Santa Barbara Autobody Shop Used Car Buying Checklist

43 STEP Used Car Buying Checklist

Before buying your next used car in Santa Barbara, read below:

We love our cars here in sunny California. We drive them to our great beaches, take road trips to interesting destinations, and use them for our everyday family activities. Like most people, you need and deserve a car that runs well and keeps driver and passengers safe. For most new car purchases, you are protected by “lemon laws” that help make sure you get a quality vehicle. But what happens when you buy a used car in Santa Barbara? In most cases, you are on your own when it comes to making sure you get a quality ride.

Many people make the decision to buy a used car every year. Often they choose used over new due to financial reasons, but that doesn’t mean they expect anything less in their new ride.

According to PolicyAdvice.net, in fact, 40.42 million used cars were sold in 2018, compared to just 17.21 million new vehicles. That’s a huge percentage of car sales that are used cars, so you’d think we’d have it right by now. But, according to the number of cases you see on court television about used car purchases, many people are shocked (Shocked!) to find that their purchase just doesn’t live up to their expectations.

These unlucky litigants think they will find some measure of sympathy and protection in the courts. But, what they don’t realize is that most used cars are sold on an “as is” basis, unless there is a written warranty provided by the seller. There is no “lemon law” that applies to used cars in the majority of the states!

While there might be a bit of protection if you buy a used car from a dealer, you are really exposed if you choose to buy from a private person. Tips for adding a bit more confidence to your used car purchase include:

  • Check the History: Do what you can to first get a vehicle history report. Use a resource like Carfax to get a reliable history and find out whether your potential auto purchase has been in an accident.
  • Get a Clear Title: If anything sounds hinky about the title, it’s best to walk away. If they don’t have it, won’t sign it, or the title says “salvage,” you could be buying trouble and losing money.
  • Get it in Writing: How many court cases have you seen where the plaintiff tries to tell the judge what the seller said? If any warranties or guarantees are made, get it in writing!
  • Know Your Pricing: Don’t just take the seller’s word for it that you are getting a good deal. Do your research to find reasonable prices for a car of this age in this condition. If the price is too high, or too good to be true, those should be a warning sign to you.

If everything checks out, then it is time to start thinking about buying this used car, but you still have a lot of work to do. You want to make sure the car itself is good, but how do you do that? You might want to have a mechanic give the car a once over, but there are steps you can take yourself.

Precision Auto Body & Painting, your local auto body repair shop, is here to give you the help you need to make the best decisions when it comes to buying a used car in Santa Barbara.

Help Is Here with the Precision Auto Body 43 Step Used Car Buying Checklist

When John and Martha Peterson opened Precision Auto Body & Painting in 1987 as a local auto body repair center, our mission was to provide the best auto body repair, along with world-class service. Today, we are proud to be the premier collision repair facility in Santa Barbara County, and we want to continue to provide customers with in-depth information on car ownership.

One area customers often ask us about is how they can find the best used cars in Santa Barbara. That’s why we decided to create an easy-to-understand infographic you can use to get the most out of your used car purchase. Here is what you will find in this used car buying checklist:

  • 43 Steps! Buying a used car should not be based on emotion; it should be based on logic. Here are 43 logical steps you can take to make sure you’re not getting a lemon of a deal. We’ve graded each with color-coded ease to let you know if something is acceptable, negotiable, a deal breaker or non-negotiable.
  • The Basics: These are the ABCs of used car purchases. While you can function fine by finding an owner’s manual online, you’ve got to beware of possible mileage inconsistencies.
  • Auto Body and Paint Damage: We all want a car that looks great, but what does that exactly mean? Items 4-11 on our checklist give you an idea of what is acceptable in an auto body – and what is not.
  • Interior Condition: The interior is also a good indicator of how well the car was cared for by previous drivers. You might expect normal wear and tear on the seats, but if there is water damage or a moldy smell, your car might have been in a flood.
  • Chassis and Underbody: Here are some of our insider tips that will give you clues as to whether this vehicle might have bigger problems than what you can see.
  • Engine: A car that doesn’t run is just a piece of junk in your driveway. Items 29-39 cover all points of potential engine problems, including three that are definite “No Go” items.
  • Test Drive: Only after you are comfortable with the car itself is it time to take it for a spin. Don’t get all caught up in the fun of the drive. Pay attention to how the car is performing, and look for signs of potential trouble.

Use these 43 points to evaluate your next used car purchase.  If there are one or more non-negotiable items, consider yourself lucky that you dodged a bullet. Don’t rush into a used car purchase without the knowledge you need to make an informed choice. Follow the used car buying checklist below and buy with confidence.

