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Wind Damage – What it can do to your Car

Wind Damage – What it can do to your Car

Weather can be infamous for being unpredictable. Unfortunately, the weather can cause damage to your automobile. Rain, sleet, and snow can lead to collisions, and the weather itself can cause damage to your car. Hail is notorious for wreaking a car’s exterior, but wind can also be a factor. There are months in the year, where it has been very windy in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Winds up to 40 miles per hour have been known to be reported for days on end. But how can wind damage your car? You just might be surprised by the many ways it can.

Wind Damage to a Car Door Hinge

Wind damage to your car from flying objects or door hinges damaged can be repaired at Barbosa's Kustom Kolor in Pakrville, MO.

Have you ever been driving on a very windy day, park your car and open the door to get out when a giant gust of wind kicks up? It’s not something you would be prepared for, but often that gust of wind can be so strong that it can bend back the joint hinge on your car door, damaging the hinge and possibly the side panel of your car. It might also make it impossible to close your car door. The door hinge can be damaged in such a way that it won’t allow the car door to swing back closed. Or if it does, the wind damage doesn’t let the door close correctly, flush with the side of the car. This type of damage to a car is undoubtedly unexpected and frustrating. If there is good news, it is that many times the auto body repair needed for this type of wind damage repair is covered by auto insurance.

Other Wind Damage Problems

When the wind picks up so does the potential for damage to your car caused by flying or rolling objects. For example, one of the most common causes of damage to cars is shopping carts banging up against them, denting side or back panels while scraping off paint. When it’s a particularly windy day, shopping carts careening through parking lots can be real trouble. Nothing is worse than coming out of a store to find your car damaged.

Auto Body Repair for Wind Damage

Never fear the weather or unexpected wind damage to your car when you are a customer of Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor in Parkville, MO. They have years of experience in all types of auto body repair situations, including door joint repair and scratch and dent removal. They’ve seen it all and are ready to get your car back in pristine shape. End your frustrations by putting their phone number, (816) 741-6348 in your cell phone contacts in case you ever need auto body repair. If you’re in an auto accident and your car needs to be towed, ask the tow truck driver to drop it off at Barbosa’s. They will give you an honest estimate, facilitate a rental car if necessary and work with your insurance company. They will get you back on the road in no time. No matter what the cause is, wind damage, hail damage or an auto accident, Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor is your one-stop-shop for auto body repairs. This article was originally published in March 2018 and has been recently updated. 
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Automobile Scratch Repair

Automobile Scratch Repair

When you think about wear and tear on your car, the engine usually comes to mind. How much mileage you put on your car determines when maintenance and repairs are due. But have you noticed the wear and tear on the outside of your car lately? Is it riddled with small dents and scratches caused by car doors banging up against it, shopping carts colliding with it, or even worse, a key scraped along the side? We promise not to ask what caused that! Keeping your car looking good on the outside makes you proud to drive it. And when it comes time to sell it or trade it in, the appearance is crucial. What actually goes into scratch repair and can you do it yourself? Keep reading to learn all about how to get your car back in shape.

What’s the Process of Scratch Repair?

Determining the size, location, and depth of a car scratch is the first step necessary for figuring out how it should be repaired. Small scratches that are on the surface can often be buffed out and polished. Sometimes this process can remove a significant portion of the clear coat which will have to be reapplied. Deeper nicks require additional scratch repair steps. Sanding down the scratch is first, then priming and blocking (making it straight) are next. Sealing to avoid rust, then painting and polishing are the final steps. If a scratch has occurred in a problematic location or also has dented your car, additional steps are needed. DIY car scratch repair is not recommended. There are many kits on the market, but they don’t really get the job done right. Often the scratch ends up looking worse and not matching the original car color. The repairs won’t last long, and dent removal is even more difficult. There are some things that are better left to the professionals.

Barbosa’s Scratch Repair Service

Restore your car back to its original luster with Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor in Parkville, MO. They know auto body repair and can accurately analyze your car scratches to determine the optimal method of repair. They will perform each step expertly with proper preparation, drying times, color matching and more. Your scratch repairs will look amazing. Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor uses high-quality PPG paints that can color match any make and model car. And when your car is finished, they can even install protective door guards to keep scratches from happening again. You can be proud to drive your car. Your “friends” might insist you always drive. Call (816) 741-6348 today for an estimate appointment or contact Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor online. You won’t find a more honest or experienced auto repair shop in the Kansas City area. Get your car back in shape and enjoy the ride once again.
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Deer and Car Collisions – What you Need to Know

Deer and Car Collisions – What you Need to Know

No one ever expects to get hit by a deer, but it can certainly happen, especially this time of year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 1.5 million deer and car collisions occur every year in the United States. And with October through December being the height of their mating season, deer are very active. They also tend to migrate during this time frame. These factors lead to auto accidents and extensive damage to cars. It is estimated that deer and car collisions cost Americans over $1 billion in vehicle damage each year.

