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    Different Types of Car Scratches

    Last updated 5 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 10 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 19 days 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.

    Diagnosing Common Suspension Problems

    Last updated 25 days ago

    When it comes to problems with your vehicle’s suspension, there are a few different components that may be at fault. Watch this video for help in diagnosing some of the common suspension problems.

    If you are having suspension problems, the first part that you may want to check is the stabilizer link. This component prevents the vehicle from rolling over, but it tends to wear out over time; this is especially true if you take your car off-roading or frequently drive over potholes. The ball joints and tie rod ends should also be inspected regularly for wear.

    Are you experiencing suspension problems? We, at Michael J’s Body Shop, are happy to provide a number of auto body services and collision repairs in the San Jose area. You can find out more about our auto body and collision repair services by stopping by calling (877) 763-5195.

    Driving Precautions that will Help You Avoid an Accident

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Some safe driving tips may seem obvious, but they are important to follow if you want to minimize your chances of a collision. At Michael J’s Body Shop, we think it’s important to remind the San Jose community of ways to stay safe and avoid visiting an auto body repair shop. Here are some of the most important driving precautions that will help you avoid an accident.

    Keep the Kids and Pets Contained

    If you transport kids, make sure they are always buckled in their seats. Letting kids roam around the cabin is not only unsafe for them in the event of a collision, but it actually increases the risk of a collision due to distractions. All it takes is an accidental bump or scream to distract the driver and cause a collision. The same is true of pets: Keep them contained for their safety and yours.

    Limit or Avoid Cell Phone Use

    There are a number of technologies that allow you to talk and text while you drive without requiring you to take your hands off of the wheel, or even your eyes off of the road. But remember that the harder you concentrate on something other than driving, the less attention you have to devote to the act of driving itself. A survey by U.S. News and World Report found that the role of cell phone distraction in collisions is underreported, and that as many as one in four crashes involves cell phone distraction.

    Change Lanes Cautiously

    Never change lanes without first checking your mirrors, blind spot sensors, or turning your head to see if there is a car you would be merging into. Cutting in front of someone, not using your signals, or changing lanes too quickly can upset other drives and even cause a collision.

    Michael J’s Body Shop is San Jose’s preferred body shop, known for offering prompt, high-quality auto body repair. For more information about the services we have offered the Bay Area for the last 26 years, visit our website. And if you have any questions about our collision repair services, call us at (877) 763-5195. 

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