Airbag Knowledge After a Collision

Many people are reminded of airbags every time they get into their car and see the sign on their steering wheel, doors, or dashboard. Airbags are designed to prevent severe injuries and ultimately save lives. However, they have also been proven to be dangerous, which is why it is essential to know how they operate. 

How do airbags protect drivers and passengers?

Airbags work in conjunction with seatbelts to provide supplemental protection in the event of a crash. Airbags are generally located on the front and surrounding sides of the vehicle to protect your upper body, head, or limbs from hitting the hardest part of your car when it hits impact. When the airbag deploys, drivers often describe it as feeling like “you are being kicked in the face and chest by a very strong but fluffy bunny.” While the deployment of your airbags can be unforgettable, it will protect you from breaking bones and other abrasions. 

What to do if your airbags deploy?

If you get into a collision and your airbags deploy, it is essential to follow these steps to ensure your safety.

  1. Check for injuries – Your first priority should be your injuries. Be sure to check to see if you and your passengers are safe after the airbags deploy. 
  2. Turn off your vehicle – In most cases, the engine will turn off after your airbags deploy to prevent further damage such as explosions from oil leaks. If your car does not automatically turn off, be sure to take this extra step and exit the vehicle as soon as possible. 
  3. Examine the damage – Once you have ensured everyone’s safety, it is important to assess the damage. Call the police and be sure to take pictures to document the accident for insurance purposes.
  4. Replace the airbags – Airbag replacement can be expensive; however, it is very important. There is a good chance that your vehicle is totaled if the airbags get deployed; however, if there is minor damage, it is important to get the airbags replaced for future protection. 

A car accident can be a frightening and inconvenient experience and itis important that you have assistance in all areas. If you have extensive paint damage to the body of your car, be sure to call Ric’s Body and Paint to get your vehicle looking as good as new. 
With over 40 years of experience in auto body repairs, we offer free estimates on all collision repairs and provide an itemized list of labor and parts that we will send to your insurance company with photos. Have questions or want to schedule an estimate? Contact us today!

Keeping Key Paperwork Organized In Case of A Collision

The moment after an auto collision can be a disorienting and confusing experience. The most important thing is to be prepared in these situations, which starts with having your paperwork organized. 

It’s no secret that maintaining the cleanliness and organization of your car can be tough. The key to keeping your paperwork organized is to have an “important documents folder.” Some call it an essential documents folder, while others coin it the “cop folder.” Regardless of what you call it, everyone should have one. Inside the folder, you should have an array of contents to support you through a collision and everyday life. 

Contents we recommend to have in your folder:

  1. Contact information – Just in case the folder that you spent time organizing gets misplaced, or falls out of the car, it is essential to have your contact information readily available so that it returns to you. 
  2. Registration – You should always have your registration present in your vehicle in case you get pulled over. However, it is essential to have handy in the event of a collision.
  3. Insurance details – Proof of insurance is important to be able to easily present in the event of a collision or when speaking to a police officer.
  4. Copy of driver’s license – While this is not an official replacement of your physical driver’s license, it is a good idea to have a copy in case of an emergency to identify yourself. 
  5. 4-5 notes with insurance details and contact information – This can be used to easily exchange your information in the event of a collision. They can double as a notepad to take down the other parties’ information. 
  6. Emergency contact information – If a collision occurs and you are not responsive, it is wise to provide emergency contact information that first responders can contact. 
  7. A pen – A pen is a good idea to leave in your folder for multiple reasons and events. However, if you need to take down a driver’s information, a pen would be useful. 

These tips are created to prepare you in the event a collision occurs to make your life easier. If your automobile has extensive auto body damage, Ric’s Body & Paint can assist in making your car as good as new! Let us assist you in any issues that collisions bring to your vehicle. For more auto tips and to contact us, visit our website to learn more!

Ding or Dent? What’s the Difference?

You are walking out of the grocery store, preparing to load your bags into your car when you see it… the side of your car has damage on it from the person’s door next to you. This is a situation every car owner dreads. After spending a few seconds evaluating it, it becomes difficult to figure out if it’s a ding or a dent. 

