Auto mirror damage
Auto Mirror Damage – Preventing It Before It Gets Ugly

The Glare of Unsightly Mirrors

Whether your vehicle’s mirrors were shattered by an accident, deeds of criminal mischief, or a hazardous brush with the environment, we know that auto mirror damage is a nuisance that is preventable. The following tips demand prompt consideration as you maintain your vehicle’s lustre:


Pay Close Attention
Sometimes, auto mirror damage is self-induced. You may have rushed in and out of a busy parking lot, or you might have opened your door too quickly, causing a collision between your side mirror and the neighbouring car. Ensure your mirrors are not extended more than they should be to prevent unfortunate cracking.


Supervise Your Kids
Shiny things like mirrors appeal to more than just magpies. Teach your children that while your vehicle’s mirrors look pretty, they are not to be touched. Auto mirrors are delicate, and the slightest fumbling of little fingers may cause some cracks and breaks. Your children may want to look into your auto mirrors, but stress to them the virtue of not touching. This rule particularly applies to power mirror controls.


Clean Carefully
A harsh scrubbing with rough material and chemical cleaners may leave unintended, lasting damage. If the cleaner in your hands leaves streaks on your mirrors, abandon the cleaner for something gentler. Never resort to brushes, and do your best to not directly touch your auto mirrors with your bare hands. Your natural oils may do more than smudge your auto mirrors, and careless cleaning often leads to untidy breakage.


Park Safely
Keep a mental note of unsavory places to park and congregate, whether these include dark corners by the shopping mall or unvisited, unlit patches of concrete by the park your children play. Secluded areas often host troublesome activities that leave your auto mirrors wrecked and unworkable. Save grief, time, and money by avoiding areas that seem even slightly questionable.


Check Up On Your Auto Mirrors
While the listed precautions help immensely in preserving the life and glimmer of your auto mirrors, accidents happen and elements like debris cause breaks out of anyone’s control. Routinely checking the state of your auto mirrors puts you in control and in clearer sight of your vehicle’s overall health.


Don’t let auto mirror damage linger as an unpleasant eyesore. Call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at (403) 536-0518 for any questions on our services.


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Car towing
When Should I Tow My Car Instead of Driving It

The possibility of being involved in an auto collision is present for everyone who drives. Even the most skilled and careful driver on the planet runs this risk due to the simple fact that there is no guarantee that other drivers sharing the road are also skilled and careful. While vehicles can be driven away from the overwhelming majority of accidents, is it a good idea to do so? A vehicle with some types of damage could become further damaged or even pose a safety risk to everyone on the road.

Below are a few tips to help make the decision between driving a vehicle away from an accident and calling for a tow.

Visible Damage

After a collision, walk around the vehicle and check that no body panels or mechanical components are hanging loose from the car. Not only can such things lead to larger repair bills as the pieces fall off altogether, they can also cause handling problems or represent a hazard that other vehicles could hit.

Other Signs

Smoke, leaking fluids and strange noises are all signs that something is mechanically wrong. While, in some cases, these things do not represent imminent disaster, they usually do. When faced with such symptoms, avoid the potential disaster altogether by calling for a tow service.

When in Doubt

While visible damage to the vehicle is obvious, those other signs of damage can be more ephemeral. Short of having the experienced nose, ears and mind of a mechanic to consult, there is no way to determine for sure that such symptoms are real and not a figment of a paranoid mind. Is the vehicle really making a strange new noise? Is that the odor of gas in the air? To a shaken up person who was just involved in a collision, it would not be surprising to imagine such things.


If there is no one present to consult about these possibly phantom symptoms, the safest choice is the best. Calling for a tow represents a predetermined set cost, while ignoring the signs could represent a significant risk of a larger repair bill or another accident. When in doubt, make the call.


If your vehicle has been involved in a collision, make the call to All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

immediately to get on track to having it back in perfect condition.

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Teen Driving Safety
Teen Driving Safety

Nothing can feel more freeing than getting out onto the open road in a car and experiencing the breeze brush by you as you travel. Many of us take for granted the rules of the road and we often forget what it was like to start out just learning. Learning how to drive is a very difficult task that requires a great deal of practice and gaining experience by doing. There is no amount of reading or studying that can prepare you for the open road. It is something that you must learn with time and patience.


Teen Drivers

When it comes to learning to drive, teens often have a very tough time. The nervousness of getting behind the wheel can be overwhelming. But eventually, everyone gets to a point where they become a competent driver.


