Springtime in west Texas is just around the corner. The days are longer, the sun is out more, and warmth is returning to Lubbock and its surrounding areas. While the spring months bring with them more flowers, baseball season, plenty of sunshine, and warmer days, we also know that spring is the storm season on the South Plains. In 2013, weather.com named Lubbock “America’s Toughest Weather City.” The strong winds, brutal hailstorms, and potential for tornadoes and other dangerous storms pushed Lubbock to beat places like freezing Fairbanks, Alaska, and notoriously hot Las Vegas, Nevada. As we enter into storm season, Collision King Auto Repair Center in Lubbock, Texas, has a few ways that you can stay safe while traveling in Lubbock’s unpredictable weather even if it is just from your home to your job.
Lubbock has an average wind speed of 12.4 miles per hour, but gusts are frequently around 20 to 30 miles per hour. These gusts and sustained winds can rip your car door out of your hand when you open it to get in or out, and if you are parked next to someone, it can cause damage to your car or theirs in the event of a collision. If you are not parked next to someone and the wind takes your door out of your hand, it can be pulled back to the warping hinges. To prevent repairs to your car or someone else’s down the road, exercise extreme caution when opening your car door. You should also stay alert and off your phone while driving in any weather, but especially inclement weather. Paying attention and slowing down when the wind is blowing can help you miss debris that may be blowing across the road or avoid an accident if visibility is poor.
While we never want anyone to sustain damage to their vehicle due to weather, Collision King Auto Repair Center in Lubbock, Texas, is here to help. Bring your car to us for any of your repair needs, whether from the wind, hail, or any other unfortunate event! We are ready to serve you.
It may be February, but it feels like winter has finally begun in Lubbock! With several rounds of light snow already passed and more cold weather on the way, it is important that you are practicing safe driving on roads that may be wet, snowy, or icy. Roads can be slick with frozen rain or black ice that is all but impossible to spot until you are sliding on its patches, and drivers should be prepared for whatever the unpredictable West Texas weather throws at us from now until spring arrives. Collision King Repair Center has some tips for driving in bad weather that will help keep you safe on roads that are potentially dangerous.
If you are driving on roads that may be icy following rain or snow, slow down. Reduce your speed around 10 miles per hour as you drive, and if that still feels fast or too slick, slow down another five miles per hour until you feel comfortable with your speed. Beware of black ice, which is hard to see. You can spot black ice when your headlights are reflected off the road in darker lighting. Black ice tends to form on bridges and overpasses, at intersections, and beneath underpasses where the sun cannot quite reach to melt. Do not tailgate in bad weather. You should leave more room than normal between yourself and the car ahead of you in case of slick roads or if the car in front of you has to brake suddenly.
It is also important to check your car before traveling in colder weather. Animals such as cats often climb up into the engine of your car if both are outside. They are searching for warmth and shelter from the cold or wet weather! Before you start your car, check to make sure that any pets or stray cats are not in your engine.
We hope that you stay safe on the roads this winter, but in the event that your car needs repairs, contact Collision King for your repair! We are happy to serve the Lubbock, Texas, area.
Cody Kearns Benefit: All of these mini-bikes will be on display and up for our silent auction bidding beginning Saturday, February 1 – Thursday, February 6 at Cooks Garage, 11002 Hwy 87, here in Lubbock.
Then on Saturday, February 8, we will hold mini-bike races and a BBQ cook-off at our Collision King Paint Production Bldg, 6823 Wayne Ave, located just around the corner from our main office off the South Loop. BBQ plates will be available for donations
between noon and 5pm, or until we run out. The Silent Auction will continue until 4:45 p.m., with all final bike winners announced at 5 p.m. At the very least, bring your family out for some great food on Feb. 8, and check out the bikes. Cant wait to see
who takes each one home! Many thanks to West Texas Auto Colors and Cooks Garage for participating in this fun event with us.
For more info on this event, and to see each bike in greater detail, please see our previous posts on our Facebook page.
When you are driving, you most likely keep an eye out for potential hazards on the road. If it is an icy morning, you hopefully drive slower than the speed limit and maintain a safe following distance. You watch for potholes, standing water, and debris so as to remain safe and keep from damaging your car. Ideally, you also drive defensively, looking for other drivers who may be speeding, driving distracted, weaving in and out of traffic, or failing to maintain a single lane. However, even the most cautious driver can miss the thing that is a major cause of many serious or even fatal car accidents: worn out tires.
