If your Child’s car seat was involved in a crash…

Q: What should I do with my child restraint that’s been involved in a crash?

A: Britax recommends that use of a child restraint be discontinued if it has been in a severe crash. We further advise of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) position that it is not necessary to replace a child restraint after a minor crash. A minor crash is one that meets ALL of following criteria:

* The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site;
* The vehicle door nearest the child restraint was undamaged;
* There were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants;
* The air bags (if present) did not deploy; AND
* There is no visible damage to the child restraint.

Here is the direct link to NHTSA’s crashed seat criteria for replacement, previously cited by the Britax crashed seat FAQ: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/inju…raintReUse.htm

Please note that the above manufacturer’s crashed seat FAQs and NHTSA criteria do not differentiate between an unoccupied and occupied seat. The carseat has been subjected to crash forces even if it was unoccupied at the time of the crash. There could be unseen damage from the stress of the crash that could potentially cause the seat to fail to properly protect your child in the event of another crash.

Insurance Tips

If your crashed seat(s) meet the manufacturer’s guidelines and/or NHTSA’s for replacement, the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company should be contacted about covering replacement(s). If you live in a no-fault insurance state, then you would pursue replacement through your own car insurance company.

Some insurance companies are very proactive about covering crashed seats regardless of the manufacturer or crash details, while others may act as though they’ve never heard of such a thing. It may also depend on the particular claims representative at any given company, and you may need to speak to a supervisor or more senior claims representative to get the authorization for replacement coverage. The insurance company may instruct you to simply purchase a replacement seat and submit the receipt for reimbursement, or prorate the original purchase price of your crashed seat(s) to determine how much to reimburse you, or instruct you to purchase the exact same model as your crashed seat(s). Be sure to clarify what the insurance company will specifically cover before purchasing a new seat.

If the insurance company refuses to cover replacing the carseat(s), you could present the insurance company with FAQ information or other supporting documentation from the carseat manufacturer and/or NHTSA. If the insurance company is still reluctant after you present manufacturer’s or NHTSA’s statements, you could also try asking for a document stating it accepts full liability and responsibility if the crashed carseat fails to properly protect your child in a subsequent crash. This is an approach reported to have worked in cases where insurance companies weren’t initially cooperative. Also, insurance companies in California and Illinois are obligated by law to replace occupied crashed seats according to the California Insurance Code at

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5 Tips for choosing the right Auto Body shop

Thank you for your time. Its not uncommon for people to shop until they drop when researching body shop quotes. Instead of driving around the world, know what to look for:

1.)Pay attention to word of mouth. Its natual for people to use their friends, family, and online review sites to help them find a reputable establishment. Look at yelp, google, etc to help decisions.
example: Charles Henry Body Shop Reviews

2.) Consider the operations location and overhead: “Large body shops with a lot of front-office workers probably have to charge higher rates to pay their staff. While service delivered by front-desk folks, managers and foremen gives some people a feeling of confidence in the business, it can result in estimates that are padded with non-essential work. When they’re charging more labor hours at a higher rate, your bill can add up quickly.”

3.) Get a couple estimates. and watch out for the “LOWEST” “And while it’s important to protect against being overcharged, you shouldn’t simply take the lowest quote. “You might get some kind of midnight guy who will say he can do it really cheap,” he says. “Stay away from those guys, because there is something they’re not doing. You could have major problems down the road.””

4.) Ask the right questions “When choosing a body shop, “you don’t go in with your pocketbook open,” Mallette explains. “You go in smart,” and ask some key questions. Does the shop provide a written warranty? And if so, for how long? What does the warranty cover?”

5.) Follow Your Intuition “”Trust your gut,” Mallette says. “If your gut tells you the guy’s shady I wouldn’t even go there.”

For more information on body work, collision, quotes please call * (415) 673-7900 ‎for more information


Whats in a Name ” Auto Body ” “body shop ” etc..

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“Auto body”, “Autobody”, “body shop”, “collision center” – all the same right?

