Car Value After an Accident

A car after a major car accident sitting in a parking lot losing car value

Accidents happen, it’s a part of life. Your insurance is there for you in case of a collision. However, dealing with them is not always easy. It can be stressful and exasperating, therefore it’s important to know the value of your car after the accident. Here are a couple of key points about your car value after a collision.

The value of a car depreciates after an accident. The decrease in value is dependent upon a few different variables including but not limited to; accident history, type of car, and severity of the accident. The way insurance companies determine the value is through an algorithm called the 17c formula. The formula was invented to standardized the way of calculating claims after a wreck.

Understanding your insurance is critical. Before looking into signing a contract or agreement, it is important to look and see how much coverage you have when a collision occurs.

Handling insurance claims and policies can be difficult but getting your car repaired doesn’t have to be. Our top priority is to give you the ease of mind that your car will be taken care of whether you have minor dents and dings, or full-on collision damage. Our experienced technicians will carefully repair or replace all damaged parts, bringing your vehicle back to manufacturers’ specifications.

Here at Ric’s Body and Paint, we want to make sure your repairs are hassle-free because we know how stressful a collision can be. We want you to know you are taken care of and that we provide the highest quality of repairs.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your collision repairs go as smooth as possible.

Paint: Questions and Answers

Here at Ric’s Body and Paint we always want to be able to answer our loyal customers’ questions, especially when it comes to paint. Here are some of the top questions we hear from our customers concerning the color on their cars.

Q: What are the benefits of waterborne paint?
A: The paint is better for the environment. Less toxic is important since elevated concentrations of paint can persist in the air long after painting or repainting is completed, according to the EPA. Using waterborne paint creates healthier working conditions for our staff. Waterborne options reduces the emission of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), improving air quality and reducing the health risk to everyone involved. For multiple shades and striping, waterborne paint has an advantage when it comes to spraying due to a thinner application.  It takes a less clear coat to even out the surface for the different layers. Wet coloring tends to have a different hue from the true color. Once it dries, the waterborne one will take on the true hue. We have found that waterborne options comes out cleaner and brighter than solvent-based.

Q: Can clear coat fade?
A: This is a tricky one. The answer is Yes and No.
Technically speaking, since the clear coat has no color, it cannot fade or lose its brightness. It can, however, become dull, but that’s not the same as fading and is more typically a sign of oxidation and the buildup of above surface contaminants.

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Fender Bender Fixes

A back end collision between two cars who will deal with their insurance company

Let’s face it, no one wants to be in a fender bender. But the truth is, they’re a common type of accident. When you get into a minor fender bender, the external body damage may not seem too bad. A slight crumple in the hood, maybe some scratched paint, perhaps a dented bumper or a banged up fender might seem like easy body repairs that could be repaired in a few days or weeks. Sometimes you might drive away without even seeing a body shop, thinking you’ll just deal with the cosmetic damage. However, sometimes the most expensive and alarming damage is inside the car, even if exterior damage seems minor. It is always wise to have an auto body shop inspect your car, especially the fender itself as too often people wait to get their fenders maintenance after an incident. Here is our process for fixing fenders in a cost-effective, timely manner.

Ric’s Body and Paint ensures your fender is thoroughly inspected and properly repaired. We begin by inspecting the exterior damage of your fender. Our expert technicians then remove any necessary trim and hardware to fully assess the damage.

This process ensures that we examine the impact closer and also allows us to identify the very best plan for how to conduct the fender repair properly. Our team repairs the fender, by carefully working the material to restore the fender’s shape and fit.

Once all of the damaged areas are repaired, we apply primer, allow it to cure, and sand it down to create a smooth surface for the paint to be applied. Worried about the paint? Relax, we use computer technology to mix the proper paint to perfectly match your vehicle’s color. We use waterborne based paint, which is better for the environment, and then apply the clear coating. We are sure to buff out any other flaws as needed for an even surface. In the event cosmetic fixes to the fender will not suffice, we also handle full replacements and always match the paint. Ultimately, you can trust us to make your fender look brand new again.

If you have a problem with your fender or any body repair questions, contact us today for a free estimate.

Three Need to Knows for Collision Repair

A blue vehicle getting ready for collision repair

There are a lot of misconceptions when dealing with car repairs after an accident. Many businesses like to take advantage of people with car damages because people have limited knowledge of the best way to handle it. Here at Ric’s Body and Paint, we want to make sure you are getting the highest quality collision repair for the best price. Here are some hints for handling collision damages:

Hidden Damages

It may look as though just the outside body was hit in a collision, but there could be a lot more damage under the hood. An impact can affect the entire car from wheel alignment, framing, and interior pieces. At Ric’s Body and Paint, we exam the entire vehicle to ensure all broken parts are identified to be fixed, preventing more damage for the future.

Damages Can Be Repaired to Look New

Nowadays, car manufacturers can work directly with body shops to give technicians the exact specifications to fix the car back to its original form. When done correctly, the vehicle will look and operate the same as when you bought it.

Choosing The Right Body Shop

Insurance providers like to suggest cheap places to get your car fixed, however, you should research a place that provides higher quality service. Your provider will still have to compensate the repairs and your car will be in better condition down the line.

When handling the aftermath of a collision, it is important to choose the right body shop so your car will operate correctly and last as long as possible. We seek to alleviate your stress when handling collision repair. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can help you.  

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Keeping it Green at Ric’s

A technician puts red paint on a car with eco-friend green painting

There is no better time than now to do what is best for the environment. As more research comes forward about how chemicals are affecting the environment, industries have started offering more environmentally friendly alternatives, and the auto body industry is no exception. It’s never been easier to go green!

Traditional auto-body paints are one of the most common air pollutants used in car manufacturing today because of the solvent chemical agents that reside inside the paint. These chemicals are called volatile organic compounds or VOCs for short. The most common chemicals found in auto paint are formaldehyde and ammonia. This is a serious issue because these chemicals are not only impacting the environment but also contribute to public health issues such as asthma and allergies. 

Auto shops across the nation are switching to waterborne refinish base coats to reduce the emission of VOCs. There is no loss in quality or durability to the paint if it is water-based. In fact, these waterborne paints have been in use for the past 10 years, but they have been rising in popularity more recently because of environmental issues.

Here at Ric’s Body & Paint, our paint experts have specialized training to apply our environmentally friendly, water-based paint to your vehicle. They work to precisely match your vehicle’s paint and have your vehicle looking as great as it did before the accident! Go green with us!

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A New Year Calls for a Like-New Car

New year, new resolutions. You know how that goes. Many of us set the same resolutions year after year – lose weight, exercise more, enjoy life, spend less. While these goals are certainly meaningful paths to living well, there’s something to be said for making a simple resolution that you can easily stick to. One example? Taking better care of your car, starting with the body and paint repairs you may have been putting off in 2017.

New Year, New scratches, scrapes, dings, and dents

Whether you have minor dents and dings or more extensive damage, it’s important to repair or replace the broken parts and ensure your vehicle meets manufacturers’ specifications. Maybe it didn’t seem like a big deal when someone sideswiped your car in the mall parking lot, but when your automatic door on that same side begins opening and closing erratically, you realize that even seemingly minor changes to the body can impact a car’s functions. Unless you plan on keeping your car covered up in a garage 24/7, scratches, chips and other imperfections are a fact of life. However, that doesn’t mean you have to drive around with them on your vehicle forever. Just make sure you resist the urge to order one of those “as seen on TV” touch up kits; instead, take it to a bodywork professional. Whether you are buffing out scratches or touching up paint, you run the risks of improperly smoothing scratches and dents, using the wrong paint shade, or even worse, creating unsightly bubbles or over spraying.

It’s a great time to refresh and renew your car! And you know what’s even better than that new car smell? That new car feel!

Contact us to learn how we can help with your auto body needs!

Warm Holiday Wishes, from our family to yours

a group shot of the Ric's team thanking 2015 customers happy holidays

It’s hands down the most wonderful time of year for the Ric’s family! We love it all, from the decorations and music to the parties and treats. But most of all, we love the warm feeling that comes from sharing the holidays with people we care about and appreciate. Happy Holidays all around!

Every year around Christmastime, we transform the shop into a festive wonderland, complete with a real Christmas tree in the front office. From theme days like ugly Christmas sweater day to the Ric’s employee holiday party, the members of the Ric’s crew have many opportunities to enjoy these December days. The days get even sweeter with the many holiday treats that our customers bring us.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we are sharing our three wishes for every customer that comes into Ric’s for a repair:

  1. Excellent professional customer service
  2. Top-quality repair work
  3. An overall great experience and the type of satisfaction that brings you back next time you need service

Happy holidays from Ric’s! We hope you enjoy the holiday season as much as we do! We look forward to seeing you next year.

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4 Secrets to Our 41 Years in Business

Ric's body and paint 41 years

There’s no special formula for keeping a business open for decades, but since Ric’s just celebrated 41 years of business, we’d like to think we know a thing or two about it. Here are the four keys to our long-term success.

