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Auto Body Repair Abbreviations

Every industry has unique terminology, and the auto body repair sector is no different. As a car owner, it can be difficult to understand when an estimator starts listing acronyms you don’t understand.

To help cut through the jargon and have you ready for your next repair, we’ve compiled a list of common repair-related acronyms.

DRP

DRP stands for Direct Repair Program. If an auto body shop has been approved by an insurance company for direct repair, vehicle owners are able to go through the entire repair process in one place, from assessment to estimate to repair.

VIN

Before leaving the manufacturer, each vehicle is stamped with a 17-character identification code, called the Vehicle...

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Back to School Car Tips

Shorter days and longer nights mean that fall is coming. Soon, your easy breezy summer morning commute will be a thing of the past as kids, big and small, start trekking off to school.

As schedules get busier, though, so do the roadways, so what’s the best way to make sure that you and your car are in fine driving form and ready for the back-to-school routine? These tips will help you get the kids to morning class plus hockey, dance or band practice, too, safely and on time.

Slow ‘er down

September 1 is when lower speeds are put back into practice when driving around schools and school playgrounds. Official school zones often start before you can even see the school, so look out for those road signs to...

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10 Questions To Ask After An Accident

Having a car accident is stressful, even a minor one. Aside from the obvious concern about safety, dealing with paperwork and having your vehicle repaired just adds to your already full day-to-day to-do list.

Being prepared with questions about the best way to repair your vehicle can help your stress levels and make your ride a smooth one. Here are a few questions to ask when talking to your collision repair shop about getting you back on the road quickly.

      1. Is my car a total write-off?

Even if a vehicle’s frame is damaged, most cars can be returned to their original, fresh out-of-the-box factory specifications. Usually, only when the repairs would exceed your insurance...

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Paintless Dent Repair vs Traditional Auto Body Repair - Is PDR The Right Choice For Your Vehicle?

Darn. Someone dinged your car door in the parking lot! It’ll probably take weeks at the body shop to correct, patch, sand and repaint the whole area, right? Wrong. What if there was a better way that’s fast, easy and saves you money? Enter PDR - Paintless Dent Repair.

PDR can correct minor collision dents without all the hassle. You can have your dent fixed fast and for a reasonable rate.As long as there is no paint damage on your vehicle, PDR may be right for you. It’s perfect for the hail damage on the hood of your car. Or if your neighbor dents your side door, PDR can do the trick. It is easy to fix minor dings and even large dents. No metal exposed? You’re likely good to go.

The three main reasons to use PDR...
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Four Things You Should Know Before Scheduling Auto Body Repairs

Apart from your home, it is likely that your vehicle is one of the more expensive purchases you may make. Thus, you will want to do whatever you can to keep your automobile safe and in excellent working order. Unfortunately, there are some things in life we cannot control and eventually, you may find your vehicle in need of auto body repairs. However, with multiple body shops to choose from, it might be difficult to decide where to take your car to get it fixed. How do you choose – especially if you are not particularly knowledgeable about auto body repairs! 

With that in mind, we have come up with a short list of things to know before choosing where to have your auto body repairs completed! 

1 – You...
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Busting 3 Common Myths About Collision Repairs

An auto collision is not an experience any of us particularly wants to deal with, but unfortunately, some drivers may find themselves in this situation at some point in their lives. It is a stressful experience with lots of things to think about including arranging auto collision repairs. That’s where things might get complicated because there are so many myths and misconceptions out there regarding collision repairs. 

Let’s take a moment to bust a few of the most common myths regarding auto collision repairs. 

1 – It’s Up to Your Insurance Provider Where You Get Your Collision Repairs

Many drivers believe it is down to their insurance provider to decide which body shop will handle...

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Bring it To Boyd Autobody & Glass in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Scurfield Blvd

Boyd Autobody & Glass located at 84 Scurfield Blvd is situated in the West Fort Garry Industrial neighbourhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Boyd Autobody & Glass prides itself on being your full service auto body repair / auto glass centre. They will assist you in dealing with your insurance company, help you arrange alternate transportation, and will keep you up-to-date on the repair status of your vehicle, while it's in the repair shop. 

The Repair Shop

The facility is...

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Funny Vehicle Safety Features That We'll Never See

Our Vehicles Are Marvels of Modern Technology Over the years, vehicle safety features have evolved to provide us with an increasing amount of collision prevention and protection

From safety glass to seatbelts to air bags to crumple zones.

Although We Want Safe Vehicles, There Is A Limit

Here are some safety features you'll never see:

Glow-in-the-dark vehicle: "But officer, I didn't see the car" is a common complaint. This is solved if we all drove around in glow-in-the-dark vehicles Sumo belts: Instead of a seatbelt, drivers get into those novelty sumo wrestling suits so that, in the event of a collision, everyone bounces around harmlessly inside the vehicle Mandatory indicators: Who hasn't seen drivers turn without...
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What To Do In A Collision

When A Collision Happens, Everything Seems Distorted

For a brief moment after the grinding metal and broken glass, the world takes on a dizzying, almost unreal feeling. It's a physiological response to such a jarring event.

Actions To Take Once a Collision Has Occured

But it's these first moments after a collision that we need to act very rationally. It's difficult but here's what you need to do after a collision:

Make sure that your vehicle is safely out of harm's way and stop the vehicle. One of the most dangerous aspects of a collision is not necessarily the first collision but the potential for subsequent collisions that occur as people try to drive through a collision scene. If possible, pull your vehicle to the side of...
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Is Your Vehicle NASCAR Safe?

Every Weekend, Thousands Flock To A Race Track To View A NASCAR Race

There's the Nationwide Series or the bigger, faster, and more famous Sprint Cup Series. (There's also a truck series and a Canadian NASCAR series, too). It's a popular sport that can attract over a hundred thousand spectators to a single race. Every fan has their favorite driver and the roar of the crowd at those races is almost as loud as the roar of the engines.

In those races, the vehicles go very fast around a track, and in very close proximity. And sometimes, they collide for an explosive (and entertaining) collision that causes cars to go spinning around the track and over the grass.

But the drivers are very safe. Although there are injuries (and even the...

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