• Learn More About The Collision Repair Process

    Auto Body Mechanic Disassembling Damaged Vehicle

    Car crashes can unfortunately occur at any time, at any place, and to anyone – which can result in costly collision repair services . However, there are a number of precautions that you can take to avoid an accident in the first place. To learn more, check out these great resources from around the Web:

    • For more information about how to drive safely in bad weather, take a look at this article from JDPower.com.
    • This article from DMV.org will teach you how to check and maintain tire pressure .
    • Do you know what to do if your vehicle skids or hydroplanes in rainy conditions? If not, then be sure to check out this article from Weather.com.
    • Edmunds.com offers some advice on what to do after a car accident .
    • The National Safety Council has put together this guide to better prepare you in the event of engine failure on the highway . Check out this webpage to learn more.

    For more information about auto body repair in San Jose , contact Michael J’s Body Shop at (408) 279-2070.

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Michael J’s Body Shop

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    From everyone at Michael J’s Body Shop, we wish you and your family a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful to be able to serve you and for your continued support.

    We will be closed on Thursday, but will reopen for business as usual on Friday and Saturday. If you have any questions, please call (408) 279-2070.

  • Congrats to Michael Burke for Winning Our Stanford Football Tickets! Enjoy The Game, Michael!

    As a “thank-you” to our Facebook fans, we gave away two tickets to the SOLD OUT Stanford vs Notre Dame football game on Friday. Michael Burke was randomly chosen to win, and Rich from Michael J’s hand-delivered the tickets!

    Rich from Michael J's Body Shop & Michael Burke - Congratulations, Michael!

    Rich of Michael J’s Body Shop and MIchael Burke – the lucky Facebook fan who won two tickets to the sold-out Stanford vs Notre Dame football game next weekend. 


    Michael Burke - Winner of the Stanford vs Notre Dame football tickets

    Congratulations, MIchael! We hope you and your wife have a blast at the game next weekend. Go Cardinals!!


    Thank you to all of our fans for your support! If you haven’t already, click here to like our Facebook fan page . We are going to give away other great prizes in the future, so stay connected with us!

  • Common Damages Vehicles Suffer Following Collisions

    Right of Way

    If your vehicle has been in a collision, then it’s crucial that your insurance adjuster and auto body shop thoroughly inspect it for damage. While it’s true that low-speed collisions are likely to result in little more than dented doors and broken headlights, even automobiles with seemingly minor cosmetic damage can pose inherent risks to the person driving it. Read on to learn more about some of the common damages vehicles suffer following collisions:

    • Engine Damage: An engine is comprised of numerous interconnected parts and components. Unfortunately, damage to just one of these parts is often enough to put your vehicle out of commission. To avoid further engine damage and the inconvenience of an unexpected breakdown, visit an experienced body shop to have your engine fully checked out.
    • Frame Damage: One of the most important safety features of your car is the one you can’t see: the frame. In fact, the frame is the foundation on which the entire vehicle is built. While direct damage at the point of impact is usually quite apparent, indirect frame damage from a collision is not always as obvious or easily recognizable. To ensure that your vehicle’s frame is in good condition, visit an experienced body shop as soon as possible.
    • Suspension Damage: More times than not, a vehicle that is involved in a collision will sustain damage to the front or rear suspension. Unfortunately, damaged suspension components are not always apparent to the untrained eye. Unless you are trained to inspect all the parts and components of your vehicle’s suspension, such as axles and CV joints, leave it to an auto body repair specialist.

    After a collision, visit Michael J’s Body Shop for all your auto body repair services . No matter which company your vehicle is insured with, you can count on Michael J’s for reliable and high-quality collision repair. For more information, call us at (408) 279-2070.

  • Auto Insurance: How Do Insurance Companies Define a Total Auto Loss?

    Immediately following an accident, you evaluate the situation: you’re OK, your children are OK, and the other driver is OK. Your car, on the other hand, isn’t so fortunate. You watch as it is towed away, deflated airbags dangling from the dashboard and broken glass littering the street. Shortly thereafter, you receive dreadful news from your insurance agent: Your vehicle is considered a total loss. But how did they come to this conclusion and what can you do if you disagree?

    To learn how insurance companies define a vehicle as totaled, take a look at this video. Additionally, find out how these situations are open to negotiations and what you can do to overturn the decision.

    If you succeed in overturning the decision to have your vehicle totaled, then choose Michael J’s Body Shop for all your auto body repair services . In addition to the big name companies, we work with local and regional insurance providers to help salvage your car. For more information, contact us online or call (408) 279-2070.