Resolutions

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This is a great time of year to make some changes.  An entire new paint job or just body work.  Get that car ready for spring and summer with body work and or a new paint job. Our customer service is ready to answer any questions you may have.  We will work with your insurance company (if you are filing a claim) from beginning to end. 
ICC Collision Centers has several locations to serve you!  We are always close by!  We have a detailed process for all of our collision repairs.  Since all vehicles follows the same process nothing is ever overlooked.  Here is a quick break down of our 10 step process:
  • Estimate
  • Insurance Acceptance
  • Disassembly
  • Order parts
  • Structure repair
  • Body repair
  • Paint
  • Reassembly
  • Detailing
  • Delivery
We also have a towing service so if you are in a collision you only need one number!  Call us to tow your vehicle if you are in an accident and we will tow it to our collision shop and get started right away. 
If you are making resolutions this year make one that makes sense!  Add ICC Collison Centers phone number into your phone (so you always have it handy just in case) and make an appointment to see how we can make that old car look like new! 
Happy New Year from all of us at ICC Collision Centers!  Have a safe and prosperous New Year and bring your car or truck to us and we will bring it back to life! 
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HQ in Santa Ana California
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Fix My Car or Sell it? Big Decision!

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We love our cars! Some of us even name our cars Brad! Most agree there car is more than a vehicle to get you from point A to point B. We spend a lot of time together, they can reflect who we are or become a friend of sorts.  At some point you may have to decide if you want to continue to put more money into your car or to sell. ICC Collision Center completely understands, we’re car people! Knowledge is power and there are many factors involved in this decision.  They say it is a fine line between a practical person and a penny-pincher.  So here are some factors you might want to consider when are deciding against fix or sell.
  1. Budget- Of course budget is first, our budget determines most any large decision we make in our lives. Things to consider are can you afford an expensive repairs on your current car, and whether you could afford a down payment for a new car. Also keep in mind the new car will have up-front costs such as tax title and plates (according to each state) possible higher insurance, vehicle registration and of course the monthly payment. 
  2. How much are you paying in repairs & maintenance? You should be asking how much you are spending monthly on repairs and regular maintenance. If you are paying more on repairs every month than you would a new car then that’s a simple answer.  If you pay a few hundred here and there that is not a good comparison.  A continuous repair every month then that is a good representation of a monthly payment.
  3. Market Value- You need to consider what your car is worth now as you will most likely be trading it in. If you have a high end car you know repairs are expensive so the constant repairs aren’t an option. 
  4. Peace of Mind- Sometimes this is the second most valuable behind budget. Not knowing if you can make it to work every day is stressful.  Towing bills and breakdowns are stressful on your budget.
Bottom line you have to decide what works best for you.  Safety is our concern for you so when you have your vehicle worked on at ICC Collision Center we can help you make that decision.  Giving you an honest opinion on if you should continue to put money into your vehicle or if you should part ways.  Customer satisfaction is very important to us so giving you solid advice about your vehicle is important as well. 
For more information about ICC Collision Centers, please check us out online!

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it is always good to know what vehicle on the market is estimated to go 200 k or more

Some of us love the feel and smell of a new car and never hold onto one vehicle longer than you have to. Then others form an attachment to our vehicle and want to drive it as long as possible.  Either way it is always good to know what vehicle on the market is estimated to go 200 k or more. We here at ICC Collision Center take care of your baby no matter how long you plan to keep them.   This is great information to have if you do plan to sell your vehicle down the road. 
When compiling all vehicles together the results are as follows and the percentage of those expected to reach 200 k:
  1. Ford F-250 -4.2%
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD -3.6%
  3. Chevrolet Suburban -3.6%
  4. Toyota 4Runner 3.5%
  5. Ford Expedition 3.0%
  6. GMC Sierra 2500HD 2.7%
  7. Chevrolet Tahoe 2.1%
  8. GMC Yukon XL 1.9%
  9. Toyota Sequoia 1.7%
  10. GMC Sierra 1500 1.6%
  11. GMC Yukon 1.6%
  12. Honda Accord 1.6%
  13. Dodge Durango 1.5%
  14. Subaru Legacy 1.5%
  15. Toyota Tacoma 1.5%
  16. Toyota Avalon 1.5%
  17. Ford Explorer 1.4%
  18. Ford F-150 1.4%
  19. Lincoln Navigator 1.4%
  20. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 1.4%
The list of make and models seriously changes when all trucks & SUV’s are excluded.  Here is the top ten list of cars only.
  1. Honda Accord 1.6%
  2. Subaru Legacy 1.5%
  3. Toyota Avalon 1.5%
  4. Honda Odyssey 1.2%
  5. Nissan Maxima 1.1%
  6. Toyota Camry 1.1%
  7. Ford Taurus 1.0%
  8. Honda Civic 1.0%
  9. Acura TL 1.0%
  10. Subaru Outback 0.8%
The landscape is much different in the car market!  People are pretty loyal to their make of vehicles, Ford lovers love for Chevy love Chevy and so on. This will never settle those disputes, but it does provide information for the car buyer.  Knowing how reliable your vehicle is, how it is repaired is important. Quality service and all of its service reports is provided by reputable body shops like ICC Collision Centers.  With six locations to serve you we are always close by!
ICC Collision Centers Locations:
map pointer  ICC Corporate Office, California
 Santa Monica, California
and Check out our newest location:
ICC Collision Centers Torrance California
4306 190th St | Torrance, CA 90504
Open today 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
 icccollision.com | (424) 327-6400

