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    What to Expect from Auto Body Repairs

    Last updated 22 days ago

    There are hundreds of auto body shops in San Jose, which means you’re never far from getting your car put back together following an accident. If you’ve never had to visit a collision repair facility, you might not know what to expect from the auto body repair process. To help ease your nerves and put your mind at ease, here’s a quick look at what you can expect.

    Repair Estimate

    When you first bring your vehicle in for repairs, or after it’s dropped off by a tow truck, the car will be inspected by an auto body repair professional. He or she will provide you with an estimate of the cost of repairs, though additional damage (and repair costs) may be uncovered once the vehicle is disassembled.

    Insurance Approval

    Once the estimate is completed, your insurance company will review the estimate to determine whether your vehicle is a total loss. Choosing Michael J’s Body Shop eliminates much of the hassle that comes with filing a collision insurance claim, as we handle most of the paperwork and insurance company communications on your behalf.

    Disassembly and Repair

    Depending on where the damage is located, some disassembly may be required. If inner structure damage is uncovered, it may require scheduling an insurance re-inspection and ordering additional parts. Once the full extent of the damage is known, structure and body repair professionals get to work putting your car back together and in pre-accident condition.

    Paint and Detailing

    Paint and detailing are critical components in the refinishing process. At Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose, our color-matching specialists can precisely match any paint color, guaranteeing that your auto body repairs are virtually invisible to the naked eye. We’ll also provide in-depth interior and exterior cleaning and detailing before returning your car.

    For the best auto body repairs in San Jose, come to Michael J’s. If you have questions or would like additional information about the collision repair process, contact us online or call us at (877) 763-5195. 

    Knowing When Your Car Needs Realignment

    Last updated 1 month ago

    One of the easiest ways to know when your car needs an alignment is to look at the tires. Uneven tire wear is a prime indicator that your vehicle is out of alignment. Drifting or pulling to one side is another indication that your car needs realignment. Steering wheel vibrations may also be caused when your car is out of alignment.

    Besides the obvious auto body damage, car accidents can often cause issues with vehicle alignment. If you’ve been involved in an accident and notice signs that your car is misaligned, come to Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose. Our collision repair experts know what it takes to deliver a smooth ride, and we can have your car re-aligned in no time. Call us today at (877) 763-5195 to find the body shop nearest you. 

    Statistics on Car Dent Causes

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Dented cars are about as common as stained clothes. Still, car owners who accidentally dent their cars are often shy about owning up to it and many car owners leave dents unrepaired for far longer than they should. If you have recently dented your car and are wondering how common it is and what you should do about it, we have got some information that can help you feel better and do what is best for your car.

    Just to be clear, we are not insinuating that you are responsible for that ding in your car. Statistics suggest that at least half of all car dents are not the fault of the owners driving their cars. At least a third of all car dents, however, are the result of a car owner accidentally pulling too far into a parking spot or opening their car doors into high curbs, cars parked next to them, or and other obstructions.

    Regardless of how your car was dented, you should arrange to have that dent repaired sooner rather than later. To have your car looking as good as new again, bring it to one of two convenient San Jose Michael J’s Body Shop locations. To speak with a knowledgeable member of our team about our dent and collision repair services, call (877) 763-5195.

    Preparing a Successful Car Insurance Claim

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When it comes to filing a car insurance claim, the most important thing to remember is that the more details you provide, the better your chances of winning the claim. Before you contact your insurance company, gather as much documentation as possible to show the adjuster the extent of the damage to your car. This includes police reports, date-stamped pictures, and a detailed estimate from an auto body repair professional. Watch this video for more tips on preparing a successful car insurance claim.

    Michael J’s Body Shop has been working directly with San Jose collision insurance companies for more than 20 years, which is why so many collision insurance providers in the Bay Area recommend us to their customers. We’ll also help with your car insurance claim. Call us today at (408) 279-2070 to learn more about our auto body repair services. 

    Statistics on Car Dent Causes

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Dented cars are about as common as stained clothes. Still, car owners who accidentally dent their cars are often shy about owning up to it and many car owners leave dents unrepaired for far longer than they should. If you have recently dented your car and are wondering how common it is and what you should do about it, we have got some information that can help you feel better and do what is best for your car.

    Just to be clear, we are not insinuating that you are responsible for that ding in your car. Statistics suggest that at least half of all car dents are not the fault of the owners driving their cars. At least a third of all car dents, however, are the result of a car owner accidentally pulling too far into a parking spot or opening their car doors into high curbs, cars parked next to them, or and other obstructions.

    Regardless of how your car was dented, you should arrange to have that dent repaired sooner rather than later. To have your car looking as good as new again, bring it to one of two convenient San Jose Michael J’s Body Shop locations. To speak with a knowledgeable member of our team about our dent and collision repair services, call (408) 279-2070.

Free Pre-Purchase Inspection

Before you buy a pre-owned car, bring it to Michael J's Body shop for a complimentary collision inspection. We might find things your Carfax report missed! $125 value.



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