Does a Car Accident Void the Warranty?

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You bought a car with a warranty for a reason—you want to be able to replace parts without it costing a fortune. But what happens when you’re in an accident? Does that void the warranty?

Your Warranty

Standard warranties have bumper-to-bumper and powertrain coverage. They usually cover a specific number of miles or years.

Powertrain warranties deal with the repair of parts that provide power to make your car or truck go—that includes the engine, drivetrain and transmission. Bumper-to-bumper warranties will also cover just about everything else, like tires, your infotainment system, AC/heating system, etc.

Every manufacturer and dealer is different, so to know what exactly your warranty covers, you’ll have to ask your sales person or read the fine print.

What Affects a Warranty

Many of the conditions that void your warranty are under your controls, such as:

  • Off-roading or racing
  • Maintenance neglect (e.g. failing to get regular oil changes or scheduled maintenance)
  • Vehicle modifications, including the odometer

However, there are some conditions, like floods, fires and other “Acts of God”—that are out of your control. In general, though, an accident is not one of them.

An Accident and Your Warranty

Your warranty should be good even after an accident, but there are some exceptions. Your warranty could be void after an accident if:

  1. You use aftermarket parts on your vehicle for repairs
  2. Your car insurance declares your vehicle to be a total loss and they give it a salvage title

Quanz Auto Body can help ensure that your vehicle remains under warranty after an accident. We use OEM parts and will warn you about possible warranty issues if you opt for aftermarket parts. Contact us to make collision repair better.

Is How You Warm-up Your Car Damaging It?

Are you the driver who likes to warm up your car for a long time before starting your commute to work? If you are, hopefully you’re taking precautions to prevent car theft, for one. But, did you know that you could actually be damaging your engine?

Depending on the age of your car, letting it idle to warm up may not be doing your car any good.

How Cold Effects Your Engine

Internal combustion engines create a small explosion to create power that turns your powertrain to turn the wheels. To get maximum power from that explosion, you need just the right mix of air and gas (in vapor form) to be ignited by the spark plugs. Cold gasoline does not vaporize, therefore ignite, as readily.

How New Cars Handle Cold Engines

One solution to a cold engine is to “run it rich,” which means you run it with a higher gasoline to air ratio (i.e. you use/burn more gas). Computer-controlled fuel-injected engines do this automatically.

The problem is that running rich introduces more gasoline in the piston chamber. Gasoline is a solvent, so the longer it is in contact with the piston walls, the more likely it is to strip away oil. And we all know what happens when engines lack adequate lubrication—costly engine damage.

Your car will stop running rich as soon as the engine reaches about 40°. The best way to get it to warm up is to drive it. Idling just doesn’t generate as much heat…which is also why it’s not particularly effective in warming your cabin either.

The Better Way to Warmup Your Car Rather than let your car idle, putting it at greater risk for auto theft and damaging your engine, start your car, scrape your windows, and get on your way. This abbreviated warmup process will ensure visibility and actually shorten the amount of time you shiver in the driver’s seat, all the while preserving vital lubrication in your engine’s piston chambers.

3 Reasons You Should Repair Dents ASAP

There are a great many fender benders that never get reported and vehicles never taken to the shop because they do not affect drivability. Many of them are in places you don’t often look on your car, so they may be out of sight, out of mind. But leaving dent repair for later could cost you. The I-CAR Gold Class technicians at Quanz Auto Body recommend getting dents repaired ASAP because: Continue reading 3 Reasons You Should Repair Dents ASAP

Making Sense of Collision Repair Costs

Auto body repairs are something that you just can’t (or shouldn’t) DIY. So, you have to leave it to the professionals. But that’s inevitably expensive. What gives?
The cost of collision repairs makes sense when you know what those numbers—especially labor costs—represent. Here’s what you need to know to make sense of your estimate or final bill: Continue reading Making Sense of Collision Repair Costs

The Reason Why You Should Not Leave Your Car Sitting for Long Periods of Time

Your car was meant to be driven. When driven, the moving parts move, and the fluids lubricate and cool like they’re supposed to. When you let your car sit for long periods of time (as in weeks, or worse, months), your car is vulnerable to a number of maintenance issues that affect drivability, resale value and your budget.

Dead Battery

A battery left connected to an undriven car still uses power. And if your car stays off, the alternator cannot work to restore the charge. So, your battery just gets drained. In as little as one Continue reading The Reason Why You Should Not Leave Your Car Sitting for Long Periods of Time

Why You Should Avoid Potholes

Potholes are not just a winter driving hazard. More of them may actually appear in spring as the freeze-thaw cycle draws to a close and loosened paving surfaces wash away with spring rains, snow melt, wind and heavier traffic. And even those little ones have the potential to cause serious problems for your car.

