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The Force of Impact Upon a Car

When one car impacts another in a motor vehicle accident many things happen at once and as a result of said impact. Besides the obvious ramification of taking the impacted vehicle or the impacting vehicle to an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop there are other impacts which happen behind the scene and under the hood as it were. For example, there are a myriad of parts which make up the car’s engine or exhaust system or fuel line all of which can be damaged by the impact depending upon the nature of the impact. Moreover, the passengers inside the vehicles can likewise be impacted by the accident both physically and emotionally.

 

Some of these impacts will not immediately manifest themselves in a noticeable manner. Furthermore, an impacted car will never quite be the same after an accident. Event the most skilled mechanic working in an auto body Salt Lake City repair shop cannot restore a car to its exact state prior to the accident. There will always be subtle and lingering impacts which remain and carry forward in time. This will always be the case when one car impacts another whether the impact occurs in Salt Lake City, Utah or Boston Massachusetts. Likewise the repair will never be perfect whether the car is repaired in a collision repair Salt Lake City shop or a collision repair shop in Boston Massachusetts.

 

This is not to say that a skilled mechanic cannot take a damaged car and return it to a state of full functionality. Rather, it must be fully acknowledged that once a car has been impacted it will never be quite the same again even if it is fully functional. One could argue that the aging process has the same impact upon a car in that a car (or any physical object for that matter) is not the same car from one moment to another given atomic decay, weathering and any other force which works decay on a material object.

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What Happens After an Accident

When one car is involved in a collision with another car several events will quickly follow. An ambulance will likely be called by a passerby with a cell phone. The police will likewise be alerted. A tow truck will be called. These professionals will descend on the scene and assess the situation. The medical professionals will assess the drivers and passengers in both vehicles to see if anyone has been seriously injured enough to warrant treatment. If so, they will be taken away to a medical center after the medical professionals have stabilized them. The police will work to get the vehicles off the road and redirect traffic if needed. They will also interview the victims and witnesses to ascertain if there was a violation of traffic regulations. The tow truck driver will make preparations to remove the vehicles and transport them to an auto body repair Salt Lake City.

 

Eventually everything will be sorted out. The injured parties will be taken away for medical treatment. The guilty parties will be charge with crimes. The entire incident will be documented. The cars will be driven away or towed off to auto body Salt Lake City repair shops. And the debris will be removed from the street. The next day it might not even be apparent that an automobile accident had occurred upon that very spot.

 

Meanwhile the cars involved in the accident will sit in a collision repair Salt Lake City shop where they will be attended to by mechanics. They will hammer out the dents, replace broken parts and repaint the cars where needed. It is interesting to note how the system is set up to make it look as if the accident never happened. All that will remain of the accident are the criminal charges, the wounds that never healed and the hidden damage that the mechanics never located.

 

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Zen and the Art of Collision Repair

A car is meant to be driven and as such it constantly exposed to a myriad of risk factors that over time accumulate and make it more and more likely that it will see the inside of an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. Simply driving a car from point A to point B increases the chances that the car will get into an accident with another car. Moreover, the more a car is driven the more wear and tear its component parts will endure over time. All these factors accumulate to the point where it simply becomes inevitable that the car will find itself in the bay of an auto body repair shop. Even deciding not to drive a car and leaving it parked in the garage can be damaging to a car. So there really is no escaping it.

Once a car owner has resigned him or herself to the fact that the car they own will some day in all likelihood spend some time in an auto body Salt Lake City repair shop her or she will notice a certain ease of spirit descend upon them. This ease of spirit arises from the acknowledgement that if an event is inevitable there is no use in worrying about it. When all of this needless worry is jettisoned from the car owner’s life once and for good he or she then becomes free to truly live life abiding fully in their true self.

Once this serene state is achieved a funny thing will happen. That being, that the car owner will suddenly realize that the collision repair shop is not really repairing the car so much as it repairs the car owner’s soul. When a car owner’s soul has been repaired then the car (which is really a metaphor for the car owner’s soul) becomes superfluous except as a mode of transportation which is all it ever was in the first place.

 

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Researching Used Cars Utah

If you are looking for used cars Salt Lake City there are many options for you to choose from. Some used car dealerships will offer used cars in relatively good shape while some used car dealerships will offer used cars in relatively not so good shape. Moreover, some used car dealerships have good reputations and some will have relatively bad reputations. This is why when you are in the market for a used car it is crucially important to preform at least some research regarding the reputation of the used car dealerships you will be visiting. Fortunately there are many avenues to perform your due diligence available on the internet.

Even performing a simple Google search using the name of the particular used car dealerships in Salt Lake City you have in mind will render a good deal of information. In addition to Google there are many other business review sites that can be used to determine if a used car dealership is reputable or not. Many people choose to use Angie’s list, the better business bureau, Bing places, Citysearch, consumer reports and Demand Force for example. Any of these websites are likely to produce a wealth of information regarding the particular used car dealership in Salt Lake City that you choose to research.

