Tips for Hail Season in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is one of the most hail-prone cities in the United States and residents throughout the Front Range are preparing for the upcoming inevitable hail season. Although hail season doesn’t officially start until mid-April, there may still be the occasional hail fall before then. Here’s how to be prepared for hail season regardless of what the weather may hold!

GET INSURANCE – There are millions of dollars worth of property damages every year due to hail. So first things first, double check your insurance policies for your house, cars, and other properties to ensure that you’re covered in case of damages!

PROTECT YOUR ROOF – Most roofs in Colorado Springs are capable of withstanding hail damage, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Take some time to evaluate the conditions of your roof before the hail season starts and after an intense hail storm. If there are any questionable damaged areas, reach out to a roofing contractor to help repair the damages.

HAVE A PLAN – Hailstorms have a habit of disrupting electrical services and other everyday services. Create a disaster preparedness plan that includes a survival kit and emergency evacuation plan for you and your family, just in case.

STAY INFORMED WITH THE WEATHER – Keep an eye on the forecast for hail storms, so you know when to be inside. It’s not fun being stranded outside in the middle of a hail storm, so if you can avoid it, stay indoors where you are protected! Being informed with the weather forecast will ensure when the weather is clearest for you to be on the road or outside.

PROTECT YOUR CAR – You car is one of the most significant investments you’ll make, so it’s important to make sure it’s protected! It’s best to park in a safe and covered area such as a carport, garage, or parking structure for maximum hail protection. If you’re unable to park in a covered area, think about getting in a car cover to protect your vehicle and minimize damage. Keep in mind that trees are not considered protection because hail can easily break the tree and cause further damage to your car!

If by the end of the hail season you need an auto hail repair, Front Range Bumper Solutions is here for you! We proudly offer high-quality hail repair at our body shop in Colorado Springs, and we can work with your insurance too! For a free estimate, give us a call at (720) 896-2530 or submit a form on our contact page!

When is Hail Season in Denver?

As one of the most hail-prone cities in all of the United States, we all know that hail season is approaching quickly here in Denver. Although hail storms are nothing new to residents of Denver and the Front Range, it’s still frustrating to walk out to an unexpected hail storm destroying the car you know and love. This year, we’re helping you to “expect the unexpected” by breaking down the when and how to prepare for the upcoming season of questionable sized ice balls falling from the sky.

When is Hail Season

The hail season in Denver and Colorado starts April 15th and ends September 15th. The harshest hail storms usually occur in the window between June and August. Hail is typically the size of a pea or a marble. However, last season in Denver, some hail storms had hail ranging from the size of a teacup to a baseball.

How to Prepare for Hail Season

Hail Storms in Denver are inevitable, but there are things that you can do to prepare for it. Every year, there are millions of dollars worth of damages to houses, buildings, cars, and other property. Double check your insurance policies to ensure they are set to cover potential hail damages.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and wait for storms to pass. No one wants to get stuck out in the hailstorm, and the forecast is your safest bet to ensuring when the weather will be clear. If possible, wait for the storm to pass to get on the road.

For cars, we highly recommend parking in a safe, covered area such as a garage, carport, or parking structure. We do not recommend parking under trees or other things that can break and cause further damage to the car. If you’re unable to park in a covered area, invest in a car cover to protect your vehicle and minimize damage.

What to Do if You Experience Hail Damage

At the end of hail season, Denver residents file their claims for hail repair. There are three types of hail damage on cars, all of which can be covered with car insurance. Here at Front Range Bumper Solutions, we repair dents, glass damage, as well as scratches and chips. For dents, we typically do paintless dent removal (PDR) but can also complete traditional dent repair if there are paint damages. Scratches and chips are easily buffed, sanded, and repainted. Broken and cracked windshields are replaced after the correct glass part is ordered. We always aim to fix our customer’s car to make it look as new as possible.

If you’re in search of an auto hail repair, Front Range Bumper Solutions is here for you! We offer top-notch hail repair at our body shop in Denver. Feel free to call us at (720) 222-5044 or submit a form on our contact page!

The Process of Mobile Auto Repair

When it comes to car damage, getting it fixed can be a big commitment. From calling the insurance to finding a shop that won’t have your vehicle for over a week, the hassle doesn’t seem worth the outcome. With mobile auto repair, you can get your auto body repair anytime, anywhere. At Front Range Bumper Solutions, we provide our Colorado Springs car owners with the convenience of our mobile repair services! Whether you’re at home, at the office, or in the parking lot of The Citadel, FR Bumper Solutions has got you covered.