The top 6 most Rare automobiles

We all can appreciate a beautiful car.  Some cars have been able to stand the test of time and become favored classics.  Then there is the ultimate level of rarest of all cars, those few cars who made a huge impression.  These cars are the ones only the wealthiest of car collectors can afford.  Here are six of the rarest cars, and their large price tags!

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We start with number 6-
The 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible
This beauty lands on the rare list mostly because there were only two cars per model built.  This car can bring up to $250,000 in a current auction.
Number 5-
1969 ZL1 Camaro
This car is very popular with the drag racing fans and drivers alike.  This Camaro looks mean and masculine and can bring as much as one million dollars! 
Number 4-
1954 Oldsmobile F-88
This General Motors designed car was a huge change from a typical GM car.  The F-88 featured a 250 HP V8 Rocket engine. Only four of these were built and the surviving one brought $3.5 million!  Wow! That is a true one of a kind for sure! 
Number 3-
1938 Phantom Corsair
This unique style is hard to compete with.  The Phantom has a look of mystery and elusiveness.  Considered a revolutionary design and engineering marvel of the time in 1938.  The Corsair was actually blessed to resemble the iconic “Batmobile” with its futuristic design. Featuring electronically operated doors, altimeter and a beverage cabinet at its rear.  Only one Phantom Corsair was ever built and never entered productions.  If this car ever sees the auction stand it could easily shatter the ten million dollar mark.
Number 2-
1961 Ferrari 250GT Spyder
Once driven by actor James Coburn the Spyder is the cream of the crop! Sold at auction for $10.9 million in 2008!  This was by far the most expensive car of all time.  This beauty is very similar to the Jaguar featured in the James Bond movies.  Unquestionably one of the best looking cars ever built and only 36 were ever made
Number one-
1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe

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Only six of these were ever made making it one of the rarest in the world.  Powered by a 12.7 liter aircraft engine and was sold for $9.7 million in 1987.  In today’s market it is estimated to bring $19 million making this the most expensive and rarest car in the world.
What an amazing collection of beautiful rare cars!  Not something one sees every day! 

Leasing vs Buying a New Car

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Most of us can’t just pay cash for a new car, so financing is a major consideration.  Another option is leasing a new car.  Although the decision is a very personal one we will break down the pros and cons of buying vs leasing a new car.
Leasing a car, the benefits
Leasing is very similar to financing in many way but there are some key differences.  By leasing you may be able to get more bang for your buck.  The reason for this is because financing a car is based on the full price of the new car while leasing is based on a percentage of the car’s price.  An example of this is if you are looking at a $30,000 car you would finance the entire $30,000.  Payments would be based on the entire $30,000. With a leased vehicle you only pay the difference between the car’s price and what it is expected to be valued at the end of the lease. This is the car’s residual value.  What this means to you is if he residual value is 55 percent after three years that means the $30,000 car would now be worth $16,500 at the end of the lease.  You would make lease payments on the remaining $13,500 and not the full $30,000!
The Drawbacks of Leasing a Car
There are of course drawbacks to leasing.  Leasing contracts limits the number of miles you can drive.  Typically restrictions are 9,000, 12,000 and 15,000 a year. So it is important to determine your driving needs prior to committing to a lease. Overage charges can be very expensive so it is important to calculate accurately!
Leased vehicles are not able to be altered.  You can make minor changes that can be reversed but for the most part that is not an option.
Benefits of Buying a Car
If you like to have your vehicle for a long period of time leasing is not for you. When you buy you own the car when the loan is paid off. When the car is paid off you own it completely and all the equity in the vehicle is yours.  One of the biggest benefits is there are no millage restrictions.  If you drive a lot buying is probably a better fit for you. 
Drawbacks of Buying a Car
When buying a car it’s a crap shoot with the resale value.  It’s hard to determine what the vehicle will be worth when you are ready to trade in or sell. Another drawback is down payment of the purchase of a new vehicle as well as the monthly payment.  Purchasing the vehicle is based on full value of the car so payments will be higher with a higher down payment.
As you can see there are a lot of variables when considering leased vs buying a car.  Do your homework, know your driving habits and understand what is required of both leasing and purchasing a car.  Knowledge is power so educate yourself to make the best decision for you!
ICC Collision Centers hopes everyone has a safe and worry free Weekend !!