If you find yourself in this position where you are not able to tell whether it’s a ding or dent, call Ric’s Body & Paint for all of your auto body needs. 

What is the Difference Between a Ding and a Dent?

“Ding’s” are usually classified as a mark lesser or equal to 1⁄2 inch in diameter of damage that did not damage the paint or leave any area exposed. This is normally only annoying, unsightly, and will most likely not critically damage your vehicle. 

More extensive damage to your vehicle are described as “Dents.” This is any damage that would require repainting, replacing or any type of metalwork. 

Should You Fix Dings and Dents?

If the ding appears to be merely cosmetic on your vehicle and is not affecting its performance, getting it fixed is not necessary unless you are leasing or planning to resell the car. If you are leasing your vehicle and the ding or dent looks to be anything more than normal wear and tear, you are running the risk of paying a fee when your lease is up. If you plan to sell your car, it will most likely lower its value.

Is Paintless Dent Repair an Option?

Ric’s Body & Paint offers paintless dent repair to vehicles that meet the right conditions. To start, it is important to determine if Paintless Dent Repair is the option for your damage. The premise of a Paintless Dent repair method is to restore a dented vehicle back to its original pre-damaged state. Basically, the easiest, and fastest way to get from point A to point B.

Even in largely damaged areas, dents and dings can possibly be repaired with painless techniques. The only obstacle that may arise, is if the paint is damaged. As the name suggests “Paintless Dent Repair” should not require repainting.

If your vehicle has any paint chipping, peeling, bubbling or lifting, cracking in a sharp dent – Paintless Dent Repair is not an option.

Is There No Paint Damage? Great!

There are a few factors that determine the cost of Paintless Dent Repair. Size and depth are the main factors. Dents can be dime-sized to half-dollar sized. Most of these are easy to repair.

Dents can be very shallow to very deep and misshapen, like from a vehicle collision. Asking Ric’s Body & Paint to remove the dent is your best option.

Our skilled dent repair team are like artists for auto-body work. It’s best to refer to auto-body repair professionals so your car won’t become further damaged.

Past the Point of Paintless Dent Repair As An Option?

At Ric’s Body & Paint, we specialize in all of your auto body collision repair needs to get your car back on the road in a timely manner. Our team can repair severe collision damage to get your vehicle back looking like showroom new. Our skilled auto-body technicians are also experienced in applying environmentally friendly paint, side-view mirror replacement, molding or window repairs. We offer free estimates with no appointment needed to examine your car and provide a detailed assessment of the collision and the cost to repair. Visit our website to review our other services and Contact Us today!

Top Tips To Know After a Collision

Auto collisions can be a stressful and emotional experience. Many people prepare for the worst and drive defensively to prevent vehicle collisions, however, they still occur. 

As soon as a collision happens, many different thoughts and questions can flood into your mind. It’s important to remind yourself to stay calm in an accident. 
If you are involved in a car accident, follow these tips to minimize adverse outcomes and stay safe: 

  1. Make sure everyone is OK. Check with all parties involved to ensure that there are no injuries. If there are injuries, be sure to call 911 to seek medical attention. If everyone appears to be OK, move to the side of the road to stay safe. 
  2. Take photos of the accident scene. Assess damages and take photos for insurance purposes. 
  3. Exchange information with the other driver(s). Gather information such as Driver’s License number, name, address, telephone number, and swap insurance company information.  
  4. Tow the Vehicle.  If necessary, have the vehicle towed from the scene. 
  5. Call Ric’s Body & Paint. We are your collision experts when you need a body shop to come to. We bring quality auto body collision services since 1976.

Thinking about a certified collision repair center won’t be the first thing on your mind, we know. Stay safe and then remember Ric’s Body & Paint. As a family-owned shop, we want to make you feel like family. We understand your situation and want to get you back out on the road as quickly as possible. 

