Preventing Car Theft

A person is standing in front of a car looking to car theft

Did you know in the U.S. alone, there is a car break-in every 44 seconds? 50% of these car thefts could’ve been prevented by the car owner taking simple precautions. It’s good to be reminded of some easy ways you can prevent falling victim to car theft because it’s always a possibility. Here are some helpful hints:

  1. Do not leave any types of keys visible from the window.
  2. Avoid having a hide-a-key on your vehicle. That is the oldest trick in the book and thieves are very aware of them.
  3. If you have a high-end car, invest in a kill-switch. They may be pricey but it will be worth it to prevent damage to a nice car that may require expensive repairs.
  4. Lock your car when getting gas. Carjackers are good at stealing items from the passenger seat while car owners are filling up with gas.
  5. Park in lit areas at night. A car is less likely to get broken into if it’s in an area that is lit up instead of in a dark area.
  6. If there any damages to your car from a theft, find a credible auto body shop with top-quality repairs and excellent service to make getting back on the road as painless as possible.

Here at Ric’s Body and Paint, we want to help you prevent carjackers from breaking into your car.

However, if you fall victim to a car theft and there are damages, Ric’s Body and Paint is here to help. Your safety and satisfaction is our goal here. Our friendly, experienced customer service team takes care of you from the time you come in for a free estimate until you drive away with your newly repaired car. Contact us if you would like to learn more about our services.

Assured Performance Certifications

a mans arm holding a wrench in front of wheels assured performance

Recently, Ric’s Body and Paint has been Certified by the Assured Performance Network as an official auto repair for certain brand vehicles according to the manufacturer’s specifications. We are proud to say that we have been officially recognized by Assured Performance, FCA, Nissan, Infiniti, Hyundai, and Kia.

The Assured Performance Network is a non-profit organization to ensure consumers that auto shops are supplying the right tools, equipment, training, and facilities to repair participating brand vehicles, according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Our Certification means that we ensure proper and safe repair to the new generation of advanced vehicles. Fewer than 5% of body shops across the U.S. are able to meet the requirements to become recognized.

Here at Ric’s Body and Paint, we are happy to provide the Valley with the most advanced auto repair capabilities since 1976. We provide top-quality repairs and excellent service.

Contact us today to learn how Ric’s Body and Paint can help with your collision repair.

Tips for a Longer Lasting Car

A younger driver behind the wheel of their longer lasting car

Most of us here in Arizona are highly dependent on our cars for transportation. With this summer heat, you’ll want to make sure you are keeping our cars in top shape for longer lasting car. There are many things you can do to keep your car in shape for long life. Some of the most important things include:

Keep it Clean

Being in the hot sun makes cars more vulnerable to paint oxidation. This can diminish the car value as it is expensive to remove and fix. Waxing your car several times a year and keeping it in the garage can prevent oxidation from happening. Also, washing your car regularly can help the exterior last longer with the removal of paint damaging debris from the outdoors.

Maintain Regular Service

Your car’s oil is the heart of its engine. Servicing your car every 4000-5000 miles or every 6 months is critical in ensuring that your car is running smoothly. Making sure you let your car warm up to let the oil pump will help your car perform better on the road and last longer.

Maintain Regular Service

Your car’s oil is the heart of its engine. Servicing your car every 4000-5000 miles or every 6 months is critical in ensuring that your car is running smoothly. Making sure you let your car warm up to let the oil pump will help your car perform better on the road and last longer.

Stay on Top of Repairs

Having a reliable body shop in mind is important in the event of a minor fender bender. The slightest of accidents can have a big effect on your car long term. Ric’s Body and Paint is a certified collision repair shop that gives you the best quality for repairs and customer service. Keep your car lasting!

Contact us today to learn more!

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.

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.  

Contact us today to learn more!

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.

Contact us today to learn how we can help your auto body repairs!

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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