Winter Garage

shutterstock_59550292To many, our garage is an extension of our living space.  We use it to clean our vehicles, lawn equipment and store our outdoor toys.  Now with the seasons changing it might be time to “winterize” our garages.  Even if the weather doesn’t get frightful it is a good time to get your garage ready.  Your vehicle spends a lot of time in the garage so having things in order will make it safer and easier for you to park your baby each night.   ICC Collision knows you want to keep your ride looking like new for as long as possible.  Making sure your garage is safe from falling items seems so simple, yet many cars get dents and scratches while in the garage.
The garage door is an obvious area to be concerned with when winterizing a garage.  Check for gaps along the bottom and sides of the garage door can dramatically reduce wind, rain or snow from getting in.  If you don’t work in your garage a lot during the winter having a heating source isn’t an issue.  If you do work in your garage make sure whatever heating source you do use is in proper working order.  Carbon dioxide poisoning is a real danger in work areas such as garages.  Make sure ventilation is in working order.
Change or replace any outdoor lights that are not working properly.  Make sure you have a well-lit garage area for easy parking as well as personal safety.  With Halloween just around the corner make sure your walk ways for trick-or-treaters is well lit and safe. 
We care about not only our customers but our community as well.  ICC Collison Centers wants your vehicle to look showroom ready as much as you do.  Taking simple steps to protect your second largest investment will pay off!  Having a clean and tidy garage helps keep your vehicles safe as well.  We know accidents happen and we are there when you need those scratches and dents fixed. 
ICC Collision Centers, with 5 locations in Arizona and California, is always just a phone call or a mouse click away.
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How Cars have changed over the last 40 years.

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We get into our cars every morning as we head out to work.  We turn on the AC or the heat, use the windshield wipers to clean the windshield. We turn the key and off we go without a thought of how much has changed since the first vehicle.  Almost every luxury at our finger tips, and all we noticed is if something doesn’t work. 
Vehicles have radically changed over just the last forty years.  Many of the changes have been to keep up with emerging trends and provide more comfort than necessity.  
One of the areas of great improvement is safety.  This area has been the focus of automotive improvements since the airbag was first installed.  The Ford Motor Company introduced them in the 70’s and after that the safety features on cars are more comprehensive.  Now in many cars multiple airbags is standard.  Some boast as many as nine airbags in one vehicle.  Volvo’s introduced an airbag that deploys on the exterior of the car to protect pedestrians.  Of course airbags are not the only safety feature that has come along.  Anti-lock breaking (ABS), collision mitigation braking system have evolved also since the 70’s. 

Then integrated technology came along and is something the vast majority of drivers use today.  Everything from MP3, USB, complex entertainment systems, built in satellite navigation, traffic updates and Bluetooth to make hands free calls.  Luxury at our fingertips.  Designed to keep drivers and passengers comfortable as well as providing a smoother drive with fewer interruptions.
In tune with emerging trends our vehicles carbon footprint has become the focus.  Modern cars are much more efficient than ever before.  Of course the hybrid cars are completely focused on low emissions and minimal carbon footprint, but even traditional combustion engines are boasting higher fuel efficiency than ever before.

The last of the fundamental changes over the last forty years is sheer volume of choices. Vehicle ownership has increased worldwide at a staggering rate.  More households own at least one vehicle now more than any time in history.  This number is expected to increase every year.  Because of this, safety and environmental awareness is more important than ever. 
Make sure to keep your family as well as yourself safe at all times while on the road.  With today’s advances and technology, driving has been made easy for us.  But safety begins with Smart Driving…
Cheers.
ICC Collision Centers

Tips for packing your car

Going on a trip or moving into a dorm?  Need to fit a LOT of stuff in a small space?  Being prepared is half the battle.  First thing you should do is completely clean out your vehicle. Take out everything that is not needed on the trip and all trash.  This will save much needed space. 
What are you taking?  This is where prioritizing is very important.  Do you really need to take that oversized teddy bear or blanket?  If it’s the key to get that toddler to sleep then YES it’s important!  If not then maybe it can stay behind this time.  If you are moving then it may be of more importance to bring it.  If you know for sure you will need an item then it needs to go in the pile that has to be packed.  Prioritizing is important, so put important things in first.  Suitcases, boxes or duffel bags go in first. Breakable things or things you may need to reach on the trip goes on the top.   
Start putting the pieces together and fitting things in, rearrange if you need to but take your time and make sure you don’t leave anything out! If you have clothes on hangers, leave them on the hangers and lay them over the top of everything else.  After all you will be just hanging them right back up when you get there!  If you have something important that you will need right when you reach your location, pack it in a bag or box marked “pack this last”.  This will keep it all together and you will be able to easily get to what you need. 
Don’t forget the snacks!  Save time and money by bringing food with you!  Snacks, drinks and/ or sandwiches should be easy to get to.  When it’s time to eat pull over and stop at a rest stop or gas station.  This is not only safer for you and other on the road, but it gives you time to get out and stretch your legs.  Fresh air and moving around will give you a “second wind”.
Road trips, either for vacation or relocation should be fun and exciting!  Proper planning can make all the difference!
ICC Collision Center hopes you have a safe trip!

