Thursday, May 29, 2014

High-Tech “Smart Seats” Protect Kids More than Ever




With summer right around the corner, the people at Mike’s Auto Body are offering a series of helpful tips about driving and safety on the highways throughout these hotter months. As you travel this summer with your family, please make sure the little ones are always safe within your vehicle. One great thing is that children’s car seats are better and safer now than ever, because they’re utilizing new technology and embracing recent innovations in plastics and lighter metals, such as aluminum, for example. 

"Car seats are one of the biggest success stories we have in auto safety right now because the newer ones are incredibly effective at reducing injuries and fatalities to children," says Kristy Arbogast, Ph.D., Engineering Core Director for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in an article that appeared recently on Edmunds.com.

The newest car seats can do just about everything short of actually babysitting your child. But, until an electronic nanny hits the market, these new car seats are as cutting-edge as they can possibly be. They’re called “Smart Seats” and part of an evolution led by child safety seat manufacturers that are going way above the current car seat standard to develop even safer seats.

Here is the newest, safest and most popular of all the high-tech child car seats available on the market today, with the latest side-impact safety innovations to protect the youngest passengers. It’s called the Cybex Aton 2 and it is getting amazing reviews by consumer publications worldwide. It’s a rear-facing car seat for infants 4-35 pounds (preferably until age 2), up to 30 inches tall and it retails at $299.

This German-engineered rear-facing-only infant car safety seat is the first to offer the linear side-impact protection (LSP) system, which is designed to absorb more of the energy of a side-impact collision. To engage the LSP system, you simply flip out the wing on the side of the car seat near the car door after clicking the car seat into its base. (You don't need to use the LSP system if you install the car seat in the rear center spot, which is the safest car seat position.) The plastic wing helps transfer the energy of a crash into the shell of the car seat so a child isn't jostled around as much. Safety testing by the manufacturer found the LSP system increases safety by 40 percent in a side-impact collision.

“Cars are entering a new age, so why not kids’ car seats?” Peter Bizaca, Marketing Manager at Mike’s Auto Body explained. “We get second and third-generation customers here every month and many of them have very young children and that’s why we’re happy to see these developments in car seat safety. Anything that can save lives and make us all safer, it’s a win-win.”

The Cybex Aton 2 also features a load leg, which is commonly found in European car seats. The leg, which extends from the car seat base to the floor of the car, affixes the car seat base for added stability in a frontal crash. An added bonus: The seat itself is lightweight, weighing just 9 pounds because the release mechanism, which typically adds heft to a car seat, is in the base that's attached to the vehicle seat, not the car seat itself.

Other new high-tech “Smart Seats” that have received top reviews include the Safety 1st Advance 70 Air ($189.99) and the Britax Advance 70-G3 ($379).
Protect you most-prized cargo as you travel this summer. Take a close look at the Cybex Aton 2 and see if it works for you and your family. 

This is a safety tip courtesy of Mike’s Auto Body, a company that has been fixing cars to their pre-accident condition since 1972, Mike Rose and his family has built Mike’s Auto Body into a 12-shop organization known for its honesty and integrity with an emphasis on exemplary customer service. With two locations in Concord and Walnut Creek and one in Lafayette, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Richmond, Fairfield, Napa and now one in San Ramon, Mike’s Auto Body is known for being an outstanding business partner in every city where it serves the public. 


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

People Are Talking About Our 5-Star Customer Service!


This week, we received this amazing 5-Star Yelp Rating from yet another satisfied customer at Mike's Auto Body:

"I recently went to Mikes Auto Body to have my vehicle estimated.  I was greeted by Alex Hahn who assisted me.  Alex walked out to my car and examined my vehicle for me.  He was very honest and helpful.  Alex told me that he would be able to remove a majority of the scratches on my vehicle by buffing it out,  Alex took my vehicle to the detail department and removed a majority of the scratches on my vehicle for free.  There were still minor damages on my vehicle and Alex gave me the estimate to have my vehicle fix to it's normal condition.  I was very impressed with Alex's honesty and customer service.  I hope I don't get into anymore accidents but if I do, I know where I'm coming to......."
-Bailey T., Fairfield, CA 

Fixing cars to their pre-accident condition since 1972, Mike Rose and his family has built Mike’s Auto Body into a 12-shop organization known for its honesty and integrity with an emphasis on exemplary customer service. With two locations in Concord and Walnut Creek and one in Lafayette, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Richmond, Fairfield, Napa and now one in San Ramon, Mike’s Auto Body is known for being an outstanding business partner in every city where it serves the public. 


