Last updated 3 days ago
Your vehicle’s resale value largely depends on how well the interior, exterior, and powertrain have been taken care of. Thankfully, you can retain your vehicle’s value if you maintain your vehicle and promptly repair any auto body damage. Read the following article for more tips on how to retain your vehicle’s resale value.
Keep it Clean
In addition to washing your car, you should wax your car’s paint once per month to protect your paint and give it a glossy, new appearance. Vacuum your car’s upholstery and carpet once per week, and pass a damp cloth over the seats and the dashboard to absorb debris and oils that will wear out the interior overtime.
Repair Minor Damages
If your car is dinged by a shopping cart or receives a dent from a foul ball, go to your local auto body repair shop to have it fixed. You should not attempt to sell your car if it has dents in it, so you might as well repair dents and dings as they occur, rather than riding around in a dented car and fixing it right before you sell it.
Seek Collision Repairs at a Respectable Collision Repair Shop
If you are ever in a fender bender, you can retain your vehicle’s resale value by getting it repaired at a collision repair shop. Be sure to go with a collision repair shop that installs genuine parts. Unlike aftermarket parts, genuine parts have been built and tested by the manufacturer.
Keep Up With Maintenance
Maintaining your vehicle regularly is another great way to bolster the resale value. Go to a car repair shop every 3,000 to 5,000 miles for an oil change and an inspection to see if your car needs other basic maintenance services. In addition to increasing your vehicle’s value, this will also make your vehicle more reliable and efficient.
If you have been in a collision or your car has incurred minor dents or dings, call Michael J’s Body Shop at (877) 763-5195. Visit our website today to learn more about our full-service collision repair services, and contact us online if you have any specific questions for the experienced technicians in our body shop.
Last updated 11 days ago
At Michael J’s Body Shop, we pride ourselves on offering our customers the best possible service when they choose us as their auto body shop. Our technicians go above and beyond to ensure that our customer service will exceed your expectations. We offer our customers a written lifetime warranty on all of our collision repairs, extended business hours, fast and efficient service, and competitive prices. To make your experience as effortless as possible, we also offer free pick-up and rental car assistance, so you can go about your life while we are working on your car.
To learn more about why customers are raving about the fantastic service they have received from Michael J’s Body Shop, call us at (877) 763-5195. We offer two convenient locations in the Bay Area and San Jose that can take care of all of your collision repair and auto body needs. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Last updated 20 days ago
There are many reasons why a car owner may decide to switch insurance companies. Whether you are looking for a different type of service, moving out of state, or purchasing a new vehicle, finding a new insurance company can be a relatively easy process. If you are considering switching your insurance company, here is a comprehensive guide:
Decide What Type of Insurance You Need
When switching to a new insurance company, it is important to decide what type of car insurance will best meet your needs. With Liability Insurance, you will be protected in the event of an accident where you are at fault. Other types of insurance include Uninsured Motorist Coverage and Personal Injury Protection, which will cover any damages to you, your vehicle, and anyone involved in an accident with your vehicle.
Provide Sufficient Notice
Depending on your insurance company and policy, you may need to provide written notice of your cancellation. Check your policy to see if you will need to pay a cancellation fee or if you are allowed to cancel at any time. Typically, providing a written notice at least four weeks before you plan to cancel will give you enough time to pay your final bill with your previous company before you switch to your new plan.
Ensure That There is No Gap in Coverage
Every driver is required by law to be covered by car insurance. When you switch insurance companies, make sure that there will be no gap in your insurance coverage. If there is a gap in your insurance coverage, you may be labeled as a high-risk applicant. This can raise your premium and increase your overall insurance costs.
At Michael J’s Body Shop, we have direct relationships with many of the car insurance companies in the San Jose area. If your vehicle is in need of collision repair or body work, we will work with your insurance company to ensure that you have a great experience at our shop. To learn more about our collision repair services in the Bay Area, call (877) 763-5195.
Last updated 24 days ago
When you hit the road this summer, it is important to protect your car from heat and sun damage. To care for your car’s exterior this summer, polish your paint regularly and park in a covered area whenever possible. Also, make sure that your fluids, belts, and hoses are in good condition, and that your tires are properly inflated. For a closer look at how to take care of your car this summer, watch this short video clip.
This summer, trust your car care to Michael J’s Body Shop. Our expert collision repair and auto body shop will keep your car looking great during the hot summer months. To make an appointment at our Bay Area or San Jose locations, call us at (877) 763-5195 or contact us online.
Last updated 1 month ago
Summer is just around the corner, and the warm summer months provide many opportunities to hit the road inside your vehicle. While the summer offers fun and enjoyment for automobile owners, excessive heat and the sun’s rays can also cause damage to your vehicle. Here are some ways to keep your vehicle free of damage this summer:
Keep Your Vehicle out of the Sun
The exterior paint and interior surfaces of your vehicle are vulnerable to damage caused by the sun’s rays. UV rays can cause your vehicle’s paint to fade and can create premature wear and cracks on your upholstery. To prevent sun damage, you should park in the shade whenever possible. Additionally, carry a sun shield for your windshield to prevent sun damage and overheating inside your vehicle.
Dirt, dust, and debris from the road can cause damage to your vehicle’s wax and paint. To prevent damage to the exterior of your vehicle, wash your vehicle regularly with soap and warm water. After you wash, be sure to apply a coat of soft wax. Wax will keep your vehicle looking shiny and fresh, and will protect your paint from scratches and other damage.
Practice Defensive Driving
Many motorists take the summer as an opportunity to go on longer road trips. If you will be out on the road this summer, be sure to practice safe and defensive driving techniques. By driving carefully, you can prevent a collision and keep your car free of any unsightly external damage that requires repair.
For more helpful summer car care tips, contact Michael J’s Body Shop. We serve the San Jose and Bay Area with our expert collision repair services, and our friendly technicians will use state-of-the-art equipment to keep your vehicle in top condition. To make an appointment for body work or repairs at our body shop, call us at (877) 763-5195.