How to Keep Your Pets Safe While Driving

Pets and Car Safety: How to Keep Your Pets Safe While Driving

As the weather warms up, we tend to do more activities outdoors with our canine companions. However, it is very important to ensure their safety, as well as ours, especially when we’re riding in the car with them. 

For most dogs, a car ride is one of their life’s exhilarating experiences, but for others, it may be a nerve-wracking ordeal. As Santa Barbara County’s top auto collision repair shop, we need to ensure that you and your furry friend are both safe on the road.

Dogs and Car Accidents

Most dogs—unless you have a colossal Great Dane as a dog— don’t usually outweigh a human. This means the force generated in a How to Keep Your Pets Safe While Drivingcar crash is relatively small as well, isn’t it? Actually, that’s not usually the case. A car crash at 30mph will cause an 80-pound dog to become a 2,400 pound-flying projectile. In simple terms, that force of impact is enough to kill both the dog and the driver.

Of course, smaller dogs (think Teacup Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers) will obviously generate less force, but even a minuscule pup that’s below 5 pounds will fly through the air so quickly and most likely not survive the impact. Car accidents can happen anytime and anywhere, so it’s quite easy to find yourself in such a situation. This is why it’s important to ensure your dog’s safety when riding a car to prevent untoward accidents.

Ensuring Your Dogs Safety When Riding a Car

Whenever your dog is tagging along for a car ride, their safety must also be your priority. When you care for your dog’s safety, you’ll be able to drive safely and peacefully with no distractions. Keeping your dog on your lap or letting your dog roam freely inside the car is a huge no-no as it can distract you or the one who’s driving. Here are some tips on how to ensure your dog’s safety when riding a car.

1. Put smaller dogs in a crate.

If you have small dogs, you can simply place them in a crate and secure it to the seat. This way, they can still get the excitement from the car ride, while being taken care of in the event of a car accident. Also, if you own multiple pets, unless they are very small or are very friendly with each other, you may need to place them in separate crates.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe While Driving2. Restrain big dogs. 

Big dogs such as Labradors, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and the like should be safely restrained using a dog seat belt. In case you’re unfamiliar with them, dog car seat belts attach a dog harness to a strap with a buckle that fits in the regular seat belt of a vehicle. This special seat belt won’t only keep them in place during the drive, but also prevents your dog from becoming a flying projectile if there is a crash.

3. Section off huge dogs.

Some dogs are simply too big to buckle them on the seat. If you have a massive dog like a Great Dane or a Saint Bernard, it’s best to safely section them off in the back of the car (not the trunk) so they won’t pose a risk to the driver.

Traveling with Other Pets

When traveling with other pets such as cats, birds, fish, or reptiles, it’s also important to be mindful of their safety. Here are some How to Keep Your Pets Safe While Drivinggeneral safety guidelines when traveling with a pet:

1. Never let your pet roam freely inside the car. Always secure them in place to prevent them from distracting the driver. It’s a good idea to get your pet used to the crate or dog seat belt before your trip to prevent them from throwing a tantrum.

2. Use a plastic box or a styrofoam container when transporting your aquatic and terrarium-living pets. Doing so can help prevent shattered glass inside your car, which can cause further damage.

3. Do not let our pets unrestrained in an open back of a vehicle. Your pet can jump out of your vehicle, which can get them seriously injured or killed.

Precision Auto Body & Painting for Auto Body Repair in Santa Barbara County

Car accidents suck, but the repair process doesn’t have to. If you recently got into a car accident with your pet, you can bring your vehicle to Precision Auto Body & Painting to have it repaired. With our up-to-date repair procedures and highly-trained technicians, you’ll surely have a stress-free car repair experience.

 

Santa Barbara Auto Body Repair Shop

 

About Precision Auto Body and Painting: Since 1987, Precision has been Santa Barbara’s leading full-service auto body repair and painting company located at 57 S Fairview Ave. Goleta, CA 93117. They offer assistance with color matching, dent repairs, major collision repairs and are the only auto body repair facility in Santa Barbara Country to be auto body shop certified by Tesla and Mercedes-Benz USA as well as the BMW of North America. Additional assistance is provided with car rentals, towing, and insurance. Follow on Facebook for exclusive offers available only to our Facebook fans. Call 805-683-4711 for an estimate.

