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Choosing A Reputable Auto Collision Repair Shop

When it comes to auto collision repair for your vehicle, whether for it’s for major collision repair or minor, choosing the wrong shop can cost you time, money and aggravation. In fact, poor quality workmanship can actually decrease the value of your car when it’s time to trade it in on a new car purchase or sell it to an individual. Choosing a reputable auto collision repair shop is also important to the safety of you and those around you. Improperly repaired vehicles can pose a hazard if all components are not in working order.

So before you commit to an auto collision repair shop, there are a few things you should consider:

CHOOSE CAREFULLY: It’s always a good idea to start by asking friends and family for referrals, or visit California’s chapter of the ⦁ Alliance of Automotive Service Providers for a list of providers. You can also check reviews on ⦁ Google+, ⦁ Yelp, the ⦁ BBB or ⦁ Angie’s List for ratings and comments about a particular shop’s qualifications, experiences and past history. You can also contact the collision repair shop directly for information pertaining to their history, background information and certifications.

ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS: Once you’ve narrowed your search to 1 or 2 shops, it’s time to play 20 questions (figuratively). Does the shop offer free estimates? Are they certified? Has the staff been trained or certified by your vehicle’s manufacturer? What about a warranty – what will it cover? Do they offer loaner cars while work is being performed? Do they use genuine manufacturer’s parts or salvaged parts? How long will the work take?

GET MORE THAN ONE ESTIMATE. If the work to be done is a part of an insurance claim, some insurance companies offer references for shops they do business with, and in turn, may give you a price break. But don’t feel pressured to use these shops. Instead, find one you are comfortable with and one you trust. You need to be aware, it is your vehicle and ultimately your choice on who you choose to repair your car.

GET ESTIMATES IN WRITING: If it is not in writing, it is not real. Don’t leave anything to chance, or your memory. Make sure you have, in writing, an itemized list of all the work that will be performed and the expected date of completion. This will help to eliminate any unforeseen costs and time concerns you may have.

ASK FOR REFERENCES: There is nothing wrong with this question. The only caveat is that the shop may give you contact information of only loyal customers who would never say anything negative. But, it is still worth the effort. By talking to at least three different customers you can usually get a pretty good feel for the shops abilities and their customer service.

Following these simple suggestions will assist in removing the stress of choosing an auto body shop. The more information you having going in, the better your outcome will be.

Marina Auto Body – Getting you back on the road again!

Authorized Repair Center for Toyota & Scion of Marina del Rey and Toyota & Scion of Huntington Beach

Give us a call, or stop by one of our 3 convenient locations today.

Los Angeles/Marina del Rey
4095 Redwood Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310.822.6615
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm

LAX
630 S. Glasgow Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90301
Phone: 310.981.4700
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Huntington Beach
17911 Georgetown Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Phone: 714.848.3178
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm

Halloween Fire and Safety Tips For Every Family

Halloween is a fun and exciting time of year but it is also an important time to practice fire and personal safety. The occurrence of fire increases around Halloween due to the use of candles as decorations. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Halloween decorations are the cause of over 1,000 homes fires each year. Marina Auto Body would like to remind parents and trick-or-treaters to practice a few simple safety precautions. We have compiled the following fire safety and Halloween tips to ensure you have a safe Halloween.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS TO CONSIDER THIS HALLOWEEN
Costumes:
⦁ Purchase costumes made of flame resistant or retardant material. (Check the label)
⦁ Fire resistant does not mean fire proof.
⦁ Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping.
⦁ Avoid loose and baggy sleeves. Stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.
⦁ Use make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct vision.
⦁ Use glow in the dark reflective tape on your costume.

Decorating
⦁ Never use candles to light jack-o’-lanterns, use battery powered lights.
⦁ Instruct children to stay away from open flames.
⦁ Be extremely careful with cornstalks and other harvest season items. Keep them away from all heat sources, as they are extremely flammable.
⦁ All exits should remain clear of decorations so that nothing blocks escape routes should the time arise.

SAFETY TIPS FOR THE BIG NIGHT OUT
Halloween Night
⦁ Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult and in groups whenever possible.
⦁ If driving, be sure to watch for trick-or-treaters who are too busy to watch for you.
⦁ Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting and visibility.
⦁ Do not allow children to carry sharp sticks or other objects that could cause injury to others.
⦁ Keep your yard free of tripping hazards, such as garden tools, hoses, etc.
⦁ Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. Discard any unwrapped treats from a stranger. If in doubt, throw it out.

There is plenty of excitement to be had by all this Halloween! Be Safe.

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Marina Auto Body – Getting you back on the road again!

Authorized Repair Center for Toyota & Scion of Marina del Rey and Toyota & Scion of Huntington Beach

Give us a call, or stop by 1 of our 3 convenient locations today.

Los Angeles/Marina del Rey
4095 Redwood Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310.822.6615
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm

LAX
630 S. Glasgow Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90301
Phone: 310.981.4700
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Huntington Beach
17911 Georgetown Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Phone: 714.848.3178
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm

What You Should Do If You Are Involved In An Accident?

If you have been involved in an accident, you know it can leave you feeling anxious and, if you’re not prepared, a bit overwhelmed. Marina Auto Body has gathered a few tips to consider in case you are ever involved in an auto collision.

MOVE TO A SAFE AREA (if you can)
If it’s safe to do so and you aren’t seriously injured, move your car out of further harm’s way, such as the shoulder of the road or nearby parking lot. If moving your car isn’t possible, be sure to turn your hazards on to warn other drivers that your vehicle isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

STOP YOUR VEHICLE
Make sure your car is no longer moving, turn off the engine, shift into park, or set the hand brake if you drive a manual. Take a moment to gather your thoughts while staying calm. Check to make sure it’s safe to get out of your car before opening the door. If you have flares or similar road safety items, consider using them to alert others.

CHECK ON OTHERS INVOLVED (if there are any)
Check on all parties involved in the accident, including drivers, passengers and pedestrians to ensure none are hurt. Call 911 if anyone is injured. A health care professional should check out even a minor symptom like dizziness.

GATHER INFORMATION
Write down as much information as possible immediately following the accident.
? Driver and passenger names
? License plate numbers
? Insurance info
? Makes and models of all vehicles involved
? Contact info for any eyewitnesses
? Location of the accident
? The name and badge number of any responding police officers

DOCUMENT THE SCENE
If you have a smartphone, snap several photos of the accident scene. They’ll come in handy during your insurance claim process.

FILE YOUR INSURANCE CLAIM
Call your insurance company as soon as possible to alert them of your auto collision. They should have a list of recommended repair providers. However, it is in your best interest to do your own due diligence when choosing a reputable collision repair center. For more information on choosing a reputable collision repair shop, see our blog. Keep in mind, Marina Auto Body works with most major insurance companies and our staff is trained to provide you with insurance claims assistance.

Marina Auto Body is concerned with your safety and the safety of others. If you are in need of collision repair services give us a call, or stop by one of our 3 convenient locations today.

Marina Auto Body – Getting you back on the road again!

Authorized Repair Center for Toyota & Scion of Marina del Rey and Toyota & Scion of Huntington Beach

Los Angeles/Marina del Rey
4095 Redwood Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310.822.6615
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm

LAX
630 S. Glasgow Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90301
Phone: 310.981.4700
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Huntington Beach
17911 Georgetown Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Phone: 714.848.3178
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm