents, however here are the 4 most common:


These are the most serious type of accident. Especially at high speeds, they can lead to serious damage to the vehicles as well as serious injury or death. They are often caused by distracted or tired drivers drifting into oncoming traffic. They may also be caused by impaired drivers or by bad weather conditions, such as wet roads.


Side-impact crashes happen when one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. Often, they happen when someone runs a red light, someone fails to yield to other traffic, or when someone makes a turn when there was not time to safely make the turn. Sometimes, these mistakes are caused by distracted, tired, or otherwise impaired drivers.


With a rear-end collision, one vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. At times, one vehicle may crash into another vehicle, pushing that vehicle into the one in front of it, causing a multi-vehicle crash. While rear-end collisions may be caused by distracted or impaired drivers, they are also often caused by weather conditions, such as wet or icy roads, as well as people slamming on their brakes when the person behind them is following too closely.


With parking lot accidents, vehicles are generally going at slow speeds, so the damage may not be as extensive. They may be caused by someone backing into another vehicle or one vehicle not yielding for another vehicle. Despite the generally slow speed, though, vehicles can be damaged, and people may suffer injuries, including cuts, bruises, and whiplash.

These are just a few of the types of accidents you may experience as a driver. If you were involved in an auto accident, contact one of the members of Your Hometown Body Shop. We will pick-up your vehicle, handle the repairs, talk to your insurance company, and even help you get a rental vehicle if needed.

Distracted Driving

In 2015 alone, 391,000 people were injured and 3,477 lives we lost due to distracted driving. Research conducted by AT&T found that nearly 4 in 10 social media users go on their social media while behind the wheel. The risk of a crash increases by 23 times if you text and drive.

If these statistics scare you, they are doing their job. None of those 391,000 injuries or 3,477 deaths would have happened if people just did not drive while distracted. Distracted driving is a huge issue that is completely avoidable, yet extremely prevalent in today’s society. We must handle the issue of distracted driving before it takes even more lives and injures even more people than it already has.

The most important question is what is distracted driving? There are three different kinds of distracted driving. Visual, when you take your eyes off the road, Manual, where you take your hands off the wheel, and cognitive, which is when you take your mind off driving. Some kinds of activities that would count as distracted driving include, going on your phone while behind the wheel, eating, even using in-vehicle navigation or radio systems.

It is not fair to your, the passengers in your car, or the other drivers on the road if you distract yourself while behind the wheel. You are not only putting yourself in danger but every single other car that is on the road as well. Do not be someone who adds to the already long list of fatalities caused by distracted driving. 1 out of every 4 car crashes that happen are due to texting while driving, a very prominent form of distracted driving.

If you find yourself guilty of distracted driving, help make a change and save lives and vow to stop distracted driving now.

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Car Seat Replacement After an Accident

If you’ve been involved in a car accident and had a child restrained in a car seat, you may need to replace the seat! In April 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced changes to the agency’s recommendations about replacing child safety seats following a crash. NHTSA explains:

“The change was made to ensure parents or caregivers continue to correctly restrain their children following a minor crash and to reduce the burden of unnecessary child safety seat replacement.”

Child safety seats should be replaced if they have been involved in a moderate or severe crash. A crash is minor — and the seat involved in it is safe for reuse — if it meets all of the following criteria:

  1. A visual inspection of the child safety seat, including inspection under any easily movable seat padding, does not reveal any cracks or deformation that might have been caused by the crash.
  2. The vehicle in which the child safety seat was installed was capable of being driven from the crash scene.
  3. The vehicle door nearest the child safety seat was undamaged.
  4. There were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants.
  5. The air bags (if any) did not deploy.

A crash that meets these criteria is much less severe than the dynamic test used in compliance tests of Child Restraint Systems. They are highly unlikely to affect future child safety seat performance, which will give parents and caregivers peace of mind that child restraints involved in minor accidents will continue to provide a high level of protection.

Most insurance carriers will reimburse you for the replacement of a new car seat if it was in an accident. However, all policies are different and, should you be involved in an accident, you should check with the insurance carrier handling the accident for more details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the members of Your Hometown Body Shop!

Spring Cleaning for Your Vehicle

Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home. Your car also needs a little extra care in the spring! Keep your car running efficiently as the warmer weather approaches by following these tips.

You’ve likely had to use a lot of fluids throughout the winter to keep your car running properly. As the weather gets nicer, it’s imperative you get the fluids checked and refill those that are low.

While Spring brings warmer weather, it also brings rain showers, which means it’s important to ensure your windshield wipers are working properly. You do not want to get stuck in a down pour with windshield wipers that don’t work! For your safety, windshield wipers should typically be replaced every six months.

Your tires are likely to contract in the cold winter months, however in the spring, they’re more likely to expand in the warmer weather. These changes mean you should check and rotate your tires to ensure you are getting an even amount of pressure on all sides.

While these tips are helpful for keeping your vehicle running properly, they also serve as safety tips. If you have any questions or are in need of a collision repair center, please feel free to reach out to one of the members of Your Hometown Body Shop!

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Towing Services

Have you been in an accident and are in need of a towing service? The members of Your Hometown Body Shop offer 24 hour towing and can help you! We will arrange to have your vehicle picked up at the scene of the accident and have it towed to one of our Collision Repair shops.

We can assist you with insurance information and negotiating the proper repair procedures. We are the experts. Our vast experiences dealing with your insurance carrier gives you piece of mind assuring pre-accident results.

The end result is to get your vehicle back to its Pre-accident condition. That means not only looking great but having the structural integrity and all safety standards that you can’t see met as well.

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