At Ric’s Body & Paint, we have been repairing cars in Scottsdale since 1976. We offer free estimates on all collisions and provide an itemized list of labor and parts that we will send to your insurance company with photos. All insurance claims require photos. We are your collision repair experts including I-CAR Gold Class-certified repair technicians. Our services include a lifetime warranty on repairs as long as your own the vehicle. We are able to perform computerized frame measurements and off-site alignment checks to manufacturer’s specs.

Have questions or want to schedule an estimate? Contact Us Today! 

Paint Care 101

Caring for the paint on your car is the best way to keep it looking great year-round. Regularly polishing and washing it will provide extra protection to its exterior. Check out a few tips that Ric’s Body & Paint recommends  to keep you in the know and to keep your car looking great:

Regularly Wash the Exterior of Your Car 

Washing your car regularly will keep it free of dirt and debris that can accumulate over time. By washing your car every week, it should remain free of the dirt and road debris caused by everyday driving. If you are handwashing your car, make sure to apply pre-wash to loosen anything that could potentially scratch the paint. Avoid using dish or laundry soap as they are designed to remove grease and oil and could damage your car’s finish or strip the protective wax coating. 

Not All Blessings Come From Above


Bird droppings are extremely corrosive and the longer that they stay on car paint the greater the damage can become. Equally as damaging, the sticky film that covers the hoods of cars when parked under lime trees, this phenomenon is known as honeydew. It’s not as sweet as the fruit, but it makes the driver bitter, as it is the excrement of aphids. This film can burn itself into the paint in direct heat or sunlight and this damage is irreversible, which means it will have to be repaired professionally.

The Most Common Error: Neglect


As stated before, regularly washing your car is important. Failure to provide regular car washes is the most common error car owners can make. How often you wash and tend to your car depends on how often you use it, but a little extra care and wash can never hurt!

Shine Bright on the Road


If you’ve noticed that your car isn’t as shiny as it was the first day you got it, it’s time for polish. Car polish contains micro-fine abrasives that clean the paint surface without damaging it. The polish not only protects the car but also preserves the paint against the weather. 

If your car has been subjected to one of the incidents above and is far past the ability to be fixed by its owner, contact us at Ric’s Body and Paint. We have been the Valley’s leading shop for collision and vehicle body repair for more than 40 years. For expert guaranteed service that will get your vehicle back on the road and looking better than ever, contact us today!  

The History of Car Paint

The paint job is one of the first things people notice when looking at your car. Automobiles with bright color and high gloss topcoats are what draws people’s eyes. When a car looks faded, dull and lackluster, it will look old no matter how new or good of shape it is in. However, automotive paint, wasn’t always what it is today. History provides a very interesting understanding of the development of modern automotive painting processes. Take a look at how the different technologies of painting have changed through the generations below. 

THE ROARING 20’S

The discovery of chrome plating and paint guns- in the 1920s Ford Motor Company revolutionized the automotive paint industry and started using paints made from nitrocellulose lacquers on assembly lines, this formula dried significantly faster than the older varnishes making it the choice car varnish. 1924 was the year of the chrome plating and spray gun advancement. Colin Fink and Charles Eldridge of Colombia University discovered this process making it the most popular of its time.

The 1930’s

Spay on chrome was all the hype in the ’30s, these paints provided glossier shine and much faster drying times. Dr. William Peackock was the first to develop the silvering spray to silver mirrors. Originally, mirrors were extremely expensive because they were individually produced by master craftsmen. With Dr. Peacocks 1932 discovery, thousands of mirrors were being manufactured each day, lowering the cost and making them widely available.  

The Age of Acrylics: 1950’s and 60’s 

In 1955, General Motors started using a new paint technology that required a base layer of new acrylic paint to be applied followed by the car being baked to give the car a consistent finish. This process was still under development as the finish was not as glossy as the stoving enamels that were previously being used. In 1960, Ford Motor Co. changed the game and began using acrylic stoving enamels which gave the long-lasting tough finish with the same eye-catching shine as the earlier technology.

