Should I drive on a flat tire?


Having a flat tire while driving can be a pretty scary thing.  It can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and wreck.  Maintaining your tires and checking on them is an important part of your vehicle maintenance. 

Being a collision repair shop, we see what happens when tires blow out while driving.  ICC Collision wants our customers happy and safe.  Education is the best way to prevent preventable accidents.

If you have a flat tire while driving, obviously you need to slow down as safely and quickly as possible.  A lot of people would not change their own tire on the side of a busy high way, they would prefer to call a service to help.  The most important thing is get to a safe place to stop as quickly as you can.  If you continue to drive the tire will shred and pieces of the tire can flap against the wheel well and damage the vehicle.  You also risk destroying the rim and will need to replace that as well as the tire adding significantly to the overall cost.

How far can you drive on a spare tire?

Most cars have the manufactures spare tire or the “doughnut”.  Their intended use is to get you safely to a place to replace or repair your tire. Read your owner’s manual to see the exact specifications for your vehicle.  They are not recommended to use at highway speeds and usually are rated for about 70 miles.  It is really important to get the tire fixed as quickly as possible.  Remember that is your spare and you only have one. 

A flat tire doesn’t mean it has to be replace.  Depending on what caused the tire to go flat will determine if it is a replacement or a repair.  If it is a puncture it most likely can be repaired.  A tire technician can usually quickly put a plug in the hole, have it sealed and back on your vehicle in no time. 

ICC Collision Centers want all of our customers safe.  We know accidents happens but if we can help save one person from a preventable accident it is all worth it!  If you do end up in an accident, we have several locations to serve you! 

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Collision Centers – Certified vs. Non certified

Do you know the difference between factory certified body shops and non-certified body shops? The main difference is factory certified body shops are required to repair according to the auto manufacture’s standards. While insurance- based shops have agreed to repair to a specific insurer’s guidelines.
Which is better?  Depends on your perspective.  If you are an insurance company repairing a vehicle at the lowest possible cost is the primary objective.  If you are the manufacture or the owner of the vehicle you want the repairs done to specific quality and safety standards. Even though factory certified repairs don’t always mean more expensive, sometimes it can.  An example of this is genuine OEM parts may work for more reliably than cheaper after-market parts. When mechanics are factory trained they command higher wages based on their knowledge and experience, which drives up the cost of the over-all repairs.
For a body shop to become certified they must get a local dealership to sponsor them to become factory certified.  Next they have to complete specialized training as well as purchase specialized equipment.  The process can take a year or more to complete and this is just for one factory certification.  ICC Collision Centers is Audi Certified, BMW & Mini Certified, Nissan Certified and VW Certified!
If you have a warranty on your vehicle and you use a non-factory certified body shop to repair you vehicle you may void your warranty.  It’s always best to check your warranty to make sure any aftermarket parts or non-OEM parts won’t void your warranty.  Automakers cannot arbitrarily void a warranty for using aftermarket parts.  They would have to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the aftermarket parts caused the failure.   Knowledge is power and knowing your warranty is very important.
ICC Collision Centers is able to handle all of your collision and body shop needs.  
About ICC:
ICC Collision Centers, Inc provides auto collision repair services in Southern California and Arizona. It offers towing services, vehicle replacement service, and automotive collision repair services, as well as automobile damage claims support. The company also provides a wide variety of added value programs for it’s client base. ICC Collision Centers operates collision repair centers in 7 locations providing services to its customers, insurance partners and affiliated new car dealers. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.

Car Hacks That Actually Work!

Bring out your inner Macgyver and make something from nothing! Here are a few of the top car hacks to help you on your quest for greatness!
  1. Do you have a leak in your gas tank?  Use mintines as a temporary fix!
It certainly pays to have a few minties in your car, if you happen to spring a leak in your fuel tank. This is a temporary fix until you can get to your local mechanic.  Chew the mintie until it sticks to your teeth, flatten it out and apply the mintie to the leak.  Make sure you clean the area with a rag before you apply the mintie!


2. Cloudy Headlights? Clean them with toothpaste!


Yep, toothpaste, especially whitening, can clean foggy headlights! You will need to bring some elbow grease!  Apply toothpaste to the plastic lens cover with a soft cloth, rub it thoroughly all over the lens.  Rinse off completely with clean water and dry.  For more protection use furniture protection use furniture polish or car wax with UV protection.  
3.  Can’t get a registration sticker off your windshield?  Use wet newspaper to remove it!

