Winter car repairs
Auto body repairs are pretty common during winter, if not more when compared to other times of the year. Several reasons abound why, from car accidents to having received a large Christmas bonus from your boss. But what exactly do car owners bring their vehicles to auto body repair shop for at this time of the year?
Body Repair and Replacement
Road accidents are quite high during winter, and the reasons why vary greatly. Some accidents are caused by the weather and the season itself – with the roads becoming slippery due to ice and snow. Because of this, collisions often happen. In such cases, car owners usually bring their vehicles to auto body repair shops to have damaged parts (like bumpers or rears for instance) replaced with a new one. However, since this can be very expensive and takes a long time (especially if the shop still has to import that particular body part from another place or country) and if the damage is not severe, most car owners usually just have the damaged part repaired (like hammering out dents and painting over them.)
Auto Body Repainting
Body paints suffer a lot of damage during winter, especially with regards to scratches. Ice build-ups are common among cars left outside overnight. Water and moisture on the vehicles surface collect dust, dirt, or any debris as they freeze. When the temperature becomes warmer, these ice sheets slide off the vehicle’s surface, and as they do, the debris and grit that they have collected brushes against the vehicle’s paint. Another reason for scratching is improper ice and snow removal. Some car owners tend to forcefully scrape the ice and snow off their vehicles using sharp tools, and in the process, leave scratch marks. Thus, it is best to lift the ice off the vehicle’s surface instead of scraping them off.
Winter also brings a lot of moisture, which then cause the vehicle’s body to rust. This is especially true if the vehicle’s coating isn’t good quality. In addition, the salt spread on the road also tend to get attached to the vehicle as you drive by. These salts are also known to instigate rusting. The salt will have to pass through layers of finishes and paint before they reach the metal and cause any real damage. But still, if your vehicle has chipped paint or exposed metal, rusting due to salt can happen.