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How Car Manufacturers Cause Your Insurance Rate to Increase

How Car Manufacturers Cause Your Insurance Rate to Increase

As consumers, we tend to prefer vehicles with good reputations when it comes to safety and reliability. We’d want something that would protect ourselves from danger in the event of a crash or a collision. If worse comes to worst, many of us would probably prefer our vehicles totaled, if it meant saving our life. However, when it comes to car insurance, this, of course, comes at a premium. 

If you’re wondering why car insurance rates have increased these days, then you must be aware that these rates are based on numerous factors. 

Factors that Affect Car Insurance Rates

When computing for rates, insurance companies adapt complex algorithms to determine the amount to charge to every client. It’s not Factors that Affect Car Insurance Ratesbased on a random choice, but rather a well-thought-of system in which every little change can change the end result. Here are some factors that most insurance companies, if not all, take into consideration when calculating rates:

* Credit Score

* Driving History (includes your years of driving experience and traffic violations committed)

* Insurance History

* Insurance Claims History

* Vehicle Driven (includes your car’s make, model, model year, body style, and trim level)

* Amount and Type of Driving You Do

* Others

While additional car safety features such as cruise control, traction control, and electronic stability control are some of the factors in calculating rates, there are so many more factors that goes into computing insurance rates.

The Real Cost of Collision Repair

Insurance companies, just like any other business have one goal—and that is to make a profit. This is the reason why they adjust their rates on a regular basis to ensure that they are gaining money—or at least never losing a single penny. 

The Real Cost of Collision RepairBack in the day, around 20 to 30 years ago, anti-lock brakes and airbags were two of the biggest safety features installed in new cars. While luxury car manufacturers had other high-tech features, most of the older vehicles on the road did not. So, when a vehicle gets into a crash or collision, it will definitely cost a lot of money to repair them.

Fast forward to today, there isn’t a vehicle made that doesn’t come with safety features such as anti-lock brakes and airbags. These features have become default in cars, regardless of its make and model. It will be very difficult for you to find a vehicle these days that doesn’t have sensors, backup cameras, auto-braking systems, and so much more. Of course, all these high-tech conveniences come at a price. When these get damaged, it will cost way more money to repair the vehicle and technology, as well as to re-adjust it to ensure proper function.

But, here’s the deal. The problem isn’t so much that your vehicle isn’t as costly to repair—it’s vehicles in general. Insurance rates adjust for the entire insured car population. So, this means, even if you haven’t made a claim, you still have to pay more to counterbalance claims from others.

Safety Features are not Enough

If you think it’s all about safety features, then think again. You would think that having all these safety features in your car means that Safety Features are not Enoughthere would be fewer accidents that will require large payouts from insurance companies. But, here’s the thing—while there are more safety features in cars, the increasing number of vehicles on the road also drives up the overall number of accidents. In addition, with the increased use of personal technology such as GPS and mobile phones while driving, your car safety features can only do so much.

Car Collision Repair in Santa Barbara County

Increased insurance premiums are a small price to pay if you need collision repairs. They are still a whole lot easier on the pocket as compared to shelling out cash to have your vehicle fixed. 

Car Collision Repair in Santa Barbara CountyIf you’ve been in a car crash or collision, you can bring your vehicle to the best family-owned and operated auto body repair shop in Santa Barbara County. Precision Auto Body & Painting works with most insurance companies and is a preferred repair shop for major insurance providers. Simply file a claim and they will handle all subsequent communication and negotiation on your behalf. Just give us a call or fill out our contact form to get an estimate.

 

Santa Barbara Auto Body Repair Shop

 

About Precision Auto Body and Painting: Since 1987, Precision has been Santa Barbara’s leading full-service auto body repair and painting company located at 57 S Fairview Ave. Goleta, CA 93117. They offer assistance with color matching, dent repairs, major collision repairs and are the only auto body repair facility in Santa Barbara Country to be auto body shop certified by Tesla and Mercedes-Benz USA as well as the BMW of North America. Additional assistance is provided with car rentals, towing, and insurance. Follow on Facebook for exclusive offers available only to our Facebook fans. Call 805-683-4711 for an estimate.

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Our Auto Body Shop COVID-19 PLAN

Amid COVID-19 concerns we, as a small family owned business want you to know that we will continue to remain open for business. We are taking extra steps to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff.