 

43 STEP Used Car Buying Checklist

 

About Precision Auto Body & Painting: Located at 57 S Fairview Avenue in Goleta, Precision Auto Body & Painting is Santa Barbara’s premier collision repair facility. Consistently voted as “Best Auto Body and Paint Shop” by Santa Barbara News-Press readers, we are a certified local auto body repair shop. Visit our website at https://www.precisionab.com to learn more about auto body repair and car painting, or call 805-683-4711 to set an appointment for a full-service collision repair estimate. Like us on Facebook to receive tips and insider information on auto body repair and maintenance.

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Precision Auto Body & Painting in Santa Barbara, CA Becomes a Lexus Authorized Collision Center

SANTA BARBARA, CA, — Popular Santa Barbara auto body repair shop Precision Auto Body & Painting was recently accepted into the Lexus Authorized Collision Center (LACC) program.

Receiving an LACC designation means that Precision Auto Body & Painting can now service Lexus vehicles and that the store’s staff has completed detailed, comprehensive training and has the tools and expertise to restore luxury Lexus vehicles.

This designation also means that each Lexus customer’s visit to Precision Auto Body & Painting will meet the high standards that are expected from Lexus. With comfortable guest areas, a clear and comprehensive explanation of any recommended work and state-of-the-art tools, customers can be confident that this newly-accepted LACC shares Lexus’ commitment to total customer satisfaction.

Customers can expect a great experience from all LACCs. In fact, LACCs are regularly evaluated by Lexus to ensure the highest standards of service and customer satisfaction. Program guidelines cover everything from the first consultation to the final delivery. All staff (including managers, estimators, repair technicians and paint technicians) have received the latest training from Lexus. This comprehensive instruction means that the entire staff knows each vehicle, as well as the parts and techniques that will restore it to the best possible condition.

Lexus regularly updates their training materials so that their staff can constantly update and upgrade their skills. All customers at every LACC receive a written estimate reflecting the best method of repairing their vehicle, as well as regular updates throughout the repair process. Each vehicle also receives a comprehensive final inspection before delivery. Finally, each customer receives a written statement of warranty covering all parts and labor related to repairing and refinishing each vehicle.

This prestigious designation gives customers another reason to choose Precision Auto Body & Painting. For the many customers who chose Lexus for a premium driving experience, they can now trust Precision Auto Body & Painting for a premium collision repair experience.

For more information about Precision Auto Body & Painting in Santa Barbara, CA, visit PrecisionAB.com. For more information about Lexus authorized collision centers, go to LexusCollisionCenter.com.

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About Precision Auto Body & Painting: Being in an accident can be stressful, but the repairs don’t have to be. Precision Auto Body & Painting is the premier collision repair facility in Santa Barbara County, with more than 30 employees at three repair centers. Their helpful staff guides each customer through the entire process, including towing, car rentals, working with insurance companies and offering a free shuttle service and free pickup and delivery of each vehicle. The mission of Precision Auto Body & Painting is to provide world-class service and the highest quality of repairs.

About Lexus Authorized Collision Center: Repairing a precision-crafted Lexus requires expert-level training and knowledge. The commitment at all Lexus authorized collision centers is to give every guest an exceptional repair experience. All Lexus Authorized Collision Centers uphold the Lexus promise of delivering vehicles back to customers in exceptional condition. Each collision center uses mandatory state-of-the-art tools and equipment, including computerized paint mixing-and-matching equipment, which guarantees virtually undetectable repairs of unrivaled quality.

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Top Five Signs Your Collision Damage was More Serious Than You Thought

Top Five Signs Your Collision Damage was More Serious Than You Thought

Let’s face it, most of the car accidents that happen in the country aren’t like the massive wrecks and crashes we see in the movies. Majority of car accidents are simple fender benders, which usually happen when someone isn’t paying attention on the road and bumps into another vehicle. In most cases, nobody usually gets hurt and the vehicles simply sustain what most people consider as minor damage.

These “minor damage” or fender benders, as they are often referred to, are dismissed as low impact or low damage crashes (mostly by car owners who don’t have insurance to cover the damages). But, here’s the thing—most of these fender benders aren’t always as minor as they may seem. It may look like your vehicle has only incurred minor damage, but in reality, it has already sustained major damage hidden from the naked eye. Here are the top five signs that indicate your collision damage is more serious than you think:

1. Damage on Bumper

Your car’s bumper is designed to withstand the impact in an event of a car crash. Although older vehicles were equipped with bigger Top Five Signs Your Collision Damage was More Serious Than You Thoughtand stronger bumpers, it was found that this design only transferred the impact to the rest of the vehicle, including the passengers, and eventually caused more damage. Even a small fender bender can damage your bumper, making it less effective if ever you get into another collision. 

2. Damage on Frame

If your car is hit from the right angle, any speed above 2mph—or the average speed of a human walking— is enough to cause frame damage. A bent frame can have a negative effect on your vehicle’s performance and can even cause your tires to wear out prematurely. To cut the story short, frame damage won’t allow your vehicle to function optimally.

