Tucson auto body shop Q&A: Why doesn’t my car door close properly?

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Car doors that don’t close properly are a major problem that we see often at our O’Rielly Collision Center shops in Green Valley and Tucson, Arizona.  Sometimes a door won’t close at all or it will require an unusual amount of force to close.  Other times, a door will make an odd shifting sound as it closes, as if it has to struggle to find its alignment.  Another noise customers hear sometimes is a scraping, squealing sound, as if the door is grinding against another element of the car.  Customers have also brought their cars to us when one or two of their doors won’t open again once closed.

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Will auto insurance cover the cost of repairs for storm damage to my car in Tucson, AZ?

Spring is here and with it comes plenty of unpredictable weather, including strong winds, torrential downpours, hail, and lightning.  All of this wild weather can lead to major storm damage to your vehicle, whether it’s lots of dents caused by hailstones, hood damage from fallen tree branches, or even flooding in your car’s interior.  Thunderstorms can leave a path of destruction in their wake, giving you a big mess to deal with.  At O’Rielly Collision Center in Tucson and Green Valley, Arizona, we have met a number of customers who have sought us out to repair their storm-related car damage.  One of the top questions we hear about vehicle storm damage is, “Will my car insurance pay for storm damage repairs?”  It is understandable that this would be a concern, since hail damage and flooding aren’t often on a person’s mind when selecting a car insurance policy.  Yet, in most cases, people are covered for storm damage repairs.

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Can my car be repaired after storm damage in Tucson, Arizona?

It’s that time of year when lots of major storms are rolling through the country, causing hail damage, water damage, lightning damage, and other types of storm damage.  Spring is a lovely change after the wild winter we just had, but this spring is shaping up to be just as unpredictable as the preceding season.  If you’ve been on the receiving end of some of spring’s less hospitable treatment and your car is looking a little worse for the wear, take heart—many types of storm damages can be repaired.  To help you understand the ins and outs of car storm damage repair in Green Valley and Tucson, Arizona, here is our process at O’Rielly Collision Center for restoring a vehicle to pre-damage condition:

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Who is responsible for shopping cart damage to my car in Tucson, Arizona?

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Something we see fairly often at our O’Rielly Collision Center locations in Green Valley and Tucson is car damage caused in parking lots.  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—parking lots are miniature circuses and you can never be too careful when driving in one.  They’re full of pedestrians, teenagers just learning how to drive, road rage-aholics who can’t stand waiting for a parking spot, super slow backer-uppers (you know who you are), and double-parkers (who should be ashamed of themselves).  Then there are those pesky shopping carts that can appear out of nowhere on a windy day and slam into your vehicle, causing a surprising amount of damage.  If it was a person in a car who caused this damage to your car, you would know exactly what to do—you’d exchange insurance information and expect them to pay for your collision repairs.  But a shopping cart?

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The top 5 ways to prepare your car for winter weather in Tucson

 

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Even though we tend to have mild winters here in Tucson and Green Valley, Arizona, if this year’s polar vortex has taught us anything, it’s that we’re not oblivious to the unpredictable nature of winter.  Sure, winter should be on its way out soon, but our nights are still cold and good old Punxsutawney Phil says we’re in for at least six more weeks of this stuff.  Is your car prepped for the worst?  Regardless of how much more winter is ahead of us, it’s best to be prepared.  Read more

Car insurance rates in Arizona

Will my auto insurance rates increase after a car accident?

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If you are reading this, perhaps you’re just doing research to prepare yourself in case something should happen or maybe you’ve just been in a car accident, your world has turned upside down, and you need some answers.  Either way, it is our mission at O’Rielly Collision Center to keep our Tucson and Green Valley, Arizona neighbors informed about everything regarding auto insurance and collision repair.  One of the first questions we hear from many of our customers after they’ve been in an accident is whether their insurance rates will increase.  The answer is that this depends on several factors, including what type of insurance you have, whether you are at fault in the accident, and whether you’ve qualified for accident forgiveness.  Read more

Why is my car’s paint rusting?

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Next to clear coat failure, rust is perhaps the other major auto paint concern that we hear about most often at O’Rielly Collision Center.  When you discover rust on your car paint, it can be frustrating, embarrassing, and disheartening.  You might be worried that it will get worse and spread.  Your concerns are certainly understandable.  Even though car paint problems are usually cosmetic, they can be painful to look at every day and some problems, like rust, can be very destructive over time.  Read more

How do auto body shops try to scam women customers?

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At O’Rielly Collision Center we’ve talked a bit before about the kinds of sleazy body shops that try to scam their customers.  They are the ones who would sell something like the counterfeit airbags that were exposed last year.  However, the reality is that the customers who are most often targeted by body shop scammers are women.  Because the autobody industry is heavily dominated by men, it is often assumed that women lack basic knowledge about cars. Read more