How to pick a auto collision repair shop

How to Pick an Auto Collision Repair Shop

First, find out which auto collision repair shop your insurance company, friends, or family recommends.    When you take your vehicle to Gerber Collision & Glass there’s less work for you! Gerber Collision & Glass will work with your insurance company on your behalf, managing the claim and direct-billing at the end.

Second, a good car collision body repair shop will keep you informed, answer any questions related to your vehicle, provide you with a quote and make sure that the work on your car or truck is done correctly until your satisfaction.  Gerber Collision & Glass has been in the auto body repair business for over 70 years, and our specialists only use the highest quality parts and materials to restore your car. Best of all, our parts and workmanship are each guaranteed. You’ll always get quality repairs that will ensure the safety of your family.

Choosing a quality body shop isn’t an easy task, so avoid the stress and the disruption. With Gerber Collision & Glass you’ll enjoy an easy, hassle-free collision repair that gets you back on the road in no time.

Can hailstorms effect your cars windshield

It’s that time of year in Florida when tropical storms and afternoon showers are a common occurrence. These storms can even produce golf ball size hail.  Hail storms produce ice spheres that can cause extensive denting, especially on the hood, roof, and trunk of your vehicle.

Since the windshield is the most vulnerable part of your vehicle during a hailstorm when hail hits a windshield it can leave damage that can shatter the windshield or cracks around where the hail impacted.

After a hailstorm, Gerber Collision and Glass recommends inspecting your vehicle for damage.  Even minor chips require attention before they turn into large cracks.

With over 100 locations to serve you, and a written lifetime guarantee on all work, we are your hail damage repair specialist.

Regular vehicle maintenance – how do I regularly maintain my vehicle

5 Car Maintenance Must Dos

Your car is likely your second most valuable investment.  Regular maintenance is critical to ensure the safety, reliability, and longevity of your car. The actual schedule of car maintenance varies depending on the year, make, and model of a car.  Every car is supplied with a schedule — in the owner’s manual or in a separate maintenance log book — that details that vehicle’s needs.

If you want to keep your car in good shape, Gerber Collision recommends the following be regularly maintained on your vehicle:

1 – Hood Checks

2 – Oil Changes

3 – Waxing/Washing

4 – Alignment, Balance, & Tire Rotation

5  – Filters

To maintain safety and reduce the cost of car repair, it is important that you have your car inspected regularly. Regular vehicle maintenance will help keep your vehicle a properly running automotive.

How do you Prepare for a Hurricane: Hurricane Emergency Checklist

Summer marks the time when most families are planning their weekend travels, BBQ’s with friends, outdoor home projects, or even that much needed rest and relaxation on the Florida beaches.   As you start planning the activities that rejuvenate you; Gerber wants to remind you that we are in the thick of Hurricane season; June 1 – November 30.

The United States has been marked by several devastating hurricanes and tropical storms that have left devastation, flooding, damage, and power-outages.  Every homeowner should begin Hurricane season with a plan.  When it comes to protecting your home and family, preparation is key.

Follow these tips to prepare your home and family before the Storm surges.

  • Emergency Kit
    • Food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours.
  • Emergency Plan
    • Learn the community hurricane evacuation plan and practice with your family.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood prone.
  • Secure your property:
    • Cover all your home’s windows.
    • Trim trees and shrubs around your home.
    • Clear rain gutters and downspouts.
    • Reinforce your garage doors.
    • Move outdoor furniture or anything else not tied down outside.
    • Consider purchasing a generator for emergencies.
  • Keep a list of contact information for reference.
    • County Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Hospitals
    • Local American Red Cross
    • Local TV/Radio Stations
    • Your Property Insurance Agent and Local Utility Departments

Car Windshield Care

Windshield Care

Maintaining your windshield is one of the main priorities of your car.  It makes the car look good and it helps you drive safer.  In a collision, the windshield is what prevents the roof from caving in.  Here are some important tips to contemplate when it comes to taking care of your windshield. 

If you have a crack or chip in your glass get it fixed right away.  Sometimes when you are driving, debris such as pebbles, sand, or trash can cause dings in the glass.  Over time the dings will turn into bigger cracks.