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Automakers With The Lowest (And Highest) Recall Rates

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Safety-related recalls are certainly the red-hot-button issue in the auto business these days, particularly with General Motors facing possible legal problems regarding 1.62 million models from 2005-2007 with faulty ignition switches and Toyota agreeing to a $1.2 billion penalty to settle a criminal probe over claims of unintended acceleration that led to a recall of over 10 million vehicles.

Raging headlines over duplicitous mismanagement at the root of worst-scenario cases like these not withstanding, recalls have become common to the point where most are rendered virtually meaningless to an automaker’s image. How common? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year the auto industry recalled close to a third more vehicles in the U.S. (22 million) than it sold (just over 15 million). Recalls were up by a whopping 25 percent during 2013, which is industry’s highest rate since 2004 when 30.8 million vehicles were involved in such campaigns. Even exotic makes like Lamborghini and Lotus aren’t immune to the occasional recall.

Toyota/Lexus/Scion led the pack for the second year in a row with nearly 5.3 million cars and trucks recalled, followed by the Chrysler Group at around 4.7 million and Honda/Acura with nearly 2.8 million models recalled. While these would seem to be staggering numbers, as NHTSA points out they’re not weighed against sales, and as such aren’t necessarily a predictor of a given model line’s inherent safety or its long-term reliability.

To that end, the statisticians at the car-search website iSeeCars.com dug deep into both recall histories and sales records from the last three decades to determine which automakers have the best – and worst – track records for recalls relative to their volume. Specifically, they looked at sales records dating back to 1980, and recalls registered since 1985, based on the assumption that most such actions occur after a given model has spent some time out on the road.

While it may come as no shock that luxury-car maker Mercedes-Benz came out atop the list of least-recalled brands, with an average 0.41 units recalled per vehicle sold, General Motors, with nearly 100 million vehicles recalled since 1985, actually placed third-best, with 0.65 cars and trucks recalled per unit sold.

Of the 15 major automakers surveyed, Hyundai Motor Company can lay claim to having the worst ratio, with 1.15 vehicles recalled for every model sold since it introduced the Excel to U.S. buyers in 1986. Other brands found to have recalled more cars than they sold in the U.S. over the last 30 years (needless to say this represents a number of cars for which multiple campaigns were initiated) include Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and Volvo; Chrysler broke even, so to speak, with a one-to-one sales-to-recall ratio. (Scroll down for the full results.)

What can car shoppers headed to dealers’ showrooms in 2014 glean from these findings? Not much, we’re afraid. As is the case with stocks and bonds, past performance is not necessarily an indication of how well or poorly a given model will fare in the future.  Read the original article on Forbes

Least and Most Expensive States to Own a Car

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According to research by Bankrate.com, states in the Midwest report the lowest overall cost of car ownership in the nation.The study compares repairs, insurance, and gasoline costs to come up with the ranking. Iowa had the lowest overall cost of ownership at $1,942 per year, followed by Ohio ($1,973), Illinois ($1,999), Idaho ($2,001), and Wisconsin ($2,018). South Dakota, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nebraska, and Oregon rounded out the top 10.Surprisingly, our home state of California didn’t rank in the bottom 10 states. That dubious distinction goes to Connecticut, Michigan, Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, and finally, Wyoming. In this last state, car owners can expect to pay $2,705 each year, with the heaviest part of that cost coming from sky-high gas prices.If just looking at repair costs from state to state, South Dakota would take the cake for the lowest prices. In terms of insurance rates, Iowa came in with the lowest. As far as gas prices go, Washington D.C. was the winner.Bankrate analyzed repair data from CarMD.com, gas data from GasBuddy.com and the Bureau of Transportation, and insurance costs from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. This list doesn’t take into account car registration rates.Source: Bankrate.com