One of the most important pieces of information you should look for when you research a particular used car dealership in Salt Lake City is the customer review. The prior experiences of customers who have actually visited the used car dealership can be an invaluable source of data regarding how your experience will be when you actually visit the dealership. As such it makes tremendous sense to read these reviews in order to get a sense of the dealership prior to spending your hard earned money.

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Not So Easy Solutions in an Auto Body Shop in Salt Lake City

I run an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. The other day (which day I can’t rightly remember exactly) I ran across an intriguing repair job problem. I was working on a 2014 Honda Accord. The specific car I was working on was a bright canary yellow as I recall. The make, model and color of the car does not specifically pertain to the technical issue I ran into but it does affix the car in my memory.

This car had a damaged radiator core support that I was aiming to fix. The air conditioner itself was not the least bit damaged and happened to be fully charged at the time I assessed the situation. The problem I faced was that the air conditioner was blocking my repair access to the core support that happened to be damaged. I spent a long time trying to figure out a way to access the core support without removing the condenser. Sometimes it helps to just put the tools down, walk outside the auto body Salt Lake City shop, breathe in some fresh air and get some perspective on the problem. Usually when I take this approach I find that the answer will come to me a lot faster than it would if I remained in the garage scratching my head.

Finally the answer came to me. I walked back inside the collision repair Salt Lake City shop and approached the yellow Honda Accord. I then proceeded to recover the refrigerant from the condenser. Once it was drained, I removed the condenser. It turns out that there was no other way to do it. This was what came to me as I stood outside taking in the fresh air. Sometimes the solution to a problem is the simplest but not necessarily the most convenient one.

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The Function of the Coolant Recovery System

I work in an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City. I employ two technicians named Jimmy and Sammy respectively. Two days ago Jimmy and Sammy were working on a 1998 Honda Civic when I overheard them arguing about the function of the coolant recovery system. It seems Jimmy said that the function of the coolant recovery system is to keep excess coolant from being lost. Sammy, however, argued that the function of the coolant recovery system is to return coolant when the cooling system goes into a vacuum.

I have been in this business for a long time and have had many different technicians working for me. The one thing I have noticed as a consistent theme running through all the various combinations of technicians is that they all like to argue and they all hate to admit they are wrong. Jimmy and Sammy are no different in this respect. So I had to think very carefully as to whether I wanted to intervene on this argument of theirs. I certainly did not want to bruise either of their egos. A wounded pride could cause the relational dynamic to change for the worse in this collision repair business in Salt Lake City and that is the last thing I want. I am in the business of putting food on my table after all.

Of course I knew that both Jimmy and Sammy were correct. Keeping excess coolant from being lost and returning coolant when the cooling system goes into a vacuum are both functions of a coolant recovery system. But I also knew that I had nothing to gain by intervening in their argument. I risked having both of them angry with me. My solution, I left the auto body shop and went to lunch. I figured by the time I got back they would be having a different argument entirely.

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Young Male Driver

If you have a young male driver in your household chances are he is going to receive a few speeding tickets and get into more than a few accidents. Hopefully he will never be in need of an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City or Washington DC. But he probably will. I know this because I was once a young male driver myself.

 

When I took my driver’s license exam I did not pass my first time around. I can remember passing the written portion and feeling pretty good about that. But when I went out for my road test I accidentally ran a red light. I remember asking the instructor, “Does that mean I failed?” He did not answer my question and simply instructed me to return to the Department of Motor Vehicles parking lot. I did as instructed and felt pretty humiliated being around the other people who had passed the exam. Two weeks later I retook the exam and passed. I was extra careful and I remember the instructor once telling me that “the car’s not going to get up the hill by itself.”

 

Over the years after I got my license I was constantly being issued speeding tickets and getting into minor fender benders. My first speeding ticket was $80 which seemed like a lot of money at the time. I was a high school student in the late 1980s. I remember driving to my girlfriend’s house on a Friday night through a suburban neighborhood and not paying particularly close attention to my speed. The cop was parked on the side of the road and pulled out after me. I remember seeing his light flash in the rear view mirror and feeling a deep sense of dread in the pit of my stomach. Another time I remember driving to pick up a pizza with the radio blasting. I recall looking in the rear view mirror at the one day growth of scruff on my face. When I looked back at the road I ran right into the car in front of me. There were three old ladies inside. Luckily no one was hurt. My car’s front bumper was smashed in and had to be towed away to the collision repair shop in Salt Lake City.

 

After those two events I learned to be more cautions and pay better attention when I drove. As a result my tickets and accidents dramatically decreased in number. I suppose the take home message is to impress upon the young male driver in your household the importance of paying close attention when he is new to the road.