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Industry Organization Spotlight: I-CAR

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Overview
Formed in 1979, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) is an international nonprofit that’s dedicated to promoting high standards of quality among professionals from all segments of the collision repair industry. By pursuing its mission to “deliver increasingly accessible, on-demand and relevant education, knowledge, services, and solutions for the collision repair industry,” I-CAR’s vision is that all professionals will possess “the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe, quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.” Continue reading “Industry Organization Spotlight: I-CAR” »

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Dealing with Auto Paint Matching Issues

When it comes to matching auto paint, several dynamics can factor into the process and affect the end result. Photo: Spectrum Auto Body (2014)

When it comes to matching auto paint, several dynamics can factor into the process and affect the end result. Photo: Spectrum Auto Body (2014)

Sometimes when an auto body shop fixes a damaged car, the color of the newly painted bumper may not appear to perfectly match the color of the body. Considering the complex nature of paint matching, there are a few possible explanations that may account for this:

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Old Cars—Repairing vs. Replacing

Do you know all your options when it comes to repairing or replacing a used car? Watch this video for some helpful tips.

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How to Identify Your Car’s Warning Signs

When you hear an unusual noise coming from your car (usually a whine, creak or squeal) it’s a warning that its normal operating methods have changed—often for the worse. By paying close attention to these sounds, you can catch minor problems before they become too serious and expensive. Consider the following tips:

Squealing brakes
If you hear high-pitched squealing when you apply your brakes (especially lightly), it’s probably caused by vibration in the brake pads. Minor squealing won’t affect your braking performance and is usually nothing to worry about. If you take your car to an auto repair shop, a mechanic may be able to apply a lubricant and quiet the vibration. However, if you hear a similar squeal while the car is moving but it stops when you step on the brake pedal, it’s a sign that your brake pads have worn down and need to be changed soon. Continue reading “How to Identify Your Car’s Warning Signs” »

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