Car Accident NYC Car Wreck

8 Steps For What To Do After A Car Accident

Being in a Car Accident can be a scary situation, even beyond the initial accident itself. At Auto Group Collision of Brooklyn we aim to help educate our customers and the New York City public on the best tips to handle the situation should you find yourself in a car accident. Here is an 8 Step Guide on what you should do after a Car Accident.  It is never a good thing when a car accident occurs. But, when it does, there are some important steps that you can take to ensure that everyone involved is safe, to also abide by the law to start the process of the insurance claim. Most importantly please always remember to call 911 for help following any car accidents. A car can be replace but your health and safety of you and other drivers should always be the first concern following any car accident.
  1. Check to see if you are injured.
If you notice that you sustained an injury because of the accident, then you should quickly call 911. You can also ask another person to help you call them. If the injury is severe, try as much as possible to stay at a position without moving, and be patient while emergency personnel arrives.
  1. Check to see if the passengers are safe.
If your condition can allow you to move or if you are not severely injured, check your whole passengers. Pick up your phone and call emergency services if anyone is injured.
  1. Move to a safer area.
If you can still move, then hurry and move away from the road to a sidewalk or anywhere safe from the road. If it is possible for you, pull your vehicle away if you notice that it cause more trouble where it is. If the vehicle is not safe to be driven, then just leave it there and go to a safe area
  1. Contact 911.
It is important to call the police after a car accident, whether it a minor accident or a major one. Some states have even made it a legal requirement. The officers that respond will document the whole report of what happened in the scene. But if you wait and the police cannot or does not come to the accident scene, then locate a police station closer to you there and make the report by yourself.
  1. Be patient and wait for someone to help out.
Turn your car’s engine off, make use of your road flares and leave your hazard lights on. These will signal other vehicles coming to be mindful and slow down.
  1. Share information.
Once you are sure that you and your passengers are safe, then you and the other motorist should share insurance and contact information. Here is the important info that you both should exchange:
  • Contact info and full name
  • Vehicle plate number and driver’s license
  • Accident location
  • Insurance policy and company number
  • Model, type, and color of vehicle
According to the III, it is better for you to stay out of “fault discussion” with the second motorist. After you have filed the insurance claim, the person at fault will be determined by the adjuster in charge of your claim. This will be done after the adjuster has inspected the damaged vehicles, the information that the two parties have been provided, and other relevant documents, like the photographs or police report.
  1. Documentation of the accident.
To keep yourself protected, it is recommended by the III that you take these steps:
  • Know the police officers: As soon as the police come to the scene, ensure that you get their badge number and name.
  • Get your copy: Tell the officers thy you need your own accident report copy. It would be needed when you want to file an insurance claim.
  • Snap pictures: Snap the damages on the two cars from various angles. You can also snap the plate number of the second car. The photographs will be helpful during the insurance claim.
  • Write names: Ensure that you have the addresses and names of everyone involved in the accident, including the other cars' passengers.
  • Speak with witnesses: Write the contact information and names of the whole witnesses, if available.
After documenting all these, keep the information page inside your car.
  1. Start the insurance claim process.
Call your insurer at the accident scene, and he will let you know what is needed for your claim to be processed. Accidents are always frustrating, but if you follow these simple steps things will go smoothly. If you want to repair your car after an accident in Brooklyn, just call us and our experts are here to give you professional auto body repair services. We are here to help those drivers in a Brooklyn or New York City Car Accident. Has your car been in a car accident? If your vehicle has received body, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!
Parked Car

What to Do When Someone Hits Your Parked Car?

Parking in New York City alone can be a challenge, even more so when another driver hits your parked car. The first and most important thing to do when another vehicle hits your parked car is to call the police to investigate the incident and make proper reports. You also need to inform your insurance agent concerning the accident so he/she can start the process of your claim because there is every possibility that your damages would be covered by the insurance company only if your policy covers uninsured coverage or collision coverage. What are the necessary steps to take when you get to the scene? There are majorly three important steps that are needed for you to take whenever someone hits your parked car:
  1. Inform the police: the moment you call the police, it is their job to document an official incident report regarding the damage to your car. This report is fundamental when you are trying to file your insurance claim, which is stated by the Insurance Information Institute (III), also make sure you have some other information like the badge number and name of the officer that made the report.
  2. Document the incident: you would need to gather as much information as possible that would help your claim get processed easily. The information could include the date, time, and location of where the accident happened while your car was parked. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners recommends that you take necessary pictures that can be helpful, such as tire marks or debris left behind.
  3. Inform your insurer: it is best to always inform your insurer as soon as possible, only then would the memories be fresh. Your agent would let you know the necessary things needed to file the claim. Some insurance companies could have an application that allows you to upload the file, this process would be easier on the clients.
And if the accident was done by mistake and the driver leaves a note, you would need to share this with your insurer, so that your insurer can meet with the driver’s insurer and they can come up with the best option in settling the claim. Hit-and-run accidents If in our case the driver who hit your vehicle doesn’t leave any note behind, the case would be classified as a hit-and-run accident. If your case is a hit-and-run accident then your insurance company would have to file the driver as an uninsured. The punishment is always different in different states, especially in Brooklyn whenever there is a hit-and-run case whereby it leads to a physical injury or damages your vehicle or both. Some state laws believe a hit-and-run is a felony if someone sustains any injuries while some state laws say that it is a felony if the car sustains any damages. Will, my insurance company pays if someone hits my parked car? It all depends on your policy coverage. If the conditions are met then your insurance company can pay for any damages. These are the coverage that would protect you if your car was hit while parked.
  • Collision coverage: this covers you for any form of repair or part change to your car. This is also applicable regardless of who is at fault.
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: this covers you from drivers who are not insured and decide to flee the scene of the accident. This is an optional coverage which makes it not applicable to all states.
With the payment of bother collision and uninsured coverage, you would need to pay some deductibles before your insurance company can assist you with any payment for the repair of your car. Your insurance company is not allowed to pass your policy limits, which is the maximum amount to pay for your accident claim. Has your parked car been hit? If your vehicle has received body, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!
Car Insurance Claim

What to Expect When Filing an Auto Insurance Claim

Filing an insurance claim after an accident can be a challenging process for many drivers already facing stresses from a car accident. You can never be too careful because no matter how great you say you are at driving, you would most likely get involved in one accident or the other. Whenever such a thing happens, you should make the right moves in making sure that everyone is in great shape, you can also go ahead and call the police to get involved and also try getting the other driver’s information. When the time comes to sign an auto insurance claim, you must be able to know the necessary information to put in and also the right coverage to use and how it works. Knowing the full process of what to expect while filing the claim would help the process run smoothly, and also make sure that funds necessary to repair your car are given to you promptly. You also need to find out if the insurer would need you to file a claim at that particular period. You also need to be aware that the process for each insurance company would be slightly different, but their steps have their similarities. Below are some things needed to make sure that the process was done correctly. Give the necessary information to your insurance provider The Insurance Information Institute states that when you are filing a claim to your insurer, you would need to provide the necessary information that is related to the accident, and some of the information that may be valuable includes:
  • Personal and vehicle information regarding the individuals involved in the accident.
  • The location of the accident, the time it happened, and the weather conditions at that particular time.
  • Photos of the damaged vehicles.
  • Name and identity of the officer that responded to the call, and reported to the accident.
  • Copy of the report.
Ask questions regarding your insurance coverage Before you get yourself into any trouble, you need to make sure that you understand your insurance policy and the things that it covers. So here are some things that you may need to know or ask while you file your insurance claim: Information about your deductible Whenever you first purchase your car insurance, you would be given some deductibles which include some coverage such as comprehensive and collision coverages, you would need to understand how your deductibles work. This is the amount of money that you would have to spend on repairs before the coverage starts.
  • How long does it take to file a claim?
It is good to always ask your insurer concerning the duration it takes before submitting a claim. This is because if you don’t submit your claim before the right time, you won’t be entitled to any money to repair your vehicle or any medical bills. Get an estimate from the insurance adjuster Every insurance company would always send an insurance adjuster who would inspect the vehicle damage and investigate what caused losses. With the necessary information, the insurance company can know who is at fault for the accident. Your insurance company would also provide you with an estimate that they are going to pay for repairs. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? Have questions about insurance claims or need help with your insurance claim? If your vehicle has received body, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!
Totaled Car Accident

What To Do After a Totaled Car Accident?