Don’t slam your car doors.  Slamming the doors cause strong vibrations to the windshield.  The vibrations can cause the dings to spread. 

Don’t leave your vehicle in direct sunlight.  Extended exposure to sunlight can shorten the life of your windshield.  If there is a great temperature different on either side of the windshield, the dings could get worse. 

Clean the windshield with vinegar or alcohol.  Use cotton or microfiber towels.  Don’t use ammonia based glass cleaners.  They could destroy the tint. 

Use a rag to clean the wipers.  Dirt and sand can get on the wipers and scratch the windshield.  Rub the rag on the blades to remove the dirt, dust and sand.

Gerber Collision and Glass want you to keep your windshield in good condition.  If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-7gerber. Don’t forget your windshield tips. 

Driving in the summer rain

Driving in the summer rain

Gerber Collision and Glass would like to suggest some safety tips for driving in wet weather.  It is imperative that you can see and be seen.  It is more difficult to see other cars and the road.  Please slow down because it takes more time to stop in rainy weather. 

Before you go, make sure you wipe off the bottom of your shoes.  Your shoes will be wet and could slip off the pedals.  Check all of your lights and turn signals to make sure they are working properly. 

Check your tires often.  Bald tires will reduce your traction on the wet roads.  You could end up riding on a layer of water. 

Make sure you replace your wipers once a year.  Bad wipers will distort your view in rainy weather.   Turn on your wipers during bad weather.  Wipers will clear the rain from the windshield with every sweep. 

Make sure you turn on your headlights.  It helps all the other cars see you on the road.  This will keep you safe during rainy weather.  Rain can cause windows to mist up inside the car.  Turn the defroster on and make sure it is on heat.   Drivers should clean their windshield and windows often to help them see well.

If the rain is so heavy that you have no visibility, then it is time to pull over.   Stop at a protected area like a rest area.  If your only option is the roadside, then pull off as far as possible.  Alert other drivers by turning on your emergency flashers. 

Summer is here and so are the rains.  Always use common sense when driving in the rain.  Every driver can make a difference in the rain!

Cleaning the outside of your car

Cleaning the outside of your car

Roll up the windows tightly and shut all the doors.

Rinse the car with a hose. Start with the roof and continue down to the tires.

Fill a bucket with warm water and car detergent. (Although many people use mild dishwashing liquid to wash their car, it’s best to buy automotive car soap designed to protect your paint job.)

Wash the car with a sudsy sponge or rag. Start with the roof and work your way down. Wash the windows and tires, too. Use a step stool if you have difficulty reaching the roof of your car.

Rinse off all the soap with a hose.

Dry the entire car with a clean, dry chamois cloth or towel.

Clean the windows with paper towels or newspaper and window cleaner.

Apply vinyl protectant with a clean rag to any vinyl parts such as the bumper and trim.

Use metal or chrome cleaner on the wheel rims.

Gerber Collision and Glass encourages you to keep your car clean.

 

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Changing a Tire

Changing a Tire

Have you ever been stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire?  Would you like to learn how to change a tire so you don’t have to ask for help?  Here are some steps from Gerber Collision and Glass on how to change a tire.

Find a flat surface to change the tire.  You don’t want your car to roll.  Put the parking brake on and put your car into park. If you have a standard transmission, put your vehicle in first or reverse. Set a heavy object in front of the front and back tires. Take out the spare tire and the jack. Place the jack under the frame near the tire that you are going to change.  Make sure the jack is in contact with the metal portion of your car’s frame.

Raise the jack until it is supporting the car. Make sure it is not lifting the car.  The jack should be firmly in place against the bottom of the vehicle.  Make sure the jack is perpendicular to the ground.

Remove the hub cap and undo the nuts by turning them counterclockwise. Don’t take them all the way off.  Crank the jack to lift the tire off the ground. You need to lift it high enough to remove the flat tire and change it with a spare.  Take the nuts off all the way.  Remove the tire.  Place the spare tire on the hub.  Align the rim of the spare tire with the wheel bolts, and then put on the lug nuts.