  • We have sanitized the entire office and shop area.
  • We will sanitize several times throughout the day and maintain a safe environment for everyone.
  • We will offer new options for our customers if they choose; upon leaving your vehicles for repair, you may put your keys in an envelope and drop it in the mail slot, or leave it on a desk by the door; please sign the envelope and we will fix your vehicle without you having to come in the building.
  • As for estimates, we offer you the opportunity to email photos of your vehicles damaged area, via number and contact information to Louie@precisionab.com   We will then email you back the estimate as soon as possible.
  • If you come in for an estimate, we ask that after we gather your information that you just wait in your vehicle and we will bring your estimate out when we have completed writing it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call.  Thank you for understanding during these new and difficult times. We will continue to provide great service and still be safe for all of us.

 

COVID-19 PLAN

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Certified by Assured Performance, Tesla, Mercedes-Benz USA, FCA, Nissan, Infiniti, Hyundai, Kia, Ford

Enhanced Quality and Safety Assurances for Customers of Precision Auto Body & Painting

Industry Certification Establishes New Standards for Collision Repair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SANTA BARBARA – (March 15th, 2020) – Precision Auto Body & Painting is a certified automotive repair shop, which ensures automotive repairs adhere to the latest industry quality and safety standards. This certification guarantees collision repairs will be performed according to the manufacturer repair protocol by a properly trained, qualified technician using the proper tools and equipment for the job. The certification is provided by Assured Performance Collision Care of Laguna Hills, California, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that promotes automotive safety.

“This certification supports our reputation for serving our community with superior customer service and gives our customers confidence that we have industry recognition by the top automotive manufacturers including Assured Performance, FCA, Nissan, Infiniti, Hyundai, Kia, Repair Capable – Ford Vehicles, Aluminum Repair Capable – Ford Vehicles, and Repair Capable – FCA Vehicles,” said John Peterson.

The automotive collision repair certification process is rigorous, and less than five percent of all body shops in the U.S. are able to meet the stringent requirements imposed by the manufacturers to ensure quality and safety in their repairs.

“The newer vehicles are manufactured with more durable, lightweight materials and advanced technology, which means a proper repair to the manufacturer specifications is even more important than ever to ensure the safety and proper performance of the vehicle,” said Scott Biggs, CEO of Assured Performance Collision Care. “Consumers need the confidence and peace of mind to know their vehicle is being repaired by a shop that has what it takes to ensure vehicle safety. We’ve certified more than 2,500 shops across the country to make sure anyone can have their vehicle repaired by a certified shop wherever they live, work, or travel.”

Assured Performance Collision Care is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization for the Assured Performance Network (www.assuredperformance.net) – the largest, most advanced repair-capable network of certified automotive collision repair facilities in North America, with more than 3,000 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada and partnerships with the top automobile manufacturers in the industry.

Media Contacts:

Precision Auto Body & Painting
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Certified by Assured Performance, Tesla, Mercedes-Benz USA, FCA, Nissan, Infiniti, Hyundai, Kia, Ford

 

 

About Precision Auto Body and Painting:  Since 1987, Precision has been Santa Barbara’s leading full-service auto body repair and painting company, located at 57 S Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.  They offer assistance with color matching, dent repairs, major collision repair, and are the only autobody repair facility in Santa Barbara County to be autobody shop certified by Tesla and Mercedes-Benz USA, as well as the BMW of North America. Additional assistance is provided with car rentals, towing, and insurance. Visit the site to download the infographic “Most Popular Car Colors”.  Follow on Facebook for exclusive offers available only to our Facebook Fans. Call 805-683-4711 for an estimate.

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2019 Automotive Color Popularity

2019 Automotive Color Popularity

Which car color is your favorite?

There is something sleek about having a white or black car, and North America agrees. In 2019 the automotive color popularity in North America overall was largely split between white and black car models. This is the 9th consecutive year that white has been seen as the leader in car color. 38% of car sales were white, 19% were black and 13% were grey according to Axalta. Silver was bumped from the top three spots where it has been seen in past years. In fact, Silver was ranked at its lowest popularity for the decade.

“Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” These famous words by Henry Ford were not because black was a popular shade at the time, but because economically he could only offer a single color option. Nowadays people have a range of colors and custom designs to choose from and their decision is often based on emotion instead of reason or experience.

Why is white the most popular car color?

One reason is that white cars are shown to offer the most protection from heat absorption. As the sun’s rays beat down on your parked car, black cars get hotter faster and take longer to cool down. In a 2011 study by The Berkeley Lab Environmental Energy Technologies Division, they found that lighter colored cars reflected around 60% of sunlight compared to darker colored cars. In this study two Honda Civics, one white and one black were left in the sun during a hot day. They found that the black car interior was up to 10 degrees hotter. The benefits of a car that absorbs less sunlight and therefore is less like a sauna inside can stretch beyond just personal comfort, they also found that the lighter color increased the efficiency of its fuel economy by 2% and had lower carbon emission by 2%. More information can be found within the study, “Potential benefits of solar reflective car shells: Cooler cabins, fuel savings, and emission reductions,” (Levinson, et. al 2011).

Current black car owners can describe the hassle of maintaining the exterior of a black car. Whether pearled or simply black, it can show dust easily and simple scratches until it is cleaned or repainted. However, to some it can be the most dramatic color of the car, showing off sincerity and elegance when maintained right.

White cars, on the other hand, are one of the easiest in maintenance. You’ll know when you drove through the mud because the road grime is visible, but the exterior is very forgiving on scratches and dust. Certain vehicle owners comment that the reason they picked a white car is because of its visibility to headlights and reflects more in the case of an accident.

2019 Automotive Color Popularity

Popular colors of 2019

The top three colors in North America Overall in 2019 were Blue (7%), Red (6%), and Brown (3%). Many articles claim that the color and tone of your car is a way of assessing your personality (if you have a colored car). The validity of this is unstudied and uncertain, but light blue cars are marked with a cool tone that owners love because it is sleek, modern and is a break from the constant white you see on the road.

Colors play an important role in industries. Undoubtedly you have seen an article about the best paint colors for a bedroom to maximize the quality of relaxed sleep or the best color tone for your skin tone. Humans are ruled by their psychology of color. Color preferences have emotional responses in the brain, stimulating feelings or memories. When it comes to cars, people will refuse one color where someone will gladly pay top dollar for the same color. This color preference says a lot about why we pick the cars we do.

In pop culture, each color car has been paired with the emotions they evoke. White seems pure and pristine while Black is powerful and classic. One color/Shade that is noted in the Axalta release but lacks its own category is a Pearl tone. This can be achieved over a base color, or on its own, commonly called Champagne. It is when a lightly metallic paint coat is applied to reflect more light and can appear either glossy or have a metallic color gradient as one moves around the car. The pearly shine that differs from white evokes glamor and a Hollywood-like effect on your car. You may drive this because it seems chic and has a jewel-like quality.

According to Today.com in pop culture, car colors seem to have coordinating personalities with the driver. Most of this information is not studied but correlates with other industries. Red is bold and vibrant, Blue can be calm and sensible.

The color Red is marked sensual and dynamic compared to the Blue tones. Those who go more vibrant red are bolder people that want that high energy to be shown in the kind of car they drive. Especially in the United States, Red has been marked as the most popular color. This could be a note to our country’s colors, or that red is a stand out in the 222 million drivers in the United States. Also part of our Country’s colors, Blue is noted as appearing confident and credible to other people. The popularity of Blue could be the classic tone it has without being a shade of white or black. It allows a pop of fun on your vehicle without being flashy.

Brown is a hint back to earth tones. If your car is brown, or beige for that matter, it can be claimed that it marks a down to earth sense of self, yet has a new elegance that is no-nonsense.

Whether these colors really match the driver’s personality or not is not proven, but your choice of a colorful car may say something fun about you. Remember that this information is not scientifically proven.

At Precision Auto Body and Painting we can help you achieve the perfect car color for you!  We custom mix the paint for every vehicle that comes through our doors, ensuring that it seamlessly matches your vehicle’s original finish. Need help? Let’s talk!  Call us at 805-683-4711 

All work performed by Precision Auto Body is guaranteed for as long as you own or lease your vehicle. The limited lifetime warranty covers all work performed, including parts installed, paint materials, and labor.  We want all of our customers to be 100% satisfied with the repairs.   Visit us at 57 S Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117  We’re open Mon – Fri 7:30am – 5:30pm.

 

About Precision Auto Body and Painting:  Since 1987, Precision has been Santa Barbara’s leading full-service auto body repair and painting company, located at 57 S Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.  They offer assistance with color matching, dent repairs, major collision repair, and are the only autobody repair facility in Santa Barbara County to be autobody shop certified by Tesla and Mercedes-Benz USA, as well as the BMW of North America. Additional assistance is provided with car rentals, towing, and insurance. Visit the site to download the infographic “Most Popular Car Colors”.  Follow on Facebook for exclusive offers available only to our Facebook Fans. Call 805-683-4711 for an estimate.

 

 

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Precision Auto Body and Painting New Website Launch

The new and completely redesigned website offers visitors richer insight into the company’s approach to repairing, servicing, and painting vehicles. With this new platform, connecting with Precision’s team of certified technicians is faster and easier than ever.

“We are proud to be family-owned and operated, a fact that shines through in our customer service. We have consistently been voted ‘Best Auto Body and Paint Shop’ by Santa Barbara News-Press readers, and we aim to live up to that reputation with every repair.”

SANTA BARBARA, CA – JANUARY 3, 2020 – Precision Auto Body and Painting is a leading full-service auto body repair and painting company in the Santa Barbara area. They offer numerous services such as expert color matching, free shuttle services, in-house color mixing, and even a lifetime warranty for work done on parts installed, paint materials, and labor.

The company’s new website design further embodies their mission to provide the community with high quality, family-owned, expert car care. Created with the user experience in mind, the Precision logo reflects the clear-cut nature of the company’s team. Just like the precise stripes leading into their name, the services offered are accurate, dependable, and consistent. The new website was designed using the latest web technology, making it compatible with today’s modern browsers and mobile devices. It offers a clean, uncluttered design with improved navigation and functionality. There are also several galleries for potential and returning customers to see the work Precision has been able to do for the community. The new website is located at the address: https://www.precisionab.com

John and Martha Peterson started Precision Auto Body in 1987. Today Precision is a premier collision repair facility in Santa Barbara County. The company has over 30 employees at 3 different facilities. With a personal mission statement to provide world-class service and the highest quality of repairs, Precision has turned the arduous task of repairing a vehicle into an easy and enjoyable process.

“We want all of our customers to be 100% satisfied with their experience at Precision Auto Body.  We understand that the website is an important component of the customer’s experience.  That’s why we’re thrilled to unveil our new website. Keep an eye out for upcoming blog posts featuring car care tips, employee interviews, and more!” said Martha Peterson.

Website visitors will find a new focus on educational and interactive content at the site, including vehicle care and protection, local publicity, and other articles regarding the latest news and trends in the industry.

 

About Precision Auto Body and Painting:  Since 1987, Precision has been Santa Barbara’s leading full-service auto body repair and painting company, located at 57 S Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.  They offer assistance with color matching, dent repairs, major collision repair, and are the only autobody repair facility in Santa Barbara County to be autobody shop certified by Tesla and Mercedes-Benz USA, as well as the BMW of North America. Additional assistance is provided with car rentals, towing, and insurance. Visit the site to download the infographic “Most Popular Car Colors”.  Follow on Facebook for exclusive offers available only to our Facebook Fans. Call 805-683-4711 for an estimate.

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Caring for Your Vehicle During a Wildfire

As residents of southern California, we are all too familiar with the devastating effects of wildfires. Even if you are fortunate and live far away from the flames, the ash from a fire can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s paint. Here are some tips for caring for your vehicle during a wildfire:

  • Keep your vehicle in an enclosed garage with the windows and sunroof closed. If you don’t have a garage, use a fitted car cover to protect your vehicle from ash.
  • Avoid dusting off the dry ash with a rag, as the flecks of ash can be abrasive and scratch your paint. Instead, spray the car with water from top to bottom to remove the ash particles.
  • If there is rain or heavy fog in the forecast, keep your vehicle inside or wash it as soon as the rain stops. The elements in ash can be highly corrosive when mixed with water, so you will want to remove the ash as quickly as possible.
  • When washing your vehicle, use a pH-balanced car soap. Ash is high in alkalinity, so you’ll want to use a neutral soap to avoid damaging your paint.
  • Regularly wax or polish your vehicle every few months. This adds an extra layer of protection for your paint.
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2017 Readers Choice Award

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve received the award for Best Auto Body & Paint Shop from the Santa Barbara News-Press 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Every day, we work hard to ensure that our customers have a stress-free repair experience, and we are so grateful that you’ve chosen us as the best in Santa Barbara for over 20 years.

“We provide friendly, honest service where a customer’s car is not just a car,” said General Manager Louie Sandoval. “We treat all customers like family, and are thankful that our customers recognize that.”

The family treatment and top-notch repairs would not be possible without our dedicated employees. “I want to give a big thank you to our team for helping us be the best for over 20 years,” said Owner John Peterson. “This award is for them.”

Thank you, Santa Barbara, for honoring us with this award. We look forward to continuing to serve you!

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