• Watch: Is Your Car a Total Loss?

    Whenever an auto collision leaves you without your car, it is important to act quickly in order to get a good auto insurance settlement.

    This video discusses what you should do if your vehicle is declared a total loss. The biggest mistake that car owners make is relying on the auto insurance company to come up with the value of the vehicle—don’t be afraid to challenge their offer with facts and examples. If the car has 80% of its value in repairs, it is probably going to be considered a total loss.

    For an appraisal of the cost of repairing your wrecked auto, come to Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose. If you have questions, call us at (408) 279-2070.

  • What to Do in the Moments Following a Car Accident

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    Car accidents frequently occur, causing motorists distress. In the moments following a car accident, there are various steps you can take to maximize the efficiency of your insurance claim. If you’re involved in a car accident, then remember the following tips:

    Secure the Scene

    When an accident occurs, there is a high probability that someone was injured, so you should try to make the accident scene as safe as possible and call the authorities. Once the police or EMS personnel arrive, they can take control of the situation.

    Exchange Information with the Other Party

    After an accident, you will need the other party’s insurance information and contact details in order to file your claim. Calmly and politely ask for the driver’s information and give yours in return. Should someone refuse to give you his or her information, notify the other motorist that this is illegal, and if police are present, then have them intervene.

    Document the Damage and Nature of the Accident

    Once you obtain the other driver’s contact information, you should begin documenting the accident with a camera or camera phone. The photos you take after an accident will be used in your insurance claim , so remember to be thorough and take your time.

    Call Your Insurance Provider

    In order for your claim to be quick and efficient, you should file it immediately following an accident. Alerting your insurance agent will allow him or her to make the necessary arrangements for your vehicle, including setting up repairs and providing you with a rental vehicle.

    Michael J’s Body Shop is the best collision repair shop in San Jose , and we can have you back on the road in no time. We’ll work with you and your insurance company to restore your car to its original condition. Call us at (408) 279-2070 or visit us online for additional information.


  • A Basic Guide to Getting around While Your Car Is in the Body Shop


    When your car is stuck in the shop, you’re often left feeling helpless. Although many people have been in this situation, it’s important to know that not all body shops are the same—at Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose, it’s easy to get around while your car is in the body shop . Keep reading to find out why:

    • Getting to the Body Shop

    The first challenge that most people encounter after an auto collision is how to get their car to the body shop. If it’s a Saturday, it might not be possible to take your car in at all. At Michael J’s, however, you can count on being able to take your car into our shop with our extended hours and Saturday availability. We even offer free pick-up assistance anywhere in San Jose.

    • Obtaining a Rental Car

    After you drop your car off at a body shop, you will need to start looking for an affordable auto rental . At Michael J’s, we take pride in making this process as stress-free as possible for you. We will help you secure temporary transportation, thus reducing the hassle and time spent trying to get a rental car.

    Many body shops take their time and have no sense of urgency. Michael J’s Body Shop is different—we provide cost-effective, lifetime warranty repairs that make your car look just like new. Our reduced cycle time will ensure that you are back on the road in the shortest amount of time possible.

    Bring your vehicle to us for cutting-edge, affordable, Monday-through-Saturday auto body repair. Call us at (408) 279-2070 or contact us for an email estimate for your auto repair.

  • Donate to Second Harvest With Michael J’s Body Shop!

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    Michael J’s Body Shop is teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed local families this holiday season.

    Click here to donate on our personalized page.

    Thank you for your support!

  • Adjusting Your Car Mirror 101: Watch for a Quick Lesson

    Driving safely is important if you want to stay out of harm’s way and avoid steep collision repair bills. This short video can tell you more about mirror adjustment that can help you avoid blind spots.

    The blind spot of a vehicle is the area behind and to the flank of a vehicle that can’t be seen by a driver. By adjusting your mirrors properly, you can make the blind spot of your vehicle as small as possible, reducing your chances of an accident.

    If you are involved in an accident, then call Michael J’s Body Shop at (408) 279-2070 for quality repairs at the most affordable prices. Visit us online for additional information about our San Jose-area repair shop .

  • Michael J’s is Helping Fight Hunger with Second Harvest Food Bank. Donate Today!

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    Michael J’s Body  Shop has teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to fight hunger! We are holding a food drive so area families will have healthy meals on their tables this holiday season.

    Second Harvest Food Bank allows you to choose what you would like to donate – and all food items are available at a fraction of the regular retail cost. Your dollar will stretch even further, making many families’ holiday seaon much brighter.

    Click here to visit our special Michael J’s Virtual Food Drive page on the Second Harvest Website to make your donation. Every little bit helps. Happy holidays!

  • Auto Paint Restoration – It’s an Art!


    When cars are involved in collisions, chances are they will need body work. One of the most complicated aspects of body work and collision repair is paint restoration. Paint colors vary greatly between different automotive manufacturers, and making a car look exactly as it did before an accident requires the right equipment and skills. Here is an in-depth look at how paint is repaired and restored to its original condition after an accident.

    • Paint Matching

    One of the most important aspects of paint restoration is paint matching, which refers to the process of mixing different hues of paint in order to achieve a specific color. Base colors are mixed first. Then, more colors are added to refine the shade until its perfect. All automotive paints come with a code that, when entered into a computer, can tell a body shop technician the type of paints to mix and in what quantities to mix them.

    • Paint Preparation

    Once the paint is matched, the preparation for painting the car begins. The first step is to  buff and sand the car down to its frame, removing the paint and the clear coat. Next, the technician will tape and cover the car with plastic so that only the area in need is painted. The last step of the process is the addition of the new clear coat, which the paint will bond with.

    • Paint Application

    The last step in a paint restoration is applying the colored paint to the exterior of the damaged area. Several coats ensure that the paint bonds properly to the vehicle. The specially designed paint guns used by auto body shops prevent clumping and an uneven coat.

    Michael J’s Body Shop is the preferred body shop oof the Del Grande Dealer Group in San Jose. Our body shop can help restore your car after an accident to its original condition. Call us at (408) 279-2070 or visit us online for more information.