Our vehicles live rather tough lives when you think about it. Many vehicles spend all their time outside in the weather, and while on the road or in parking lots, damage can happen when you least expect it. Anything from minor weather hail dings, key scratches, sunburn (yes, vehicles get sunburn which ruins the paint and finish), minor traffic fender-benders and even major collision damage.
Collision repair in Ithaca can bring your vehicle back to life with some of the amazing new technology available. Our experienced auto body technicians can quickly and easily repair most vehicle damage using our expert knowledge, state-of-the-art equipment and advanced repair techniques.
Common Types of Vehicle Damage
Weather related damage
Unless your vehicles are garaged when not in use, they tend to sit out in the weather 24/7. They experience extremes in temperature, hot sun, snow, ice, rain and even hail. The moisture (humidity) in the air can cause some vehicles to begin to rust after a period of time. If left unattended, those little surface rust spots can slowly, but steadily, eat away and the metal of your vehicle. Some rust can be sanded off and repainted, but deeper damage may need to be cut out and replaced with new metal. And what about hail damage? Those little dings on the roof, trunk and hood of your car or truck look unsightly but opens up the finish to allow rust to set in.
Paint scratches can happen anywhere. Driving down a narrow road can subject your vehicle to over hanging tree branches that scrape the paint, parking lots are prime areas where shopping carts and roll into your vehicle and scratch up the paint and even careless people exiting their own vehicle and swinging their door open too far can cause significant dents and scratches. Small, light scratches can be buffed out, but deeper ones may need some body filler and computer matched paint repair. Again, these scratches damage the finish on the car and allow the possibility of rust to attack the paint and metal.
Dings and Dents
Small body damage happens when minor collisions occur, either from an impact with another vehicle, a stationary object, or an encounter with wildlife. Many small dents and dings can be repaired easily. If the paint is not damaged, then repair is often tapping out the dent from the interior (underside) of the panel. Larger, deeper dents may require your Ithaca collision repair facility to drill a small hole in the panel, and engage a special tool to pull the dent out. This type of repair does require patching of the hole, and spot paint the damage. More significant dents could necessitate a new panel being installed and painted.
Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca has the latest in auto body repair tools and machines. Significant body and frame damage can result from even what feels like a mild bump with another vehicle. Due to later model cars and trucks being made in lighter weight body materials, damage can be far more intense than expected.
Frame damage is very common, but rest assured that our advanced frame straightening machine will resolve the issue and keep your car going straight down the road for years to come. Granted, there are some instances when frame damage is too severe to repair safely. We will work with you to discuss the best method of repair or other options available.
Don’t Delay Collision Repair in Ithaca
Winter is coming and with it there are many weather elements that will affect your vehicle. Small scratches or rust will be subject to salt on the roadway and it is just waiting to find an unprotected part of your vehicle to attack. Don’t let procrastination cause you a big headache. Come on down to Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca for your free estimate. We are open 8-5 Monday through Friday at 720 West Court Street.