Matching your car’s color after a collision

When you need body work done it’s normally due to an accident.  Color matching can end up being an issue, and after an accident you don’t want or need another issue.  We find that many time we bring our red car to a body shop after an accident and what happens?  We get the car back with 2 different shades of Red!  Now that’s a problem in our eyes.
ICC Collison Centers knows paint preparation is a critical step in the refinishing process of every vehicle. Color matching can be one of the most challenging parts of that process.  That is why we have only the best technicians and paint specialist.  We carefully prepare all panels for paint.  They are primed and sealed to assure a good adhesion when the top & clear coats of paint are applied.
The paint of today really doesn’t fade much.  The clear-coat covered with air born contaminates causing the finish to look faded and dull.
Each manufacturer has its own color pallet. Each has their own color code there are variants, meaning there is shading differences from batch to batch between paint suppliers and this is still considered to be the same color.
Determining which variant is on a vehicle is done by rubbing with an abrasive paste and then polished to remove the air-born contaminants.  It is then scanned with a color matching camera that helps narrow down the color variant.
Once the variant is found a text mix is done and confirmed if it is a match or not.  Once the match is confirmed and the panel(s) are painted the real magic begins.  This magic is called blending and even the slightest things can have an effect on color matching humidity, temperature etc.  Most of which are out of the painters control.  The final stage means the color will be gradually “blended” into the surrounding panels.  When finished the human eye is not able to see any different from the surrounding finish.
ICC Collision Centers has 4 locations to serve you.
We have the experience and technology to handle each repair with precision.  Check out our work and then give us a call!
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HQ in Santa Ana California
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Self Driving Cars: The Future of the Automotive Industry


So I’m sure you have heard all the talk about driverless cars and also heard the views of those who are against the prospect of a computer being in control of the machines we love so much.

Are we really going to trust that artificial intelligence will get us where we need to go and do it in the safest manner possible? I can tell you that we are on the verge of that prospect being reality. But have you ever stopped to consider what life with driving might be like? Imagine for a minute what your morning commute might be like if you were able to actually do work on your way to the office. Instead of fighting traffic, what if you were able to start your workday before you get to the office?   

Gone will be the days of road rage and morning collisions which only make your commute longer. Imagine sitting in your car office and getting actual work done. Sit back, relax, and let the car do the driving. Think about our cars communicating with each other and no longer will we need to give the car in front of us adequate breaking distance. Our cars will be able to run closely together in front and behind virtually eliminating traffic jams. The human element will be gone and we can let the computers do the talking. Family trips will actually be fun when the whole family can spend quality time together instead of Mom or Dad being stressed out of making the wrong turn or missing an exit. Soon we will just enter our destination, and the car will do the rest.  There is no doubt we are closer than ever to this being a reality.

In the meantime people will continue to get into car accidents, and when you do, ICC will be right there to fix the damage.

ICC Collision Centers

3131 Standard Ave

Santa Ana, California

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Repainting your Vehicle

If you like your vehicle and want to keep it, but may be a little bored of the color, then you can change the color paint!  This can give you almost a new car feel. Seems simple enough right?  Well before you run down to Maaco or Charles Scheib for the cheapest paint jobs around, consider you get what you pay for. ICC Collision Center can take care of your auto body needs as well as new paint jobs.  Changing the color of your vehicle is a big job and not an area to cut corners.   There are a few things you need to be aware of when changing your entire car color.


  1. Have to Remove Everything- To completely change the color of a vehicle everything has to come out of the vehicle. We at ICC Collision Center knows that to do this job correctly that is the only way to get a quality job done.  Seats, console and dash all come out.  Cheaper shops skip this step and this is why quality shops charge more, this is a labor intensive process.
  1. Can Be Expensive- Because it is a labor intensive job, it can be expensive to change the color of your vehicle. You want a paint job that will last you for years you need to spend the extra money and go with a quality shop like ICC Collision Centers.  Our experience and technicians ensure you are getting what you pay for!
  1. Takes a Lot of Prep Work- As with any job to do it right you must have good prep work. If you vehicle has any dents or any other imperfection we need to seal them and then smooth them out.  The clear coat and wax will all be removed, the old painted surface is scuffed up before priming which could take more than one coat.
  1. Finally – It Can Take a Long Time to Finish- Because of the time it will take for prep work, removing everything, repairing any imperfections, and the paint job itself. We know you want your baby back as soon as possible but you also want quality. 
ICC Collision Center understands the connection with your vehicle.  Looks are important and that is why you know that we will return your vehicle looking better than knew!   
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Auto Collision Repair Stages

We have discussed this before but I think it is important to go over this now and then.  You have been in an accident, hopefully everyone is ok.  The police have been called, reports have been made and you need your vehicle towed somewhere.  A million things are going through your mind, you are shook up and obviously stressed.  All you need to remember is one phone number. 888-894-4079 ICC Collision Centers have several locations so we are always close by.  Our towing service will pick up your vehicle and tow it to our shop.  What happens once your vehicle is towed away?  Here is a quick break down of the collision repair process.
Step 1: The estimate process.  The vehicle is inspected and all information is entered into the estimate computer system.  The process will determine the cost of repairs keeping in mind often there is hidden damage that isn’t uncovered until the vehicle is disassembled. 
Step 2: After the estimate is completed the insurance company will review and possibly negotiate on the price and procedures required to repair the vehicle.  The insurance company will determine if the vehicle can be repaired or will be totaled.  Once all negotiations and decisions are made the vehicle will begin the actual repair process.
Step 3: Disassembly begins.  This is where hidden damage is often found.  Visual inspections on the structure of the vehicle is made.  Often this will require scheduling a re-inspection from the insurance company if there is new damage found.  This is also when any additional parts are ordered.
Step 4: All parts are ordered.  Special orders are placed as soon as possible.  Work cannot begin until the structural parts arrive.  Those parts are ordered quickly so not to hold up the process.
Step 5: The vehicle is in the structure repair area.  The unitized body is returned to factory specification.  Using computer based measurement system is used to ensure an accurate repair.
Step 6: The vehicle is now in the body repair department.  Here all the exterior panels and all metal finishing that needs to be done.  Here you start to see your vehicle come back to life. 
Step 7: Off to paint! This is a very important step in the refinishing process.  All panels are primed and painted and sealed to ensure good adhesion when the final top color is applied. 
Step 8: Moldings and detail pieces are put back on. All systems are checked the vehicle is almost completed
Step 9: During the accident and repair process the vehicle accumulates a lot of dust.  In this step we clean the vehicle, take it for a road test to make sure everything works and handles as expected.
Step 10: The final step in the repair process. You come in to pick up your vehicle, go over the bill and the final paper work is completed.  You drive away in your vehicle that has been restored to its pre-accident condition!
ICC Collision Centers has several locations to serve you!  We are not happy until our customers are safe and happy in their vehicles.  Hopefully we can make the repair process as smooth and easy as possible.  You have been in an accident, you shouldn’t have even more stress waiting for repairs. 





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Fix My Car or Sell it? Big Decision!

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. 
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