Top Five Signs Your Collision Damage was More Serious Than You Thought3. Engine and Fluid Issues

If you bump into a car from behind, it may seem like no major damage has been sustained. However, car damage is usually hidden from the naked eye. For example, a minor issue such as a small leakage in the radiator can take some time to manifest problems, but the end result can be as serious as a blown engine. Even a small impact can knock your engine enough to affect its normal function. 

4. Wheels and Alignment Issues

With or without sustaining damage to your car’s frame, your wheel alignment will definitely get affected after a collision. This can cause your car to pull to one direction and cause your tires to wear out faster. If left unaligned, your car will become more and more dangerous to drive and can result in a much worse accident.

5. Electrical Issues

Vehicles are usually designed with the wiring placed right behind the panels. In an event of a car crash or a collision, problems usually occur where the wiring connects, often resulting in loose or broken connections. Unfortunately, you can only do so much to determine if the wiring is shorting out—aside of course from dismantling the panels and visually inspecting each wiring. If you notice that your battery is conking out, your lights are getting dimmer than usual, or some of your car’s electronic features suddenly malfunction, it’s time to get things inspected.

Voted as the best Santa Barbara auto body repair shop for over 20 years.

Precision Auto Body & Painting has been consistently voted as the best auto body and paint shop by Santa Barbara News-Press readers and we aim to live up to that reputation with every repair. If you’ve been in a minor crash, simply bring your damaged vehicle to the best auto body repair shop in town and we’ll bring it back to its tip-top shape in no time.

 

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 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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Top 5 Things That Damage Car Paint

Top 5 Things That Damage Car Paint

Constant exposure to the elements can make your vehicle’s paint wear out over time. The best way to prevent car paint from wearing out faster than usual is to protect it from unnecessary damage. While keeping it out of the direct sunlight can help it last longer, there are a number of smart ways to avoid major damage to your car’s paint. Here are some of the top five culprits of paint damage that you should avoid:

1. Bird Poop Can Damage Your Car Paint

Top 5 Things That Damage Car Paint

Apart from being an eyesore, bird droppings are detrimental to your vehicle’s paint. Bird poop is highly acidic and if left in contact with the vehicle’s paint, it can seep through your paint’s protective coating and cause damage. If you notice some bird droppings on your vehicle, it’s highly recommended to wash them off as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your car paint.

Top 5 Things That Damage Car Paint2. Soda and Automobile Paint

Most drivers have this nasty habit of drinking soda with their hand sticking out of their car window. Did you know that even a tiny drop of soda can dribble out the side of the can and stick on your vehicle’s paint? Soda has a pH level of about 2.3, which is highly acidic. If you don’t wipe it off immediately, it can discolor your paint job and cause an unsightly stain.

3. Motor Oil Acts Like Paint Thinner On Car Paint

While motor oil would probably be the last thing on our mind when we think of paint damage, it sure does affect a car’s paint job if not careful. When we drive every day, tiny bits of motor oil leaks from other vehicles and can splash to our own vehicles, ruining our paint job. Apart from that, oil from the road or road grime, can also act as a paint thinner and cause damage to your vehicle’s paint. If you happen to notice tiny splotches of grime on your car’s exterior, better get it cleaned off as soon as possible.

Top 5 Things That Damage Car Paint4. Gasoline Strips Off Protective Coating From Car Paint

There are times when we tend to overfill our gas tanks in the hopes of getting just a little more in there. Obviously, gas will overflow and drip down the side of the vehicle. While you may think it’s not a big deal as it can be dried out, the actual contact of the gas to the paint and the actual drying or wiping process will cause even more damage to your car paint job. Gasoline basically acts as a stripping agent or a degreaser. Frequent contact with your car’s paint can actually strip off its protective coating and color. If it happens once or twice, then it may not matter much. However, if you overfill your tank on a regular basis, the damage on your paint will be more and more noticeable. Avoid overfilling your tanks as it can really affect your vehicle negative both in the exterior and your engine.

Top 5 Things That Damage Car Paint5. Crusted Ice Can Chip and Crack Car Paint

While snow isn’t much of a concern in Santa Barbara and nearby counties, it’s important for you to know that freezing and melting water droplets can have detrimental effects on your vehicle’s paint. Water can defrost and freeze on your car’s surface during the winter months and this can get through your car’s little chips, cracks, and scratches, causing further damage. Make sure to park your vehicle in a covered area where ice can fully melt and drip off. Keep that in mind when driving to some of Southern California’s ski escapes like Big Bear, Mountain High, and Mammoth Mountain. 

Precision Auto Body & Painting Protects Your Car Paint

Paint wears out over time, but even if it hasn’t reached that point yet, you can always come to Precision Auto Body & Painting for auto detailing and paint touch-ups to keep your vehicle in the most pristine shape possible. 

