As an insurance preferred shop, Minnetonka Collision Center works with insurance providers every day to determine if a vehicle can be properly repaired and to what extent. In some cases, a car has to be totaled. This means that the insurance company has determined that the car will not be repaired. Below we explain in detail what totaled means and how insurance companies arrive at the decision to total a car.
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A storm can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle. Hail can leave dings and dents in the car, high water levels can damage water underneath the carriage of the car, and debris flying around in high winds can chip, crack or break your windows...the list goes on. If your car has been through a storm and you suspect there may be damage or you can see the damage, you may be wondering what steps a collision center, such as Minnetonka Collision in Plymouth, MN, takes to ensure all of the damage is spotted and repaired. Here are the steps that are followed when checking for and repairing car storm damage:
Hail can be damaging to the body of your vehicle. The amount of damage that is caused depends on the size of the hail and how fast it fell onto your car. If your car has dents or dings in it from hail, you will likely want your car repaired. Hail damage can affect the appearance of your car and the value. There are three techniques that are typically used to repair hail damage, depending on the severity of the damage. Here are the three techniques that we use at Minnetonka Collision.
When your vehicle needs to have body work completed, you'll have to find the right shop for the job. Though you might think that all body shops are alike, there are some key factors that you need to consider before entrusting your vehicle to one. Keep the following in mind when doing your research:
Your car is a major investment that needs to be treated as such if it's going to last. There are numerous ways that you can protect your investment so that you are able to get the most out of it. Here are a few:
If you are involved in a car accident, the fender of your car may be damaged. While the terms fender and bumper are often used interchangeably, they are two different parts on your car. The fender connects to either your front or back bump, framing the outside of your wheels. This helps to protect the wheels of your car. If the fender is damaged during a car accident, you may be wondering if it can be repaired and how. Here are the different ways that fenders can be repaired following a car accident.
If your specialty vehicle is involved in an accident, your mind may be swirling with questions. You want to get the vehicle repaired, but you also need to find a shop with experience making the right repairs to your unique car. Here are a few of the questions you may have about specialty vehicle repairs you may have after you are in an auto accident.
If your paintjob is scratched, or if you’ve been in an accident where your vehicle needs major body work, you need a high-quality paintjob to restore your car or truck’s aesthetic. The process of painting a car is a delicate one, requiring an experienced auto repair technician to match the color of your existing paintjob with the new coat. The matching process normally leverages technology to find the perfect match.
Bad weather and hail can change the aesthetic of your entire vehicle, impacting everything from your paintjob and windshield to your door panels. Hail can even wreak havoc on the interior of your vehicle, if the storm is intense or your convertible top is down. Below are some examples of how solid precipitation can damage your vehicle.
DIY car dent removal is always an option, but it’s a good idea to know your vehicle’s limits. If you’ve experienced hood damage, you might have options available. That said, you’ll know if you’re outside of DIY territory. Aside from contacting a 24/7 towing service, there are a few things you’ll need to do if your car’s hood is buckled, bent or otherwise irreparable via your own means. We’re here to walk you through the basics of hood damage—helping you decide whether a repair or complete replacement is needed.