Winter is tough on a vehicle. From freezing temperatures, to extensive damage caused by road salt and sand, in the course of one season your car’s value and appearance can decrease drastically. A quality body shop will offer auto painting services at decent prices to help recover from harsh winter elements. We do auto body work in the St Paul area and we have seen the damage caused by sand and salt. The best course of action is prevention in the fall, and maintenance in the winter. Sand causes little chips in the paint that allow salt in. Then the salt begins the chemical reaction that quickly leads to rust. Salt and sand on the roadways are a required part of winter driving, however it does not have to mean destruction of your paint job. Damage caused by road salt can be decreased significantly with a few simple steps. Pre-Winter Preparation To Prevent Salt Damage Waxing provides a layer of protection between the salt and sand and your paint job. Have a rinse station already ...

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Now is the time to visit your St Paul auto body shop and get those auto body repairs done before winter hits. Does your vehicle have windows that leak? Do the doors on your car not close all the way? Do you hear wind whistling around the weatherstripping when you drive? Does your defroster work? There is no reason to spend a cold winter suffering the elements when most of these repairs can be fixed quickly and affordable by Suburban Auto Body. Front End Work Winter is the darker time of year. If your vehicle has suffered front end damage now is the time to get it fixed. By visiting our auto body shop, St Paul drivers can make sure that their headlamps are aligned following front end damage. If your headlamps are not working, we can fix that too. A headlamp that is not aligned can be a hazard on the road. Not only is the lamp not providing you with all of the light you need to drive at night; it may be blinding other drivers. Get it fixed quickly and affordable at Suburban Auto Body. Collision Repai ...

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From driving through blizzards or on the ice, driving in the winter can be treacherous here in Minnesota. However, you can protect yourself from collisions by following a few safety tips related to winter driving. Why Is Driving Safely in the Winter So Important? Although it’s important to drive safely during any season of the year, it is extremely vital in the winter. This is because of how long it takes you to stop when the roads are wet or snowy. Between you and your vehicle, it takes 6.1 seconds and 333 feet for you to stop your vehicle on wet roads, according to Esurance. On snowy roads, it increases to 10.6 seconds and 533 feet. Just a mere second of inattention can cause a collision. Safe Winter Driving Tips Minimize Your Distractions – Before you decide to get on the wintry road, make sure your cell phone is fully charged and turn it off. This way, it will be there if you need in an emergency, but it won’t be a distraction. The same is true for any other electronic ...

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Whether your vehicle has suffered significant hail damage or you’ve been involved in a collision and your car is completely wrecked, you need to have it repaired quickly. At the same time, it needs to be repaired the right way. Therefore, when searching for a reputable and reliable auto body and collision repair shop in the Twin Cities area, it is crucial that you ask at least these five questions: 1. Do You Offer Any Kind of Warranty on Your Work? Most auto body repair shops will offer at least some level of warranty on their work. If they do offer a warranty, find out how long the warranty lasts for and what exactly it covers. The more details about the warranty you can get, the better of you will be. If they don’t offer a warranty, you may want to consider a different auto body and collision shop. 2. Do You Provide Loaner or Rental Vehicles? It is a major inconvenience to be without a vehicle, especially for several days or even weeks. Therefore, you need to find out if the auto sho ...

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Harsh winter weather can strand you on the side of the road even in newer vehicles. A little preparation will help prevent dangerous accidents, breakdowns during the harsh St Paul winter. Winter Ready Checklist Change your washer fluid to a solution made for winter use. Consider changing windshield wipers to ones that will cut through ice. Replace water with anti-freeze. Go ahead and stock up on the ice scrapers that worked best for you last winter. This is not an item you want to be missing on a cold winter morning. It case the worse does occur, have an emergency kit in your car. It should include basics like a flashlight, flares, first aid, thermal blanket, non perishable snacks, and water. Make sure that your tires have enough tread for snow and icy conditions. Change to winter tires if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle or need to get through rough conditions. Investing in good tires now can save you in collision repairs later. Cold weather causes a drop in ba ...