Step 1: You Have Car Damage, You Need it Repaired

Your car is a significant investment, so we want to make sure that your vehicle is in the best condition possible. No matter the extent of the damage, we’re here to help. Our mobile auto body repair service covers punctures, scrapes, cracks, and dents on your doors, bumper, or fenders. No job is too big or too small. Our Colorado Springs technicians will drive out to wherever you are!

Step 2: Contact FR Bumper Solutions

For the convenience of our Colorado Springs car owners, you can simply give us a call or text at (719) 896-2530, send us an email, or fill out our free estimate form. All you need to do it give us a brief description of your auto body damage, where it’s located, and provide us with your best contact number. We’ll even take the stress away and deal with the insurance company on your behalf. Feel free to send us photos or videos of the damage!

Step 3: Receive a Free Quote & Schedule an Appointment

After asking you a few questions about your car, our technician coordinator will provide you with a rough estimate. If and when you feel comfortable with the provided quote, we will schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our technicians – at your convenience. Our free estimates require no obligations.

Step 4: Meet With Your Technician

The day before your scheduled appointment, we’ll be sure to give you a friendly reminder and confirm that everything is ready to go. At the time of your auto body repair appointment, your technician will arrive and assess the damage in person. Before any repair begins, they will go over the repair estimate and get your approval before starting on your car.

Step 5: Perfect and Quick Repair

In just a couple of hours, your technician will have completed your auto body repairs! We have a 5-year warranty on all our mobile repairs, and we’ll be more than happy to fix any mistakes free of charge. We guarantee that you’ll leave your appointment with a smile!

At FR Bumper Solutions, we take pride in providing our Colorado Springs residents with the best mobile auto body repair service in El Paso County. We make sure that every customer receives the highest quality repair at a fair and affordable price. It’s our pleasure to serve every customer by providing the best automotive repair experience as we possibly can! Give us a call today (719) 896-2530!

4 Places on Your Car Most Likely to Need Collision Repair

Your car is one of the most significant investments you will make, and when it doesn’t work well or look as good as it should, you might feel a little unsatisfied about your car. Maybe your car has some scuff and scratch marks on the bumper, or perhaps it has a big dent on the fender. If you’ve ever thought, “Why does this happen to me?” when looking at your damaged car, you’re not the only one. For many people, cars are their default mode of transportation, and it is a common occurrence for vehicles to need collision repair (or better yet, a mobile dent repair). Here are four places on your car that will most likely need an auto body repair.

TIRES & WHEELS

Due to where the tires and wheels are located on cars, they are the most vulnerable to be damaged in a car crash, since they can be impacted from the front, rear, and sides. Fortunately, however, wheels are not typically expensive to repair, and on most occasions, only one or two wheels need to be replaced, rather than all four.

FENDERS

Most of the time when the tires are impacted, the fenders will be too. The car fender is the area that frames the wheel, and its primary function is to catch water, dirt, rocks, etc. from being flown into the air from a moving tire. Fenders can be damaged without an accident or without the wheel being impacted as well. For example, if there is a short post that the driver couldn’t see, it’s possible they drove into the post when backing out or trying to park. Fenders can be repaired quickly at a mobile auto shop for a great price.

HEADLIGHTS & TAILLIGHTS

Because headlights and taillights are large plastic areas that cover each corner of the car, it’s common for them to need collision repair. The plastic material is easier to damage than the metal parts but is easily replaced, and usually doesn’t cost a lot. Most auto body shops will be able to repair headlights and taillights but may need to order parts first, depending if they have the correct products in stock. Mobile auto repair shops do not typically have lights onboard; however many technicians are more than happy to help if they know in advance that they need to repair the headlight/taillight so they can order the correct parts.

FRONT & REAR BUMPER

Although tires are the most vulnerable area on a car, the front and rear bumper are the most commonly damaged. Bumpers can be damaged in car accidents as well as simple mistakes like reversing into your garage door (nothing to be embarrassed about, this happens all of the time).  The cost of bumper repairs varies depending on if it’s a collision repair or a minor repair. Generally, the more significant the damage, the bigger the expense. Both body shops and mobile dent repairs can repair bumpers.

GETTING THE COLLISION REPAIR

Front Range Bumper Solutions conveniently has shops in Denver and Colorado Springs, as well as mobile auto repair services to the cities and surrounding areas. Most of our repairs can be completed within two hours, and we can deal with all insurance claims. If you are in need of a collision repair, give us a call today to get started on your free estimate. You can reach our Denver office at (720)222-5044 and the Colorado Springs location at (719)896-2530.