While today’s tires are better than ever thanks to new manufacturing processes and stronger materials that are designed to last longer, many car owners make the mistake of not giving a thought to their tires because of these advancements. As miles are put on your car, the tread is worn down from repetitive driving and braking. Even normal wear and tear on tires weakens them and can lead to problematic situations such as hydroplaning on wet roads due to weaker grip on slick surfaces, blowouts (which often lead to the driver losing control of the vehicle and crashing), and difficulty stopping. Your tires can also become misaligned, which can eventually lead to expensive maintenance on your vehicle or an accident.
It is important for your safety and that of others on the road that you maintain your tires the same way you do your engine oil and wiper fluid. Collision King recommends that you check your tire pressure once a month or more frequently if you experience drastic variations in temperature over a short amount of time. You should also replace your tires every three to four years or after about 60,000 miles. Your spare tire should also be kept in your car at all times in case you need it. If you are unsure of the condition of your tires or if you need an alignment, contact Collision King. We would love to help you make the roads safer, especially around the holidays!
It is only the beginning of November, and already, West Texas has seen hard freezes, days that barely get above freezing, and treacherous morning road conditions. Winters on the South Plains can be wet or dry, mild or frigid, bring a foot of snow or no snow at all, and generally be temperamental and unpredictable. Collision King Repair Center in Lubbock, Texas, wants to make sure your car is ready for the colder weather! Whether you’re roadtripping over the holidays or commuting to and from work each day, there are steps you can take to make sure you and your car are prepared for cold days.
Collision King Repair Center recommends you keep these items with you at all times in your car in the event that you break down or become stranded when it is cold outside:
- Tire pressure gauge
- A flashlight and extra batteries
- Utility gloves
- Multipurpose utility tool
- Window scraper
- Bottled water and nonperishable snacks
- Small tool kit
No one ever really plans for breaking down or getting stranded in bad weather, but we at Collision King Repair Center believe it is better to be safe than sorry! Though it may seem unlikely or even unthinkable that you would get stranded on the road, if you do, each of these things can help make sure you stay safe until help arrives. These items will help secure your safety if you are to have an unfortunate and untimely breakdown.
Collision King Repair Center has two locations in Lubbock, Texas. We have been voted Best of the West multiple years, most recently in 2019, as well as “Best Auto Body Repair Center in Lubbock” for the past 14 consecutive years. We take pride in offering service that goes above and beyond. We will help you get back on the road as fast as possible!
With unpredictable hail storms, West Texas wind, and more, your car likely has a few dings and dents in it. Whether you have been trapped on the road or parked outside during a hail storm, had someone else’s car door catch the wind and ding yours, or have other small dents from daily use, paintless dent repair could be an excellent option for you! Paintless dent repair is a method that can be used so long as your car’s paint was not chipped or cracked. If your car’s exterior paint was damaged due to the unfortunate incident, paintless dent repair cannot be used. Because modern auto body paints are typically tough and made to withstand harsh conditions, it is likely that your minor dents can be repaired using paintless dent repair, which is a faster and more economical option. Collision King Repair Center in Lubbock, Texas, is the place to go for your paintless dent repair!
Paintless dent repair works by approaching the damage from the inside, which may seem impossible by looking at your car — this is why it’s a good idea to take your car to a professional! After inspecting and assessing the damage, the technician will use tools to massage the dent back into its correct position. Paintless dent repair is a fast way to restore your car to its original aesthetic, as it can sometimes take professionals only a matter of minutes to fix depending on the amount of damage to your car.
When your car suffers a cosmetic issue such as dent damage, it is important to choose a reputable certified repair shop to fix the damage. Collision King Repair Center in Lubbock offers paintless dent repair. Our I-CAR certified technicians are trained to take the best care possible of you and your vehicle, and we are the preferred repair center of major insurance companies. Get your car looking the way you want it to — visit Collision King Repair Center for your paintless dent repair!