We recognize all these name iterations as simply different terms for auto body repair businesses, but do search engines see it the same way as we do; and could selecting one over the other influence our visibility to search engines? Po-tay-toe or po-tah-toe; it’s still just a potato. Right?

With 823,000 searches every month, “Auto Body” is by far the most searched for phrase in the study. It’s the phrase that pays!

[research] #autobody

Call Charles Henry of San Francisco for all your Body Shop Needs! 415.673.7900

Call Charles Henry of San Francisco for all your Body Shop Needs! 415.673.7900

How Much will Insurance Usually Cover for Car Crash Repairs? More info here -> 415 673-7900 ‎

Car crash repairs happen all the time across the United States. The amount of repairs that an automotive insurance company will pay for depends on varying factors. Those factors include the type of policy the driver has, how much their premium is for, if they have to pay a deductible, and which driver was at fault in the accident. Once these factors have been determined, the auto insurance company will decide whether or not they pay for the entire cost of the crash repairs, or a percent of the repairs. More info CLICK In San Francisco (via autos.com )

How to choose a body shop ( Collision ) for your vehicle in San Francisco

Via driverside. Tips on where to take your car when you need work done on it.

Odds are you’re going to get into a fender bender and need some automotive body work done at least once in your vehicle’s life. Colliding with another car or hitting an immobile object is never a pleasant experience, but taking your time and doing a little research when it happens can ensure that the repair process is as painless and, most of all, as least expensive as possible.

If you’re able to drive your car home from the accident (read more on what to do if you’re in an accident), park it and take a breath. You’ll want to get the vehicle’s damage repaired as soon as possible, but rushing into an unknown shop is the last thing you want to do.

Talk to the Shop and its Customers
Check Local reviews ( yelp ) OUR 34 Reviews There, you’ll find ratings and reviews of local auto shops – a perfect way to make sure you’re getting a quality mechanic to look at your vehicle. There’s nothing worse than cold-calling and hoping you’ll end up at a place that knows what it is doing.

Once you find one that looks promising, give them a call and ask questions like how long they’ve been in business, how experienced their team is, if they guarantee their work and whether they use stock replacement or aftermarket parts. Charles Henry for example has been around since 1902!

A better indication is the type of work they do, so if you’ve got the time, ask to come by and see some of their finished products. If they’re leery of you poking around, it might be a sign to take your business elsewhere.

The shop should be willing to put you in touch with someone whose vehicle they’ve worked on in the past. When you get to speak to someone, ask if they were kept up to date on any delays, if they were satisfied with the work and if all of their questions were answered. Obviously, a shop isn’t going to put you in contact with a problem customer, but this will at least give you an idea of what to expect from them.

If your car is immobilized by an accident, you may feel like you’re at the mercy of the tow truck driver and what they suggest. It’s not uncommon for body shops to charge high daily storage fees for vehicles they haven’t been contracted to work with, so every day you spend researching the shop will put a small dent in your wallet.

The only other option is to have your crippled ride towed to your home, then re-towed to the shop of your choosing once you’ve done your research. Neither is an ideal situation, but the quality of post accident body work can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars in resale value in your car.

Of course, not everyone has the luxury of taking a day or two to research a shop. If this is the case, contacting your local Better Business Bureau to see if anyone has lodged formal complaints against your potential shop isn’t a bad option. Once you’ve done that, go with your gut feeling. If anything about the shop in question makes you uncomfortable (other than the thought of spending last month’s pay) take the car elsewhere. In today’s economy, the body shops should be begging for your business.

Review Their Work
Once the work has been done, there are a few of things to look for. First, step back and look at the car as a whole as well as focusing on where the damage occurred. This will allow you to see how well the paint has been matched and identify any glaring problems that you may not have noticed up close. Some paints, such as metallic and metal flakes, are incredibly difficult to match, but in broad daylight it should not be too difficult to tell any difference. Remember, you paid for a good job to be done, not for shoddy work.

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