Collision Repair Q & A

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We understand there are a lot of questions when you are having collision repairs done.  So ICC Collision Centers would like to take a little time and answer a few questions you may have.
Here are a few of the common questions our customers ask:
  • If my vehicles frame is damaged is it a total loss?
    No! A vehicle is only a total loss when the cost of repairs exceeds the insurance company’s determined values.
  • Today most vehicles are built using unibody construction.
    Will all parts be ordered before I drop off my car?
  • Yes! We normally order all parts needed for your vehicle when we write the estimate and schedule your vehicle for drop-off a couple days later.
  • If your vehicle is unsafe to drive then we would help you arrange for a rental car as soon as possible. This help provide a quicker turnaround time.
    What about matching my paint color?
  • Absolutely! We’ve made a major investment in the best paint system available and are constantly upgrading its technology and equipment to ensure every paint job matches.
  • We take pride in our ability to match factory finishes.
    Can I get other service word done while it’s in the body shop?
  • Just let your advisor know what work you want done so he/she can make the necessary arrangements.
    Can I get a ride home when I drop off my car?
  • Yes we would be happy to provide that service to you! We want your experience to be a positive one.  We work hard to make sure that happens!
    Can you help me get a rental car?
  • We can help you make the necessary arrangements to get a rental car. Insurance companies only pay for a rental car if you have that option on your policy or if you are the claimant.
ICC Collision Centers always want our customers to know what to expect.  We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.  No one likes surprises, especially when it comes to collision repairs.  With several locations to serve you we are always close by.
If you find yourself in need of a collision repair shop call ICC Collision Centers.  We will answer all your questions and help you through every step of the collision repair process.  Call us today for an estimate.
ICC COLLISION CENTERS
3131 South Standard Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 444-0300 | icccollision.com

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Before the Auto Accident

If you have ever had an accident you know how hard it is to think.  First you make sure you and your passengers (if any) are okay.  Then you check to see if the other driver is okay.  Sometimes there is traffic buzzing around you and this adds to the confusion. Emotions are running high and it is just hard to gather your thoughts.  At this moment you don’t need to add to your stress by trying to figure out who to call to tow your vehicle or where to have it towed to!  Just like we have our insurance and registration in our vehicles we should always carry information about our body shop.  ICC Collision has several locations to serve you so we are always close by.  With our number in your vehicle you only have to call one number for towing and our guys bring your vehicle right to us!  
During the holidays we are in our vehicles a lot more.  With more traffic it means more chances of an accident. 
Before you hit the road make sure you vehicle is ready for the trip.  General maintenance on your vehicle will keep you on top of how it’s running.  It’s always a good idea to have your car looked over by your mechanic prior to a long road trip. 
Check your tires.  If you are due to get a set its best to do it prior to the big trip.  The most common break downs are flat tires.  Be prepared.  Have a spare and the proper equipment. If you do not know how to change a tire (and are physically able to change a tire) you should learn. 
Check your windshield wipers and fluid.  You never know what will get thrown up on the windshield while driving down the highway.  Having good wipers and plenty of fluid can be a lifesaver if your visibility is reduced. 
Before you go on a trip make sure you have your insurance information, registration and ICC Collision Centers phone number 855-348-1309!  We will tow your vehicle and help you work with the insurance company.  From start to finish, ICC COLLISION CENTERS has you covered!   
ICC COLLISION CENTERS
3131 South Standard Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 444-0300 | icccollision.com

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Fun, Historical Car Facts

Men have been in love with cars since their invention. Love stories have included some of the most amazing cars a person can imagine.  Our cars are part of us and can reflect who we are, or at least who we think we are.   ICC Collision Centers knows the love of cars.  We have the passion for that beautiful ride as well.  Here are some interesting car facts showing how cars have impacted our lives for many years. 
*Adolf Hitler asked Ferdinand Porsche to make a Volkswagen, which literally means ‘People’s Car’ in German.  This car went on to be the Volkswagen Beetle.  It has been said that this drawing is actually Hitler’s own sketch of what he wanted the car to look like.

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** The most expensive car ever sold at public auction was a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 race car.  This beauty sold for a staggering $30 million at Bonhams in July 2013.  The record had been held by the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype which sold for $16.4 million. 
*** When Henry Ford was a young man he use to repair watches for his family and friends using tools he had made himself.  He used a corset stay as tweezers and a filed shingle nail as a screwdriver.
****In 1961 55% of the cars in the world, yes the WORLD, were Model T Fords!  This is still an unbroken record 99 years later!
***** The British luxury car marque Aston Martin’s name came from one of its founders Lionel Martin who use to race at Aston Hills near Aston Clinton.
****** Volkswagen names many of its cars after wind.  Example- Golf –Gulf Stream, Polo – Polar winds, Jetta – Jet Stream and Passat- A German word for trade wind.
******* Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley owned a BMW, not for prestige but because of the initials for Bob Marley & the Wailers. J
ICC Collision knows your vehicle is important to you.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a BMW, Ford, Chevy or Aston Martin it’s your pride and joy!  We ensure your vehicle is repaired to pre-accident condition or restored to its original beauty.   With several locations to serve you, we are always close by! 

I wrecked my car, now what?

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No one ever plans on having an accident, but every day thousands of car accidents happen.  The most important thing is no one is injured, but what about your vehicle?  What is the next step to getting your vehicle back on the road?  ICC Collision Center will guide you, step by step, through the repair process.
The first step in the repair process is the estimate.  In this process the vehicle is inspected and relevant data is entered into the estimate computer system.  All of this data is compiled that will determine the cost of repairs.  There are times when there is hidden damage that can’t be seen until the vehicle is disassembled.
Second step is where the insurance company reviews the estimate.  There could be some negotiations on the price and procedures required to complete the repairs.  The insurance company will determine if the vehicle is even repairable.  Once this is completed the actual repair process can begin.
Step three is where disassembly happens and this is where hidden damage is found.  If additional damage is found there will need to be an insurance re-inspection and ordering additional parts.
Step four, parts are ordered and availability is checked.  If a part needs to be specially ordered the order will be places as soon as possible.  The repair process cannot begin until all structural parts are received.
Step five– In the structure repair area, the unitized body is returned back to the factory specification.  ICC Collision center uses a sophisticated measuring system in all phases in this area.  A computer based measurement system is used to analyze the frame, this assures an accurate repair.
Step 6– All exterior panels and all metal finishing is performed.  This is where your vehicle begins to come back to life and from here your vehicle will go to the paint prep department.
Step 7 is paint preparation.  This is a critical step in the refinishing process.  All panels are prepared for paint, primed and sealed to assure good adhesion when the final top color and clear coats are applied.-
Step 8 Final moldings and detail pieces are put back on your vehicle.  All systems are checked during this process.  Your vehicle is almost complete and ready for delivery!
Step nine– During the repair process your vehicle gets dusty.  It will be cleaned, road tested to ensure that everything is working properly.  Then a final inspection will ensure your vehicle is restored to its pre-accident condition.
Step 10– Delivery!  This is where you are reunited with your vehicle, the bill is explained and the final paperwork is completed.  You drive away in your vehicle that is now restored to its pre-accident condition!
ICC Collision Center knows having an accident can be very traumatic!  With experience and knowledge of auto body repairs we get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Ten Crazy Car facts!

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Do you love random facts about cars?  Well here are 10 fun facts about cars you might enjoy!
  1. Enzo Ferrari was quoted as saying to a man, “You may be able to drive a tractor, but you never will be able to handle a Ferrari properly.”  The man was very upset and vowed to create the perfect car.  His name was Ferruccio Lamborghini!
  2. The existence of the car was predicted in the 1200’s but a Franciscan friar monk named Roger Bacon.
  3. The BMW M5 is so quiet the company plays fake engine noises through the speakers to “remind” the driver of their car’s performance.
  4. One of the first flying cars was a Ford Pinto.  It’s inventor was killed when the wings came off mid flight.
  5. If you were driving a Ford Model T through steep hills, your car would just stop working.  The model relied on gravity to feed the carburetor so driving up a steep hill fuel is unable to reach the carburetor, so you just stop! So how did they drive the Ford Model T up steep hills?  They would climb the hills in reverse.  
  6. President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an Amphibious car called the Amphicar.  He use to scare his guests by driving them into the lake screaming about brake failure.
  7. Nissan invented an artificial butt to test car seats.
  8. At one time it was against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland.
  9. The dashboard was originally a piece of wood attached to the front of a horse-drawn carriage.  This board would prevent mud from splattering the driver as the horse galloped.
  10. Believe it or not, 19 people can be crammed into a smart car!
There you have it, 10 fun car facts that you probably didn’t know!
ICC Collision Centers has several locations to serve you!  Give us a call at 888-894-4079