Tighten the nuts by hand until they are all tight.  Lower the car without putting full weight on the tire. Tighten the nuts as much as you can.  Lower the car to the ground and remove the jack. Finish tightening the nuts and replace the hubcap.

Effects of Acid Rain on Cars

Effects of Acid Rain on Cars

Acid rain is the deposit of damaging toxins.  These pollutants can be wet or dry.  When the rain dries it leaves the acid.  The acid rain stays on the car.  Acid rain can cause damage to a vehicle.   It corrodes paint and makes cars look dirtier.  For the most part, acid rain damages the flat surfaces of a vehicle.  These areas include the trunk, hood and roof.

Avoiding some of the worst acid rain will help save your car’s paint.  Try and park your car in a covered area or a garage.  Have your car regularly washed and hand dry it.  Darker-colored cars will display wear sooner than a light-colored car.  Some manufacturers use acid resistant paints.  Clean your tires to avoid cracking from acid rain. 

You might have acid rain buildup on your windows and windshield if it has a filmy look.  Clean it with a vinegar and water mix.  One cup of vinegar to one quart of water should do the trick.  Hire a professional to have your paint cleaned up that has been exposed to acid rain.  Gerber Collision and Glass would like you to keep your car acid free.

Gerber Collision and Glass is highly wreck-ommended

Gerber Collision and Glass is highly wreck-ommended 

Gerber Collision and Glass would like to take this opportunity to say Happy 4th of July to everyone.  We hope everyone is staying cool in this smoldering heat.  Can you believe we are over half way through the year already?  We would especially like to thank our clients for your loyalty and support this year.  We strive to be the best auto and collision specialists in the business.  We are happy to serve you with the finest quality work and dedication.

  Customer satisfaction still remains our number one goal.  We offer many services, including auto window repair and collision damage repair.  We use the most state of the art products to get you back up and rolling.  We even offer a mobile glass repair for your convenience.  Our technicians are the best in the industry.  They will evaluate your vehicle and get it in pre collision condition.      

We have many locations throughout the United States to serve your automotive needs.  You can find us in Florida, Maryland, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and Colorado.  We are also available in four locations in Canada.  Check us out in Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.  We look forward to serving you for the second half of the year.  Check us out online at Gerber Collision.com to see all the quality work we offer.

Teen Driving: How to begin teaching your teenager to drive

Teen Driving: You are not alone as you prepare your teen to be a safe and smart driver and Gerber Collision suggests taking the first step in preparing your teen to drive – being a role model.

Even though we don’t think our teens listen to us, according to research, teens value the opinions of their parents most of all.  That’s why sharing your knowledge of driving, car crashes, and road rules is so important as your teenagers learns to drive. Be a role model:

  • Always wear your safety belt.
  • Obey traffic laws.
  • Do not use a cell phone while driving.
  • Watch your speed.
  • Don’t tailgate.
  • Use your turn signals.
  • Don’t drive when angry or tired.
  • Talk to your teen about being a safe passenger

Being a role model will not only avoid dangerous auto collisions for you and your family, but the  earlier you address safety, the smoother the teaching process will be.

Distracted Driving is Dangerous – Don’t Text and Drive

Distracted Driving is Dangerous
Texting while driving is a danger
The popularity of texting, checking email, or social networks like Facebook while driving has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences. We now know that mobile communications are linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. Some studies even link the effects to similarities like driving while intoxicated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2008 that driver distraction was the cause of 16 percent of all fatal collisions — 5,800 people killed — and 21 percent of collisions resulting in an injury — 515,000 people wounded. According to the American Automobile Association, nearly 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving.
What You Can Do
Give Clear Instructions – Give teen drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. According to Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the easiest way to say it is: “On the road, off the phone.” Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death.
Lead by Example – Children learn from their parent’s behavior. No one should text and drive. Be an example for your children and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place.
Become Informed and Be Active – Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving. Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your children’s’ schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.

