• Car Suspension Systems 101

    A car’s suspension system connects the body of the car to the wheels and helps them work together by maintaining motion between them. The suspension helps to maintain a smooth ride quality, even when road surfaces are bumpy. During an accident, suspensions are sometimes damaged, making them a common focus of collision repairs.

    Watch this video to learn more about how car suspensions work. Despite many efforts at developing new systems, most engineers agree that a wishbone design for suspension is the best fit.

    At Michael J’s Body Shop, our expert collision repair team in San Jose can get your car road-ready again after an accident, with everything from bumper repair to dent removal. For more information, please call (408) 279-2070.

  • Spotlight on Our Collision Repair Services

    Getting into an auto accident is frustrating and scary. Once you have determined that you and anyone else involved in the collision is not injured, the next step is to turn your attention to your car. Getting the right collision repairs is essential to prevent future problems with your car, retain its value, and make it safe for driving. At Michael J’s Body Shop, our extensive collision repair services mean our location is a one-stop shop for your repair needs. Here are some of the services we offer at our auto body shop to make collision repairs fast and convenient for you.

    Auto Body Repair

    Body damage is extremely common in collisions. Whether you have minor damage, like a dented bumper, or serious damage to the entire side of your vehicle, we can restore your car to its pre-accident condition. We make sure every inch of your vehicle gets the attention you need, regardless of how minor or severe the damage may be. If your car needs to be painted, you can rest assured that our paint-matching experts will get you the right color for a seamless finish. Once we are done with our auto body repair and painting services, you won’t be able to tell that your car was in a collision at all.

    Frame Straightening

    A major risk after an auto accident is frame damage. Sometimes, auto body shops don’t detect frame damage, and in other instances, they cannot adequately fix it. At our shop, we can safely and effectively restore your frame to maintain its integrity. Frame damage doesn’t have to mean that your car is a write-off, as long as you choose the right repair shop.

    Alignment Repairs

    The force of a collision can knock your car out of alignment, and it may not be immediately recognizable. However, even a slight problem with your alignment can cause uneven wearing on your tires and impact the drivability of your car. We can ensure your alignment is restored if is affected by an accident.

    When you need collision repairs in San Jose, choose Michael J’s Body Shop for the service that you need. Make an appointment for repairs or get more information about our services by calling (408) 279-2070.

     

  • Get Rid of Hail Damage with Our Dent Repair Service

    Even a small hailstorm can cause a surprising amount of body damage to your car. More significant hail events can leave your car completely riddled with serious dents. Fortunately, even if the damage is severe, your car isn’t a write-off if hail causes body damage. Your auto body shop can restore your car to normal with dent removal services.

    At Michael J’s Body Shop, we don’t attempt to bang out dents from the front but rather manipulate the metal from the underside. This lets us pop dents back into place seamlessly, without the risk of further vehicle damage. If the hail didn’t damage your paint, we can even provide paintless dent repairs in many cases, which saves you both time and money.

    Whether you have a few minor dings on your car or serious dents across the body, Michael J’s Body Shop can provide dent repairs to have your car looking like new again. To make an appointment for service at our auto body shop in San Jose, please call (408) 279-2070.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Protecting Your Car’s Paint Job

    If you want to keep your car for as long as possible, or if you hope to sell your car for as much as possible someday, then one of the most important things you can do is to take steps to protect the paint job. In some cases, this may mean taking your car to an auto paint shop to touch up your color, especially if you have had your car for an extended period of time or live in an area where there is a significant environmental toll on your car, such as near saltwater. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to extend the life of your paint for as long as possible. These strategies will help.

    Wax Your Car Regularly

    Regular waxing is an essential step in keeping your paint in top condition. Wax is a barrier between your paint and pollution and other environmental conditions that can make your paint look dull, faded, and lifeless. Generally, you should wax your car every three months, or more often if you are noticing the signs of paint damage. This rule applies even if you have clear coat protection on your paint. Keep in mind that hand waxing your car or having waxing done by a professional is far superior to driving through a car wash with an automatic waxing cycle.

    Clean Bird Droppings When They Occur

    Bird droppings are more than annoying. They can cause significant damage to your paint if they aren’t cleaned off your car as quickly as possible. This is because bird droppings have a high amount of acid in them, which is corrosive to paint. When they occur, spot clean the affected area to protect your paint.

    Practice Careful Parking

    Whenever possible, park your car inside of a structure, so that it is not exposed to the elements. If you are unable to park inside, consider getting a car cover to use when it is going to be in one place for an extended period of time.

    Michael J’s Body Shop offers comprehensive auto body and paint service to help your car look its best for as long as you drive it. For more information about auto body paint service in San Jose, please call (408) 279-2070.