Distractions on the Road

Distractions can be a very big trouble spot for teen drivers. Following the rules can be difficult whether because of peer pressure, such as driving under the influence, not wearing a seatbelt or simply lack of inexperience. One of the biggest trouble areas for teens, especially with the development of more advanced technology, is texting. Many teens don’t recognize the danger of texting and driving, and this can result in very serious accidents.


Safety is Number One

What is most important on the road is driving safely, making sure that the seatbelt is securely fastened, following all of the proper rules of the road and remaining free of distractions. Following all of these rules will ensure that the teen makes it from point A to point B safely. What matters most is getting all of the experience you can and learning how the car works so you can be the best driver possible.


If you are a teen or know a teen who is just starting to learn how to drive, encouragement can go a long way. Reinforcement of rules and how important they are can be a very vital component in shaping the kind of driver they will be for the rest of their lives. We all started somewhere, and patience coupled with experience will go a long way.

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How to Avoid Mold on the Windshield

No matter where you live, mold is a fact of life. Microscopic spores are all around us, both outside and inside our homes and cars. In order to grow, however, mold needs a food source as well as water or humidity. In Calgary’s humid continental climate, there’s always water to provide the basics for mold growth. Although mold growing on car windows and windshields is rare, certain conditions can lead to it.


Why Should I Be Concerned About Windshield Mold?

Because mold growth in cars is rare, people are surprised when they see it. When it appears on your windshield is also cause for concern as it indicates that your vehicle has an extreme amount of dirt and other potential hidden problems. Inhaling mold can be bad for your health, causing respiratory and other problems. The risk to your vehicle is different. Excessive mold can eventually harm your window seals, causing the glass to break and making driving unsafe.

What Vehicles Have Greater Risk of Mold?

Active vehicles rarely have mold growing on the windows. However, if you store your car or leave it parked in one spot for a long time, mold growth is apt to start. If you haven’t driven your vehicle in months, perform a thorough inspection with a flashlight, looking for damaged or cracked window seals. If possible, wipe down condensation periodically from the inside of your unused car and don’t allow moisture to pool on the seats. Turn on the vehicle periodically and run air conditioning or heating periodically.

Preventing Mold

The best way to prevent mold on your windshield and car windows is to keep your car clean. Vacuum regularly and clean up food debris. Never leave trash inside that is prone to decomposing. When you spill something, clean it immediately and leave the window open until the area fully dries. If mold does appear, use disinfectants to clean it up, especially if condensation is pooling at the window edges. Mold on the window seals means that the entire panel has been infested and needs professional attention. Do not try to clean the area yourself.


If you do end up with mold on your windshield or window seals and have done everything you can to get rid of it, all is not lost. All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary can help. Call us at 403-536-0518 for an assessment and free consultation.

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Road Salt Damage
How to Prevent Road Salt Damage to Your Car

Are you guilty of leaving salt marks on your car throughout the winter? While you may think it is okay to hold on the washing until the trees start budding, auto mechanics are warning you to do otherwise. Road salt and brine may keep the roads safe, but for your vehicle those chemicals are a disastrous cocktail.


Salt causes the following:
• Rust
• Corrosion
• Damage to the paint finish

Besides, it is not just the paint that gets caked with salt and chemicals all throughout the winter months. The undercarriage of your vehicle is completely exposed to the elements. Salt can get into the exhaust, muffler, coil springs, brake lines, and sub frame, causing havoc. When deterioration to these components occurs, your car becomes a hazard.


Now that you know the reasons why protecting your car from salt is important, here are some ways to protect your investment from damage:

Wax Your Vehicle Before Winter
Then continue waxing at least every 3 months. This will place a protective coating on the paint to prevent rust and corrosion from occurring. While you are at it, repair paint chips. If you do have paint chips, be sure to get them filled in. One chip can lead to extensive damage, because it is a direct path to the metal beneath.


Avoid Puddles
This is where dissolved salt collects. Also avoid being covered by passing plow trunks. Anything that washes your vehicle in salt will not do it any good.


Pre-Treat the Undercarriage
Many body and collision shops offer this. It is an oil solution that is sprayed on the vehicle’s exposed metal parts. During snow and slush, salt and water will have a harder time sticking to your car.


Whenever you can dig yourself out and drive to the car wash, do it. If the temperature is warm enough to melt snow, you can rinse off your vehicle. Do this every 10 days.


Get an Inspection Before Winter
A professional mechanic can pinpoint any weak spots or wear and tear that needs to be remedied before winter.


Now that you know, put these tips into action! Do not hesitate to call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

with any questions or ask how we can help protect your car from wintry damages.

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