 

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 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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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.

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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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Finding an Auto Body Repair Shop That You Can Trust

Finding an Auto Body Repair Shop That You Can Trust

Finding an Auto Body Repair Shop That You Can Trust

When it comes to business, customer loyalty is paramount to a brand’s success. In a world where competitors are literally just one click away, the ability to retain customers is crucial in running a business. This also holds true even for the auto body repair industry. Though customer loyalty may seem more beneficial to auto repair shops, it’s actually advantageous for loyal customers as well.

Having a go-to collision repair shop does have its perks as finding a shop that does quality work that you can vouch for is hard to come by these days. Here are some of the top reasons why you should stick to one auto body repair shop:

1. Your go-to auto repair shop knows your vehicle.

When we’re sick, we usually have various go-to doctors to treat our health coSanta Barbara Auto Body Repair Recordncerns. These doctors know our medical histories and can prescribe procedures and medications based on our unique needs. It’s totally normal to jump from one doctor to another, but doing so would be like going back to square one and repeating the whole process again. 

Similarly, having a go-to auto body repair shop is like having a go-to “doctor” that knows your vehicle well. You’ll have a history of repair records, which they can easily access to assess your current concerns. Any future repairs can be customized to the unique needs of your vehicle.  

2. You can be assured of the quality of service.

There are so many collision repair shops in Santa Barbara County, but not all of them are certified and employ technicians with the same skill set and specializations. When you find a great auto body repair shop with professional and highly-skilled technicians, it’s a good idea to stick with them so that you know they can handle whatever job is thrown at them.

Santa Barbara Auto Body Repair Shop3. You’re assured that your vehicle is with people you know and trust.

There are two types of auto repair customers. There are those who only care about the end result of a repair job, and there are those who feel that the process and quality of work are just as important as the output. No matter which type of customer you are, finding an auto body repair shop that you can trust is very important. Trust really goes a long way and it’s something that you won’t get if your jump from one shop to another.

4. You can earn loyalty rewards and other perks.

Many businesses offer various loyalty programs for their customers. While it may not be a big deal for some, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of being reciprocated and valued as a customer, right?

Top-notch auto body repair in Santa Barbara County

Whether it’s your first time or your fifth vehicle repair, Precision Auto Body & Painting in Santa Barbara County delivers top-notch repair service every single time. Our team of award-winning and highly-trained auto body repair technicians always go above and beyond to ensure that your vehicles are repaired up to standards.

 

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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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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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How to Get Back on the Road After a Car Accident

How to Get Back on the Road After a Car Accident

Car accidents can leave lasting emotional and mental scars. These experiences can create powerful memories that can drive lasting fear and avoidance of such situations. Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic event in itself, so dealing with the fact that your vehicle is damaged just makes things even more difficult.

If you’ve been in a car accident, you may find it difficult to regain your confidence in driving. Here are some tips on how to get back on the road and overcome your driving anxiety.

1. Ride a car.

What better way to conquer a fear than to face it head-on? One good way to overcome your fear of driving is to ride a car. Riding a car doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to drive the car. Let someone do the driving for you as you accustom yourself with your vehicle again. Riding a car, albeit as a passenger, can help you gain back the confidence and courage you need to drive again.

2. Drive short distances first.

Drive short distances first once you’ve mustered enough courage to get behind the wheel again. Don’t even attempt to drive across town right away on your first solo drive following a car accident. Take a quick trip around your neighborhood and work your way up to longer trips once you’re fully adjusted.

3. Drive with a pro.

Professional driving instructors are available to help people learn and improve their driving skills. Apart from being well versed in the rules of the road, they are also trained to help people overcome their driving anxiety. If you’re having difficulty getting back behind the wheel, hiring a pro to guide you is a great idea. 

How to Get Back on the Road After a Car Accident4. Seek therapy.

Some people overcome their trauma easily, while some people find it extra difficult to do so. In cases such as this, it’s highly recommended to seek professional help from a medical professional or a therapist to address your issues. If you neglect your trauma, it will just get more intense and even harder to overcome as time goes by. Therapy can help you sort out your feelings and bring you back to your normal self. 

5. Take defensive driving lessons.

Many driving schools offer defensive driving courses that can benefit every driver. These courses are designed to help you become a better driver and even overcome your fear of being on the road following a car accident. 

Precision Auto Body & Painting takes out the stress of repairing your vehicle.

If your vehicle has sustained damage after an accident, Precision Auto Body & Painting in Santa Barbara County can help you get your car restored to full factory safety standards. We can tow your car, do repairs, and even work with your insurance company while you recover. We’ll make sure your vehicle is in roadworthy condition once you’re ready to drive again.

 

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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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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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