  1. Keep employee turnover low. It’s very important to us that our customers associate reliability and consistency with their Ric’s experience. Part of the reason that our customers are so comfortable at our shop is they know and recognize our employees. As we mentioned in our last post, our Manager of Operations Dean Slaughter has been at Ric’s for 24 years. Many of our painters and technicians have been with us for more than 10 years. We value our employees and strive to keep them with us for many years.
  2. Stay at the top of our game. While our quality and customer service have remained consistent since 1976, we know the importance of improving and evolving our business to keep up with the times. That’s why we use water-based, environmentally friendly paint that reduces emissions of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and provides better coverage. Our repair shop is outfitted with technology to compare frame and alignment to manufacturers’ specs and we use state-of-the-art equipment for all repair work. In addition, our technicians receive the latest and greatest I-CAR Gold Class certifications.
  3. Stand behind our work. When you leave Ric’s with your repaired car, you also leave with the peace of mind that comes with our repair warranty. We guarantee that the repairs we’ve made and parts we’ve replaced will stand the test of time, which is why we offer a lifetime warranty on repairs as long as you own the vehicle.
  4. Treat our customers well. If you’ve read our blog in the past, or have seen any of our reviews, then you already know how we feel about our customers. Outstanding customer service is the cornerstone of our business, and the main reason we have been in business for 41 years. When customers come into our shop, it’s usually because they’ve been in an accident, which is a stressful time for anyone. That’s why we make the repair process as painless as possible by walking customers through each step, staying in constant communication, and working with insurance companies to facilitate the process.

To all of our customers, thank you for keeping us in business for 41 years! We’re glad that we can do what we love and that you love how we do it!

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Five Steps to Take After a Car Accident

A car after a major car accident sitting in a parking lot losing car value

Few of us think about what we should do if we get into a car accident until we’re actually in one. But reading an article like this one – when you aren’t feeling stressed and frazzled – can allow you to brush up on the steps to take after an accident and make those post-accident moments a little easier.

  1. Safety first. If the accident is minor, move your vehicle out of traffic, shift into park and turn it off. Use your hazard lights, cones, warning triangles and/or flares to ensure your car is visible. If the accident is more serious and you or any passengers are injured, you may not be able to move the car to the side of the road or exit the vehicle. Stay in your car, but turn off the engine and turn on your hazard lights.
  2. Call 911. Even seemingly minor injuries should be checked out by a health professional. And a police accident report will make the insurance claim process a lot smoother and help when you’re dealing with other drivers. Cooperate with the police, but don’t rush to admit fault or blame others. Let the police do their job and determine who, if anyone, is at fault.
  3. Gather information. You’ll want to collect details from everyone involved in the accident and take photos of all vehicles involved and the accident scene. Here are some specifics to remember:
    • Driver and passenger names and contact details
    • Make, model and year of each vehicle
    • Driver’s license numbers
    • License plate numbers
    • Insurance providers and policy numbers
    • Names and contact information of any eyewitnesses
    • Location and/or address of the accident
    • Police officer’s name and badge number
    • Photos to document the scene and vehicle damage
  4. Contact your insurance company. You can even start your claim online at the scene and add details once you have a chance to catch your breath. Your insurance agent will be able to help you understand your coverage and immediate options. If your car isn’t safe to drive, find out if they will provide towing, a rental and other assistance.
  5. Give us a call at Ric’s. We understand that getting into an accident is stressful enough, which is why we make getting back on the road as painless as possible. We’ll even help arrange transportation and work through any issues with your insurance company. If your insurance company tries to steer you towards their “preferred” shop, check the shop’s reviews on Yelp, Google and Facebook.Come by Ric’s for a free estimate — no appointment needed. We’ll examine your car and provide a detailed assessment of the cost to repair and send the estimate to your insurance company with photos if necessary.

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The 2017 Manager of the Year is…

Portrait of Dean manager of the year

As you may have noticed in our reviews, many customers mention Dean Slaughter as a key reason for this outstanding “customer first” experience Who is Dean? He is the Manager of Operations at Ric’s and for 2017, he is the Manager of the Year! As an integral part of Ric’s for the past 24 years, he has helped to build the foundation of outstanding customer service and quality repairs that our customers appreciate so much. He understands the importance of being honest and upfront with customers at all times. When a customer leaves our shop, he wants them to leave with a smile – happy about how the repairs were completed and feeling good about how they were treated throughout the process.

Even though many of our Yelp, Facebook and Google reviews mention Dean by name, he says it’s the entire team’s efforts that result in the rave reviews. And that’s exactly the sort of attitude that makes him such an effective – and beloved – manager at the shop. Here are just a few of the comments that employees shared about him:

“Dean isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty (literally)! He will jump into the mix, work beside you and do what’s necessary to get the job done … as a team!”

“Dean is not only a manager, he is a leader! His leadership skills are the glue to this team, making our team successful!”

“Most importantly, he always has our back! He is a great listener! He is always there when he’s needed, whether you are a customer or an employee!”

It’s clear that we love him, you love him, and he’s simply a joy to have as a leader on the Ric’s team. Dean works hard every day and genuinely cares about each customer and employee, and that’s why he’s our Manager of the Year!

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