It’s Spring, There Is a Hail Storm – Hail Damage Repair Information

Luckily for car owners without garages, most hail storms do not cause body damage to cars until the hail is larger than ½ inch in diameter. Even then, it takes bigger hail than that to cause significant damage. The first thing that happens after a hail storm is car dealers offer Hail Sales and hail repair outfits pop up like mushrooms after a rain.

  1. Hail Sales offer damaged cars at prices well below book value. However, the real result is that car dealers simply make bigger commissions and sell more cars. Any car sold with unrepaired damage means that the damage was either too severe or too expensive to be worth fixing. Every car that a dealer can fix before sale with Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) will have been fixed already.
  2. Repainting a car after PDR or other hail damage removal adds extra costs. PDR works well for small dents where the dent has no cracked paint within the dent.
  3. Dents to large for PDR to repair must be handled at a conventional auto shop and the repairs will need to be painted and finished.
  4. Large or deep dents or those where the metal is very stretched or even cracked require a body shop repair job. Deep dents that break the paint will result in rust to the metal body of the car if left unrepaired.
  5. Some insurance companies pay car owners the amount on its estimate, regardless of whether the owner gets the repairs done or not. Keeping the insurance money without fixing it is legal but choosing to leave damage unrepaired can impact your ability to get full-coverage insurance on the car. It can also affect the amount you get for future repairs or similar damage since future occurrences will be excluded from the coverage.
  6. Having a car’s hail damage repaired using insurance money does result in the repair being listed on the CarFax vehicle report from that point onward. This helps insurance companies avoid bogus damage claims and also is used by car buyers to know the damage and repair history of their potential vehicle.
  7. Owners who choose to leave it unrepaired may find the cost of the hail damage deducted from damage claims later in the life of the car. Document any repairs to hail damage to ensure future claims are paid in full.
  8. If you own your car outright, you need to decide how long you plan to own the car and how important the repair is to you. If you have a car that has little value and plan to drive it until it dies, there is not much point in repairing hail damage.
  9. If you have an active loan on your car, your lien holder will probably require verification that the damage was fixed. In some cases, they might allow you to apply the hail damage repair check to the balance of your car loan.
  10. Get damage estimates and compare that with the claim payout offer minus your deductible before making a decision about filing an insurance claim.
  11. The insurance company may “total out” an older car with only relatively minor hail damage simply because the vehicle has less useful life remaining. Motorcycles can handle very little hail damage before insurance companies consider them a total loss.

When checking for hail damage or getting an insurance estimate, make sure to check windshields for cracks and chips. If glass is involved, get that repaired and make sure the permanent seals along windshield and rear window edges are properly repaired and set, too.

A History of Excalibur Cars

The History of Excalibur Cars

The Excalibur car is a beautiful example of a retro classic vehicle featuring an inspired design based on the 1920’s Mercedes Benz SS with a little modern engineering and American flair. The result is a little ostentatious and an unlikely weekday runabout however the vehicle has found itself a niche within the outer limits of luxury limousines. The car has gained a cult following world wide as a wedding car in white or the perfect vessel for anyone who wants to make a splash!

Automobile designer, Brook Steven’s was fascinated by the classic era of automotive design. This passion was what fueled his Gatsby-esque creations and eventually lead the design of the what would later become the Excalibur as a concept car for Studebaker in 1963. The concept car was exhibited at several car shows in the US and turned a lot of heads. The fuss about this unique car soon turned into orders from wealthy patrons around the world and so the Excalibur was born. The Excalibur was factory built and underwent several major revisions in its early years which greatly improved performance and reliability especially with regards to the chassis that was required for such a long automobile – eventually acquired from General Motors. Each year the Excalibur factory only made about sixty to eighty vehicles which has added to their rarity and collectibility today. The cars most commonly ordered and produced were the 2-door Roadster however Excalibur also made a 4-door saloon the ‘Phaeton’ which has become a very successful luxury car, used in films such as 101 Dalmatians and as the flagship of the limo fleet for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

After a run of only 3200 cars the company finally ceased production in 1990, having finally achieved perfection in the Series V Excalibur, the most luxurious yet. The company still runs in a limited capacity supplying parts, manuals and information to the contemporary owners of Excalibur cars.

The good news is that the current owner of the Excalibur Cars factory has not ruled out the possibility of a new line of cars. In fact as recently as 2011 there has been talk of a modernised Excalibur of similar design. These plans are subject to financial backing and for now the company is devoted to creating parts to keep the existing Excalibur’s on the road, even going as far as to plan renovation kits to replace what could be considered the dated and worn interior of some of the older models still in circulation.

Information for Changes of Interior and Exterior Car Decorations

Enhancements to cars can be performed with decorative car accessories. These are items that have been added after vehicles construction from the manufacturer has been concluded. Car decorations can be added to the interior as well as the exterior of a car. Depending upon what you have in mind for changes, you can install them yourself or have installation performed professionally.

There are numerous interior car decorations manufactured for self- installation by vehicle owners. These include but aren’t limited to mats for the floor of the vehicle, covers for steering wheels, and seat covers. They come in hundreds of styles and colors. Many have logos or other personalized information. Your local auto parts store is a source for this equipment or online dealers and retailers can supply these. They are simple to install and most of these extras for the interior of the vehicle take minutes to install with little or no instruction.

Other car decorations for the interior of your vehicle do require some professional installation. If you are interested in upgrading your vehicle for ornamental car steering wheels and mostly any upgrade that would involve the vehicles electrical system, such as a new stereo or speakers, professional installation is best. Additional interior car decorations that would require professional installation would be dashboard trim kits or change out the original manufacturers shift knob. You can even have a racing car seat installed instead of your normal driver’s seat.

Trim lighting has become very popular for decorations. You can trim your frame on the inside doors or even the dash. These are trimmed with LED lights that are neon based in basically any color imaginable. Companies do sell lighting kits that advise that car owners can perform the job themselves. However, if you have these professional installed they tend to be more aesthetically pleasing. The professional shop can conceal electrical wires and guarantee the work being done. Any electrical system upgrades are better performed by a professional to verify the work is done without harming anything on your vehicles functionality.

Not only can your interior be enhanced with car decorations, the exterior can also beimproved. There are basic changes that the car owner can perform, such as gas caps or decals. If you would like to change the color of the car or a custom paint job done, professionals should be consulted. A body shop can also provide you with designer grills, side skirts or an extended bumper.

There are some car decorations that can be ordered for additional costs and installed by the manufacturer. These are car decorations such as GPS, DVD players in the headrests, DVD players that fold up into the ceiling of the car, various audio systems that can include nearly anything you can aspire to. If you are considering these types of car decorations, you may want to price the manufactures costs versus what a professional shop may charge for the changes.

Car decorations should be an expression of you, inside and out.