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Tips for Getting a Repair Estimate After a Car Accident

A car repair estimate details the approximate cost of all parts, materials, and labor required to return your vehicle to its pre-accident condition. Your insurance company will likely recommend a repair shop that they frequently work with and consider to be approved or in-network. While you may choose to use this shop, the choice is […]

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No Rust or Bust: How to Remove Rust from Your Car

No driver wants to find rust on their vehicle. The reddish-brown marks, often found on an area of exposed metal like a fender or in a deep scratch on the paint, signals a weakening of the metal’s composition. It’s something you’ll want to get taken care of quickly, for both the aesthetics, as well as […]

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When is it Time to Replace Weather Stripping on Your Car?

Weather stripping is the rubber material that edges your vehicle’s doors and windows, creating a safe, dry seal between your car’s interior and the great outdoors. Like all of your car’s parts and systems, weather stripping requires a little maintenance time and again. How can you tell that your weather stripping is worn out and […]

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5 Tips for Repairing Minor Scratches on Your Car

For most of us, scratches and scuffs are an inevitable part of car ownership. Whether a stray cart finds your bumper in the grocery store parking lot or a pebble grazes your hood on the highway, scratches happen. The good news is, making a minor scratch disappear happens to be a minor job that you […]

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3 Procedures You’ll Master as an Automotive Technician

From changing the oil to optimizing engine performance, automotive technicians are all-around vehicle experts who get to work on cars every day. And, thanks to a variety of systems to look after, no two days are the same. If becoming an automotive technician is a future career path you’d like to pursue, ready your tool […]

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Keeping Your Cool: How to Address Engine Coolant Before Things Go Wrong

Coolant is one of the essential fluids that keeps your car running at peak performance, but it’s also one that most owners tend to overlook until it’s too late. The best way to prevent getting stranded on the shoulder of a highway with a smoking engine starts with paying attention to your car’s coolant level. […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about Snow Tires

Many questions tend to come up on the topic of choosing the best tires for your vehicle. And now that we’re in the thick of winter and dealing with some snowy road situations, the loudest ones we’re hearing are all about snow tires. To help our local drivers and aspiring technicians think twice about their […]

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Why Changing Your Car’s Air Filter Is More Important Than You Think

To automotive technicians in training, preventative maintenance like changing your car’s air filter quickly become second nature. Plus, techs with firsthand experience working in a shop quickly learn that for vehicle owners reluctant to bring in their vehicles at regular intervals, the smallest maintenance items can become the biggest problems (see the dangers of forgetting […]

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5 Auto Body Painting Safety Tips

Sanding, painting, or applying solvent or fillers is a daily duty of professional and practicing collision repair technicians. But no technician or hobbyist should ever put their health in danger for the perfect paint job. At ATC, we take auto body painting safety seriously and our shop-based training sessions are always accompanied by the proper […]

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