No one wants to hear the unfortunate news of their car is wrecked, especially during an accident. However, no one wants to be in an accident. Brooklyn collision repairs are quite common, due to the rate of accident, other than the injuries that the victims get, there is the painful scene of seeing a totaled car. And if the damage to your car doesn’t total your car, you can get proper assistance from your mechanic who can help process your insurance. They can also work on being your car's condition back to its pre-loss condition. “Totaled” Definition What does it mean when someone tells you that your car is totaled? It could mean either of these things:
  1. It is beyond repair.
  2. The cost to repair would be greater than the amount you bought the car.
It doesn’t matter if you are not paying for the damages, the insurance company would try to make you see how bad your car had been totaled, advising you against any risk of wasting money. Let’s take a scenario, if you had brought the car for $20,000 and the amount for the repairs is $27,000, then your car would be declared totaled. Depending on your coverage, you could end up being paid by the insurance company for the value of the car. In other to find out the cash value, you need to follow the necessary factors:
  1. The car model.
  2. The age of the car.
  3. The current condition of your car.
  4. Your mileage.
  5. Resale value and saleable parts.
  6. The amount the car can be sold for in the local market.
What happens when you’re not at fault for a totaled car wreck? There are a lot of instances where no one is to be blamed but through natural disasters. For example, during a storm, a tree was uprooted and fell on your car. If you are properly covered you would be fully reimbursed, minus any deductibles. Take note that the actual value is the cash value of the car if it was sold on the market if there weren't any damages.  Collision coverage would activate if our vehicle was damaged by a motorist or another vehicle. Then the decision is left to your insurance company if they want to seek any payment from the other party. Will an insurance company fully pay for a totaled car? It is recommended that you have both comprehensive and collision coverages on your car. So, when you have completely paid for the car, then the car becomes yours, it left to you to continue with the coverage or not. However, if you opt-out of the coverage you may have to cover payments yourself, especially if the fault came from you. Comprehensive coverage covers any damages caused by disasters and is unrelated to the crash. A collision coverage activates after an accident has occurred and addresses the damages made to the car. There are times when the insurance company won’t cover any damages, especially when the vehicle involved is completely totaled. A common reason for claim denial could involve:
  1. Wrong coverage plan.
  2. Failure to make some payments on time.
  3. Driving while under the influence of alcohol.
  4. Fraudulent claim.
How do you know when to file a totaled vehicle claim:
  1. You would need to check if you have completed payments on your deductibles.
  2. You can make necessary negotiation if we believe that your car value is worth it.
  3. Note that, after your claim has been approved your totaled car would be owned by the insurance company.
Has your car been in a totaled collision? If your vehicle has received body, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!
safe driving

Tips For Helping Your Teen Become a Safe Driver

As your kids begin to grow, getting a driver’s license becomes a right of passage, although it may seem like a simple document, it comes with plenty responsibilities but with the ultimate goal to make them a safe driver. In New York Teen Drivers must be 16 years old and complete the proper drivers education. Amongst the whole population, teenagers are more at risk when it comes to accidents. According to the reports from CDC, shows that at 2018 teenagers' cause of death is usually driving at a very top speed. An average of 7 people between the ages of 13 and 19 years have died from a car accident and many more have escaped with injuries. It is the responsibility of the parent to try and teach your kids the best and safest driving habits. This way you would be able to avoid not only bad injuries but also spending a lot on both hospital bills and auto body repairs. Below are the best tips that would help your teenager become a safe driver. Practice regularly with them As they continuously practice, they would become perfect at the wheel. You can make it a daily routine in other to make the learn one new thing. The education that they learn from a driving school can only do so much, however, it is left to you the parent to take them out and encourage them to practice what they've learned. You can begin by taking them out around neighborhoods, then you can move on to driving around empty parking lots, then to local roads before finally graduating to the highway when they have finally gotten their confidence. Switch up the driving conditions It is very healthy to switch things up a little bit, you can start by teaching them how to drive at night, then teaching them how it feels to drive in rush-hour traffic, and also harsh weather conditions. As you place more trust in them, they would be able to get that confidence boost that they need to face the real-world challenges, then they can get their driving license and you won’t be by their side coaching them anymore. Avoid any distractions No matter how good you are, it is usually hard to concentrate once there are any distractions. So as a parent you would need to lay some ground rules for your teens' safety, such as drinking while driving, or restricting too many friends in the car while they drive, and also no texting while driving. Several states including Brooklyn NY have created a special licensing law that stated that a teenager can’t drive without the presence of a family member, or the fact that they cant be out driving at a specific time in the night. These a fantastic laws, however as a parent you would need to set your special rules Teach them the importance of maintenance You can try to take your time in teaching them that it is not all about driving a car, there is also the need for maintenance. You can teach them all the basics such as topping the oil before it runs low, gauging the tire air pressure, and carrying an extra tire, and changing them if they ever need to. General rules on the road As a great parent, you need to set extra rules for the protection of your children.
  • Keep the music volume a mid-level.
  • Avoid driving at night unless it is important.
  • The need to wear the seat belt must be emphasized.
  • Park before making any adjustment to the GPS.
  • Avoid driving and talking on the phone, even with the hands-free option.
  • Stay within a reachable range from home in case of emergency.
Has your Teen Driver been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!
Hail Damage

Common Questions About Automotive Hail Damage

Hail can be classified as Chunks of frozen water, their sizes can range from little pebbles that are harmless to a size as large as a baseball, which can be very dangerous when it falls from the sky. These large ice would destroy anything in their path, and this doesn't exclude vehicles that are parked outside. The most common form of damage is a dent in the car, and if the damage is several then it would need a body repair. Brooklyn is famous for this natural disaster, which has caused a lot of hail damage issues for several car owners who live in New York. Some of the dent issues can easily be fixed if the individual if they have the proper tools to do it themselves. However, it is very recommended that you give your car to a professional when your car has a large dent since it's their area of expertise. Below are the frequently asked questions concerning car issues concerning hail. Does Insurance cover hail damages? This all depends on the insurance company covering your vehicle. So it is recommended that you find out if your insurance company covers any hail damage before signing any agreement. If you wait for the damage to happen before finding out, then you would have to pay for the damages yourself. You can ask our agent what your insurance cover, whether you have any rental coverage, or the amount that would be deducted. When you want to consider any coverage, it is recommended that you get full coverage because it would cover any form of damages including natural disasters. How can I prevent damages? Having a garage is the safest way to preventing any hail damage, but most people don’t have a garage to protect their cars, this means that your car would mostly be outdoors, therefore leaving it exposed to any damages. Another alternative is to check the weather for any updates, then get your car to a cover for protection. If you are currently driving, all you have to do is to park at any drive-through or cover that you find around the area. How long does Hail Storm last? A hail storm takes up to 30 minutes to 45 minutes before it calms down. The estimator of the car would have to give the overall damage to the car and take pictures. What time is best to schedule for any repairs? You would need to be patient because immediately after the storm there would be a lot of calls going out for repairs and maintenance, so you would to wait for the nearest appointment. Pre-loss repairs would also be considered, this is the state of the car before the damage was done, this all depends on your coverage. Can your Hail Damage be considered for Paint-less Dent Repair? This is a special method called Paintless Dent Repair that allows the repairers to remove the dents without any attempt to repair or change any part of the car. All yet need to do is to gently push the dents precisely to restore them to their initial shape. However, this only works for small dents or medium-sized dents. The large dents which have damages the cars’ paint job or vehicles which have multiple dents would need some repairs. With the use of traditional auto body repair, there would be a need for you to place a new panel on the car, and the final process would be to apply a matching paint job that would match the existing paint job. From the above information, you know the necessary things to do to avoid any damages, and also if there any damages, then you can get the best coverage for the insurance. Has your car been hit by a recent Hail Storm? If your vehicle has received hail damage and is in need of paintless dent repair, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!
Insurance Recommended Body Shop