The 1980’s: POLYURETHANE AND URETHANE

The late 80s brought the usage of urethane and polyurethane paints on vehicles. Car manufactures deemed this the most practical of its time. After the application, multiple clear coats were then applied which resulted in durable ad highly glossy finishes. 

TODAY

As the technology of automotive painting continues to evolve, some car manufacturers now use a process called electrocoating. This process submerges vehicles into a primer bath using electric currents to bind the coating to the metal of the frame of the car.  Here at Ric’s Body and Paint, we specialize in collision repair. We use not only quality automotive paint but also environmentally safe paint. Our painters are certified by PPG to use Aquabase Plus, a waterborne basecoat paint.

From the times of chrome to present-day techniques, such as Aqueabse Plus, a lot has changed in the car paint world. At Ric’s Body and Paint, we find innovative ways to integrate new technology to provide precise color alignment to solid colors and metallic—including today’s tri-coat pearl and special effect colors. To learn more about Ric’s and getting your vehicle back to like “it never happened” condition contact us today.

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

You have probably frequently seen, on the road or even in your own neighborhood, driver’s texting while driving. While stopped at a red light, or passing someone on the street, you may have noticed the driver next to you staring down at their phone. Texting and driving can be as detrimental as drinking and driving. It has been well established, in controlled tests, that texting impairs driving to the same extent as alcohol. Many think that looking down to send a quick message, only for a few seconds, is harmless. However, a lot can happen in just a few seconds. These essential facts about texting and driving will hopefully show you how dangerous and life-changing something as simple as looking down for a few seconds can be. 

  • In America, 43 States have outlawed texting and driving in an effort to keep drivers safe
  • Around 9 people are killed on a daily basis in the U.S. due to distracted driving, according to the CDC
  • 18% of fatal crashes involve texting and driving
  • During daylight hours, across America, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving
  • Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes, according to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey

What can we do to help?

Lead by example – Nobody should text and drive, regardless of your age. Be an example for others around you, if you need to take a call or answer a message, pull off to the side of the road to do it safely. If you are a parent, set rules for your teen regarding distracted driving. 

Be informed and be active –

Spread the word and tell your friends, family, and organizations about the importance of fully focused driving. 

Set clear rules –

Give new drivers in your life instructions and encouragement to practice safe and non-distracted driving. Discuss the fact that if they get distracted and take their eyes off the road, it could cost someone their life. 

It is important to understand that when you make the decision to text and drive, you are not only putting yourself in danger but also everyone around you. You are unfairly putting people at risk. There is plenty of time to talk, text, and tweet when you are not behind the wheel. 

We care about your driving safety, visit our website and contact us today for all of your car care needs.

Back to School Safety Driving Tips

Go slow, children at school. Back to school means sharing the road again. School days bring chaos with school buses picking up their passengers, kids on foot and bike hurrying to beat the first school bell, and parents rushing to drop their children off to make it to work on time. It is the season to slow down, pay attention, and be aware of your surroundings even after school hours. Ric’s Body and Paint would like to help you with your preparations by offering these simple safety tips. 

School Zone Tips:

  • Never use a cell phone unless it is completely hands-free while in a school zone
  • Slow down when entering a school zone and obey all traffic laws
  • Always stop for school buses that are unloading or loading students
  • Never pass other vehicles while in a school zone
  • Be aware and look out for school zone signs, signals, children, bus stops, and sidewalks
  • ALWAYS obey the speed limit

Sharing the Road with Pedestrians:

At Ric’s Body and Paint, we think it is important to educate the community to keep and raise awareness on transportation-related incidents. Below are a few precautions to let children get to school safely. 

  • Use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians no matter who has the right of way
  • Never block the crosswalk when at a red light or waiting to turn – this forces pedestrians to go around you, putting them in the path of moving traffic
  • Be aware of children in all areas, school zones, playgrounds, parks, and residential areas
  • Always stop for a crossing guard or school patrol officer holding up a stop sign
  • Never honk to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists:

Bicyclists have the same rules and responsibilities as vehicles, however, bicyclists are often hard to see. It is important to us that we keep the community safe and protect young children, especially on bikes.

