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    Signs Your Car is Out of Alignment

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Driving a car that is out of alignment is hard on your wallet and the environment. It can also be dangerous. To familiarize yourself with signs that your car’s wheels are misaligned so that you can detect this common problem early and have it corrected, watch this educational video clip.

    Uneven tread wear, a vibrating steering wheel, and a car’s tendency to pull to the left or right on straight roads are all signs that a car is out of alignment. The next time you experience one or more of these signs, make an appointment at a reputable body shop near you. To arrange to have your wheels aligned or schedule any collision repairs you require, call Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose at (877) 763-5195.

    Modern Car Finishes and Body Damage Prevention

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Cars are growing safer, more attractive, and more energy efficient with each passing year. One of the more recent developments to become mainstream in the automotive industry is a damage-resistant car paint finish. Continue reading to learn how your newly manufactured car’s paint job may protect its exterior from factors that once would surely have damaged its coat and sent you to the auto body repair shop, including:

    Bird Droppings

    Bird droppings have been spoiling perfect car paint finishes since the beginning of modern automotive history. Most new cars are designed so that their paint lacquer does not react to bird droppings the way it used to, by molding around the texture of the dropping. While car owners should still thoroughly wash bird droppings from their cars as soon as they spot them, bird droppings on the hood or roof of your car are no longer the damaging force they once were.


    New clear-coat finishes are designed to absorb damage from chips and scratches that goes straight through to the paint of older cars. As long as you have a new layer of clear coat applied to your car’s paint following collision repairs, your car should be better equipped to resist minor damage from hail, gravel, and other sources of dents, chips, and scratches.

    Tree Sap

    Parking under trees for shade’s sake is popular in warm, sunny places like San Jose. One unfortunate consequence of this is that sap can spray and drip from shade trees. Once tree sap etches its way into a car’s paint job, deterioration quickly follows and auto body work becomes almost a necessity. Tree sap that is not carefully cleaned off of a car’s exterior will still lead to damage, but modern car finishes give vehicle owners more time to detect and remove tree sap before paint deterioration sets in than they once did.

    New cars are more effective at combating these common causes of exterior paint damage than their older counterparts were, but they are still susceptible to damage. If your car’s paint begins to look a bit worse for wear or you are involved in a collision and are seeking repairs from a reputable body shop in the San Jose area, call Michael J’s Body Shop at (877) 763-5195.

    Different Types of Car Scratches

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Noticing a scratch on your car can be frustrating, and it can happen in all sorts of environments. You may be the victim of a stray shopping cart or you may receive more serious damage from a negligent driver. Your car can even become scratched by the elements.

    When you leave your car in a parking lot, you can never be sure that it is totally safe. If your car is damaged by a shopping cart, a falling tree branch, or another driver opening a door into your car, you may escape with minor clear coat damage. This can be remedied relatively easily. A deeper scratch may result in your primer being visible; this is also a somewhat simple repair, but it is important to identify the exact color of your car. More destructive car scratches are those that cut through to the metal and can lead to rust. These are the most serious scratches and often require professional attention.

    Michael J’s Body Shop is the Bay Area’s one stop shop for collision repair and auto body work. If you live in the San Jose area, stop by or call (877) 763-5195 for more information about our dent and scratch removal services. You can also learn more about our auto body repair shops by visiting our website.

    Understanding How Paintless Dent Removal Works

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Paintless dent removal can be used to treat specific types of dents and scratches on your car. Although some people are able to perform this service themselves, many choose to bring their car into an auto body repair shop in order to have it done by professionals. Keep reading to learn how paintless dent removal works and the benefits of taking your vehicle to an auto body repair shop in San Jose.


    Paintless dent removal is not for every circumstance; in order to qualify for this service, your vehicle’s paint must remain intact after the collision. If your paint is cracked, chipped, or removed in any way, you will need a different kind of procedure. When you are involved in some sort of collision that causes your clear coat, primer, and paint to be pierced, your car is susceptible to rust. This is a more severe problem that cannot be addressed with paintless dent removal. Paintless dent removal is used to repair softer dents that are typically only aesthetic in nature.

    Identifying the Area

    The first step in performing paintless dent removal is to identify the location of the dent. This is more than simply pointing to the dent from the outside; you must also figure out how to access the area from the opposite side. For this reason it helps to bring your car into an auto body repair shop. Professionals will know what needs to be removed from the car in order to reach the dent from the inside so that it can be removed.

    Choosing the Right Tools

    The tools used for a paintless dent removal depend on the location of the dent and the amount of pressure necessary to remove the dent. Your auto body professional may decide to hold an additional tool on the outside of the dent while gently pushing from the inside.

    If you would like to learn more about the paintless dent removal process, call Michael J’s Body Shop at (877) 763-5195. For over 20 years we have served the San Jose area with auto body and collision repairs. For more information about our services feel free to visit our website or stop by one of our auto body repair locations in San Jose. 

    Your Auto Repair Options Following a Car Accident

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Many different factors may affect the results of a car accident. Each party’s insurance policies will be addressed, and fault may or may not be decided by a court of law. Your auto repair options may depend on who is deemed responsible for the accident. Here is how to decide your auto repair options following a car accident.

    When You Are Not at Fault

    One of the most important factors that determine your auto repair options is your insurance coverage as well as the other party’s insurance. If your car is hit by another driver and he has enough insurance, you should be covered. You can file a claim against your own comprehensive coverage if the other driver does not have enough insurance. Your comprehensive insurance can also cover damage from other accidents like damage from trees or severe weather.

    When You Are at Fault

    In the case that you are deemed responsible for a car accident, you can make a claim against your policy’s collision coverage in order to repair your car. You can also file a claim against your own collision coverage if you are the only driver involved in an accident.


    Regardless of fault, you will not be reimbursed with more money than your vehicle is worth. If your vehicle is extensively damaged, you may be compensated for the total cost of your car and have your car taken by your insurer (otherwise known as “totaled”). Insurers are also only required to make payments within policy limits; this means that your auto repair options may be limited if you are involved in a collision with someone who does not have extensive coverage.

    For more information about your auto repair options after a car accident, speak with the auto body professionals at Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose. We are the Bay Area’s home for collision and auto body repair. If you would like to learn more about our services, give us a call at (877) 763-5195 or visit our website.

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