Difference Between Auto Body Shops vs Auto Mechanic Shops

The terms Auto Body Shop and Auto Repair Shop are often used interchangeably; however, they should not be. They are not synonymous, and they offer different services. In this article, we'll be discussing the differences between auto body shops and auto repair shops. What is an Auto Body Shop? Auto Body Shops are shops that cater to the outer body of a vehicle. These are shops that specifically offer detailing services and other services that entail repairs to the exterior of a vehicle. For example, Auto Body Shops Brooklyn NY would offer services such as dent removal, which takes care of dents sustained by the metal of the vehicle. Other services include auto paint application. This is a special kind of paint that protects vehicles from rust and faded car paint. Auto body shops also provide repairs for outer body damage a vehicle might've gotten during a collision and scratches. What is an Auto Mechanic Shop? An auto mechanic shop is a shop where mechanics repair automobiles. Auto mechanics usually cater to the mechanics of the vehicle, such as the engine, the breaks, the tires, and other parts of the vehicle that contribute to the mechanics. Auto mechanics may also offer services to electronic technology such as electric vehicles and their components. This may include the computer systems included in the vehicle. An auto mechanic figures out what is wrong with a vehicle and then repairs it. An auto mechanic can either specialize in a particular area or make or offer services for all sorts of vehicles. An auto mechanic can perform maintenance practice on vehicles as well as repair cars and some smaller trucks. Not all auto mechanic shops offer services to all vehicles. Sometimes they specialize in cars or a particular make of car. i.e., racing cars. Similarities
  1. Both the auto body shops and the auto mechanic shops offer their services to vehicles and automobiles.
  2. They both repair vehicles.
Differences between Auto Body Shops and Auto Mechanic Shops
  • Auto Body Shops
Auto Body Shops have a different area of focus.
  1. Auto Body Shops Brooklyn NY, will repair the outer parts of a vehicle during a major of minor collisions. This may include painting, dent work, bumper replacement, and overall smoothing and restoration of the vehicle. An auto body shop can make the vehicle look exactly as it used to be before the collision.
  2.  Auto Body Shops repairs and restores dents in the body of the vehicle. Dents can be gotten in many ways. Whether through a minor collision or through hitting the door against a pole, dents can impair the appearance of a vehicle.
  3. Auto body shops can either repaint the vehicle or use auto paint. Auto Paint is a special type of paint that can withstand the pressures of sunlight and some levels of acid rain. Auto body shops Brooklyn NY, can fix up your paint job and protect your vehicle from rust.
  4.  Auto body shops can align the frames of a vehicle and replace cracked or broken windows.
  • Auto Mechanic Shops
Auto mechanic shops are concerned with the mechanics of a vehicle.
  1. Auto mechanic shops work on the brakes of a vehicle.
  2. They work on vehicle maintenance.
  3. Auto mechanic shops can service your vehicle and perform oil changes.
  4. They fix the components of the engine that are faulty or damaged.
  5. They repair moving components of the vehicle and other parts of the vehicle that become less effective as time passes.
  6. Auto mechanics repair engine-related damage.
Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!
uninsured driver car wreck

What to Do If You Get Hit by an Uninsured Driver

As a car owner or a driver, your car might get involved in an accident someday. Both insured and uninsured drivers are on the road, so you may get hit by one of them. But what will you do if your car accident is with an uninsured driver? The first thing is to stay cool, collected, calm, and also avoid panicking. There are easy ways that the situation can be handled. Here is some helpful information about what to do if you're hit by an uninsured driver at fault. Steps to take after being hit by an uninsured driver Whenever a driver without insurance hits you, then you should try as much as possible to virtually handle the situation like you would other normal/regular car accidents. Move your vehicle far from the scene of the accident to a safer place, at least about 100ft away, if possible. The next thing for you to do is to activate the emergency flashers of the car and also check to see if there are injuries. If there is an injured person, provide him/her with first aid, and then call 911. They will report the situation to the authorities. When you know that you have reported the accident properly and have also verified the safety of everyone, ask the uninsured driver to give you information. Make sure that the contact information of both you and the second driver are taken by, at least, one police officer. The officer will add it to the report of the accident. If the driver wants to pay you with aim of covering the accident’s cost, never try to accept it, no matter the method of payment. Snap the damages on your car that were caused by the accident. If you know some witnesses, get their contact information. Make sure to notify your insurance company about the incident. At this time, you can share the other driver's contact information with your insurance company. You should also give them information about the police that arrived on the scene at your accident and the police report number. Tort and No-Fault Laws Different states have their own way of handling accidents with drivers that are not insured. There are no-fault laws in 11 states, including Puerto Rico, and they order that the damages should be shared between the whole involved parties, regardless of the person/driver at fault. Here are the states:
  • Hawaii
  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
  • North Dakota
  • Florida
  • Kentucky
  • New York
  • Michigan
  • Utah
  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
If there are no no-fault laws in a state, then you do not have the right to sue the second driver to court after the accident, unless the incident caused excessive medical bills or significant damages. However, the insurance provider of your car should, at least, pay some part of any damages, even if there is no insurance coverage on the second driver. The fort law is followed in other states. Under this law, any driver that causes the accident will pay the whole bill of the damages. If an uninsured driver hits you in a tort-law state, and it is confirmed that the driver without insurance is the cause of the accident, no one will hold you responsible for any damages. You are also free to sue the driver at fault. But if your insurance includes uninsured motorist or under-insured coverage, the damages will be paid for by your insurer. Fix your car immediately In no circumstances should you drive a severely damaged car. Whether an uninsured or an insured driver hits you, you should waste no time in fixing your car. Even if your vehicle cannot move after the incident, you can tow it to a qualified Auto Body Shop in New York. It will help your vehicle to come back to life. If there are damages on the exterior of your car, we have experts at our New York body shop that can come to your aid. If you are staying around New York and you need to fix your exterior after an accident or you want to get Brooklyn auto insurance, then just give us a call. Insurance Claims Assistance Let’s say that you decided not to have that minor front bumper damage repaired to save a few bucks, and the absorbers and/or bumper bar were weakened without your knowledge.  Later, you’re involved in another front-end accident, resulting in serious damage to the engine compartment.  An insurance adjuster could potentially inspect the vehicle and notice the old bumper damage. They may then determine that the previous damage structurally compromised the bumper’s integrity, allowing the force of the most recent crash to cause more-extensive and “unnecessary” repairs.  In a worst-case scenario, your insurance company has the right to decline your claim altogether, and then you’ll be forced to pay out-of-pocket for all the repairs. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!
Brooklyn Hail Repair