  • Check all mirrors before opening your doors
  • Watch for bikes coming out of driveways or from blind-spots
  • Be aware when turning left – if a bicyclist is approaching, wait for the rider to pass
  • Take note when bike riders are turning in front of you without signaling

Ric’s Body and Paint supports families and safe driving habits. By taking an extra moment to be aware of your surroundings during the hustle and bustle of school mornings, pedestrians, and motorists can co-exist safely in school zones and the children in our community can make it to school on time and safely!

Tips on Car Care in the Midsummer Arizona Heat

Picture this: It’s the middle of July and the 115-degree weather is becoming a bit too intense for your preference, you decide to take a weekend getaway to California to escape the Arizona heat. You reach the halfway point between Calexico and Yuma when suddenly your relaxing weekend getaway turns into a disaster in seconds – your check engine light glows and you’re forced to pull over.

With proper attention, care, and vehicle maintenance, these situations can be avoided. Unfortunately, your engine is not the only thing that you have to worry about. It’s no wonder why Phoenix is nicknamed The Valley of the Sun- it often feels as though you are living on the surface of the sun. The harsh UV rays and extreme heat can deteriorate the paint and interior surfaces of your vehicle.

Ric’s Body and Paint can assist you in taking steps to protect your vehicle and preserve your ride from the harmful effects of the extreme heat that Phoenix brings that can prevent costly repairs in the future. Keep your vehicle looking good and driving better by keeping these tips in mind.

INTERIOR CARE


Put that Shield up


Have you ever gotten into your car and the heat of the interior almost takes your breath away? Have you noticed small cracks on your dashboard, steering wheel or center console since the summer months have hit? These can all be avoided or improved by the simple use of a windshield sunshade. Preserve your interior while improving the temperature, it’s a win-win!

Sunglasses! (for your car)


According to Bloomberg Business-week, properly tinting your windows can help reduce glare, UV exposure, and heat, however, be sure that they adhere to Arizona state laws on tinting application.

Crack ‘em


The 115-degree heat is pretty miserable especially when your car has been baking in it. Cracking your windows to relieve some of the built-up heat that can prevent it from turning into an oven. These high heat temperatures can cause the interior to fade and deteriorate

EXTERIOR CAR CARE

Scrub-a-dub-dub


Small pieces of dirt can easily scratch and damage the paint of your car. The infamous haboobs can also damage and leave water spots on the car paint. Regularly washing your vehicle can prevent damage to its topcoat, however, if it is permanently damaged, we provide services to make your ride look like new!

Wax, wax, wax


A simple coat of wax can protect your vehicle’s paint from dirt, sun damage, and water spots to make your car look shiny and brand new! Consumer reports recommend polishing your car in the spring and fall.

Don’t forget your Sunscreen!


If you don’t have the option to park in a garage or have other covered parking options, a car cover might be a good investment. Car covers are a great alternative to combat the heat, sun, and dirt from reaching your car. This weather-resistant car cover acts as SPF to your ride’s paint.

Look out for trees!


Finding a shady place to park will help keep the sun away and reduce your car’s interior temperature. If you have leather seats, you will thank us later when you don’t get your seat scorched when you sit down!

Keep up with your battery.


It is well known that the extreme desert heat depletes your vehicle’s battery. Make sure to regularly test your battery and keeping the top clean to preserve its lifespan.

The engine that could (not)


If heat affecting your car’s battery came as a surprise to you, then this may blow you away. High temperatures can hurt your engine. This is a common misconception because as long as you are driving, your engine is hot. But the engine itself is more apt to take a hit in the summer heat. The oil inside the engine oftentimes breaks down at extreme temperatures which can do a lot of damage. Regular oil changes are vital to your car’s health, at least every 3-5,000 miles.

Protecting your car from the Arizona heat will increase its longevity and keep it in better shape. Let us assist you in any issues that this extreme heat brings to your vehicle. For more auto tips and to contact us, visit our website to learn more!