Thursday, May 15, 2014

3 Misconceptions About Passing on the Road




Here's another helpful driving tip from the people at Mike's Auto Body. Almost everybody knows the basic laws, such as don’t cross over double yellow lines and never cut in front of the vehicle you just passed, for example. But seemingly many people believe in these myths about passing on the road. So, we’re here to debunk these myths in order to keep you safe on the roads of the Bay Area, some things to keep in mind when the driver in front of you is slow and you’re anxious to pass.

Myth Number One: It’s legal to speed while you’re passing
I recently got a ticket for speeding because I sped up to pass the slow poke in front of me. Bad mistake. The whole point of passing is to get by the car in front of you, but if it involves speeding, it’s both illegal and unsafe. Just because someone is lagging in the fast lane does not mean you can speed. The laws of the road apply all the time and your busy schedule won’t give you a free pass with the local police or CHP.

Myth Number Two: A two-way center lane is for passing
Some busy roads have a center lane available for vehicles traveling in either direction. Its purpose is to give drivers trying to make a left turn a place to wait for a break in oncoming traffic without causing a backup. What it most definitely is not is a passing lane. Using it that way isn’t only illegal, it’s dangerous and dumb: there are fewer better ways to ask for a head-on auto body collision, much less a ticket.

Myth Number Three: Signal late (or not at all) so nobody can cut you off
A driver told me once, “I never signal anymore, because when I do the other driver speeds up to make it impossible.” Judging from the drivers we see on California’s highways, it’s widely believed that if you signal, you’re just asking somebody behind you to speed up and block your move. It’s a sad fact that many drivers believe that their lane is theirs and don’t want any other drivers entering it. It stems from human beings and their territorial rights, including the lane they’re driving in.
In fact, signaling in advance of a passing maneuver is the law and in many states you have to signal at least 100 feet before you start to pass. That’s about two seconds on a highway and approximately four seconds on a city road. Your signal reduces your chance of a collision, so cheating here just increases the odds.
Don’t buy into these myths and you won’t get any tickets or accidents. Another helpful series of safety driving tips from Mike’s Auto Body.

Fixing cars to their pre-accident condition since 1972, Mike Rose and his family has built Mike’s Auto Body into a 12-shop organization known for its honesty and integrity with an emphasis on exemplary customer service. With two locations in Concord and Walnut Creek and one in Lafayette, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Richmond, Fairfield, Napa and now one in San Ramon, Mike’s Auto Body is known for being an outstanding business partner in every city where it serves the public. 



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Another 5-Star Yelp Review

Joe from Walnut Creek gave our Walnut Creek store this great review. Thanks Joe, it was a pleasure repairing your vehicle back to its pre-accident condition. 

"We've used Mike's for repairs to my 2004 Subaru Forester, and loved the quality service; with a fast turnaround the car still looks great.

Three weeks ago while driving my still new (to me) 2013 Subaru Impreza Limited out of the parking lot of my complex, I had a fender bender with another resident and my agent at AAA took the call, responded  to my needs, and found Mike's on North Main, which is about five minutes from home. I said we'd dealt with them before and requested their service for the repair work. During the process, Vince and staff were right there for me, and from start to finish I felt like I was taken care of. I had lots of questions, and all of them were answered, including getting a rental car while the Subaru was in their shop.

This afternoon I received a telephone confirmation from them and came to pickup the car after dropping off the rental. When I saw my car I barely recognized it, looks like it came right off the delivery truck. Mike's work is superb. Vince deserves some high Kudos as well as do the rest of the staff. Once I signed off on the paperwork I drove away and ran a few errands. The car both looks and handles beautifully. (As was expected.)

For this level of service, they deserve five stars, and If I need any repairs in the future, I know where to go. Thanks Mike's!"