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Being in a car accident can be one of the most frightening experiences in a person’s life. Even if you are not injured, it is likely that you will be badly shaken up by the occurrence. As if being in the accident is not stressful enough, afterwards you need to take care of the business of getting your car back the way it was. This is an especially crucial when you use your vehicle to get back and forth to work each day. Being Prepared is the Key One of the best ways to deal with an auto accident is to be prepared. Suburban Auto Body provides a handy accident checklist that should be printed out and kept in every car in the St. Paul metro area as well as surrounding locations. One of the most important things you can do while you are still at the scene of the accident is to document everything. Make a Record Most cell phones these days are equipped with cameras that provide high-quality pictures. Use your phone to make a permanent record of the damage to all the vehicles involved in the accid ...

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One of the most common things someone wonders about after an accident is who is going to pay for the car crash damage. Ultimately, this will depend largely on who caused the collision and the type of or lack of car insurance coverage. When Another Driver Causes the Collision… If you did not cause the accident and another driver did, then that other driver is going to be responsible for paying the auto repair shop for having your car repaired. Under most circumstances, that other driver will have auto insurance, which means that the car insurance company will actually be paying your repair shop. If that driver does not have insurance, then your insurance may pay the auto body repair shop. Of course, this is only if you have collision coverage. If you do not, then you can always pursue legal action against the uninsured driver who caused the accident to get them to pay up. However, this can often be difficult since the driver probably doesn’t have the money to pay for your repairs or h ...

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After a car accident, one of the first steps is having your car inspected for damage and receiving an estimate on how much it will cost to have it repaired. However, this is where a lot of car owners make mistakes. Here are three tips to make sure the process doesn’t turn bad for you: Don’t Skimp on the Quality of the Quote. When you go to obtain quotes for your car crash repair, don’t get quotes from auto body shops that you have no intention of using. Make sure to ask around and find out about their quality of repair work. You want to use a repair shop that has qualified technicians that will produce quality work. Checkout the Suburban Auto-body Testimonials. Don’t forget to also make sure that the quote you are given is going to fully and sufficiently repair the entire car so that it is (almost) back to new. The last thing you want is to find out at the last minute that the estimate that you received at the beginning of this process is unable to adequa ...

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A fender bender can happen anytime of the year but they seem to occur more frequently during the winter months. With the right auto body repair shop, getting your auto body repair does not have to be stressful.   Customer-Focused Care Customer-focused care is a primary goal at high quality auto body repair shops. Suburban Auto Body understands that you have questions and they are there to answer them. If you are concerned how you will get to and from work and how you are going to pick your kids up, there are courtesy cars available for your use. Suburban Auto Body also offers express repairs and guaranteed delivery dates so that you are inconvenienced as little as possible. Their early bird drop-off service as well as their weekend and evening services are designed to fit into your busy schedule. All Makes and Models Whether you drive an American vehicle — such as a Ford, Chevrolet, GM or Dodge — or a foreign car — Fiat, Volkswagen or Toyota, anyone? — looking for a s ...

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If you have experienced an accident, you will be faced with choosing an auto body repair shop to restore your vehicle. The reality is all auto body and glass repair shops are not the same. Your insurance company may encourage the cheapest estimate, and their reasons should be obvious. What factors should you use in choosing an auto body shop? Here’s why we believe you should choose Suburban Auto Body. Experience Suburban Auto Body is owned by Dennis O’Connell who, for 30 years, has operated his company with a goal of creating satisfied customers. His has built a team of experienced and talented professionals who provide world-class service. The fact that the business continues to grow speaks volumes. Integrity When Dennis O’Connell began his company, he desired to ensure a great work environment where everyone treated each other with integrity, dignity and respect at all times. His focus was to deliver the highest standards of excellence in repair, customer service and timeliness ...

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