Your insurance deductible is the amount of money you pay out of pocket any time you make an insurance claim. It is the amount paid toward vehicle repairs before your insurance will cover the rest. The amount of your deductible is determined by you when you set up your initial policy with your insurance agent. It basically works similar to a medical / doctor co-pay. In the case of an auto claim, your deductible is the co-pay. The deductible is collected by the auto body shop. The shop also submits the claim and billing information to the responsible insurance company.
Many people are able to save money by increasing their insurance deductible. If you choose an insurance plan that requires you to pay a higher deductible, your premium may go down. Your premium is the amount you will pay every month regardless of whether or not you get in an accident or your car receives damage. Realistically, the majority of car owners save money monthly by choosing a higher deductible because they are more likely to pay a large sum once if they get into an accident rather than a lower sum for the accident but a higher amount every month on their premium.
Understanding how car insurance deductibles and premiums work is essential for car owners. By knowing how much you can realistically pay each month versus how much you will pay every month regardless of whether or not you get into an accident, you can save money each month by choosing the right plan. Your past driving record can also dictate premiums and deductibles.
Don’t forget to ask your insurance agent about rental and uninsured motorist coverage. With accidents on the rise as well as unpredictable weather that often includes hail, adding these to very economical additions are beneficial to drivers.
Collision King Repair Center in Lubbock, Texas, offers quotes on auto damage as the preferred repair center for major insurance companies. Locally owned and locally operated, Collision King Repair Center has been voted “Best Body Repair Center in Lubbock” for the past 13 years. We are proud to serve our community. Come to Collision King Repair Center for all your auto repair needs!
Have you ever been driving and suddenly found yourself caught in a hailstorm? Have you ever been in a building and heard the unmistakable sound of hail falling, and all you can think about is your car sitting unprotected in the parking lot? We all know that Lubbock weather is unpredictable. Unfortunately, every time there is a hailstorm, hail-pushers rush into our area. They promise fast cheap service and may even save your deductible. Sadly, many of these hail-pushers are often unlicensed or are not certified to properly repair your car. By the time you realize that the damage is still there, they’ve pocketed your insurance money and are gone…unreachable. You are stuck with shoddy or uncompleted repairs.
When your car receives damage, you should always go with a shop that is guaranteed by your insurance company and has a rapport within your community. Since opening our doors in 1998, Collision King Repair Center ensures our customers receive the best care by putting our technicians and mechanics through I-CAR Gold training. For the past 13 years, our community voted us “Best Body Repair Center in Lubbock.” We also serve the Direct Repair Program for major insurance companies. This means that we are a preferred collision center by the insurance companies we serve. As long as you own the vehicle, we also offer a lifetime guarantee on all repairs.
The next time a hailstorm catches you unexpectedly, don’t cave in to the hail-pushers when they offer you a quick and cheap fix. Collision King Repair Center, locally owned and operated, has a longstanding excellent reputation in the community and among insurance companies. We will be here long after the storm and hail-pushers are gone.
If you vehicle’s headlamps are cloudy or dingy, this may impede your ability to drive well at night. No need to replace them though. You will need these items:
- Toothpaste (not a gel one but an actual paste)
- Baking soda (if needed)
- Spray bottle
Add baking soda to your toothpaste if it’s not gritty enough for whitening. Once the paste is ready, use your hand to rub it thoroughly into the entire headlight.
Use a toothbrush to really work the paste into the light.
Spray the headlight with warm water. Use a cloth or paper towel to wash off the paste and dry the light entirely.
Cover the headlight with wax to keep the plastic from quickly getting dingy again.
Use your cloth to wipe off the wax entirely.
Winter weather can be harsh! It can also take its toll on one of your most valuable possessions – your vehicle. To ensure maximum performance and prevent unnecessary repairs, we recommend the following:
- Battery – Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it’s wise to check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.
- Antifreeze – Antifreeze (coolant) should be flushed and refilled at least every two years in most vehicles. As a reminder, do not add 100 percent antifreeze as full-strength antifreeze actually has a lower freeze point than when mixed with water.
- Brakes – Have the brake system checked. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
- Tires – Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure, including the spare. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.
- Oil – Be diligent about changing the oil at recommended intervals and check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. Consider changing to low-viscosity oil in winter, as it will flow more easily between moving parts when cold. In sub-zero driving temperatures, drop oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30 as thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.
- Lights & Wipers – Make sure all exterior and interior lights are working so you can see and be seen. Check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir and replace wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield