APR Works Blog
All About Driving in Deer Season
Have youever asked yourself, “What happens after I hit a deer?”
Nature sometimes gets the best of us, and between the months of September and February, deer become more than a little distracted by the opposite sex. Females go into heat, and males will sometimes stop at nothing to make time with them. In the heat of passion, ordinarily cautious bucks forget about the dangers of roadways. This is why most vehicle-deer collisions occur during the mating season; like human teenagers, amorous deer can’t always be trusted around cars… Read More
Making Sense of Auto Collision Repair Jargon
Nothing makes sense when it comes to insurance claims and repairs…
Most of us have probably been guilty of a blank stare when a mechanic or body shop technician is talking to us. Maybe you nod vacantly as they yammer on about your vehicle repair because what they’re saying sounds like this: “Blah-blah chassis, OEM blah-blah, insurance-blah-deductible,” and so on. Collision repair isn’t something most of us deal with often… Read More
PDR (Paintless Dent Repair) Explained
Is PDR Paintless Dent Repair or Removal?
PDR is like getting your vehicle massaged back into shape without damaging the paint. It’s an entirely different technique than traditional, sand-putty-and-paint methods. It costs less, takes less time to complete, and lasts longer. And furthermore, it’s a bit of an art. If your vehicle has minor body damage, read on to find out what PDR is, what it can and cannot do, and whether your vehicle damage can likely be repaired with this method… Read More
A Guide to Estimating Your Auto Body Damage
Every situation is different… Check out our guide to help you decide what’s best for you.
There are few sounds more sickening than the crunch and scrape you hear when your vehicle is damaged. Your first thought is probably one of acute loss, knowing your previously attractive ride has been deformed. Your second thought is probably, How much is this going to cost me? And your third thought may be, I don’t have time to deal with this. But you have to deal with it, and we thought it might be helpful to provide this guide to estimating your auto body damage… Read More
Alloy Wheels: Can that Curb Rash Be Repaired?
Alloy Wheel Repair Can Do More than You Might Think for Curb Rash
Your ride sure looks nice. You went for the alloy wheels, and your vehicle has a much classier look now. It’s a real head-turner because it’s amazing what that one upgrade does for a car or truck. But then: curb rash! It happens to the best of us. The good news is that most curb rash on alloy wheels can be repaired… Read More
Alloy Wheel Basics
Check out some of the advantages and disadvantages of alloy wheels…
For a lot of people, alloy wheels are all about adding style and flair to a vehicle. And it’s true, alloy wheels can be crafted into elaborate designs with beautiful details—real head-turners when you take your ride out on the road. But what about the practicalities of alloy wheels? In this article, we’ll share information from an APR alloy wheel specialist about their advantages, disadvantages, and what you should know if they need to be repaired… Read More
How to Buy Your Car Back After it’s Totaled (and Not Regret It)
Have you ever though about buying a car back after it’s been wrecked?
It’s sometimes surprising how little damage it takes to “total” a vehicle. And it’s never any fun when the insurance adjuster tells you that you won’t be getting your car or truck back. But can you get it back? Technically, yes, often you can. But are you sure you want it back? That’s an important question to ask. A totaled vehicle buy-back can be a bad financial decision, but in some cases, the numbers can add up just fine, meaning that… Read More
The Hidden Health Benefits of Auto Detailing
Don’t let sick smelling odors ruin your driving experience…
As the saying goes, “We live in our cars,” and a recent study by the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety has proven it true. They found that 87 percent of Americans drive and on average spend an hour and half a day in their vehicles. That’s a lot of time behind the wheel, and in that time most of us eat, drink, and give rides to pets, children and other carriers of germs and allergens… Read More
When Is Minor Collision Repair an Option?
Stop in and learn about when minor collision is the right option for you…
Assessing the amount of damage your vehicle has received in a minor accident can be tricky. What appears to be a small dent may conceal more substantial damage beneath the surface. But generally speaking, if none of the engine components are damaged, no fluids are leaking, and there’s no apparent malformation of the frame, you may not need to pay the premium prices of a full-service body shop. In this article, we’ll cover the differences between major and minor collision repair shops—including the dramatic cost differences.. Read More
5 Hidden Benefits of Car Window Tinting
Vehicle window tinting benefits
What’s the first thing you think when you see a vehicle with tinted windows? That it looks cool, right? Window tinting makes a vehicle stand out, like sunglasses for a car, but people who have tinted glass know that it’s about more than style. The real beauty of car window tinting lies in its functionality, offering five distinct benefits… Read More
Is Paintless Dent Repair an Option For You?