The Process of a Bumper Crack Repair

As auto detailing specialists, we understand that having a damaged bumper is an unsightly issue. From large dents to small dings, FR Bumper Solutions has seen it all. Through years of bumper repairs, we’ve perfected the art of reconstructing bumper damage and returning your car back to its pristine condition. We’ve provided a step-by-step of bumper crack repairs for Denver residents.

Step 1: Prep & Sand

First and foremost, we want to pinpoint the exact area of the cracked bumper. Cleaning the affected area is an important step in ensuring that no debris will affect the process of the repair. Once the impaired area has been cleaned and dried thoroughly, we move on over to sanding. Our technician will sand away the paint surrounding the cracked area, which will allow access to the car’s panel as well as create better adhesion. Sanding is a vital step for a smooth and plain surface, making it ready for further procedures.

Step 2: Fuse Crack

Most cracks include some distortion of the surrounding affected bumper. So once the sanding is finished, heat will be applied to the impaired area – this will aid in properly aligning the crack. By administering heat, the plastic will melt together – allowing for each side of the crack to properly adhere together. This step is crucial to the success of the final repair and will take a longer amount of time, as heat will be continually applied until the crack starts to fuse and align.

Step 3: Body Shape Restoration

Once the heat has been applied, and the crack has been fused, the application of body filler is next. Depending on the severity of the crack itself, our technicians will use several thin layers of filler to avoid a patchy or rough surface application. Body fillers are used for most bumper repair projects.  Its purpose is to even out blemishes and impairments on cars – providing a smooth surface and preparing the area for paint.

3 types of Body Fillers:

  • Standard – lightweight, spreads easily, and great for repairing minor dents and imperfections, provides low stan-resistance. Cures in about 20-25 minutes
  • Medium Grade – fiberglass filled, works well with different body surfaces – mainly metal & fiberglass, holds good stain-resistance. Good for small holes, tears, and cracks.
  • Premium – produced from high-quality resin, highest stain-resistance, easy to sand down and has best adhesion benefits, best for large area damage.

Step 4: Smooth it Out

Once the filler has been applied to the damaged area, we sand it down one more time. We want to create a smooth and sleek surface to prepare the bumper for paint. We make sure to apply minimal pressure while sanding the bumper’s surface by starting off with 150-200 grit sandpaper, and then finishing off with a 320 grit- this will allow you to have a leveled and smooth surface.

Step 5: Primer and Paint

Applying primer before any paint is a crucial part of any automotive repair project. We apply primer right after the sanding has taken place, allowing for the paint to adhere effortlessly to the car’s panel. The primer can be applied by using a spray gun or a brush and should be left to dry between coats. Without adding primer, your paint will flake off or peel, eventually leading to rust. Think of primer as a protective coat for your car panel’s integrity. Once the primer has dried, the right paint color will be applied to the area coat by coat.

Step 6: Apply Clear Coat

The last and final step includes the application of a clear coat. Clear coat adds a polished look that not only makes your car look immaculate, but it also acts as a protective coat to the newly applied paint. The result will be a perfectly repaired bumper!

At Front Range Bumper Solutions, we’re here to make your bumper damage woes become a thing of the past. We pride ourselves in providing each and every client with the best experience along with the best customer service. We’ll take you through each step and ensure that you love the outcome. Contact us today for a free estimate at (720) 222-5044 for Denver residents or (719) 896-2530 for Colorado Springs.

Why PPG Paint?

Here at FR Bumper Solutions, we believe in offering our clients the highest quality auto body repair in every aspect. Many of our customers are concerned about how well our paint job will match their car’s original color or the quality of our paint. The good news is that we only use PPG paint and supplies when it comes to making the damaged area look flawless because it is, in our humble opinion, the best paint to use in the industry.

Who is PPG?
PPG Industries is an American 500 Fortune company that supplies paints, coatings, and specialty materials to companies of all sizes. The company was founded in 1883 and started as a glass plate factory. They have grown tremendously since and have become a global leader for automotive OEM coatings and refinishing. For over 80 years in the auto industry, PPG has offered the highest quality products for any vehicle paint and is used by car manufacturers worldwide, such as Tesla, Ford, and Toyota.

What is PPG Paint?
PPG paint is used for a wide variety of purposes, including but not limited to aerospace, industrial, and automotive. In addition to being a high-quality paint that leaves behind a beautiful finish, PPG paints are water-based. This means there are no odors or harsh chemicals that will pollute the environment. PPG’s paint and supplies have allowed countless companies like ours to reduce our capital investment and manufacturing footprint.

Why Do We Use PPG Paint?

As previously mentioned, we want to offer our customers the best quality repairs and PPG paint is one of our greatest tools for achieving that goal. The PPG paint is long lasting and is guaranteed to match your car through the use of computer technology. Additionally, with the number of auto body repairs done each year at our Colorado Spring body shop and mobile repair shops, we are helping the environment be a little more green each day.

Whether you need a dent removal, scratch repair, or something in between, that bumper paint is going to look flawless. FR Bumper Solutions is proud to offer all types of repairs at our auto body shop in Colorado Springs, and we will take our mobile auto repair to wherever you are in the surrounding areas! Give us a call today to get a free quote and book your appointment at 719-896-2530.

4 Types of Car Covers for Hail Protection

Welcome to Denver, one of the cities with the worst hailstorms in the United States. Thousands of insurance claims come in every year, and those claims come with millions of dollars spent on car repairs. Car damages are a common hailstorm claim, and many Denver residents have started to use car covers when parking outside or in an unprotected area. Here are some common car covers.

CAR UMBRELLA TENT

Car umbrella tents help protect cars while parked or on the go. This featured product is made with military grade fiberglass to help prevent the car from damage and is built to withstand winds up to 30mph. It’s easy to install and remove but also has anti-theft technology. Car umbrella tents aren’t the best protection against hailstorms because it doesn’t cover the whole vehicle. It’s recommended to pair the car umbrella with other hail protectors.

FITTED CAR COVER

Fitted car covers are great because they form to the shape of your car and the elastics keep the cover on during a hailstorm. You can take the product with you wherever you go, and it’s easy to set-up. The featured product is made with four layers of heavy-duty fabric to help prevent nicks, dings, and dents. There are many fitted car covers similar to this, however, not all of them are made to help prevent hail damage. Some car covers are made for the sole purpose of UV and dirt protection.

WEATHERPROOF PORTABLE CARPORT

Portable carports that are weatherproof can get pretty pricey, but they are more durable and long-lasting than other types. This featured carport is made of highly durable oxford fabric that can protect your car in light to medium hailstorms. It also weighs 170 pounds, meaning it won’t blow away easily. Carports are ideal for homes that need outdoor car protection.

INFLATABLE CAR COVER

For light to heavy hailstorms, inflatable car covers are the most effective in protecting against hail damage. Inflatable car covers use fans to keep the air moving and form a bubble around the car. The bubble helps prevent hail impact against the car, which would otherwise cause dents. The featured product from Hail Protector includes a 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty, and can even be used as a regular car cover when it’s uninflated.

Car covers are great to help minimize the damage but are usually not 100% protection-guarantee. For hail car damage repairs, just let us know! Front Range Bumper Solutions offers top-notch hail repairs at our auto body shop in Denver. Give us a call today for a free quote and to book your appointment at (720) 669-8090.

The Three Types of Hail Damage on Cars

Anyone who lives in Denver knows how damaging hail season can be. In fact, Denver is ranked 10th for hail fall in the United States, which means any unprotected cars during hail storms will end up with various types of damage. Here at Front Range Bumper Solutions, we repair a lot of these damages caused by Mother Nature. We believe in making your experience as hassle-free as possible because we understand how frustrating hail damage can be.

Dent

Dents are the most common type of damage caused by hail. Most of these dents occur on the hood of the car but may also be found elsewhere on the car exterior. If the hail caused indentations without paint damage, paintless dent repair, otherwise known as PDR, is the best solution. Using specialized tools, FR Bumper Solutions can apply pressure and manipulate the dents to restore the area to its original shape.

Scratch and Chip

Scratches and chips often occur during a hail storm with strong winds and accompany various-sized dents. The wind forces the hail to impact the vehicle at a faster and stronger rate, therefore taking off car paint and denting the car. Our Denver and Colorado Springs body shops fix these damages by pulling out the dent with a process similar to PDR. We buff out the scratches and chips, fill the indentations with a filler, and sand the area to smooth it out. The car is then painted with PPG paint, a water-based paint that is guaranteed to match your car’s color.

Glass Damage

When there is a strong storm with big hail, unprotected cars risk glass damage, which can get pricey to fix. Cracked or broken windshields and windows are a significant safety hazard because it can impair the driver’s vision and can cause further damages. Depending on the amount of damage, it may be best to tow your car to Front Range Bumper Solutions for an affordable hail repair on the glass. We may need to replace the glass or use specialized tools to mend the glass back together.

Whatever hail damage your car may have, we can help! Front Range Bumper Solutions offers top-notch hail repairs at our auto body shop in Denver. Give us a call today for a free quote and to book your appointment at (720) 669-8090.

The 2 Types of Dent Removal

When it comes to dent repair, there are two methods to get your bumper, door, or fender back to its original shape. Traditional dent repairs work best for dents that also have scratches, scuffs, or paint chips. Paintless dent removals, on the other hand, are used for dents without accompanying damages.

Paintless Dent Removal

For dents without any paint damage, technicians will use the paintless dent removal method, otherwise known as PDR. Depending on the size of the dent and to avoid further paint damage, technicians may remove the damaged panels from the car for the repair. Using specialized tools and some heat, technicians restore the shape. Because there is no paint damage, technicians won’t need to sand or paint the area. PDRs typically reach completion within a couple of hours and are less expensive than the more invasive repair options.

Traditional Dent Repair

Traditional dent repairs typically take more time than paintless dent removal and repair, although the process starts the same. Technicians will remove the panels, if necessary, and use specialized tools to restore the shape. They will then repair the accompanying scratches or paint chips by sanding and smoothing down the area. After the damaged area is restored to its original form and smoothed, technicians will paint the damaged area. Because traditional dent repairs have more steps to completion, it will take longer than a paintless dent removal, but often will only take about 3-4 hours.

With Front Range Bumper Solutions, our customers can come into our shop in Denver or Colorado Springs, or have our mobile repair technicians come wherever the car may be! To schedule your dent repair and a quick estimate, give us a call! For repairs in the Colorado Springs area, please call us at (719) 896-2530, or for those in the Denver area, you can reach us at (720) 222-5044!

Car Safety Tips for the Colorado Winter

Colorado winters are harsh, and no matter how experienced a driver may be, it’s still a challenge to get from one point to another. Black ice and sleet can cause hazardous and unpredictable driving conditions throughout the state. Whether you are driving from Denver to Aurora or from Grand Junction to Colorado Springs, all drivers in Colorado should abide by the following safety tips.

Driving Safety Tips

  • Avoid distracted driving! It’s especially important when there is low visibility, and the roads are snowy or icy. Distracted driving, be it your phone or just sipping your morning coffee, delays your reaction time thus reducing your driving performance.
  • Use your low-beam headlights! When snow is falling or blowing heavily, low-beam headlights are the best way to see what’s in front of you.
  • Be nice and slow down! Aggressive driving and tailgating won’t benefit anyone. Everybody on the road has places to go and people to see. Remember that the roads may be slippery and driving closely behind the car in front of you may lead to an accidental rear-ending.
  • Don’t use cruise control! You don’t need it, and it’s safer without it.
  • Be gentle with braking! Braking too hard will lock the wheels and most likely cause the vehicle to skid. If skidding does occur, it’s best to remove pressure from the accelerator or brake, steer in the direction of the skid, and resume driving once steady. You can avoid locking the wheels by gently pumping the brakes.

Vehicle Safety Precautions

  • Have a car emergency kit! You never know what might happen while on the road, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Some things you might want to include are a first aid kit, lighters, fire starters, protein bars, water, a flashlight, tire chains, spare clothes, a multipurpose tool, jumper cables, a GPS, and a blanket.
  • Tires and traction! Your tires are one of the most critical components to driving in the snow and ice. If your tire treads are looking a little thin, it might be time to trade them in for a new set. The Colorado Department of Transportation implements Code 15 and 16 during the winter season, which requires vehicles to have a four-wheel/all-wheel drive or snow tires, in addition to carrying chains or an alternative traction device.
  • Maintenance check! Before fall ends and winter weather hits, it’s essential to visit your local mechanic for an engine tune-up, brake check, add antifreeze to fluids, and battery check. The last thing you’d want is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere because something wasn’t replaced.

Here at FR Bumper Solutions, we hope the residents of Denver and Colorado Springs drive safely this winter. However, we know how difficult it can be to operate in the Colorado winter, and that sometimes the unexpected will happen. For any collision repair, our auto body shop and mobile shop are on standby for you. For repairs in the Colorado Springs area, please call us at (719) 896-2530, or for those in the Denver area, you can reach us at (720) 222-5044.