• New Tech to Prevent Car Collisions

    Investing in a newer model of car may help keep you out of the hospital and the auto body shop. Newer models tend to have better anti-crash technology, such as the systems discussed in this featured video. When you watch it, you’ll see a demonstration of how high-tech cars can help prevent collisions.

    Forward collision warnings and autonomous braking systems both work by constantly scanning the traffic using sensors that assess distance and the relative speed between vehicles. Based on this information, drivers can receive multiple warnings of the imminent risk of a crash. Some systems automatically brake the car if the driver doesn’t respond in time.

    Michael J’s Body Shop provides complete collision repair services in San Jose, including bumper repair. Call (408) 279-2070 to ask about our free pick-up assistance.

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Car Crash Etiquette

    Etiquette is probably the last thing on your mind after someone rear-ends your car. Do try to remember, however, that handling a car wreck inappropriately can make the situation worse. Plus, using the right etiquette can preserve your ability to collect compensation for your collision repairs .

    Do check for injuries and call the police.

    As soon as the car has stopped, carefully check yourself for injuries. Your body will release a surge of adrenaline when something traumatic happens, such as a car accident, and the adrenaline can mask the initial symptoms of injuries. In other words, you might not realize you’re injured unless you see or feel it. Run your hands over your face and scalp to check for broken glass and bleeding. Check your passengers too, if applicable. If your car is in the path of oncoming traffic, move it to the shoulder if it is still operable. Then, call the police. Let the dispatcher know if an ambulance is needed.

    Do stay calm and collect essential information.

    Take a deep breath and collect yourself before getting out of the car and walking over to the other driver. Exchange important information, such as full names, addresses, phone numbers, and driver’s license numbers. You should also collect and provide the following:

    • Insurance company’s name and contact information
    • Insurance policy number
    • License plate number
    • Make and model of the vehicle

    Don’t apologize or admit fault.

    It’s natural to say “I’m sorry” after something bad happens, even if you clearly didn’t cause it to happen. Resist this temptation after a car crash. The other driver might remember it, and tell the police or insurance company that you admitted fault for the crash. It’s best to avoid discussing the specifics of how the crash happened while speaking with the other driver .

    Don’t forget to call your insurance company.

    Provide the basic facts your insurance adjuster needs, and ask any questions you may have, such as how long it will be until you can get a check. Have your car towed to the auto collision center. Make sure your insurance adjuster gets the estimate in a timely manner to avoid any delays.

    Our customers turn to Michael J’s Body Shop because of our reputation for expert craftsmanship and our unmatched commitment to courteous customer service. We’re so confident in our auto body repair abilities that we offer a customer satisfaction guarantee. Call our auto body shop in San Jose at (408) 279-2070 to request a fast and honest estimate.

  • Common Types of Hidden Collision Damage

    Collision repair experts most often work with vehicle owners not long after they’ve been in a car accident. But a surprising number of people avoid taking their cars to auto body shops after a crash because the damage seems to be minor, or only cosmetic in nature. This can be a costly mistake. It’s all too easy for a car to have serious damage that you can’t see. Only a skilled technician can spot the hidden collision damage.

    Restricted Cooler Hose

    A malfunctioning transmission is one of the most costly repairs that car owners dread. Your transmission may be working fine after the crash, but if you don’t take your vehicle to an auto body shop, you may have an undiagnosed cooler hose problem. The force of the impact can damage this hose, such as by pinching it and restricting the flow of essential fluids. If the cooler hose can’t cool down the transmission, the transmission will eventually fail.

    Wheel Misalignment

    Collision specialists routinely check wheel alignment after a crash. Since driving over a pothole can cause wheel misalignment, it only makes sense that the impact of a car accident will too. If your wheels aren’t aligned properly, your tires will wear out unevenly , and you’ll have to replace them sooner. Since you might not notice this until months after the crash, your insurance company probably won’t pay for it. Additionally, checking the wheel alignment may reveal other problems that require fixing, such as damage to the suspension system.

    Diagnostic Codes

    Car repair technicians have the necessary equipment to check a car’s diagnostic codes. After a crash, you may have pending codes, even if your check engine light isn’t on. In many cases, a technician can even determine if the code occurred before or after the accident, making it easier for you to get your insurance company to pay for the damage.

    The highly trained technicians at Michael J’s Body Shop will go over every inch of your car to make sure it’s returned to you in its pre-accident condition. We even offer extended business hours, including Saturdays, for your convenience. Call us at (408) 279-2070 right away if you need bumper repair services in San Jose.

  • What Our Customers Love About Michael J’s

    Since 1988, drivers in San Jose have put their trust in Michael J’s Body Shop. Since we’re a family-owned collision repair business, we’re able to devote our time to providing superior customer service. We treat every car as if it were our own. We’re so confident in our exceptional auto collision repair process that we offer a written lifetime guarantee on all of our repairs.

    But don’t just take our word for it. We invite you to check out the testimonials on our website. You’ll find that our loyal customers come to our auto body shop because of our friendly staff, skilled technicians, and speedy repair process. Our customers love us because of our reputation for honesty and integrity, superior craftsmanship, and commitment to customer satisfaction.

    See for yourself why so many drivers turn to Michael J’s Body Shop when they need collision repairs performed near San Jose. You can get in touch at (408) 279-2070—and remember to check out our rave reviews online!

  • Why Drivers Should Always Check Passengers for Seatbelt Compliance

    Not all states require rear passengers to be buckled in, which is why all drivers should get into the habit of making sure their passengers are using their seatbelts. After all, parents wouldn’t think of driving anywhere unless their kids were safely buckled in, and so it isn’t logical to assume that adult passengers would be any less at risk during a crash.

    You can learn about the risks of unbuckled passengers when you watch this video. You’ll learn that, even at low speeds, a crash will send an unbuckled rear passenger flying forward into the driver’s seat. This can cause the buckled-in driver to be propelled forward into the airbag. Drivers are about twice as likely to be killed in a collision when the passenger seated behind them isn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    The team at Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose wishes you and your passengers safe travels. Call our auto body shop at (408) 279-2070 to request information about collision repair or car dent removal.