Beat The Heat With These Cool Things To Do

A red sports car during the summer trying to beat the Arizona Heat

The Valley has experienced record-breaking temperatures this summer. With an average forecast high in August of 104 degrees and 100 in September, no one could blame you if you never left your house or apartment between now and October, except to go to work. You can only sit in the recliner binge-watching Game of Thrones for so long before you need to get out of the house. Summer in Arizona means driving everywhere – some might say we’re “air-conditioned” to it – and once you’re in the car it’s really not that bad. If you commit to braving the heat you need to find a destination that will be worth the effort. Here’s a list of cool things to do over the next two months here in Scottsdale and Phoenix that just might make you take your mind off the heat.

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What To Expect When You Walk Into Ric’s

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We understand that no one walks into Ric’s Body & Paint for fun. If you come to us, that means something has happened to your vehicle and you want to get it back to the condition it was in before, with the least amount of hassle. That’s why we’ve adhered to a strict code of conduct since opening our doors here in the Valley 40 years ago. Here is what you can expect when you come to Rics:

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Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Ready For Summer

A car on a long stretch of road during the summer

Are you ready for another Arizona summer? Don’t let a winter filled with warm temperatures and friendly jabs at your friends living in the Midwest and East Coast lull you into forgetting what we’ll all be dealing with before you know it: the heat of the desert. If you think 100 degree-plus temperatures are hard on you, consider what your vehicle is up against. Before it gets crazy-hot, here are a few tips for things you can do to prepare for the summer.

Don’t take your tires for granted.

They are the most important component of a car or truck and, all too often, the most neglected. Rotate your tires about every 5,000 miles and check your tire pressure at least once a month, inflating to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. It’s extremely important to check pressure while tires are cold and before you drive any distance. Underinflated or worn tires can be detrimental to handling and braking and could lead to dangerous blow-outs while you’re driving. Check the tread for uneven wear, tread life and cupping (that’s when uneven suspension leads to scoops in your tires) and examine the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. If you have uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to the side, get your alignment checked. Finally, don’t forget to check your spare tire – you never know when you might need it.

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Five Tips For Dealing With Your Insurance Company After An Accident

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If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know what a stressful situation it can be. You end up relying on your insurance company like you never have before. You go from thinking about them every six months – when your write a premium check – to weekly, even daily, phone calls or visits from claims adjustors asking the same questions over and over again – “how fast were you going when the impact occurred?”

If you were in a fender bender and no one was injured, you may only need to get your car into a collision repair shop for a few days. If you were unlucky enough to have been in a serious accident, you might be looking at weeks (or even months) of doctor visits, physical therapy, extensive vehicle repairs or even shopping to replace a totaled vehicle.

Whatever the extent of the accident, we’ve compiled a list of a few things to keep in mind when you’re dealing with your insurance company:

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Putting Together the Most Comprehensive Vehicle Emergency Kit

a tool bag that great as an emergency kit

Are you ready to deal with a roadside emergency, rain or shine? If you get rear-ended, a tire goes flat or you’re forced into a ditch, would you have the necessary tools to deal with the situation?

If you do any amount of driving, you know that car accidents and other unforeseen situations are an inevitable, unavoidable part of life. With millions of vehicles on the road, it’s a safe bet that at some point you’ll find yourself in an unpleasant situation. How you deal with it depends on your preparation. As the old saying goes, “You should hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”

At Ric’s, we’re dedicated to getting you get back on the road as quickly and painlessly as possible. We’re also personally invested in making sure you are safe before you’re able to get your vehicle to our shop. That’s why Ric’s recommends you keep a fully-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle at all times, know what’s in it and understand how to use everything.

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How to Stay Safe in an Arizona Monsoon

The Monsoon is in high gear here in Arizona. Despite constant warnings from first responders and the media, there are dozens of preventable accidents and rescues every single year. According to the Arizona Experience, the monsoon season begins on June 15 and ends on September 30, but the storms peak between mid-July and mid-August. On average, Arizona receives about half of its annual rainfall during the monsoon.

At Ric’s, we are here to help you get back on the road after an accident, but we’d much rather see you never get into an accident at all. With that in mind, here are 5 easy things you can do to stay safe this monsoon season.

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How To Make Accident Repairs Painless

A frontal collision between two cars accident repairs

Car accident repairs, even the smallest ones, can leave the most level-headed drivers flustered. In that moment it can be hard to remember that everything is going to be OK. But, bumpers can be replaced, paint reapplied and wheels realigned. From the fender bender to getting your car back to its original condition, our goal is to help make the process of getting back on the road again as painless as possible.

1. Document the Damage

First things first, before we can hand you a cup of coffee and get to work, there are certain things you need to do directly after the accident. By remembering these steps, you can put yourself on the path toward relief.

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The History of Ric’s Body and Paint – 40 Years in the Making

History of Ric's Body and Paint

Our history begins when Ric first entered the automotive industry before he could legally buy a drink. His first job was at the Town and Country Chrysler/Plymouth dealership in Phoenix working as a car washer. From there he spent a year working in the paint and body shops learning the trades. After gaining that invaluable experience, he was moved into the dealership’s office to learn the business side of the industry.

Ric smartly spent time at Arizona State University and Phoenix College to learn accounting, before going back and working for several dealerships and auto shops in Phoenix. But he hated one thing about the big dealerships and body shops; how they were focused on speed instead of quality and profits over people. The rest is history.

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