When you take care to avoid potholes, you take effective measures to prevent: Continue reading Why You Should Avoid Potholes

Why You Should NOT DIY Dent Repair

Crunch. The gut-wrenching sound of crinkling metal as your car takes a hit. You get out to examine the damage and, sure enough, it’s a dent. Too large to be ignored, but small could it be small enough to handle on your own?

It’s tempting to jump to YouTube to find a way to fix a dent yourself. And surely there are some lucky souls who have. But the great likelihood is that you will pay dearly for the money you try to save by doing the job yourself.

Common DIY Techniques…and Snags

The Internet is full of tricks to get dents out of your car. The most popular include:

The Plunger

Moisten the surface of the plunger—the cup-size for sinks, not the bigger size for toilets—and then apply to the car around the dent, and plunge! Push and pull until the dent pops out.

The snag: First, the dent must be larger than the plunger for this to work. If the dent is small, the plunging will have very little effect on the dent. If the dent is too large, however, then there is a good chance of making a single, large dent into several smaller dents. Then, the pushing and pulling of the plunger may not create sufficient pressure to remove the dent, or the metal may become overstretched. Even though the paint will likely stay intact, the integrity of the metal may be compromised and weakened, possibly even over-corrected and warped.

Boiling Water

Nowadays bumpers are made of plastic, not metal. To remedy a small dent, you just need to get the plastic a more pliable so that you can pop it out from the underside. To do so, boil water and pour it over the dented area and then apply pressure from the underneath.

The snag: Working with any heated material, there is an increased risk of a burn injury. Also, the area of the bumper that is dented may not be easily accessible. The heat from the water dissipates quickly, so you might not have enough time to actually pop the dent out. Though you are welcome to continue to apply the water, each application increases the risk of injury and possibility of damaging the paint.

Hair Dryer and Compressed Air

Apply heat to the area using a hair dryer. When it is sufficiently warm, apply compressed air. The rapid cooling will cause the metal to contract and snap the dent out of place.

The snag: The theory of this method is alluringly simple and straightforward. However, there are other factors that complicate its efficacy. The dent must be fairly shallow for this to work. Depending on the area and curve of the dent, it is unlikely that you will be able to sufficiently heat and cool the area evenly and quickly enough to actually change the appearance of the dent. Though the paint will likely go unscathed, so is the dent.

Dowel Rods

Put a screw into the opposite sides of a dowel rod to make a handle. Make 4-6 “poppers.” Apply hot glue to the bottom of the dowel rod and stick it around the dented area. Allow the glue to cool and then gently pull the dowels and pop the dented metal back into place.

The snag: The big problem with this technique is the effort and skill required. This method requires quite a bit of finesse in terms of glue pull placement and consistent pulling pressure required to fix the dent. This technique has a trial and error component, which often takes more time than it saves; and the hot glue applied directly to car paint is not recommended.

Though you may cringe at the thought of shelling out the cash to go to an auto body shop for a little (or a big) dent, the pros have the right equipment, experience and time to do the job right. Save yourself the time, the headache, and the risk of further damaging your vehicle. Bring your car to Quanz Auto Body. (Did we mention we now have three locations to serve you?!)

It Was Just Minor Collision Damage…Why Is Repair Taking So Long?

After any collision that requires auto body repair, you know to expect your car’s going to be out of commission for at least a couple days…more for more serious damage. What takes “so long”? Here’s a peak at the process…it’ll help you understand why auto body repair can’t, isn’t and shouldn’t be done “lickety split.” Continue reading It Was Just Minor Collision Damage…Why Is Repair Taking So Long?

Why Fix it, it’s Only a Scratch!

You’ve got damage to your bumper. It’s small but noticeable, so you’re considering not having it fixed. It’s not very noticeable, but you’re trying to decide if it is worth your time to take it to the body shop, get the estimate and then drive around a rental while your car is being fixed.

The short answer is Continue reading Why Fix it, it’s Only a Scratch!

Top 3 Auto Body Repair Concerns after an Accident

Even if your car looks okay after an accident, you need to get your car to Quanz Auto Body ASAP. Some damage may be hidden and/or lead to future (more expensive) damage. When you bring your car to us, here are the top three things we look for:

#1: Drivability

After some collisions, assessing drivability is a no-brainer. If axles are bent or your car just won’t start, it’s not drivable. However, there are times when your car functions but it is not safe to drive, such as: Continue reading Top 3 Auto Body Repair Concerns after an Accident