Tired of looking at the old out dated stickers on your windshield?  Scrubbing and scraping them off never seems to work.  No worries, get some wet newspaper, wet with warm water and place over the sticker, wait 10 minutes and voila!  Gone!
4. Sick of breaking your fingers nails by putting a new key on your key ring?

staple remover to put keys on a key ring

Perfect way to use something you probably have laying on your desk at home or work!  Take a staple remover and put the teeth in between the two ring and press down!  Love it!  Save the manicures!  
5. Replace broken fan belt with pantyhose!

replace fan belt with pantyhose

If you are stranded with a broken fan belt, and happen to have pantyhose available this hack can get you to a safe location or repair center.  Not always easy with newer cars because of all of the components in the way but is totally possible to do.
These are just a few of the top car hacks to bring out your awesomeness!  If you need more than just a quick fix come see us at ICC Collision Center!

Auto Repair Stages: Post Collision

When you have an accident the police come and take statements, the tow truck comes and hauls away your car.  Now what? What happens when the auto body shop gets your car?  ICC Collision shows you the repair process, step by step.
Step One-  In the Estimate Process area the vehicle is inspected and relevant data is entered into estimate computer systems. This data is compiled into an estimate that determines the cost of repairs. However, often there is hidden damage that cannot be seen until after the vehicle is disassembled.
Step 2: Once the estimate is completed, the insurance company will review the estimate. There may be some negotiations on the price and procedures required to repair the vehicle. The insurance company will determine if the vehicle is even repairable. Once this process is completed, the vehicle begins the actual repair process.
Step 3:  In Disassembly hidden damage is often found, and inner structure repairs are determined. Many times this will require scheduling insurance re-inspection and ordering additional parts
Step 4:  The required parts for your vehicle are ordered, and availability is checked. If a part needs to be special ordered, the order will be placed as soon as possible. Although many parts may arrive very quickly, the repair process cannot begin until the shop receives all of the structural parts
Step 5:  In the Structure Repair area, the unitized body is returned back to the factory specification. A sophisticated measuring system is used to monitor all phases in this area. A computer based measurement system is used to analyze the frame of your vehicle. This system assures an accurate repair.
Step 6:  The Body Repair department replaces exterior panels and all metal finishing that may be required. The vehicle begins to come back to life as sheet metal is installed and aligned. From here the vehicle will go to the paint preparations department.
Step 7: Paint preparation is a critical step in the refinishing process of every vehicle. All panels are prepared for paint, then primed and sealed to assure good adhesion when the final top color and clear coats of paint are applied.
Step 8: Final moldings and detail pieces are put back on the vehicle in the reassembly area. All the vehicle’s systems are checked during this process. The vehicle is almost complete and ready for delivery when it is in this stage.
Step 9: During the repair process the vehicle accumulates dust from the repairs. It will be cleaned. It will also be road tested to ensure that everything is working properly. A final inspection will assure that the vehicle is restored to its’ pre-accident condition.
Step 10: Delivery is the last step in the repair process. When the customer arrives to pick up the vehicle, the bill is explained and the final paperwork is completed. The customer drives away in the vehicle that has been restored to its’ pre-accident condition.
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Bent Frame?

A car is a total loss only when the price of repairs exceeds the insurance company’s determined value of your vehicle. Nowadays, most cars are built using unibody (frame and body as one) construction. Our highly skilled technicians, with the aid of our state-of the-art     computer measuring system, can return your vehicle to its original factory specifications. If it is determined that the frame section is bent beyond repair, that section can simply be replaced.
For decades, almost all vehicles had frames that were basically two steel beams that ran the length of the vehicle. The suspension, engine and transmission were mounted to the front of the frame and body of the vehicle was set on top of it.  This type of technology is still used on full sized pickup trucks and some types of full size cars and vans.
In the early 1980’s the unibody structure became more popular. It’s basically a series of metal panels that are welded together.  This all forms a skeleton and all other panels are attached to it making it very strong.  This type of vehicle usually has a sub-frame that is bolted to the unibody and the suspension, engine and transmission are attached to it. It is normally made of thicker steel, so it has the strength to carry all of the weight and hold the suspension.  Whether it’s a full frame or a unibody, the structure of the vehicle can be damaged in an accident.  But don’t worry, it can be repaired!
When a frame or unibody needs to be straightened, the vehicle goes on a frame machine.  With chains or clamps hooked to the damaged area and it is pulled back into line.  In the old days you could heat the bent area to soften the metal and straighten the frame back into shape.  Excessive heat cannot be used on newer frames and unibodies because the molecular makeup of the high strength steel will be compromised.
Let the professionals handle your frame issues!  Call ICC Collision today!

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