• Understanding the Basics About Car Suspension Systems

    You may not think about your car’s suspension system very often, but it is one of the most important components of your car—and it can easily be damaged in an accident. That’s why you should take your car to a body shop that specializes in fixing alignment and suspension issues in the wake of a collision.


    Watch this video to learn more about how car suspension systems work. Because suspension issues might not be immediately apparent after an accident, your system should always be inspected after a collision.


    Michael J’s Body Shop provides expert auto body repair and alignment and suspension service to help you get back on the road safely after an accident. Contact our auto body shop in San Jose by calling (408) 279-2070.

  • FAQs About Structural Damage to Cars

    After a collision, sometimes the damage to your car may not appear in the form of dents and scratches. Your car may look fine on the outside but be hiding structure damage underneath the surface. This kind of structural damage may not be obvious at first, but it could compromise the safety of your vehicle and cause problems with your car in the future. When you choose an auto body shop for collision repairs, be sure to pick one that knows how to look for more than external damage and that can provide fixes to structure damage, such as frame straightening. Here are the answers to some of the questions that car owners often have about structural damage.


    What exactly is structural damage?

    Your car’s structure is the frame and underpinnings of the car found underneath the external surface. In the past, this structure was in two pieces, but today’s cars are built as so-called unibody structures, in which the panels of the body and the chassis are built as a single unit. This design allows vehicles to weigh less, which improves fuel efficiency. Structure damage refers to damage that occurs to this unibody structure, usually during a collision.


    How do I know if I have structural damage?

    In some cases, structural damage will be obvious, but in other instances, you may not know you have structural damage until someone inspects your car and finds it. An auto body shop can detect structural damage during collision repairs by disassembling your car and inspecting it for signs of damage.


    Why is it important to repair structural damage?

    Structural damage can impact your ability to control your car while driving, and it could leave you more vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident. It can also cause excessive wear and tear on components and lower the value of your vehicle.


    Michael J’s Body Shop inspects every vehicle externally and internally as part of our auto body repair process and can perform challenging frame straightening repairs. To find out more about our auto body shop in San Jose, call (408) 279-2070.

  • Teaching Your Teens About Safe Driving

    Getting a driver’s license is one of the most exciting rites of passage for a teen. According to the National Safety Council, however, half of all teenage drivers will have a collision before they graduate from high school. Although only time on the road will help teens get the experience they need to become more skilled, confident drivers, there are things that parents can do to teach teens about driving safety. Reduce the chances that you will be seeking collision repairs after letting your teen borrow the car for the evening with these tips for teaching them safe driving.


    Lead by Example

    Teens mimic the habits of their parents when they are behind the wheel. Are you doing things when you’re driving that you wouldn’t want your teenager to copy, such as texting, speeding, or being aggressive with other drivers? Take a moment to examine your own driving habits, and make sure you’re demonstrating for your teen the kind of driver you want them to be.


    Lay Out Your Rules

    Teens are inexperienced drivers, so they shouldn’t have free rein over the car just because they passed their driving test. Let your teen know what you expect from him or her when using your car. For example, ban cell phone use and restrict the number of friends he or she can have in the car. Take action if your teen breaks the rules, gets a speeding ticket, or otherwise violates your expectations of safe driving by restricting his or her car use. Make sure your teen sees driving as a privilege that is earned by showing responsible behavior.


    Talk About Drinking and Driving

    Alcohol and driving never mix, and for teens, the risk of drinking and driving is particularly dangerous. Mixing inexperienced drivers and drinking can lead to life-altering consequences. Discuss the risks with your teen and consider a no-questions-asked policy to encourage your teen to call if you if he or she has been drinking, rather than getting behind the wheel.


    If you do need collision repair, no matter who was behind the wheel, choose Michael J’s Body Shop. Our auto body repair team can restore your vehicle to like-new condition. For more information about auto collision repairs, call (408) 279-2070.

  • What Is Included in a Quality Paint Job?

    You’ve probably seen advertisements for low-cost paint jobs for your car. Maybe you’ve even been tempted by them. However, what you should know about auto body paint jobs is that not all work is created equal. Quality paint jobs require skill and the right equipment to get the job done and make your car look as good as new.


    A quality paint job has a few different components, depending on the work you want done. If you need to refresh your paint or repaint your car as part of collision repair, you will first need to match the color. Colors vary across makes, models, and years, so you should choose an auto body shop that specializes in matching shades. Even if you decide to pick a new paint color, ensuring a like-new finish and adding gloss should be part of the process.


    Michael J’s Body Shop prides itself on delivering pristine auto body paint work as part of our collision repair services. Call our auto paint shop in San Jose at (408) 279-2070 for more information.