Archive for month: April 2019

Did the Winter Leave Your Automobile Dinged Up, Time to Visit Winks Body Shop in Ithaca

Now that the chill of winter  2019 is finally behind us it’s time to check out your vehicle for signs of erosion, wear and rust. It’s not uncommon for cars, trucks or SUVs to get beat up by Tompkins County snow, ice and harsh driving conditions. Not only does the weather take its toll, but human drivers do as well. A minor fender bender in the front or rear of your car typically stays there forever, unless you take action to fix it. Even small dings on your car’s surface gradually grow more visible as the paint continues chipping off, and the rust sets in.

The Main Reasons to bring your car to Winks Body Shop in Ithaca:

Get Rid of the Dents

Cars with dings and dents annoy everyone, because they are so easy to get rid of by making an appointment with a collision repair shop in Tompkins County like Wink’s Body Shop. Sure, many people procrastinate in having this type of work done, but then regret not doing it when dings and dents are noticed by family, friends and co-workers. It’s embarrassing to drive around town with these obvious blemishes that you pretend aren’t there, but know full well where each one is.

Instead of not doing anything about it, and waiting for more dings and dents to occur, you can take care of this problem before it becomes a larger issue. Our customers love the work that Wink’s does as their hometown collision repair experts.

Collision Repair

When your vehicle is damaged due to a collision of some sort you can’t just wish the problems away, but you can take it to experts who know exactly how to deal with the internal and external auto body damage. Wink’s Body Shop experts diagnose your car and prescribe a treatment that is sure to get it running like new again.

Paint Makeover

Your automobile’s paint wears down over time and eventually succumbs to the ravishes of upstate New York weather. If you plan on keeping your car for any length of time, it’s a smart decision to have it completely repainted. Sometimes all a car needs is a new paint job to restore its luster and it feels like driving a new car. Plus a new paint job adds to the re-sale value of your automobile.

Here at Wink’s auto body shop in Ithaca, we use environmentally friendly auto body paint in our in-house facilities. And, we can color match your existing paint even if you just need certain areas touched up.

Contact Wink’s Body Shop today and let’s chat about how Wink’s can restore your car to excellent condition.

Newer Model Cars Bring Their Own Set of Challenges When it Comes to Body Repair

collision repair in Ithaca

Newer model cars are more complex than autos of years ago and bring with them new challenges when it comes to collision repair in Tompkins County. While many people assume newer auto bodies don’t require as much work than older models, this isn’t the case. In fact, they bring new problems and require more complicated solutions. All of these new challenges mean our body shop mechanics need to continually educate themselves to keep up with changes in the industry. Ongoing education and training are essential so that our mechanics can confidently work on all auto makes and models.

From Steel to Fiberglass

Many new model cars have composite or fiberglass panels rather than steel panels for some sections. This makes vehicles lighter, but there are complications that come with this kind of frame. We can’t simply pound out a few dents if you’ve been in a fender bender. In many cases, an entire fiberglass section of your car will have to be replaced, then painted to match your existing paint job. When entire sections of the car have to be replaced, we also have to make sure the vehicle is properly balanced and aligned after new fiberglass panels are installed.


While bumpers on older cars were relatively simple pieces that could be easily replaced, today’s bumpers are more complex. Many of them have shock absorbing systems, sensors and even cameras behind them that have to be repaired in addition to the bumper itself. Backup sensors and cameras, collision avoidance systems and lane alignment features are all housed in the bumpers of newer model cars, so fixing a bumper is more labor intensive than it used to be.

Crumple Zones & Airbags

Today’s cars are designed around crumple zones that are designed to minimize injuries to passengers by absorbing more of the impact and dispersing it over the car’s frame. This means more damage to the steel or aluminum sections of a car’s frame that has to be repaired. After the frame is repaired, precision balancing and aligning is needed to ensure the car is ready to drive. If a car has been in an accident and an airbag or airbags have been deployed, these must be replaced. It’s a time-consuming process, but we i-Car certified Ithaca body shopare experts in collision repair in Ithaca and proud to share our expertise with our customers to ensure their safety.

Precision Equipment

There is a great deal of technology involved in repairing new model cars. Laser measuring, ultrasound equipment and computerized diagnostics are all part of the process. Our employees aren’t just mechanics; they also have to be proficient technicians familiar with computer systems. From paint matching to determining the amount of damage to a backup camera system, our technicians have to constantly educate themselves as newer, more complex cars enter the market.

The next time your newer model car needs body work, keep in mind the extensive education and attention to detail that is required for auto body technicians to successfully complete the task. At our auto body shop in Tompkins County, every technician is fully trained and strives to keep up with the latest innovations in auto body repair.