How To Repair Hail Damage

In Brooklyn, New York hail damage can occur seasonally and can be a major headache for Car Owners stuck in unexpected Hail Storms. Hail Storms and other storms have been severe in the US, even in the states where you hardly see hailstorms. As a driver, you can be caught on the road by a severe hailstorm that is enough to cause intense damage to the exterior of your car. The parts of your car that are at a higher risk of hail damage are the roof, hood, and trunk. A lot of drivers may not know the level of damage on their car that can be caused by hail storms. The U.S records more than five thousand major hailstorms. The III (Insurance Information Institute) also states that the U.S recorded 2.8 million hailstorms from the period of 2017-19. 758,000 were recorded in just 2019. When you experience car hail damage, the minor and small dents and nicks can increase to more severe damage that is caused by huge chunks of hail hitting a vehicle with speed. If you ever get caught on the road by an intense hail storm, do not expect to have just 2 or 3 dents on your car. You will have to five close to 50 or more dents. Car Hail Damage is not something that you can just do by yourself, especially when there are more complex, bigger, and deeper dents. If you do, the probability of worsening the situation is high. If you know that you want your car to be restored to perfection, then the best thing for you to do is to take it to a certified auto body shop like ours that can repair hail damage. You are just a call away from reaching us. Repairing Hail Dents There are two common methods of repairing car hail damage, and they are PDR (paintless dent repair) and BFA (body filler application). We make use of PDR to handle deeper and bigger dents, and also mirror dents. As you already know, the repair of a deeper/bigger dent will be more complex. We usually make use of the inside-out method. In this method, we will push the dent out from the inside to make the outside smooth. You can do this at any Brooklyn hair repair near you. If the dents on your vehicle are medium or small-sized, then the affected area will have to be sand down, and then appropriate body filler will be used to fill the dents. Sometimes, if hail completely pummeled your car, then a whole body panel might need to be replaced. When a Hail Storm Happens A lot of people believe that severe hail storms usually occur during winter. But, New York Weather data says that it can happen during the early summer and in spring, within the months of March & June. Hail Prevention Tips There are professionals in place to help you repair your car's hail damage. But, we still find it important that you prevent this damage. You can take some vital precautions that will reduce your car hail damage. If you are a starter, we recommend that you buy a high-quality car cover that can help to protect your vehicle from environmental factors and also from hail. Another option is to park your vehicle inside a garage. You can also find a carport where you will be parking your vehicle. Lastly, you need to always be vigilant. Immediately you sense that there is a storm approaching, quickly protect your vehicle. If you stay around Brooklyn and you want to repair your car hail damage, just give us a call or send us an email, and our qualified technicians will help you out. Insurance Claims Assistance For Brooklyn Hail Repair Let’s say that you decided not to have that minor front bumper damage repaired to save a few bucks, and the absorbers and/or bumper bar were weakened without your knowledge.  Later, you’re involved in another front-end accident, resulting in serious damage to the engine compartment.  An insurance adjuster could potentially inspect the vehicle and notice the old bumper damage. They may then determine that the previous damage structurally compromised the bumper’s integrity, allowing the force of the most recent crash to cause more-extensive and “unnecessary” repairs.  In a worst-case scenario, your insurance company has the right to decline your claim altogether, and then you’ll be forced to pay out-of-pocket for all the repairs. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!
Hitting Parked Car

What To Do If You Hit a Parked Car

Getting into car accidents or collisions can be very scary and stressful. If you hit a parked car, there will probably be a lot of ideas racing through your head. This article will detail what you should do in a scenario like this as well some tips to help you if you ever end up in a system like this one. If you hit a parked car that is parked legally, then you will be at fault. Here are the steps you should take:
  1. Do not Hit and Run - When you panic, you might make some destructive decisions due to higher levels of anxiety and fright. The first thing you should do in this situation is not to flee the scene. The cost of repairing the other person's vehicle if it gets damaged is significantly lower than the cost of a hit and run. Participating in a hit and run is an offense that could get you jail time. A surveillance camera could have your car's information, or someone could've taken a picture of your license plate. Fleeing the scene is simply not a good idea. If it happened to you, you wouldn't want the person to run away.
  2. Find the Owner of the Car - The next thing to do is find the owner of the car you just hit. If you're parked outside a store, go into the store and talk to customer service. Explain to them what happened and give them a description of the car. They will then give an announcement, and if the owner of the car is in the store, they'll come out to meet you. If it's not a store, but a parking garage, ask people nearby if they know the owner of the car. If you can't find the owner of the car, you'll move to the next step.
  3. Leave a Note - If you're unable to locate the owner of the vehicle, the next step is to leave a note. Leave a simple short message that contains your name, your phone number, and a brief summary of what happened. Fold the note, then place it in a spot that they will see but will also be safe from the weather. If you hit a parked car Brooklyn NY during the day, you can place it under the windshield wiper or stick it in either of the side-view mirrors.
  4. Inform the Police - In some states, you will be required to call the police. If the damage the car has sustained is significant, then you should contact the police regardless of the state you live in.
  5. Have Evidence - You should take pictures of the damage you caused. This is important, so you don't end up paying for damages you didn't cost. Take photos or close-up videos that you can show the police and your insurance officer. If you place a note on the car, take a video of the written note and ensure the video shows you placing the note on the car and walking away.
  6. Witnesses - If there are people around, you should talk to them so they can prove you didn't run away after hitting the car. If your state requires the presence of the police, then you can wait and let them interview the witnesses.
  7. Contact your insurance company - If you hit a parked car, your insurance rates will go up. When you hit a parked car Brooklyn NY, your rate goes up because you're marked as a higher risk than you were before. Call them and inform them that you hit a parked car. They will ask for proof, and then you will send them the videos and pictures that you recorded.
If you have insurance, make sure to contact your insurance company immediately letting them know you hit a parked car and will be in need of working with their claims assistance. Get the best solution for Parked Car Accidents If you are staying in New York and your vehicle gets involved in rear-end collisions, do not waste any single time and put your life at risk. Rather, take your vehicle immediately to Brooklyn auto body shops with ASE and I-CAR certifications. By doing so, you will have your car sound and safe again. If you are looking for a New York auto body shop around you, we can help you with that. Insurance Claims For Parked Car Collisions Let’s say that you decided not to have that minor front bumper damage repaired to save a few bucks, and the absorbers and/or bumper bar were weakened without your knowledge.  Later, you’re involved in another front-end accident, resulting in serious damage to the engine compartment.  An insurance adjuster could potentially inspect the vehicle and notice the old bumper damage. They may then determine that the previous damage structurally compromised the bumper’s integrity, allowing the force of the most recent crash to cause more-extensive and “unnecessary” repairs.  In a worst-case scenario, your insurance company has the right to decline your claim altogether, and then you’ll be forced to pay out-of-pocket for all the repairs. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE! Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn's Body Shop Experts Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company. Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork. We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval. As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts. Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly. Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!