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! 
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2016 Chevy Camaro

img_4455-1500x1000Monday was a big day in Lansing Michigan, the 2016 Chevy Camaro rolled off the assembly line for the first time since 1992!  After a twenty year absence Chevrolet moved the assembly of the Chevy Camaro back from Ontario Canada. Mike Green, president of the UAW said “It’s here, The American Muscle Car comes back to Lansing!”
The Camaro hasn’t even hit the dealerships yet and is already on the shortlist for the 2016 American car of the year award.  The new Camaro can hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and travel a quarter mile in just over 12 second! GM’s North American manufacturing manager says “Our goal is to the put the Mustang in our rear view mirror every day.”
The Camaro 1LT is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylider 3.6L V6 engine.  The starting price comes in at $37,295 and is available in coupe and convertible body styles.  The benefit to the new Camaro is that it’s lighter and more horsepower.  The interior has a fresh new look making this a fun vehicle to drive.
Monday the three cars that rolled off the assembly line are just the first of 100 cars produced for consumers and is expected to be available at dealerships by mid-November.  GM invested $175 million I the Lansing plant to upgrade its tooling and equipment to prepare for the production of the Camaro.  This summer GM addend 450 employees to the second shift to keep up with the production demand.  For the last few months the plant has been producing pilot Camaros for testing purposes, building the excitement for the new arrival. 
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said “For this iconic brand to be made in Michigan puts us on the map. This says we do good work and it’s a stepping point for economic development.”
ICC Collision Centers is excited for Chevrolet and for the new 2016 Camaro coming back to the US!
 If you need any body work on your vehicle we have several locations to serve you! 

To Sunroof or Not to Sunroof?

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We have all heard the old stories about leaking sunroofs, never installed correctly and always leak.  Is this true? Has the technology changed enough yet to improve the quality of non-factory installed sunroofs?  As with any modifications you do with your car you have to use a reputable body shop.  ICC stands behind their work and recommends you always know who is working on your vehicle.
What are the pros and cons of sunroofs not installed at the factory, or sunroofs in general? 
As with most things it is probably a matter of opinion, there are great stories along with bad.  As a general rule there are a few things to consider. 
-Reduces cubic space inside vehicle.  Can reduce by as much as 2-5 cubic feet. 
-Weight- can increase weight by 30-40 pounds
-Leaks are always possible with any sunroof- difference could be the warranties
-Structural integrity, although minor concern.
Pros are also a matter opinion
-Light and Air are just that.  Brightens up the interior and lets in more air.
-Slightly speeds up cooling time in high temps
Funny pros for having a sunroof is you can haul a ladder in your car,
Wireless connection is better (no joke), mountain scenery is easier to view.
If you don’t use the sunscreen it can fade your interior. 
When it comes down to it sunroofs are a personal opinion on a vehicle.  Some will never own any vehicle without one while others will never own one.  Sunroofs along with any other aftermarket modification are only as successful as the installation itself.  If you do not use a quality body shop with trained experienced technicians you will not be happy with the final product.  Do your homework, know who is working on your vehicle. 
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to installing a sunroof in your vehicle.  It comes down to your personal preference.  Just make sure when you make that decision you use a reputable body shop to do the installation.
ICC Collision Center is just the place to take your vehicle.  We have both the experience and the technicians to handle all of your body shop needs. Check us out today!   
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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:
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 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
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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 !!