Excessive Speed Is A Factor In One Third Of All Fatal Crashes

Excessive Speed Is A Factor In One Third Of All Fatal Crashes

Late for an appointment or to pick up the kids from school?  So you tap the gas a little more.  Speeding is a factor in nearly 1/3 of all fatal crashes. The faster you go, the more likely you are to have an auto collision and the greater your risk of serious injury or death. No matter what causes the collision, speeding reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash.  Gerber Collision and Glass wants to remind you of the dangers of speeding :

SPEEDING FACTS

  • Speed was a factor in 30 percent (12,477) of all traffic fatalities in 1998, second only to alcohol (39 percent) as a cause of fatal crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, 1999)
  • In 1998, 40,000 people were critically injured in speeding-related crashes, 72,000 were moderately injured and 599,000 received minor injuries. (NHTSA, 1999)
  • Young drivers (under 30 years old) are more likely to speed than other drivers. Of all drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are most likely to speed. The relative proportion of speeding-related fatal crashes decreases with increasing driver age. (NHTSA, 1999)
  • Alcohol involvement and speeding often go hand-in-hand. In 1998, 43 percent of drivers with a 0.10 BAC or higher who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared with 14 percent of the sober (0.00 BAC) drivers in fatal crashes. (NHTSA, 1999)

Speed laws prevent auto collisions.  If you’re in a hurry, no destination is worth a speeding ticket and potential car collision. Going too fast may lead to your vehicle spinning out of control or hitting another car, not only are you putting yourself and other motor vehicles at risk to injury but you’re putting your car at risk for being banged up and in need of Auto Collision Repairs.

Car Travel Safety Tips – How to protect your dog in the car


Why did the snowman name his dog Frost?  Because Frost bites!!!!  Yep, there is a doggone joke for ya’ll… but honestly, we have a serious topic to discuss today!  PET SAFETY in your cars.  How many of you have taken your dogs in your car with you before?  Well, there are a ton of us that have!  Now, how many of you have thrown your dog in the car, and drove off, not safely securing them?  There is a huge amount of safety issues when we let our dogs roam free in our cars, without safety restraints.

If we love our pets, which we all do, why do some of us not protect them?  You can use a pet harness or a pet cage and secure your pet in the car.  This way, if there was an unfortunate accident or a sudden stop, your pet would be less likely to be thrown around the car.  And you should never let your pet sit in the front seat, especially if your car is equipped with a passenger airbag.  Please protect your pets!  If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask, Gerber Collision and Glass, we are here for all your needs!  Drive Safe!

Car Safety During a Hurricane – What to do while driving in a storm

The Hurricane… Now I’m not referring to the boxing movie starring Denzel Washington playing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter who was imprisoned for murder but was innocence. While that was a great movie, I’m referring to a hurricane storm! A storm that consists of violent winds, rains, hail, thunder, and lighting. These storms are extremely dangerous and everyone needs to prepare for such storms.

We need to get ready for the storm coming”. That is what most say when a hurricane is coming, and Floridians know all too well what a hurricane can do. Not only can the damaging winds do harm to yourself and your homes, but also to your cars!

With the threatening of the upcoming storm, named Emily, which is now downgraded to a tropical wave (thankfully), I am reminded of what damage can be done to your cars. The violent winds, flooding, falling trees and much more can do serious damage to your cars.  Gerber Collision and Glass can assist in these times, and help you get what you need done to your cars and get your back on the road! Please see us as we will provide any assistance necessary to you or your loved ones. And please be safe!

What to do if your car windsheild cracks – How to Repair a Broken Car Window

What pebble attack are we referring to? Well, it’s that simple white stone or pebble that will no doubt, and unfortunately make a run at your front windshield! It has happened to everyone…. And if you are one of the few fortunate ones that have yet to be attacked by the flying pebble or stone, then you probably atleast know someone that has suffered the attack.

Scenario time: You are driving down the road, and see the large truck with the pebbles so high they are over the sides of the edges of the truck. You know you don’t want to be behind this guy, but upon looking in your side mirrors, there are cars on both sides. You go to slow down, as you don’t want to be that close to this truck, but someone is right behind you… and then it happens… the stone or pebbles are coming at you! You cannot go right or left, as there are cars all around you… and boom! Or maybe more of a crackle… the stone hits your windshield leaving a small dent in the glass that will eventually crack even more….

Come visit us at Gerber Collision & Glass for all your windshield needs. We will assist with your insurance company as well. We look forward to working with you!