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What West Philadelphia Drivers Can Expect When Getting an Estimate

Thankfully, getting an auto body repair estimate from a body shop is not something that happens every day. Hopefully, it isn’t something you need to do more than a few times in your life. But at Paul Bros., we know accidents happen. And when those accidents happen, we want to be there for you. Not only do we provide free estimates, but we provide you with some answers about what you can expect when getting an estimate.

Whether you’ve been involved in a car accident or walk outside to find someone hit your car, realizing damage has been done to your vehicle is never easy. Assuming your car is still drivable, finding and getting into a repair shop for an estimate can add to your frustration. Luckily, many auto body repair shops today make getting an estimate easy by offering free, online services for auditing your car.

Getting an Estimate for Auto Body Repair

It is okay to get multiple estimates from different repair shops to find out what works best for your budget. However, err on the side of caution when choosing a repair shop. While you might want to go with the cheapest, easiest option after receiving an estimate, your car may not end up repaired as well as it should be. It can be tough finding a repair shop who actually cares about your safety and car repair, so ask around. Do research about the repair shops in your area; ask them what their processes are. At Paul Bros., we remain as transparent as possible when it comes to fixing your car and giving you your free online quote.

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Can I Drive with the Gas Light on in University City?

We’ve all been there before: You’re driving home from work and notice your gas level is well under a quarter tank. You tell yourself you have enough to wait to fill up until after work tomorrow, then completely forget. Next thing you know, you’re running on fumes pulling into the gas station with a glaring fuel light mocking you. No one likes getting gas. It’s expensive, standing in certain weather can be unbearable, and it’s time taken out of your busy schedule. On cold, wintry days in University City, getting gas can have many wondering, “Can I drive with the gas light on?” and if so, “how long?”

While some will ask themselves these questions in a game of “how far can I make it?”, continuing to drive with your gaslight on can cause far worse problems than running out on the side of the road. Let’s take a look what at how driving with the gas light on really means for you and your car.

What Does Your Gas Light Really Mean?

If you’re driving and see you gas light come on, your car is telling you that the fuel level has reached its reserves. Most carmakers build out fuel tanks with a reserve level near 10 to 15 percent of the total tank capacity. Many people will use this percentage to calculate how many miles can be driven before the gas runs out. There are new cars on the market that will automatically calculate these miles for you. The issue here is with those who become reliant on these calculations that are not always exact. Having fuel “reserves” does not mean you have a second, smaller tank of gas to tap in to.

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How to Handle Clear Coat Delamination in University City

You love your car; it’s still going as strong as it was the day you purchased it. And whether that purchase was 5 years ago or 15 years ago, you want your car to continue running strong. But a number of hot summers in University City have begun to bake your clear coat to the point of peeling. This peeling is called clear coat delamination and it is common in a lot of cars from the early to mid-1990s.

There are good news and bad news to this process of clear coat delamination. The bad news? Once this process starts, you cannot stop it. This can be tough to hear when you love your car and want to take care of it. But, you can either learn to live with it, or come to terms with the problem and get it fixed. The good news here is if you do decide to get your paint fixed, it is very easy to match the existing paint on your car, and Paul Bros. can get it back to looking factory new again.

What Exactly is Clear Coat Delamination?

Common in many older cars, clear coat delamination is caused by extreme temperature changes. The two paints on your car (the base coat and the clear coat) expand and shrink at slightly different temperature. Over time, they can become loose. This process usually starts small but can spread rather quickly.

Another cause of the delamination can be from bad repairs. If your car is in an accident and taken to a shop ill-equipped to handle proper painting techniques, your car’s paint job can worsen. When incompatible paint products are used to fix a damaged car, the delamination process can occur.

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What to Do When Lightning Strikes your Car in University City

If you are like most, when you were growing up you probably heard that one of the safest places to be during a lightning storm was the inside of your car. As you may have been told, when lightning strikes, the car’s rubber tires act as insulation from the lightning grounding out, much like the rubber coating on a wire. If the lightning has no opportunity to ground, your car will not get hit.

Recently, several videos have been released showing cars moving through traffic being struck by lightning. In some cases, the lightning strikes are so powerful they blow parts of car clean off. Many who still believe rubber tires will protect from a lightning strike to the car might not believe these videos can be real. But, as it turns out, lightning strikes to a car is much more common than once believed; and it can cause more damage than you think.

What Happens When Lightning Strikes Your Car?

Recently, with the sporadic weather we have been having this April, living in University City during a lightning storm may start to feel a little unsafe. Your first idea reaction may be to jump into your car during a storm, but you should probably know what happens when lightning strikes your car.

What happens during a lightning strike to the car is similar to a mobile Faraday Cage. A Faraday Cage uses a metal to conduct electricity, creating a shielding effect. This Faraday effect is usually what keeps occupants inside the car safe, but not all cars are created the same way anymore. There are models constructed out of non-metal parts and some without metal roofs such as convertibles that hinder a blast of lightning’s ability to flow through the car. But there are other ways the electricity can make its way inside. Lightning can enter a car through radios, the car’s electrical system, a plugged-in cell phone or phone charger, your door handles, pedals and GPS devices.

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What University City Drivers Need to Know About Airbag Recalls

On your way to work through University City, do you ever think about how safe your vehicle really is? Are all the elements that keep you alive in a crash functioning properly? Do you trust the company who designed and manufactured your car? What if you we told you that tens of thousands of Americans were driving around with deadly devices in their cars every day? What’s worse, is that these deadly devices are supposed to be in your car protecting you. Today, we at Paul Bros. are talking about airbags. Airbag recalls specifically. Airbags were introduced to American drivers in the early 70s. Since then, they have been a controversial topic in the automobile industry.

Imagine this: You are driving downtown to meet friends for lunch. You take your typical path through University City but get distracted for a moment and rear-end the person in front of you. Nothing more than a fender bender. But, what if that fender bender turned into a fatal accident because a safety feature malfunctioned? That is what has happened to Jewel Brangman four years ago. In what should have been a minor, walk away incident, Brangman was killed when her airbag deployed after hitting the bumper in the car in front of her. Her airbag deployed when it should not have and sprayed shards of glass, severing her carotid artery.

What Caused the Airbag Recalls

The problem behind the recall is the airbag manufacturer Takata. The inflators in millions of Takata airbags are defective, causing them to deploy when they shouldn’t. The airbag then explodes, sending metal shards throughout the car. The force is so powerful, that reports have come in showing that the spray of shrapnel reaches the backseats as well.

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Bumper Repair in University City: Insurance vs. Out of Pocket

Philadelphia’s university city is definitely a fun place to live, work, and enjoy city life. From the exciting nightlife, parks and recreation and local events, Philly is a wonderful place to spend your time. But one thing we at Paul Bros. Auto Body is sure of is that you probably do not like driving your car the hustle and bustle of this town.

As an auto body repair shop within University City, Paul Bros. technicians see a lot of the common accidents that result from driving in tight quarters. And, many of the most usual accidents that happen in cities like this one are small, annoying accidents. These could be sideswipes, fender benders, or having your side mirror taken off by a distracted motorist. While these accidents should not go unnoticed, they are, however, small, but often leave your car drivable. These accidents are usually pretty inexpensive to fix, fall in a couple of hundred-dollar range. As a driver, you may be left wondering if this is something you should file with your insurance company.

Insurance vs. Out of Pocket: Bumper Repair in University City


At Paul Bros., we want to help you understand that your best option for fixing your car may not be filing an insurance claim but paying out of pocket.

Understanding Your Deductible

For some out there struggling to understand how to deal with understanding your car insurance, let’s start with the basics – your deductible. If you do not know, your deductible equals the amount of money you are required to pay toward any repairs before your insurance will cover the rest. For example, if your accident damage requires $5,000 in repairs and you have a deductible of $500, you will only pay that $500 in repairs. Your insurance will cover $4,500.