Got dent repair?
Whether it’s major or minor, auto body damage is definitely a major inconvenience. But a relatively new technique called paintless dent repair (PDR) has dramatically reduced costs for many types of minor damage, including small dings, dents and hail damage. But how do you know if this technique is an option for you… Read More
Are You a Phone Addict While Driving?
Please don’t text and drive!
When cell phones were first getting popular, they were a novelty. We never imagined how indispensable these pocket computers would become than how much there would be to do with them in addition to than making phone calls. Now most of us have a hard time imagining life without a smartphone… Read More
A Perfectly Legal Body Shop Insurance Hack
Body shop insurance hacks
Let’s preface this by saying that this hack doesn’t work for everyone; it only applies to certain types of collision repair and certain auto insurance scenarios. But if it fits your situation, you can save some time and money—maybe even keep your driving history clean. The insurance company may also save money on the deal—a win-win… Read More
The Four Auto Paint Stains You Shouldn’t Ignore
You wouldn’t ignore stains on your clothes would you?
Even if you’re picky about your vehicle’s appearance, as many of us are, you can probably live with a few blemishes on the paint between car washes. After all, you can’t babysit your car or truck’s appearance every second of every day. We drive through water, slush, mud, and probably a few other things best left unmentioned… Read More
Repairs and Restorations Before You Return Your Leased Vehicle
Leased vehicle repair and restoration
Leasing can be a great way to drive the car of your dreams, but alas, it’s not yours forever, and at some point you’ll have to return it to the dealership. When you do, they’ll perform an inspection to look for stains, damage and excessive wear and tear. They’ll allow a certain amount of normal wear on certain parts of the vehicle… Read More
The Secret to Finding Cheap Collision Repair in Wichita, Kansas
Inexpensive collision repair ICT
Most consumers have no idea that there are two types of collision repair shops. Nor do they know that one kind has higher overhead and more insurance “red tape” to deal with than the other kind, so of course, this type of shop has to charge higher prices… Read More
3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle
Protect your ride with APR auto detailing
You just got your vehicle washed and waxed, and it looks awesome; waxing does amazing things for a vehicle’s appearance. It also protects auto paint from the elements, but this protection only goes so far. Unless you wax frequently, your paint is once again exposed to water, bugs, bird droppings and atmospheric chemicals… Read More
Should You File an Insurance Claim For That Body Shop Work?
What are some reasons not to file a claim?
You don’t always have to file an insurance claim after an accident. Yes, in some situations, you’re legally required to file. In others, it’s not mandatory, but filing may be your most cost-effective course of action. And sometimes it’s better to pay for collision repair out of pocket because it will cost less—now or in… Read More
Car Protection Films: Myth & Facts
What Is Paint Protection Film?
Every vehicle paint job, no matter how beautiful it is in the beginning, takes a beating over time. Weather, dust, gravel and atmospheric elements chip, fade and generally dull the paint; it’s inevitable—and sad. But there is a way to slow the process: car protection film (also called rock chip protection film)… Read More
Auto Detailing Inside & Out
What Is Auto Detailing?
Everyone likes a clean vehicle, but a wash and a vacuum areas far as most of us go. While normal washing provides a superficial cleanse, auto detailing is a deep cleansing that includes stain removal, odor removal and the application of products that protect and preserve the vehicle for months to come… Read More
Why Windshield Cracks are Worse in Winter
How big can a chip get and still be repaired?
Windshield chips can often be repaired, and it doesn’t cost much. But if a chip turns into a large crack, you may end up paying for a new windshield. And windshield damage is more likely to get worse during the extreme temperatures of the winter months, so it’s even more important this time of year to repair chips as soon… Read More
A Driver’s Guide to Deer Dating (Mating) Season
Should you drive your vehicle after a deer hit?
