NEWS & TIPS
Car Seat Replacement After an Accident
You may not be aware of this, JK Auto Body of Webster MA wants to make sure you are familiar with some of the information related to yours and your family safety outside of the regular collision repair. Did you know that if you have been involved in a car crash and had a child restrained in a child car seat that seat may need to be replaced. 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."
NHTSA continues to advise parents and caregivers that 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.
Crashes that meet all of these criteria are much less severe than the dynamic test used in compliance tests of FMVSS 213 Child Restraint Systems", and are highly unlikely to affect future child safety seat performance. Therefore, parents and caregivers can be confident that child restraints involved in these minor crashes will continue to provide a high level of protection.
NHTSA recommend parents and caregivers check with their child seat manufacturer with regard to performance. operation, and installation of their child restraint.
Most car seat instruction booklets continue to recommend child safety seats be replaced if they have been involved in a car crash, regardless if they are in the seat or not. Look in the car seat owner's manual for your manufacturer's statement of their policy.
Most insurance carriers will reimburse you for the replacement of a new car seat if it was in a crash. Check with the insurance carrier handling the accident for more details as all policies are different.
Auto Body Repair for Classic Cars
When you buy a classic car, you will almost certainly need to have some kind of auto body work done to restore the car to its former glory. Although it can be very satisfying to restore a classic car yourself, it can be hard work, and you may not be able to get the same quality as a professional repair. JK Auto Body can help with that. In fact, we LOVE working on classic cars.
How to Protect Your Car's Interior?
Try to add up the hours you spend in your car. It's a lot, isn't it? JK Auto Body of Webster MA knows that commutes, errand runs and road trips can have you sitting in those bucket seats for hours, and during that time, you and your passengers are actually living in the interior. That means smudges on the windows, scratches on the dash and food in the seat accumulate and leave you wondering what happened to the spotless interior you swear it had when you first bought the car. We can help, just let us know.
What Happens When My Car is Totaled?
What does total loss mean? It means that the cost of repairs is more than what the vehicle is worth. We unfortunately have to deal with total losses way more than we like to. It can be a very confusing and difficult time for people, but JK Auto Body of Webster MA will do the best we can to help you through the process.
JK Auto Body: Expert Auto Body Repair Process
The most important step in the auto body repair process is choosing a high-quality advanced auto body shop that you can trust. A good auto body shop should have a good reputation and relationship with vehicle and parts vendors, ensuring auto body technician can get the exact parts he needs quickly.
Preserve Your Vehicle's Value by Keeping it Clean
Did you know that keeping your car clean will significantly help preserve its overall value? It may come as a surprise to most people, but it truly does! Simply cleaning your vehicle not only fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment, but it also protects your valuable vehicle investment. It's a task that takes very little money or effort, but has huge returns.
Prevent Rust and Corrosion on Your Vehicle
It can send a perfectly functioning car to an early grave if it's not taken care of before it spreads to the frame. It can be the reason your favorite truck is no more when it claims its vitals. But most of all, it can be prevented. It's the dreaded rust! When iron comes into contact with water and oxygen and salt during winter, it creates rust. Therefore, cars consistently facing humid or wet environments like we have here in Webster MA will experience rusting much earlier and quicker than cars kept in dryer environments. When salt is added to the mix, the rusting process is intensified. As you can imagine, this is a huge issue where we live. Ask us and we can advise how to keep your vehicle as rust proof as possible.
Top Reasons Why Customer Reviews for Our Auto Body Shop Are So Important
The team at JK Auto Body of Webster MA wants you to know that your reviews and comments about us are important. They are crucial to our business and not only help us communicate with our customers, but they are a reflection of our reputation in our community - and that is very important to us!Give us a call at (508) 213-5084 to request a quote or to learn more about our professional services for all makes and models.