I recently learned that if you are getting an estimate from one of the big companies that use either Mitchell or ADP estimating software, the value of the damage on your vehicle will end up on a CARFAX or CARProof report.

The software they use is based on an online system.  Once they enter your VIN # into the software it downloads the pricing for parts.

What most people don’t know is that your estimate can be uploaded and then sold off to an insurance company or a vehicle history reporting website.


Low Price Auto Glass

These guys do mobile glass are very reasonable and fast!

Try them www.LPAG.com out competitive pricing.

The commercial they have on the web site is funny! I loved it.


51 MG

33 MG

This is a rare vehicle, 51 MG it was damaged in the right quarter panel. Tough paint match since it had been painted in enamal originally, Using the PPG paint scanner helped us match the colour and it turned out alright!

Don’t text and drive!

I get people in all the time who have had an accident while texting.  The fact is your are driving a 2-3 ton machine that requires constant adjustments. Human beings are simply not wired to do 2 or 3 things at once.

What could be so important that your need to respond immediately?

Modern cars are more expensive to repair. If you think having a conversation is more important than saving money on insurance and car repairs then go ahead a text. These days if you have an at fault accident your insurance company will increase your rates for 2-5 years.  


How to rid my car of road salt?

Great article about how to get rid of road salt after a long winter.   RICHARD RUSSELL is an well informed writer and is knowledgeable about the car industry.   However I disagree on this one point  “I do not believe spraying a coat of oil or any supposed undercoating beneath the car is necessary”.  In his article he describes how modern cars are galvanized and if the car is not damaged or scratched  the car is resistant to rust.

I have seen countless 2004-2009 mazda 3s’ with both quarter panels rusting or rotted out .  Having your car oil sprayed especially in the interior jambs and floors makes a huge difference on the longevity of the vehicles body.  Another vehicle that I have seen rusting from the inside out are 2005-2008 Nissan Altima and Maxima; the floor stays wet under the driver and passenger feet and soaks though the noise deading materials and just keeps eating at the metal all year long.

If you really care about your car try to clean the salt stains out the carpet. I find using hot water with vinegar and a stiff brush does a great job.If you get your car professionally detailed make sure to leave your windows open an inch to let the humid air, and chemical residues  evaporate out of vehicle.

If you want more information about rustproofing. http://www.mcconvillesgarage.com/en/Krown_Rust_Proofing_22.html

If you are interested in doing more that going to the car wash as was suggested in the article.


     About 2 months ago I had a customer with a 2012 Mazda 3 GS Hatchback com in for a small repair. He loves his car but scraped the right fender and door on a pillar.  When we started the repair I noticed the right front door has some rust at the bottom of the door creeping under the seam.   I was in total shock.  I told him about the rust  and we repaired the rust at the same time as we were blending the door.  The car even had one of those electronic rust inhibitors.   I don’t think they actually do anything. 

If you are intersted in getting rustproofing done the guys at Centertown Krown Rust control have done a great job for my company for years. I give coupons for our customers any time work is done on a vehicle. If you are looking for more information check out  WWW.KROWN.COM

Recently a customer asked if I was going to report to Carfax the repair for a bumper cover scratch we fixed on her Honda.

I found the question odd because most people ask about colour matching or the price, how long the repair time will be, or whether we have a courtesy car.

The fact is if you make a claim through your insurance, it doesn’t matter where it is repaired or the quality of the repair.  The car will have a report on Carfax as to the value of the repair and thus, a diminished overall value.

The moral of the story is if you get into an accident, whether it is your fault or not,  nobody will be able to bring it back to pre-accident condition.

CBC’s The Marketplace did an excellent report on the whole issue of diminished values to a car after an accident.  For those who are interested, the link is included here.