Love sometimes makes us all a little crazy, and deer are particularly unpredictable during mating season. In Kansas this season peaks from late September through early January. Females are in heat and males are chasing them across areas they would ordinarily avoid, like roads, so use extra caution when driving this time of year… Read More
Vehicle Rock Chip Protection Film: Myths and Truths
Myths and Truths about Vehicle Rock Chip Protection Film
A car is a big financial investment that deserves to be protected, but it’s more than that. For many people, a vehicle is also a reflection of who they are, and the condition of that vehicle is an extension of self-image. Sadly, normal driving puts wear and tear on any vehicle over time, with a barrage of debris, dust… Read More
Does Headlight Restoration Really Help Nighttime Visibility?
How Headlights Work
This is an important question because headlights are an integral—yet often neglected—part of driving safety. To understand the importance of headlight maintenance, let’s take a look at the effects of lens condition on nighttime visibility. Here are a few startling facts you may not know… Read More
All About Window Tinting
The benefits of window tinting
Window tinting is a relatively low-cost way to give your vehicle a new touch of class, an added elegance that transforms a previously ordinary car or truck into an eye-catching road machine. But it’s not just an ornamental luxury; it also enhances your overall comfort and driving experience… Read More
How Much Will that Damaged Windshield Cost You?
Please don’t ignore winshield damage…
You car’s windshield obviously keeps you from getting smacked in the face by dust, rain and the occasional bug, but did you know it’s also an integral part of your vehicle’s structural safety system? The windshield provides rollover protection, improves the vehicle’s overall structural integrity and guides the… Read More
Are You a Candidate for Paintless Dent Repair?
Types pf PDR that can be repaired…
Traditional auto body work can be painfully expensive, sometimes costing more than a vehicle is worth. For heavy damage, traditional body shops often use grinders, putties, paint booths and frame-bending equipment to effect repairs. But when the damage is minor, you may have another, lower-cost alternative… Read More
Top Reasons to Consider Professional Alloy Wheel Repair
Alloy wheels are worth repairing…
Alloy wheels are popular for their eye-pleasing appearance, but did you know they have practical benefits, as well? Sometimes you have to repair alloy wheels when damage occurs, to keep them functioning properly, and more often, people have them repaired for cosmetic reasons. After all, you pay a pretty penny for them to make… Read More
Is there such a thing as cheap collision repair in Wichita, KS?
What’s the difference between major and minor collision?
When you have an auto accident, no matter how it looks, it never feels “minor,” but in the collision repair business, there are two categories of damage: “major collision” and “minor collision.” The “major” category includes body damage that extends to the engine and/or frame of the vehicle, which can get… Read More
The Importance of Auto Detailing
Why do you need auto detailing?
All vehicles are slowly punished by the elements, whether it’s from the weather or from pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye but can nevertheless damage the exterior. Normal vehicle use also deteriorates the interior. Maybe it’s unwanted odors that have made their way into the upholstery… Read More
What is the Auto Insurance “Claim Game?”
What are the rules to this game?
Auto collision repair is often expensive, so many drivers assume they should file an insurance claim after any accident. But is it always the best option? Which types of damage cost more in the long run when you file a claim with your insurance company, and which types should you let them pay for… Read More
Four Things to Know About Headlight Restoration
Headlight lenses get dull over time, which makes your vehicle less attractive, but more importantly, it jeopardizes your safety by decreasing visibility when you drive at night. Headlights take a lot of wear and tear from dust, debris, atmospheric chemicals and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, so they require maintenance at least… Read More
Top Five Reasons To Pay for Professional Auto Detailing
APR Works is awesome at auto detailing…
Everyone loves the look and smell of a new car, but we often forget that we can reclaim that feeling with professional auto detailing. A professional auto detailing team doesn’t just wash, wax and vacuum; they use specialized tools, products, and processes to bring your vehicle as close to like-new condition as it can get… Read More
How Much Should Auto Body Repair Cost?
How much do you think it should cost?
It’s a very bad feeling when your car is damaged. Whether it’s a frightening collision, a fender bender or a windshield ding, it can make you a little queasy to see your ride less beautiful. And then there’s the oh-my-God moment of panic when you think, “How much is this going to cost?” Body repair can be expensive… Read More
3 Things to Do Before Getting a Car Window Tinted
Avoid doing it yourself, let the experts at APR do it for you.
Window tinting is one of the cheapest ways to upgrade your ride, in terms of both outer appearance and interior comfort. But if you choose the wrong material or the wrong installer, it can turn into a nightmare. Some people try to do it themselves—sometimes with disastrous results… Read More