How to Avoid and Handle a Deer and Car Collision

Not only are deer busy this time of year, so are humans. Rushing around preparing for the holidays can cause many to be distracted. When driving during peak deer activity season, the best defense is to always remain alert. Drive extra cautiously through posted deer crossing zones or down back roads that travel through farmland or forests. Be sure to use the vehicle's high-beams when possible. They can illuminate the deer’s eyes or alert you to one near the roadway. Many times, those few extra moments of spotting a deer can help avoid a collision. Keep in mind that deer tend to travel in herds. When you see one, there most likely are more. They usually walk in single file lines. A near miss with one deer is a sure sign to slow down; there may be more. And always wear seatbelts. If a deer and car collision occur, seatbelts just might save a life. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 60% of deaths caused by cars hitting animals were from people not wearing their seatbelts. Should you find yourself in a deer and car collision situation it’s best to remain as calm as possible. Do your best to stay in your lane, even if that means hitting a deer. Many times the instinct is to swerve, but then you may move into the path of another vehicle or lose control of yours. Hold on tight to the steering wheel and apply the brake firmly. Newer cars are equipped with anti-lock brakes and airbags to help keep people safe.

Are you covered in a Deer and Car Collision?

The aftermath of a deer and car collision can be a headache. The good news is most likely your auto insurance company will cover your auto repair expenses minus your deductible. If you have comprehensive coverage, damaged caused by hitting an animal is typically covered. Keep in mind though; should you swerve to miss a deer and hit a tree or another vehicle, collision coverage would be needed to cover those expenses. In each case, the car owner must pay their deductible first. Usually, comprehensive coverage rates do not increase when an animal has damaged a car.

How to get back on the road

The Insurance Information Institute estimates the average cost of deer and car collision insurance claims to be over $4000 (2015). These large animals can undoubtedly cause a lot of damage. The good news is that many vehicles can be repaired and these repairs are often covered by insurance. Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor located in Parkville, MO is an Auto Body Repair Shop that has repaired many deer caused car crashes. They have the experience and knowledge to fix your vehicle the right way and paint the repairs to match. They’ll help work with the insurance company to make sure you receive the correct compensation payment. You won’t find a more dedicated and honest company ready to get you back on the road. So if you find yourself with a busted up vehicle due to a collision with a deer, call (816) 741-6348 or contact Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor online today.
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Wet Road Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Wet Road Dangers and How to Avoid Them

As we have witnessed in recent weather events, water can be very dangerous. Since it is in our everyday lives, we don’t often think of its potential hazards. Water and roads, mixed with driving can be a deadly combination. Being aware of the dangers of wet roads and how you can protect yourself just might save you from an unfortunate situation.

Hydroplaning on Wet Roads

The condition of your tires and the amount of standing water on a road can lead to hydroplaning. This is a phenomenon where water builds up under the tires of your car faster than it is pushed away. The vehicle is essentially riding on top of the water with no traction to turn or stop. Your car is now at the mercy of momentum and the flow of the water. Highways in the US are built to arch slightly, higher in the middle and lower at the edges. Many roads, however, are not built to this standard. And even roads that are can experience standing water when significant amounts of rain fall quickly. The state of your tires is a huge factor when it comes to hydroplaning. Lower tread, worn-out tires cannot funnel water outward quickly enough. Driving faster increases the risk as well. When stuck in a big downpour, reduce your speed. And beforehand, check your tires. Is the tread low? Have they not been replaced or rotated in years? Purchasing new tires may be necessary.

Other Wet Road Tips

Keep you and your passengers safe when wet roads lie ahead.

*Slow Down – Maintain an increased distance behind cars to avoid accidents and reduce your speed. Even small amounts of rain can cause roads to be oily and slippery.

*Avoid Standing Water – Judging the depth of puddles is nearly impossible. Don’t drive through them.

*Use Wipers - Make sure your wiper blades are always in good condition, replacing them once a year.

*Turn on Headlights – Many modern cars do this automatically when wipers are engaged or it gets dark outside. If yours doesn’t, be sure to turn them on manually.

*Brake Less – Sudden braking can lead to hydroplaning or a collision. If possible take your foot off the gas to slow down and brake slowly.

*Wear Sunglasses – During a rainstorm sunglasses can often help you see more clearly.

*Pull Over – Should rain become too heavy for wipers to keep up with and visibility is bad, pull over. Be sure to turn off your lights so others don’t follow behind you.

Staying safe on the roads is essential. Even if your ride takes longer due to wet roads, arriving safely is the ultimate goal. Always be alert and extra vigilant when driving in the rain. Should you experience an unfortunate accident and need auto body repairs, Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor in Parkville, MO is ready to put the pieces back together for you. They’ll work with your insurance company and even help secure a rental car. Stay safe out there especially on wet roads!
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